Friday events in the Charlotte area


The Black Keys

8 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $48.25-$91.95. 800-745-3000.

The rock duo was nominated for three Grammys (rock album, song and performance) for this year’s “Turn Blue,” while opening act Annie Clark is up for Best Alternative Rock album for the self-titled record that Entertainment Weekly just named album of the year.


Charlotte Ballet: ‘Nutcracker’

7:30 p.m. (also 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and various performances through Dec. 23). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$90. www.charlotteballet.org.

The holiday classic features choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music from the Charlotte Symphony and more than 100 performers.


‘Clara’s Trip’

7 p.m. (also 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday). Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$45. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Caroline Calouche and Co. provide an airborne riff on “The Nutcracker,” in which Clara injures her ankle and enters a dream of romance.