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Spirit Square SlamCharlotte. Spoken word artists in the Carolinas competing to become members of next year's national slam team. Thu., Sept. 16, 8 p.m. $5. 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.
A.D. The story of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Performed live outdoors. www.narroway.net. Sept. 17, 8 p.m.; Sept. 18, 8 p.m. $13-15. King's Arena, Fort Mill, 2175 Gethsemane Ct., Fort Mill. 803-802-2300.
Over the River and Through the Woods A comedy about change, individual choices, and the invisible ties that bind us to those we love. Presented by Charlotte Rep. Sept. 17-Oct.3, Wed-Thur, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun 2pm. $31.50-$37.50. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Pageant Depicts the trials and tribulations of six regional beauty contestants. www.offtryon.net. Sept. 16-18, 22-25, Sept 30- Oct. 2. $12-$15. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.
Take Me Out An ode to baseball and the story of a popular baseball player. Contains adult content & partial nudity. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Sept. 15-Oct. 2, Wed/Thurs at 7:30pm; Fri/Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2:30pm. $17-$23. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.
Vanities One of the longest running off-Broadway plays in American history, depicts the loss of innocence and coming of age in America. Sept. 22-25, 8p.m. $5-$10. Johnson Theatre, Winthrop. 803-323-2287.
You're A Good Man Charlie Brown The Peanuts gang is back in a newly revised version of this family favorite musical. Presented by CPCC Theatre. Sept. 17-18, 24-25, 8pm; Sept. 26, 2:30pm. $12. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.
Cabaret A visual metaphor for the depraved and dangerous place of Berlin as the Nazis are beginning to come to power. Sept.9-26, Thurs., Fri., Sat., 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. $17-$22. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 704-334-9128.
The Faculty Room A drama depicting a school where violence is the norm, weapons are commonplace and teachers are lost burned out souls. Sept. 9-11, 15-18, 22-25 at 8pm. $12-$15. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 1118 Clement Ave. 705-455-8542.
Grease! A nostalgic trip back to the 50's with the Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys at Rydell High. www.matthewsplayhouse.com. Sept. 10-11, Sept. 15-18, 8pm; Sept 12 & 19, 2pm; Sept. 14, 7:30pm. $15. Theatre Matthews, 100 McDowell St, Matthews. 704-846-8343.
The King and I Featuring Sandy Duncan. Sept. 14-19, Tues./Wed./Thurs., 8p.m.; Fri., 8:15p.m.; Sat., 2p.m., 8:15p.m.; Sun., 2p.m., 7:30p.m. $23-$64. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Psycho Beach Party A spoof of 60s beach movies. www.barebones.org. Sept. 9-26, Thurs-Sat 8pm; Sun 3pm. $12-$15. Southend Performing Arts Center, 201 Rampart St. 704-332-5300.
Visual Arts: Openings
Cosmos Cafe See the Light. An exhibit of paintings by Violeta Moreno. Opening Reception: Sept. 17, 7:30-9:30pm. Through Oct. 15. 300 N. College St., Suite 101. 704-372-3553.
Dig Dug's Pop Art Emporium Brian Taylor. Pop art paintings and purses. Also new and used music, antique furniture. Sat., Sept. 18, 7-11 p.m. 917 Pecan Ave. 704-358-4880.
Foust Studio Silhouette. Figurative and abstract paintings by Charlotte Foust. Opening Reception: Sept. 17, 6-8:30pm. Through October. 5200 Park Rd., Suite 115. 704-525-7989.
Hart-Witzen Gallery The Human Form. An exhibition of figurative works. Fri., Sept. 17. 136 E. 36 St. 704-334-1177.
Lesbian & Gay Community Center John Zerbarini. An exhibit of paintings. Opening Reception: Sept. 17, 6-8pm. Through September. 1401 Central Ave. 704-333-0144.
The Light Factory Portraits of Perseverance. Featuring nationally-acclaimed photographer Bryon Baldwin and local student photographers. Celebrates Jacob's Ladder Job Center with photos of volunteers and clients. Donations accepted. Sat., Sept. 18, 7 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-905-6771.
Visual Arts: Ongoing
Art Institute of Charlotte Gallery Alex Radin. An exhibit of illustrations. Through September. 2110 Water Ridge Parkway. 704-357-8020.
Art Preserve Jim Nilsen Photographs. Through October. 3200 A North Davidson. 704-358-8882.
Bank of America Gallery Decades. Art from the Collection of Bank of America 1940-1990. Through October. Hearst Tower, 114 N. Tryon St. 704-386-7324.
Bank of America Plaza Surface Matters. Artists from the Southeast explore surface and materials challenging the viewer to look deeper and stretch their awareness, using newspaper, steel, concrete, monofilament, fiber, acrylics and oil. Curated by Joie Lassiter Gallery. Also at First Citizens, 128 S. Tryon. Through Nov 15. 101 South Tryon Street. 704-373-1464.
Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College Jim Dine Prints: 1985-2002. Forty-six lithographs will be on display by one of America's greatest printmakers. Through Oct. 7. 704-894-2519.
Blue Pony Gallery & Press Sherry Beatty. Exhibit of new paintings. Through Oct. 16. 3202A N. Davidson St. 704-334-9390.
Breathe Art Space Susan Harbage Page. "Women Waiting" features digital prints of found photographs with rust on paper. Through Oct. 22. 228 Caldwell Lane, Suite B, Davidson. 704-896-1799.