24: A Tribute to Jeff Gordon
NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Opening day of an exhibit celebrating the career of Jeff Gordon. Exhibit runs through Jan. 10. Museum admission $19.95 adults, $12.95 children 5-12. www.nascarhall.com
Charlotte Symphony: Copland Appalachian Spring
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Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Pianist Lukas Vondracek and trumpet player John Parker join the symphony's renditions of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Haydn's Symphony No. 104, “London.” Tickets $25.50 - $89.50, www.blumenthalarts.org.
Women of Faith
Time Warner Cable Arena, 333. E. Trade St.
Friday, 7 p.m.: The kickoff of two days of popular speakers, powerful dramas and award-winning music for Christian women. Tickets $101-$201, www.ticketmaster.com.
Plaza Midwood Chantilly Chili Cook Off
1318 Central Ave.
Saturday, noon: The 12th annual event includes live music and all the chili you can eat for $15. www.facebook.com/plazachilicookoff
Flavors of the Market: A Chef Series
Atherton Market, 2120 South Blvd.
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Paul Verica of Heritage Food & Drink and Provisions Food & Drink will demonstrate how to choose great products to cook with at home.