5-minute guide to the best things to do in Char­lotte

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY COURT­NEY DEVORES

FRI­DAY

Char­lotte-based folk mu­si­cian, au­thor, play­wright and ac­tivist Si Kahn worked with la­bor unions and com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ers for more than 35 years. With his 2014 folk mu­si­cal “Mother Jones in Heaven,” he, di­rec­tor Alice Jankell and ac­tress Vivian Tres­bitt (“Break­ing Bad,” “Long­mire”) bring Mary Har­ris “Mother” Jones — one of the most im­por­tant fig­ures in la­bor and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion his­tory — to the stage. Jones’s ex­am­ple and ef­forts for work­ers’ rights re­main rel­e­vant al­most 90 years af­ter her death. 8 p.m. (also per­for­mances nightly Thurs­days to Satur­days through Jan. 26, with a 2 p.m. show Jan. 20). Ware­house Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Cor­nelius. $25; $20 for stu­dents and se­niors.

SATURDAY

Carolina Voices and Lily Pad Haven (which as­sists those es­cap­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing) rec­og­nize Na­tional Hu­man Traf­fick­ing Aware­ness Day with Sil­hou­ettes: Giv­ing Voice to the Voiceless. The con­cert and va­ri­ety show will fea­ture po­etry, dance, cho­ral and solo per­for­mances, and ben­e­fits as­sis­tance pro­grams for lo­cal sur­vivors of hu­man traf­fick­ing. 6 p.m. Booth Play­house. $50-$ 200 (in­cludes heavy hors d’oeu­vres, drinks and a si­lent auc­tion).

in its fifth year, the cross-dis­ci­plinary LadyfestCLT — co-hosted by Women’s Show­case and Goodyear Arts — fea­tures per­for­mance art and chore­og­ra­phy from lo­cal fe­male artists Au­drey Baran, Sarah Coun­cil, Emily Cargill, Sarah Hayes Harkins, Camerin Watson, Reba Bowens, Luisa Mar­tinez, Cait­lyn Swett, Sarah In­gel and Me­gan Payne. 7:30 p.m. Camp North End. $ 15; $ 10 with the do­na­tion of a fem­i­nine prod­uct (in­cludes bev­er­ages and an af­ter-party).

How’s this for timely? Co­me­dian Ge­orge Lopez brings his TheWall World Tour to town as the govern­ment shut­down over fund­ing for the South­ern bor­der wall moves into its fourth week. Lopez will pon­tif­i­cate on Mex­i­can cul­ture and be­ing Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can in to­day’s United States as he brings lev­ity to a weighty sit­u­a­tion. 8 p.m. Ovens Au­di­to­rium. $ 55.50-$65.50.

SUN­DAY

“Reign of the Su­per­men,” the all-star se­quel to last sum­mer’s “The Death of Su­per­man,” gets a lim­ited the­atri­cal re­lease fol­low­ing a screen­ing of its pre­de­ces­sor. The dou­ble fea­ture is adapted from DC Comics’ hit 1992/1993 se­ries fea­tur­ing Su­per­man’s show­down with Dooms­day. The fol­low-up picks up with four su­per­heroes ar­riv­ing in Metropo­lis to try to fill Su­per­man’s red boots. The voice cast in­cludes Jerry O’Con­nell, Rainn Wil­son, Re­becca Romijn, Nathan Fil­lion, Rosario Daw­son, She­mar Moore and Christo­pher Gorham. 12:55 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Mon­day). AMC Con­cord Mills 24 and Re­gal Stonecrest at Piper Glen 22. $ 13.40.

Ring of Honor Wres-

tling kicks of a two-month uptick in lo­cal pro-wrestling when it re­turns to Con­cord for ROH Reigns Supreme. Women of Honor cham­pion Kelly Klein bat­tles Jenny Rose in a street fight for the ti­tle, ROH cham­pion Jay Lethal faces for­mer champ Dal­ton Cas­tle in a ti­tle match, and a six-man tag team match fea­tur­ing Vil­lain En­ter­prises vs. Si­las Young and cur­rent tag team champs the Briscoes. Other matches in­clude Flip Gor­don vs. Hot Sauce Tracy Wil­liams, and an­other six-man tag team match that pits N.C.’s own Shane “Hur­ri­cane” Helms, Luchasaurus and Deliri­ous against cur­rent champs The King­dom. It all leads to the muchan­tic­i­pated G1 Su­per­card show at Madi­son Square Gar­den in April — a co­pro­duc­tion with ROH and New Ja­pan that’s been sold out for months. 7 p.m. Cabar­rus Arena. $30-$40.

TUESDAY

Be­ing a kid is hard enough, but imag­ine be­ing the son of Po­sei­don and hav­ing bur­geon­ing powers dur­ing those for­ma­tive years. That’s Percy Jack­son’s plight in “The Light­ning Thief: The Percy Jack­son Mu­si­cal,” which brings the first book in Rick Rior­dan’s Camp Half Blood Chron­i­cles to the stage. A kid-friendly tale orig­i­nally writ­ten at the be­hest of Rior­dan’s son, the off-Broad­way pro­duc­tion echoes the book and film, which fol­lows the fledg­ling hero and his friends on a quest to find Zeus’s light­ning bolt and pre­vent a war be­tween the gods. 7:30 p.m. (also Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Fri­day, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sun­day). Knight The­ater. $ 25$84.50.

WEDNESDAY

Co­me­dian/for­mer “Saturday Night Live” cast mem­ber Chris Kat­tan — who’s won laughs for char­ac­ters rang­ing from car sales­man Bob on ABC’s “The Mid­dle” to Will Fer­rell’s club-hop­ping, head-bob­bing brother in the 1998 film “Night at the Roxbury” — makes a rare Char­lotte stand-up ap­pear­ance. 8 p.m. The Com­edy Zone. $ 20-$ 25.

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