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Fall Arts Preview 2014 

From classical and theater to film and music, we've got you covered

CLASSICAL

Charlotte Symphony Sept. 19-20: Beethoven's "Eroica." $19-$89. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Sept. 21: Youth Orchestra Festival in the Park. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. Sept. 26: Romare Bearden Park Performance. Free. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St. Sept. 27: With Ben Folds. $35-$89. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Oct. 10-11: Schubert's "Tragic." $19-$89. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Oct. 24: Bachtoberfest II: Bach & Beer $18-$29. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Beethoven's "Emperor." $19-$89. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Nov. 7-8: A John Denver Celebration. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Nov. 8: Emperor's New Clothes. $19.50-$25.50. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Nov. 14-15: Brahms German Requiem. $19-$89. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Nov. 21-22: Cirque Musica. $25-$79. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Nov. 25: Youth and Junior Youth Orchestras Fall Concert. $6-$8. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. Dec. 4-7: Magic of Christmas. $25-$79. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Dec. 17: Messiah. $34-$89. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org. charlottesymphony.org.

COMEDY

Belk Theater Sept. 21: An Evening with Jason Alexander & His Hair. Sept. 21, 7 p.m. 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Bojangles Coliseum Sept. 20: Mike Epps. 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-335-3100. bojanglescoliseum.com.

Booth Playhouse Oct. 21-26: Steve Solomon: Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt. 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at N.C. Music Factory Sept. 20: Mary Lynn Rajskub; Sept. 23: Almost Famous Comedy Show; Sept. 30: Wild West Open Mic; Oct. 2-4: Orny Adams; Oct. 7: Fight Night Comedy Competition; Oct. 8: Feathers, Friends & Funds: Benefit for Parrots with Julie Scoggins; Oct. 9-11: Julie Scoggins; Oct. 16-18: Tommy Davidson; Oct. 21: Fight Night Comedy Competition; Oct. 22: The 9th Annual Search for the South's Funniest Accountant; Oct. 23-25: Carlos Mencia; Oct. 28: Almost Famous Comedy Show; Oct. 29: Support Reagan's Wish; Nov. 4: Fight Night Comedy Competition; Nov. 6-8: John Witherspoon; Nov. 9: Tone X; Nov. 13-16: Pablo Francisco; Nov. 18: Fight Night Comedy Competition Finals; Nov. 20-22: Lil Duval; Nov. 25: Almost Famous Comedy Show; Dec. 4-6: Bobby Collins. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. cltcomedyzone.com.

Knight Theater Oct. 12: Last Comic Standing. 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

McGlohon Theater Sept. 7: Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney. 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

THEATER

Africa Umoja This colorful and lively display of South African culture presents beautiful costumes, mesmerizing choreography, and thrilling music and dance. $33-$83. Oct. 14-16, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 17, 8 p.m.; Oct. 18, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Art.Poetry.Music Opera Carolina and the Confucius Institute return with this gala concert with Maestro James Meena and other artists, poets and visual artists. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Be a Lion Playwright Rory Sheriff presents this play about The Wizard of Oz's Dorothy returning to Oz. $28. Sept. 5, 8 p.m.; Sept. 6, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Charlotte Ballet: Dangerous Liasions A dramatic story with choreography of Sasha Janes and accompanied by a live musical performance featuring cellist Ben Sollee. Oct. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 11, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

A Christmas Carol The classic Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 9-12, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. theatrecharlotte.org.

Dixie Swim Club A touching comedy about friendships over the years. $12-20. Oct. 2-4, 8 p.m.; Oct. 5, 2 p.m.; Oct. 9-11, 8 p.m.; Oct. 12, 2 p.m.; Oct. 16-18, 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2 p.m. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

The Emperor's New Clothes A funny retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen children's story. $14. Nov. 8, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Nov. 9, 2 p.m.; Nov. 15, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Nov. 16, 2 p.m.; Nov. 22, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Nov. 23, 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828. ctcharlotte.org.

