Friday, Aug. 17 Def Jam recording artist Chrisette Michele makes her first and only Carolina appearance in Charlotte. The talented, young triple-threat featured on singles from both Nas and Jay-Z will be here in support of her new album, I Am. Stay tuned to next week's See & Do for a mini-interview with the 24-year-old singer, songwriter and composer. 9 p.m. $20; 21 & up. Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave. www.thesoulmovement.com.
Saturday, Aug. 18 Chunks of metal flying through the air, bound for destruction. It's not Iraq, it's the Circle K Monster Truck Bash. Twelve gargantuan monster trucks will race one-on-one around a dirt-track obstacle course while towing campers, utility vehicles and boats, followed by an all-out Crash Car competition. After the wreckage is cleared, there will be an opportunity for autographs and pictures with the trucks. 5 p.m. $10-20. Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy South, Concord, N.C. 1-800-455-FANS. www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 22 The Last of the Breed Tour featuring Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price is an appropriate descriptor if not a precise one. All three are long-running country stars, count their careers in decades not years, and do belong to a certain breed. The trio's early work harks back to the days when such music was too low-brow for radio and relegated mostly to the honky-tonks and airwaves of the Southern climes. The trio, especially Nelson and Haggard, have influenced a host of country musicians along with rockers of all persuasions and the entire Americana genre. The gents are touring in support of their recent double album Last of the Breed. 7:30 p.m. $38-$48. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 Hwy 49 North, Concord, N.C. 704-522-6500. www.cabarrusarena.com.
Thursday, Aug. 23 Laughing is a beautiful thing. It's refreshing, it burns calories, and it makes you happy. But laughing for a great cause only makes things even sweeter. Laugh for the Cure is an event that hopes to raise awareness and money for breast health programs in and around Charlotte. Headlining the event are comedians Ken Evans and Mike Armstrong. To go along with the jokes, there will be a silent auction in the Atrium, followed by the live auction in the theater, then the show. 6 p.m. $42. McGlohon Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.