thursday, OcT. 18 It's a tale as old as time: boy meets girl, they fall in love, hitch despite their families' hate for each other, boy and girl die in the name of love. Now, doesn't that sound just like a Hallmark card? Jokes aside, if you got through ninth grade English (wait, that's aiming a little high) – if you remember that movie with Leonardo DiCaprio and the guns, then you're familiar with the Romeo and Juliet legend. Opera Carolina is pleased to present the world's most famous love story sung in Italian as Roméo et Juliette. Don't worry, a screen with English subtitles will be on display. Let love's beautiful tragedy enthrall you all over again. 7:30 p.m. $15-$95. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.operacarolina.org.
Friday, oct. 19 So, Charlotte hockey fans ... do you feel lucky? Luck or not, the hockey season has commenced and it's time to show some support for the guys who take their lives in their hands every time they hit the ice. Seriously, have you ever seen the same number of injuries on a football player? Geesh! The Charlotte Checkers welcome the Columbia Inferno in a game that's sure the set the ice ablaze with checks, break-aways, and slapshots. 7:30 p.m. $10-$30. Charlotte Bobcats Arena, 333 E. Trade St. 704-342-4423. www.gocheckers.com.
SATURDAY, oct. 20 Diana Ross suggested back in 1970 that we should "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." The folks at the McColl Center for Visual Art and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design have taken that idea even further. They propose to gather participants to create a tangible as well as symbolic link between their two offices in a project named Threads of the Community. The estimated quarter-mile long outside installation will span North Tryon Street. The fiber pieces are to be crocheted, knitted, weaved, or braided until one single work of art is the result. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.
mondaY, oct. 22 The Queen City has certainly had its share of comic relief lately. What with this whole light rail debacle and a whole laundry list of other issues. However, one thing we are good at is laughing at ourselves. LOL. But, seriously, it does help when there's a comedian onstage to help you through the process. The Comedy Zone and the Blumenthal Perfoming Arts Center have teamed up to sponsor a comedy series. Next up, is NBC's Last Comic Standing Tour. The search for the globe's funniest men and women takes a closer approach. See your favorites from this past season. 8 p.m. $10-$44. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. www.blumenthalcenter.org.