What better way to find out about local music than by attending a free concert? We’ve lined up five of Charlotte’s best for this showcase — they’re all featured on Vol. 6 of Jeff Hahne’s Homebrew compilation album. The dream-pop of Alt-Ctrl-Sleep, the funk-pop of Colby Dobbs Band, Forever F.C.’s collaborative hip-hop, the garage punk of Scowl Brow and the Americana of Amigo. Stop by and check it out — it won’t cost a thing. Free
Om! Playwright Mallery Avidon grew up in an ashram, and in O Guru Guru Guru, or Why I Don’t Want to go to Yoga Class with You, her heroine Lila will thoroughly explain to us why she has strayed from the path. It’s a three-part journey at CAST, including a PowerPoint presentation, a puppet show and a visit to the Eat Pray Love ashram, where we can expect a Julia Roberts sighting. Be prepared to take off your shoes, maybe sit yogi-style on a cushion, and drift off into meditation as Lila — actually the luminous Cody Harding — invites us to see things her way. If you’ve never entertained the notion that spirituality in America is overly commercialized, you will be shocked, shocked by Lila’s attitude in this comedy directed by CAST artistic director Michael R. Simmons. (Perry Tannenbaum) $18-$28
CAST brings back the comedy classic "A Tuna Christmas" by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard and Joe Sears with the same zany antics that make audiences roar holiday season after holiday season. Tom Ollis and Jack Utrata play more than 20 characters with 364 costume changes. Expect 1,003 laughs. The directors are Lena Olson and Michael R. Simmons, CAST's Artistic Director. $28 adults; $22 seniors (60+); $18 students.
A holiday exhibit featuring arts and crafts. Opening reception Nov. 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Each week this local brewery debuts a small pilot batch of new brew for customers to enjoy. For more information, visit www.birdsongbrewing.com.
Touch One Productions' weekly open mic (10:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) with featured acts (11 p.m.) and live music (10 p.m.-10:30 p.m.). The first six people to sign up for the open mic will perform (arrive early to snag a spot). Doors open at 9 p.m. 21 and up. $10