Holidays at the Garden
Noon-9 p.m. (also Friday and Sunday). Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road. $12; $11 for seniors, $6 for ages 4-12. 704-825-4490.
Opening weekend for the annual holiday display that features a model train display, carriage rides, family Christmas crafts, holiday carols, a 16-foot-tall orchid tree, a half-million Christmas lights, fire pits for making s’mores and more.
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2 and 8 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Friday). Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $33-$83. www.carolinatix.org.
This collection of African music and dance offers jazz, gospel, tribal sounds and gumboot dancing borrowed from miners, accompanied by drums and marimba.
‘I Pagliacci’ and‘Seven Deadly Sins’
8 p.m. (also Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday). Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $10-$20. tix.cpcc.edu.
CPCC Opera Theatre does Leoncavallo’s one-act drama about a clown with a wayward spouse and Weill’s short drama about an anguished woman, who’s played by a singer and a dancer.
‘Penguins of Madagascar’
Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.
WIN TICKETS: “Penguins of Madagascar” (rated PG) opens Nov. 26, but an advance screening of the film is set for 11 a.m. Saturday in south Charlotte. To enter to win a pair of passes via random drawing, email CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “Penguins” in the subject line and your name, age and phone number in the body. Deadline is 3 p.m. Friday.