The Historic Preservation Society of Durham sponsors the Renovators Network series, monthly meetings for individuals interested in learning about researching, buying, renovating and maintaining older homes. The October workshop topic will be New Kitchens/Old Houses, with architect Nathan Isley. Participants will visit two locations to discuss "before" issues presented by an early 1900s kitchen and "after" details in a newer model kitchen. 10 a.m. 1010 W. Trinity Ave., Durham. Perry Pike (919) 682-3036, Perry@PreservationDurham.org. www.preservationdurham.org.
Broadway Series South presents the professional touring version of the Broadway musical Aida, Oct. 23-Nov. 3. Elton John and Tim Rice theatricize Giuseppe Verdi's opera about a royal love triangle in ancient Egypt. The duo, who gave the world the music to The Lion King, collaborated with David Henry Hwang and Tony-winning set and costume designer Bob Crowley in this flashy spectacle. BTI Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $21-$70. (919) 834-4000. www.broadwayseriessouth.com.
Carolina Theatre presents the New Shanghai Circus for an evening of arching, spinning and acrobatics. Hailing from Mainland China, the company has toured nationally and internationally, to sold-out performances and critical acclaim. Juggling, tumbling, balancing and awe-inspiring magic, highlights an evening of family entertainment. "Kids' Fun Activities" begin 45 minutes before the show. Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m. 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. (919) 560-3030. $20, $15
Concerts at St. Stephen's presents the Raleigh Flute Choir, a chamber music ensemble composed of flutists from central North Carolina. In their 16 years of existence, the choir has performed music spanning the Renaissance to the present, at Colonial Williamsburg, Biltmore Estate, the N.C. Bach Festival, Piccolo Spoliator and the White House, and released two widely acclaimed CDs. 4 p.m. 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham. (919) 493-5451. Free.