Evil Dead The Musical
  • Evil Dead The Musical

Evil Dead The Musical Based on the cult classic film, the musical tells the story of five college friends on vacation in an abandoned cabin in the woods. Demons, evil force and blood add extra excitement. $20.95. Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

For the Love of Harlem On Q Productions presents show about artistic visionaries of the Harlem Renaissance, from Langston Hughes to Alberta Hunter. Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 9, 7 p.m.; Oct. 10-11, 8pm; Oct. 12, 3 p.m.; Oct. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 17-18, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.blumenthalarts.org.

The Giver Based on the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry. $10. Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 27, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828. ctcharlotte.org.

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical The zany residents of Armadillo Acres are preparing to decorate for a holiday contest and a new resident beings to wreak havok on the festivities. Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 28-29, 8 p.m.; Dec. 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5-6, 8 p.m.; Dec. 10-11, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 12-13, 8 p.m.; Dec. 17-18, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 19-20, 8 p.m.; Dec. 26-27, 8 p.m. Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. atcharlotte.org.

House of Ichabod A gospel stage play that explores self-desires, lust, greed, deception and cruelty. $20-$25. Sept. 13, 2 and 7 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

The Lion and the Little Red Bird Adapted from the book by Elisa Kleven, The Lion and the Little Red Bird tells the story of an unlikely friendship with a good lesson and an entertaining performance with actors and puppets. $12. Oct. 11, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Oct. 12, 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828. ctcharlotte.org.

Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour Featuring Jamie and Adam, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters. $34.50. Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Nabucco The story of a father rendered powerless in the presence of his daughter. Presented by Opera Carolina. $19-$150. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.; Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 26, 2 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Omimeo's Black Light Magic: Halloween Dream Follow the story of a young trick-or-treater as she magically travels from her bedroom to a fantastical world of dreams, masks and haunting images. $14. Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 25, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Oct. 26, 2 p.m.; Nov. 1, 1 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828.

Once The Broadway musical tells the story of a struggling Dublin street musician who meets a beautiful young woman that expresses interest in his moody love songs. Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 3, 8 p.m.; Oct. 4, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Our Town A Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play by Thornton Wilder chronicles the lives of the citizens of Grover's Corners, a fictional small town in the early 1900s. $10-15. Oct. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2 p.m.; Oct. 24-25, 8 p.m.; Oct. 26, 2 p.m. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. matthewsplayhouse.com.

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that tells the classic story of Cinderella with a few twists. Nov. 4, 8 p.m.; Nov. 5-6, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 7, 8 p.m.; Nov. 8, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Nov. 9, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Rouge From comedy to thrills, dancers will entertain you cabaret-style. The evening will be filled with gravity-defying aerial acts and dance. This show is for mature audiences. Oct. 17, 9 p.m.; Oct. 18, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Seussical Jr. Dr. Seuss characters come to life to teach life lessons in loyalty and the importance of family and friendship. $10. Nov. 7, 7 p.m.; Nov. 8, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Nov. 9, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Nov. 14, 7 p.m.; Nov. 15, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Nov. 16, 4 p.m. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

Seussical Jr. Dr. Seuss characters come to life to teach lessons in loyalty and the importance of family and friendship. $10-12. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 8, 2 p.m.; Nov. 9, 2 p.m.; Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 15-16, 2 p.m. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. matthewsplayhouse.com.

Sister Act The Broadway, based on the movie, is worth standing up and rejoicing. $20. $20. Mon., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Step Afrika The dancers use their bodies as instruments as intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms are mixed with spoken word. $14. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 8, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ImaginOn at Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828.

Tarzan: The Stage Musical Based on the Disney Film and adapted from the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. $12 and up. Sept. 20-Oct. 20. ImaginOn's McColl Family Theatre, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828.

