Friday events in the Charlotte area


UniverSoul Circus

10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. (also noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday). Freedom Shopping Mart Center, 3146-3200 Freedom Drive. $22.74-$39.35. 800-745-3000.

The Atlanta-based globe-trotting sensation combines traditional circus acts with dance, comedy and music to create a “hip-hop under the big top” show. Final set of performances.


‘The Jazz Room’

6 and 8:15 p.m. Stage Door Theater, Fifth and College streets. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Dawn Anthony sings a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald in the monthly Jazz Arts Initiative series, which tends to sell out.


Egg Nog Jog 5K

7:30 p.m. (post-race festivities end at 10:30 p.m.). Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South. $50 per person (teams of four or more get $5 off per runner). www.eggnogjog5k.com.

The race kicks off the fifth annual Speedway Christmas with a fun run through more than 3 million lights and 800 displays. Runners are encouraged to dress in their most festive attire. Following the run, Charlotte band Charity Case will perform in the infield.