THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Ever wanted to travel where the author traveled? In response, the Main Library will be transformed into the journey from authors Jane and Michael Stern's novel, Roadfood Sandwiches, for A Taste of Novello. The different shops the authors wrote about will be on display. Not only will the library be transformed into scenes from the book, but you will also get to taste the actual sandwiches. This event includes live music, and a tasty journey of sandwiches, desserts, beer and wine. 6 p.m. $30. Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St. 704-416-0711. www.novellofestival.org. (Kristian Coley)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Forget about Ringo, Paul, George and John. The Fab Four who headed 180° south of musical immortality have somehow been resurrected again as Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings makes its Charlotte debut at Halton Theater through Oct. 7. You have no idea how square squareness can get until you hear Sparky, Frankie, Smudge and Jinx take us back to the harmonious void of the pre-rock era. Backbeat? Never heard of it! This time around, The Four Plaids perform a special Yuletide-flavored concert, threatening to put the "Day-O" into excelsis as the quartet shanghais Christmas to the Caribbean. CPCC Theatre's musical comedy croons. Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m. $13-$17. Halton Theatre, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. www.halton.cpcc.edu. (Tannenbaum)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Enjoy the company of your family at the Best Fest @ First. Play Moon Walk Bouncy with the kids and get your face painted for fun. Indulge in snacks like popcorn and lemonade while enjoying the 30-minute concerts in the Sanctuary. Don't want to watch the concert? Fine, attend the silent auction and craft fair-fellowship. After all these fun festivities, it's time to eat. Family dinner this Saturday will not be the traditional way, a delicious catered dinner and a concert full of Broadway tunes to follow. The concert will feature "First Church Singers" and director John-Palmer Smith. 3 p.m.-8 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St. 704-333-9081. www.fumcharlotte.org. (Kristian Coley)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 If you've kept up with the recent headlines involving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then you're aware that their new name should be "Buccin' the Law." DUIs and testing positive for GHB, the date-rape drug, aside, haven't you fellas been tracking the demise of Michael Vick? Tsk, tsk, tsk. Well, Carolina Panthers fans, greet them in the only manner appropriate when they stop in our town. Clank, clank! The 0-1 Bucs are shooting for a win here in the Queen City. So, give 'em hell Jake & Co., because this season, we're going all the way, baby! 4:05 p.m. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St. 704-358-7800. www.panthers.com.