Alexander String Quartet The concert features works by Mozart, Shostakovich and Brahms. Sun., Nov. 7, 3 p.m. $15, students free. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-337-2213.
The Billy Goats Gruff Opera Carolina and the Public Library of Charlotte and Meck. County to offer performances of the Opera Express touring program. www.operacarolina.org. Nov. 6, 2pm at North County Regional Library, Huntersville; Nov. 13, 2pm at Morrison Regional Library. Free. 704-332-7177 ext. 209.
Charlotte Symphony A concert dedicated to the life of Beethoven and his only opera Fidelio. www.charlottesymphony.org. Nov. 5; Nov. 6, 8 p.m. $15-$73. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Gold Standard Chorus Charlotte Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society presents Home is where the heart is, its 54th annual show. Sat., Nov. 6. 2pm ($10) and 8pm ($15). Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-554-1301.
Liederabend Davidson students will perform art songs, opera arias, and Broadway numbers. Sun., Nov. 7, 8 p.m. Free. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2357.
Queen City Ringers The concert will feature arrangements of hymns, carols and original compositions for handbells. www.belmontabbeycollege.edu. Tue., Nov. 9, 8 p.m. Free. Belmont Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-461-6813.
Winthrop Jazz Ensemble Directed by Phil Thompson. Mon., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. Free. Frances May Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University. 803-323-2255.
Winthrop Percussion Ensemble Directed by Jason Nicholson. Thu., Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Free. Frances May Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University. 803-323-2255.
Young People's Concert Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla and visual display provided by The Light Factory. Sun., Nov. 7, 3 p.m. University City United Methodist Church, 6100 W. Sugar Creek Road.
Charlotte Comedy Theater Extreme Improv. A high energy, audience interactive show similar to "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" Shows rated R. www.extremeimprov.com. Fri, 10pm; Sat, 8pm (non-smoking), 10pm (No Sat. shows Oct. 30 and Nov. 6). $10. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.
The Comedy Zone Keith Alberstadt. www.thecomedyzone.net. Nov. 3-6. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.
Duke Performance Hall, Davidson College Chicago City Limits. The audience writes the script and directs this improv comedy troupe from NYC. www.davidson.edu/tickets. Sat., Nov. 6, 8 p.m. $15-$25. Davidson. 704-894-2135.
SK Netcafe Stand-Up comedy. And an Open Mic night. Wed., Nov. 3. 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704-334-1523.
The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience Comedy. Whose Line, Second City, and Sketchprovstyle improv comedy. Reservations suggested.www.pinkturtle.net. Thu., Wine Up, 3306-C N. Davidson; Fri., Tyber Creek Pub, 1933 S. Blvd,; Sat., Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St.; All at 8pm. Free. 704-301-1564.
Moving Poets A special dance performance during 36 artists' debut exhibition, also music by Wideload McKenna. Fri., Nov. 5, 6 p.m. Hart-Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36 St. 704-334-1177.
On Your Toes Jazz, ballet and gangsters collide in this musical comedy. www.uncc.edu/dance. Nov. 4:6 & Nov. 11:13 at 8pm; Nov. 14 at 2pm. $5-$15. Robinson Hall, UNCC. 704-687-2599.
Winthrop Dance Theatre Evening of works choreographed by faculty and guest artists. Nov. 10-13, 8 p.m., Nov. 14, 2 p.m. $5-$10. Johnson Theatre, Winthrop University. 803-323-2287.
Charlotte Museum of History Docent Training. Learn more about Charlotte's past as a docent for the Hezekiah Alexander House. A new series of training sessions is being offered free of charge to those interested in becoming tour guides. Nov. 4 & 11, 6:30-9pm. Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. Oct. 28-Jan. 2. Our Changing Landscape: Early Views of People and Place in the Carolina Piedmont. An exhibition that illustrates and interprets the changes in the Carolina Piedmont landscape. Oct. 28-May 25. Stitched from the Soul. The Farmer-James collection of African American quilts. Oct. 28-March 25. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.
Discovery Place Communication Exhibit. Follow electronic messages around the world, see your voice, and get a glimpse at the next generation of the information age. Oct. 28-Jan. 10. Donald Haack. Author of Bush Pilot in Diamond Country will discuss and sign book. Wed., Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m. Omnimax. Omnimax is closed for renovations through mid-November. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.
Levine Museum of the New South 350th Anniversary of Jews in America. Commemorative program with writer Steve Oney. Sun., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Living Traditions. Folk Arts of the American South. Oct. 28-Jan. 9. We're Still Here: Native Americans in the Southeast. Oct. 28-Jan. 9. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.
Mint Museum of Art Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures. An opportunity to see the work of America's foremost realist artist. Oct. 28-Jan. 9. North Carolina Pottery: A Restless Tradition. Oct. 30-Feb. 27. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Pottery American Style. Oct. 28-Feb. 20. VantagePoint III: Elizabeth Turk - The Collars. Oct. 28-Dec. 31. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.