Things That Go Bump in the Night Featuring music like "Don't Fear the Reaper," and The Homecoming Queen's "Got a Gun," campfire horror stories, and a "zombie camp" loaded with tips on how to look extra creepy this year for Halloween. $20. Oct. 18, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

To Kill a Mockingbird Classic story taken to the stage of Theatre Charlotte. Oct. 24-25, 8 p.m.; Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 29-30, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; Nov. 2, 2:30 p.m.; Nov. 5-6, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 7-8, 8 p.m.; Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m.; Mon., Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. theatrecharlotte.org.

Un Sueno Llamado Danza More than 60 dancers are present in El Alma de la Luna Dance Academy's annual South and Central American dance recital. $12-$15. Dec. 6, 6 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike In this play, master of comedy Christpher Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov and adds moments of humor. In present-day Pennsylvania, the mediocre lives of Vanya and Sonia are interrupted by the return of sister Masha and her boy toy. Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 17, 8 p.m.; Oct. 18, 8 p.m.; Oct. 22-23, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 24-25, 8 p.m.; Oct. 29-30, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; Nov. 2, 2:30 p.m.; Nov. 5-6, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 7-8, 8 p.m. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. atcharlotte.org.

FILM

Bicycling with Moliere Members $5, Non-members $10. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. charlottefilmsociety.com.

Made in 1984: Movies From 30 Years Ago Series October: Places In The Heart. Oct. 4: Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.; Oct. 11: Beattie's Ford Road Branch Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road; Oct. 18: South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road; Oct. 25: Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Drive. November: Ghostbusters. Nov. 8: Beattie's Ford Road Branch Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road; Nov. 15: South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road.; Nov. 22: Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Drive. December: The Bounty. Dec. 6: Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.; Dec. 13: Beattie's Ford Road Branch Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road; Dec. 20: South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road. All screenings are free and start at 2 p.m.

Charlotte Rocky Horror Cast, That Type! $6.60. Nov. 2. Cinebarre, 8008 Providence Road. 704-543-4581. cinebarre.com.

Modernism + Film Series Sept. 26: The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert. Oct. 24: If You Build It. Nov. 21: Sol Lewitt. Reception with cash bar and free light bites at 6 p.m. in the lobby. Followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. $10 for non-members, $8 for members and $5 for students. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. bechtler.org.

Mountainfilm On Tour A selection of films chosen from the Mountainfilm Festival exploring themes of culture, preservation and adventure. $15. Sept. 26, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Spiral Bound A documentary about a youth development program and groups of high school college students, seeking social justice in the public school system and in the higher education arena. $8-$10. Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Through A Lens Darkly With Thomas Allen Harris The documentary, by filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, is inspired by artist, scholar, and Gantt Center 2014 Spirit of the Center Award recipient Deb Willis' book Reflections in Black. $5-$10. Sept. 25, 7-10 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. 704-547-3700. ganttcenter.org.

VISUAL ARTS

Bechtler Museum of Modern ArtBritish Invasion. The exhibit showcases lithographs, drawings, sculptures and paintings created by British artists, including Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Bridget Riley. Sept. 10-Feb. 18. The Firebird: Celebrating Five Years in Charlotte. An exhibit highlights the presence of the Firebird in Charlotte, from past to present. Sept. 10-Feb. 18. Max Bill: Selected Works. The exhibit features 12 works created by Max Bill between 1935 and 1979. This includes lithographs, serigraphs and sculptures. Through Sept. 29. 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.

CPCC Art Galleries Objects in Perspective: Collaboration by Aspen Hochhalter and Natalie Abrams. The exhibit features works by photographer Aspen Hochhalter and sculptor Natalie Abrams. Abrams’ looped and folded latex paint sculptures will fill the interior space of the gallery, while Hochhalter’s large format wet plate collodion photographs of Abrams’ work will line the gallery walls next to original glass plate ambrotypes. Reception on Oct. 2, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Pease Gallery. Sept. 15-Nov. 6. Seth Rouser: Hands Held to Empyrean. The exhibit will feature original works by painter, Seth Rouser. His paintings depict cloudscapes manifested by the artist's thoughts on time, change and the human experience. Artist lecture on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. in Tate Hall. Through Oct. 9. Free admission. 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6211. arts.cpcc.edu/art-gallery.

