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Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | Nov. 3-9

“Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters.
“Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters. AP

What is there to do in Charlotte this weekend? Here’s our experts’ picks on everything from entertainment – movies to music to theater – to food and wine, beer and restaurants. And shopping, of course...


Now in its 25th year, the International Charlotte Auto Show rolls into the Charlotte Convention Center with a fleet of new 2018 vehicles, the latest technology, and all things four-wheel. With more than 300 vehicles on display, four-wheel aficionados can learn about history and technology, or take advantage of the ride n’ drive opportunity for next year’s Kia, Toyota, Mazda, and Chevys. Sunday is family day with children’s activities, including face painting, live music, prizes, and Santa. $8-$10.

Fall Out Boy’s bassist, Pete Wentz. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

The purveyors of danceable arena pop-punk anthems, lyrical celebrity name-dropping, and long-winded titles, FOB is back, as Fall Out Boy’s Mania Tour hits Spectrum Center in anticipation of the early 2018 release of its new album, “Mania.” Blackbear and Jaden Smith open the show. $30.50-$70.50.

The folks behind the The 100 Words Film Festival chose the best 15 films from its previous three years to tour across the country. That collection screens Friday during Night One of the annual festival commemorating the end of the tour and some of the filmmakers – both student and professional – will be in attendance. Saturday, a crop of new films from various genres will premiere. Each will contain only 100 spoken words. Winners will be announced after the Saturday screening. $15 nightly. McGlohon Theatre.

Curious about the Bollywood craze, longing for home, or for the music and art of the recent Festival of India? Award-winning Bollywood vocalist Richa Sharma transports audiences with the culture and song of her homeland. Named Best Female Singer at the 2003 Bollywood Movie Awards, the classically trained vocalist brings the Sufi style to the Knight Theater stage. $43.68-$80.98.

The latest entry in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe hammers into theaters with Thor: Ragnarok. The Avenger takes on one of his own as he’s pitted against Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk while racing to save his home. PG-13.

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Jonathan Kite in “Two Broke Girls.” CBS

CBS’s “Two Broke Girls” sailed off into rerun oblivion during the series’ finale last spring, but the Williamsburg Diner’s sexed-up Ukrainian chef Oleg lives on through comedian Jonathan Kite. He brings celebrity impressions and his catalog of accents to Comedy Zone for a two-night run,. $18.


“Da Vinci’s Machines” opens Saturday at Discovery Place Science uptown. Courtesy of Discovery Place Science

Leonardo Da Vinci was best known for his art, most notably the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, but he was also an accomplished inventor and engineer, and that’s the angle for Discovery Place Science’s “Da Vinci’s Machines” exhibition. Opening Nov. 4 and running through May 2018, the interactive exhibits feature recreations of his machines and civil engineering solutions, plus dramatic interpretations. $12-$17.

NoDa Brewing and Augustine Literary Project want you to eat, drink and read? That’s right, the Get Rowdy for Reading fundraiser takes place noon to 7 p.m. at NoDa Brewing Co. Activities include a silent auction, bake sale, raffle, wine pull and, of course, beer. Proceeds go to training literacy tutors for underserved struggling local readers in grades K-3. Bands include Grievous Angels. Raffle items include an autographed Panthers’ football, packages from Massage Envy and other businesses, and jewelry from Kendra Scott. Free.

The Light Factory’s 35th Annual Auction features a variety of work by returning contributors like Byron Baldwin and Carolyn DeMerrit, as well as photographers that are newer to the event, such as Chuck Kelton and Priya Kambli. The auction features film and digital photography as well as some pieces that use alternative processes. Silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. via mobile device and is followed by a live auction. Bids will also be accepted online. Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for non-members.


Dating got you down? No chance for romance? Terrified of Tinder? Or just baffled by the opposite sex? Then pull up a chair and join The Great Love Debate as a group of expert panelists, specialists and local personalities lead this examination of love, sex, and relationships in the age of swipe right. Women will be seated on one side of the bar, men on the other as host Brian Howie, author and dating enthusiast, wrangles a Town Hall-style he said/she said. $20.

Coming up

Tickets are still available for “Celebrating Big Dreams,” the Nov. 14 show celebrating the 25th anniversary season of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. headlines, and Charlottean Abby Corrigan, touring nationally with Tony winner “Fun Home,” will also be featured in a show that will include Broadway hits, jazz and pop music. Tickets start at $25.