8 p.m. (also 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 2 p.m. Feb. 1). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $19-$150. www.operacarolina.org.
Giacomo Puccini’s last opera, set in ancient Beijing, is a love triangle about an icy princess, a hot-blooded foreign prince and a slave from the prince’s court.
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7 and 9:30 p.m. (also 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $18-$20. 980-321-4702.
Among his claims to fame, the stand-up comic lists appearances on Comedy Central and the E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately,” as well as the fact that he grew up in a junkyard and lost his virginity at the age of 12 to a prostitute in Mexico.
The Marshall Tucker Band
8 p.m. The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.58. www.livenation.com.
The biggest band to ever come out of Spartanburg, S.C., is back in the area, with original lead singer Doug Gray at the helm and a several-decades-deep catalog of Southern country-rock to draw from. With Porch 40.
UNC Clef Hangers
8 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $12-$15. 704-372-1000.
The oldest a cappella group at UNC Chapel Hill returns with its 17 male members to cover classical, country, popular, hip-hop, and contemporary songs.