Cornelius Arts Center Alchemy of Tea. Exhibit features a variety of works that are based around tea. Through Nov. 1. Free admission. 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 704-896-8823. www.corneliusartscenter.org.

Elder Gallery Introducing Harry Folsom. Featuring works, including social-commentary cartoons, by New York artist, Harry Folsom. Sept. 5-30. 1520 South Tryon St. 704-370-6337. www.elderart.com.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art. A comprehensive collection of African-American art by a variety of artists. Through Jan. 19, 2015. Selected Works of J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.: Returning to Where the Artistic Seed was Planted. This exhibit is comprised of 30 works of art that span the spectrum of Jefferson Eugene Grigsby, Jr.'s artistic career. Through Jan. 19, 2015. 40 And Counting. The Gantt Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with three new art exhibitions. Ongoing. 551 South Tryon St. 704-547-3700. www.ganttcenter.org.

Hidell Brooks Gallery David Kroll: New Paintings. Sept. 5-Oct. 31. Free admission. 1910 South Blvd., Suite 130. 704-334-7302. www.hidellbrooks.com.

LaCa Projects Luis Machicao: Couture Retrospective. Exhibit features Machicao's couture fashion designs and dresses. Sept. 4-Oct. 24. 1429 Bryant St. 704-837-1688. www.lacaprojects.com.

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique Of Days Gone By. Group show featuring works that evoke a sense of nostalgia and wonder by Janet Eskridge, Elizabeth Foster, Kendra Baird and Duy Huynh. Through Sept. 27. Free admission. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.

Mint Museum Uptown Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection. The exhibit highlights objects, from the mid-1960s to the 2000s, which were made with a focus on the '60s–'80s. Sept. 6-Feb. 22. Jennifer Steinkamp: Orbit 12. Jennifer Steinkamp uses computer animation and new media to create projection installations that explore ideas about nature, architecture, motion, and perception. Romare Bearden Gallery. A permanent gallery devoted to the work of Romare Bearden (1911-1988), who was born in Charlotte. Bearden is best known for his groundbreaking use of collage and vibrant portrayals of American life, depicting subjects that range from contemporary urban scenes to nostalgic recollections of the rural South. Still Lives: Early Works by Sharon Core. Sharon Core investigates foods relationship to human behavior through photography. The works are documentary photographs, portraits, and still lifes. 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Mint Museum Randolph American Ceramics, 1825-1875. An examination of period evolution, expansion and innovation. American Glass. The exhibit showcases works from American glass companies and a variety of styles and forms from 19th and 20th centuries. Arts of Africa. A collection of art forms showcasing the vast cultural, physical, historical and religious diversity that can be found across the African continent. Classically Inspired: European Ceramics Circa 1800. Examples of European ceramics and other works from the Mint Museum's permanent collection that were inspired by classical antiquity. North Carolina Pottery, Then and Now. Selections from the museum’s recent exhibition, A Thriving Tradition: 75 Years of Collecting North Carolina Pottery, are supplemented by more highlights from the museum’s permanent collection. 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

New Gallery of Modern Art In the Hood. The exhibit features new installations by Willie Little. Sept. 11-Oct. 2. Free admission. 435 S. Tryon St. 704-373-1464. www.newgalleryofmodernart.com.

FESTIVALS AND MORE EVENTS

2014 Disco for Diabetes Boogie to the past while funding the future. Attendees at this year's Disco for Diabetes will get down to some oldies and contribute to research and advocacy for the Charlotte Chapter of the American Diabetes Organization. $20. Nov. 8, 9 p.m. The Roxbury, 116 W. 5th St.

BLOCtoberfest VIII BLOCtoberfest is a live-music festival now in its eighth year. Featuring performances by Matone, Pocket Full of Strange, Vanilla Cornbread, The Deep Shallow & Steve Borchert Acoustic. $10-$15. Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St.

Clips Beer and Film Fest Enjoy a night of unique brews and short films. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance and Trips for Kids. Oct. 3. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane.newbelgium.com.

