Saturday events


‘Step Afrika’

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (also 7:30 p.m. Friday). McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. $14-$18. 704-973-2828.

The world’s first professional company dedicated to stepping boasts dancers who use their bodies as instruments, blending kicks, stomps and rhythms with spoken word in a one-act show recommended for ages 5 and up.


Folk Life Festival

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road. $8; $7 for seniors and students; free for ages 5 and younger. www.lattaplantation.org.

Peruse an array of arts and crafts vendors selling everything from jewelry to pottery; snack on tasty fare like BBQ and funnel cakes or sip local beer; and let your kids engage in storytelling sessions, crafts, games and face painting.


Charlotte Checkers

7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $22.87-$123.40. www.gocheckers.com.

The team faces off against the Texas Stars on Military Appreciation Night, when the first 2,500 fans through the doors will get a free camouflage hat.


John Witherspoon

7 and 9:30 p.m. (also 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday). 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $20-$25. 980-321-4702.

The 72-year-old comedian and actor – best known for playing the dog-catching father of Ice Cube’s Craig character in the “Friday” films – cracks wise.