Charlotte-area events for the week ahead



Wed 1.14 8 p.m. (also various performances through Jan. 25). 100 Gardens, 200 E. 36th St. Suggested donation of $15. www.citizensoftheuniverse.org.

Michael Anderson directs Citizens of the Universe in this adaptation of George Orwell’s novel about a totalitarian society.


Rodney Carrington

Thu 1.15 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $56.32. www.ticketmaster.com.

The countrified Texas-born and -raised funnyman often combines raunchy humor with original music (his hit songs include “Dancin’ With a Man” and “Camouflage and Christmas Lights.”


The Jazz Room

Fri 1.16 6 and 8:15 p.m. Stage Door Theater, Fifth and College streets. $12 advance, $15 door. www.blumenthalarts.org.

The popular tribute series moves to Fridays in 2015, this time with bassist Shannon Hoover playing the music of Paul Chambers.


‘2 Across’

Fri 1.16 7:30 p.m. (and through Jan. 25). UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St. $16 advance, $18 door. www.upstagenoda.com.

Three Bone Theatre does Jerry Mayer’s comedy about two crossword puzzle enthusiasts who meet on a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 a.m.


Hannibal Buress

Sat 1.17 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $20-$34.50. 704-372-1000.

The former staff writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” made headlines last year for calling Bill Cosby a rapist during his stand-up act – which sparked new scrutiny on old accusations.