Historic Charlotte: Blast for the Past 2014 Awards Celebrating restoration and renovation projects in the greater Charlotte region that exemplify the best of preservation practices. This year's awards will fall into two categories: Residential Preservation and Public/Commercial Preservation. Oct. 15, 6-8:30 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. 704-568-1774. historiccharlotte.org.

3rd Annual Simon Kidgits Club's Monster Mash Family-friendly Halloween event geared towards children. Oct. 31, 5 p.m. SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road

Barktoberfest Benefiting Cops for the Cure and Murray's Fund, participants at this pooch-friendly event will enjoy a dog walk followed by a fall festival featuring raffles and giveaways. Local celebrities will act as judges at the Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. $20 for adults, no charge for dogs or children. Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Triple C Brewery, 2900 Griffith St.

2014 Geek Gala: The Charlotte Geeks' Excellent Adventure Annual gala for geeks features sci-fi relates activities, trivia and more. $25-$32.50. Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive.

4th Annual Ballantyne Festival - Autumn in the Park Hayrides, pumpkin carving, crafts, oyster roasts and more. Proceeds from events like the chili cook-off and corn-hole tournament go to benefit local charities. Free admission. Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ballantyne District Park, 9405 Bryant Farms Road.

8th Annual World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 6-8. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. charlottemotorspeedway.com.

21st Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival This annual fest celebrating medieval times returns with its popular sword-swallowing, jousting tournaments and turkey legs. New entertainment this year includes cultural dances and comedy influenced by Spanish history. $9-$21. Oct. 4-Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., rain or shine. 16445 Poplar Tent Road. 704-896-5544. www.royalfaires.com/carolina.

Amazing Maize Maze Few things say fall like a night spent traipsing through a winding maze. Rural Hill's seven-acre maze is one of the region's largest. Beyond playing lost-and-found with your friends, you can also enjoy hayrides, a round or two of cornhole, and come October, pumpkin picking. Day tickets, $7-10; Night tickets, $10-15. Through Nov. 2. Historic Rural Hill Farm, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. ruralhill.net.

Bojangles' Pole Night Oct. 9. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Carolina Stepfest Stepshow is hosted by comedian Jay Dukes. Held in Dana Auditorium. For tickets, call 704-870-7308 or visit www.rhopsiomega.org/carolinastepfest2014. $15 in advance. Sept. 6. Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-337-2200. www.queens.edu.

Charlotte Beerfest Featuring craft beers - more than 100 - and music from local and nationally touring bands - Blues Traveler, Simplified and Charity Case. Benefiting the Grin Kids Children's Charity. Sept. 20, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. BB&T Ballpark, 324 South Mint St. charlottebeerfest.com/festival/.

Charlotte Fashion Guild Style Week Fashion event showcasing new designs. $10-$40. Sept. 24-27, 6:30 p.m. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. .labelcharlotte.com.

Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival Incorporating a New Orleans-style second line parade to the Knight Theater, this festival will celebrate the classic styles and influences that have shaped music as we know it today. Including live performances, children's crafts, educational activities, and a parade. Free. Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Charlotte Oktoberfest Beer Festival The festival features regional, national and international breweries with craft beer. Live music by U-Phonik and StellaRising. Sept. 27, 12:30-6 p.m. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. charlotteoktoberfest.com.

Day of the Dead Fest Experience a traditional Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebration -- a time when Mexican families remember their dead and the continuity of life. Includes activities, food, story-telling and more. Free admission. Oct. 27. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887. museumofthenewsouth.org.

Dirty Dozen Obstacle Trail Race Climb, jump and run your way through 12 obstacles at the Dirty Dozen Trail Race. Registration fees range between $35 and $55. Oct. 11, 9 a.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org.

