Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
7 p.m. (also 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday). Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $27.24-$95.18. www.ticketmaster.com.
Before the high-flying action of its new “Legends” production, fans can attend the free “All Access Pre-show” to meet performers, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a pachyderm painting. Starts an hour before showtime.
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8 p.m. Batte Center, Wingate University, 403 N. Camden Road. Wingate. $35. www.carolinatix.org.
At 75, the great gospel-pop singer can still rock a hall, as she proved at the Kennedy Center Honors last month with “Take Me to the River.”
‘Connecting the World:
The Panama Canal at 100’
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (also Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday). Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. $12; $9 for students and seniors, $6 for kids 5-17. 704-337-2000.
Final weekend to see the exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, with early imagery of South America and American industry by artists such as Frederic Church and Martin Johnson Heade.