Music & Nightlife

Fun in Charlotte: Your Aug. 10 report

From theater, to shopping to birding

A female bluebird flies off a street light at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
A female bluebird flies off a street light at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charl

Rock of Ages

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte

650 E. Stonewall St. Go back to the ‘80s with big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair. This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features hits from bands like Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and more. Tickets $35,

Better Than Tax-Free Weekend

Charlotte Premium Outlets, 5404 New Fashion Way; Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills

Sunday Save an additional 15 percent on back-to-school shopping at both outlet malls.

Story Explorers

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Myers Park Branch, 1361 Queens Road

Monday 6:30 p.m. Children ages 6-11 will explore books and stories through interactive activities including math, science, games and more. Free, but call 704-416-5800 to register.

J. Cole

PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd.

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. The Fayetteville native’s latest album, “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” recounts struggles that included growing up in the house at the address that gives the album its name. Tickets $39 - $100.40,

Birding Walk

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont

Tuesday, 9 - 10 a.m. Stroll through the gardens to scout for seasonal birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Members free, non-members $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, and $6.95 for children 2-12. See or call 704-825-4490 for more information