University City



“Othello”: Actors From the London Stage, a self-directed ensemble of five professional British actors, will perform “Othello” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-19 in the Anne R. Belk Theater of Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts at UNC Charlotte. The performances are part of the group’s weeklong residency at UNCC. At 6 p.m. Oct. 18, Ayanna Thompson, a professor of English at George Washington University, will give a free, public lecture, “Othello in the 21st Century: To Perform or Not to Perform?” in Robinson Hall room 103, addressing the racial politics of staging “Othello.” Tickets for “Othello” are $18 general admission, $9 for senior adults and $6 for students, by phone at 704-687-1849 or online.

Fall plant sale: The UNCC Botanical Gardens’ annual fall plant sale will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at the McMillan Greenhouse. Cool-weather annuals, hardy shrubs, perennials, ferns, wildflowers and native plants will be available for purchase, said Paula Gross, assistant director of the Gardens. Proceeds will go toward Botanical Gardens operations. Staff and volunteer experts will be on hand to answer questions. Larry Mellichamp, Botanical Gardens director, will present “The What, Why and How of Fall Planting” at 11 a.m. both days. Cash and checks accepted.

University City

Two one-act plays: For the first time at Mallard Creek High School, students will direct one-act plays. “The Sandbox” is directed by Debbie Rabinovich, and Jordan Bell is directing “The Zoo Story.” Both plays are by Edward Albee. The plays will be performed back-to-back each night Oct. 18 and 19 beginning at 7 p.m. Admission $5 at the door. 3825 Johnston-Oehler Road. 980-343-1341.

Mecklenburg County

Help envision growth strategy: Everyone is invited to participate in Connect Our Future, a project to create a 40-year regional growth strategy for the 14 counties, including Mecklenburg, served by the Centralina and Catawba Regional Councils of Governments. Three Community Growth Workshops will be held in Mecklenburg County in coming weeks. The workshops are an opportunity for residents of the 14 counties to brainstorm and map out their vision of what their county will look like by year 2050. For more information and to register for a workshop, visit