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Best things to do in Charlotte | April 13-19

The Charlotte Jazz Festival — which kicked off Thursday — sprinkles jazz around uptown throughout the weekend. Performances from Canadian husband-and-wife duo Parlor Social and Afro-Cuban-flavored combo The Pedrito Martinez Group at Romare Bearden Park (5:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively) bookend Wynton Marsalis’ return to Knight Theater with “The Music of Thelonious Monk” (7:30 p.m.). Saturday music begins at 11 a.m. in the Jazz Tent at Romare Bearden with the Ocie Davis Quintet, followed by the Young Jazz Artists competition, and the Joey Defrancesco Trio, which builds up to Marsalis leading “Leonard Bernstein at 100” at Knight. Innovative Harlem collective Mwenso & the Shakes’ “Protest Songs from Africa to America” closes out the Jazz Tent Saturday with a timely concert of protest music through the ages; the festival ends Sunday with student performances at Knight. The Pavilion outside Levine Center for the Arts also features continuous free live music throughout the weekend and Knight will present Late Night Jams in its new basement venue Knight Underground at 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$92.50.

Alex the Lion, Melman the giraffe, and Marty the Zebra bound from screen to stage in Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s production of “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure,” a 75-minute musical based on Dreamworks’ animated movie. 7:30 p.m. Friday, with Saturday and Sunday performances through May 6. McColl Family Theater at ImaginOn. $12-$28.

Lebanese-American comedian Nemr, whose name is synonymous with standup in the Middle East, brings his globetrotting new show “Love Isn’t the Answer” to The Comedy Zone. His three-night stay continues with 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. shows Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows Saturday. $20-$25.

Local celebrities and TV and radio personalities join former and current Carolina Panthers and team mascots like Sir Purr, Homer the Dragon and Hugo the Hornet as they compete in Olympic-style sporting events during the inaugural Charlotte Legends Club Celebrity Mascot Olympics. It’s a fundraiser for the Thomas Davis’ Defending Dreams Foundation and the March Forth With Hope Foundation. Noon-4 p.m. Olympic Community High School. $15-$25.

The Ballantyne celebrates NC Beer Month by premiering its Cherry Blossom Dubbel, a seasonal brew created with Sugar Creek Brewing Company. The new craft beverage will debut from noon to 5 p.m. at the Ballantyne Beer Garden on the South Lawn, with live music and an a la carte menu.

It’s a tribute band showdown when Abbey Road faces Satisfaction in “Beatles vs. Stones.” Accompanied by Northwest School of the Arts’ String Quartet (featuring students Margaret Hankins, Kyra Totillo, Rebekah McMillian and Andrew Beauregard) on a number of songs, this long-held rivalry will be decided on the stage at McGlohon Theater. 7 p.m. $35-$65.

Comedian, author and actor Demetri Martin — a former regular on “The Daily Show” — performs two stand-up sets of his trademark music and art-aided deadpan comedy at 7 and 9:30 p.m., respectively. The award-winning writer’s latest book, “If It’s Not Funny It’s Art,” was published in September. Comedy Zone. $35.

The Tony and Grammy Award-winning show “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” returns for six days to celebrate the life and work of the hit-writing ’70s pop singer whose “Natural Woman,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend” (to name a few) provided a soundtrack for a generation of women. Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Ovens Auditorium. $25-$94.50.

Follow the evolution of tango through history with Tango Lovers’ performance “I Am Tango,” which sets its lead character on a journey through different eras and cultures as changing styles, fashion, music and art influence music and dance. 7 p.m. McGlohon Theater. $45-$99.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center kicks off its outdoor concert season with the annual TuckFest. A mix of activities such as paddling, obstacle races, biking, canoeing, scavenger hunts and yoga, there’s also live music from bands including jam funk stalwarts Lettuce. 4 p.m. The event is free to watch. Participants can register online. $35 for adults. $25 for children 9 and under.

 

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