Week ahead


Sophisticated Animal

Thu 12.4 8 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Friday and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday). Duke Energy Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $18. blumenthalarts.org.

PlexusDance does modern work designed to show the differences between the faces we present to the world and the people we are.


‘Sister Act’

Mon 12.1 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-74.50. blumenthalarts.org.

A touring version of Alan Menken’s musical about a gangster’s moll who hides in a convent and transforms its choir.


Charlotte Symphony Pops: ‘Magic of Christmas’

Thu 12.4 7:30 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $30-79. charlottesymphony.org.

Albert-George Schram leads the CSO and Oratorio Singers through holiday favorites; “American Idol” finalist Melinda Doolitte stars.



Fri 12.5 7:30 p.m. (and through Dec. 22). ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. $12-24. ctcharlotte.org.

Steven Ivey takes the title role in Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s one-act version of the Leslie Bricusse musical about Dickens’ miser.


Brantley Gilbert

Fri 12.5 7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $34.78-$47.89. www.ticketmaster.com.

The Georgia native with the tattoos, country-rock sound and bad-boy persona presents his “Let It Ride Tour,” which will showcase his chart-topping 2014 album “Just As I Am.”