Gantt Symposium 2014: Common Distinguished speaker and hip hop artist, Common, will discuss his career, life and success. The series was created to inspire positive change in society, empower youth, and push societal boundaries towards a more progressive future. $10-$20. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Goodguys Southeastern Nationals Featuring thousands of pre-1972 custom cars. Oct. 24-26. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Great Grapes! Wine & Food Festival 20 North Carolina wineries offer 220 wines to sample. $26-$32. Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. uncorkthefun.com.

Imagine 2025: Share the Vision Presented by the Arts & Science Council (ASC), this event is aimed at inspiring and informing members of the community on how the city's cultural sector can help shape and influence Charlotte as it continues to grow. $25. Sept. 23, 9 a.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

International Collectibles and Antiques Show Featuring a varitey of decorative arts, funiture and antiques. Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. 704-596-4650. icashow.com.

International Festival 2014 Now in its 39th year, the festival packs a smorgasbord of cultural attractions into a day filled with food and drink, song and dance, and more. Free admission. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. UNC-Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. 704-687-8622. uncc.edu.

Know Your Farms Tour Locavores unite. Know Your Farms is perfect for those interested in learning more about just where all those fresh, tasty goodies come from, with farms from Catawba, Gaston, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties represented. $25. Sept. 27-28. knowyourfarmstour.com.

Latin American Festival The crafts are eye-catching and the food is phenomenal, but those in the know come for a (semi)hidden gem; the music. Now in its 24th year, the festival has booked some of the most buzz-worthy acts in Latin music, spanning across a swath of genres and ensuring an eclectic experience for a diverse crowd. $5; free for children under 8. Oct. 12, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. latinamericancoalition.org/festivallatinoamericano/about.

Marvel Universe Live! A family night filled with superheroes/Marvel characters. Nov. 14-16. www.timewarnercablearena.com.

NASCAR Nationwide Series 300 Oct. 10. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Paula Deen Live! Controversial, southern-fried chef Paula Deen presents cooking demos and games during this live performance. $35.50-$67.50. Wed., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Run and Ride Choose between a variety of races including a half-marathon, 5K and 1 mile glow run. Registration ends Sept. 30. For more information and to register, visit carowinds.com/runandride. Oct. 4, 7:30 a.m. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 704-588-2600. carowinds.com.

Scarrigan Farms Self-reportedly not for the faint of heart, Scarrigan divvies up the night's terrors into four parts: "The Funhouse," "3D Maze, "Tragic Bus," and "Corn Maze." The whole thing takes between 30-45 minutes, unless you chicken out first. $20, cash only. Thursdays-Sundays in October through Nov. 1. 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville. scarriganfarms.com

Southern Christmas Show Browse through the Olde Town shops, gather around the holiday entertainment stage, and enjoy samples along the way. Nov. 13-23, 10 a.m. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. southernshows.com/scs.

Tawba Fest 2014 Creative Loafing & Riverwalk's first ever Tawba Fest celebrates fitness, fun and food along the banks of the scenic Catawba River. There will be live music, a craft brew beer garden, fresh food, yoga, kayaking and more. Free admission. Sept. 20. Held along Dunkins Ferry Road, Rock Hill, SC. For more information, visit tawbafest.com.

TEDx Charlotte They grow up so fast: TEDx Charlotte's fifth edition is here. This year's theme and final eight speakers have yet to be determined, but if previous events are any indication, attendees are in for another round of all things thought-provoking. Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Label, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd.

Uncorked USNWC's wine festival features a variety of wineries. The wine tasting begins at 1 p.m. Each ticket is valid for four samples. Live music throughout the evening. Sept. 27. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org.

Vintage Charlotte Winter Market Clothes, furniture, crafting supplies, and more -- this pop-up shopping event has been gaining notoriety as a place for choosy consumers to gather their wares. Pro tip: Come with cash in hand, as not all vendors take plastic. Free admission; $5 earlybird fee at 10 a.m. Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-549-5555. livenation.com.

XPLORE Charlotte Urban Adventure Race This adventure race through the city is for those of any ability level as participants can travel on foot or via public transit. Race around the city, solving cues and completing challenges along the way. Oct. 25, 12 p.m. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.

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