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'Contact' opening in the Stranahan

Contact, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, opens tomorrow in the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. The evening consists of three short stories about the pursuit of love, told mostly through dance. Performances times are 8 p.m. tomorrow and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. The production is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets range from $32.50 to $41.50 from the box office, 419-381-8851, and Ticketmaster, 419-474-1333.


The Valentine Theatre, 400 North Superior St., presents the St. Petersburg Ballet in Romeo & Juliet at 7:30 tonight. Co-presented with the Toledo Ballet, the production is set to music by Sergei Prokofiev. Tickets are $20, $39 and $49 from the box office, 419-242-2787.


Board the Blues Express! A few seats are left on a bus heading to Memphis Feb. 3-5 for the 21st International Blues Challenge. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. Feb. 2 from Toledo Speedway for three days of blues on Beale Street. Round trip coach transportation is $100; hotel accomodations are $51.03 each night. Deposit is due today. Black Swamp Blues Society winners Simon Carter is competing in the band category, and Patrick Lewandowski in the solo/duo category. Also at the IBS will be Johnny Reed & the Houserockers, and Detroit's entry, Lady Sunshine and the X Band. Information: Rolly or Sue Hough, 419-478-2539.


The Anti-Villains team up with the Sauce tomorrow night in the Happy Badger, 1855 South Reynolds Rd. Singer-songwriter Sarah Cohen has joined forces with the Sauce for an evening of rhythm and blues. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; cover is $6. Information: 419-389-0021.


Mickey Finn's Pub, 602 Lagrange St., presents Soul Kitchen at 9:30 p.m. Friday; cover is $5. Saturday, the "Carnival of Creativity," a multi-media art expo, is scheduled beginning at 6 p.m. Artists and musicians include Jeff Stewart, Kyle White, Vytas, Hypodermic, Tranquil, and Schmuck Ba; cover is $6. Sunday, the Toledo School for the Arts will perform at 3 p.m. There is no cover charge. The Open Blues Jam with Johnny Reed begins at 8:30 p.m. On Monday, the pub presents the third annual Vistula Independent Film Festival, with 15 area filmmakers showcasing their works at 8 p.m.; cover is $3. Seating is limited. Information: 419-246-3466.


The Ritz Players present The Lion in Winter by James Goldman this weekend and next in the theatre, 30 South Washington St., Tiffin. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets range from $8 to $12. Information: 419-448-8544.


A bluegrass concert featuring the family bluegrass band One Way Rider, with Bass Boy and Chittlin', will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Rotary Park Hall on Wood Street in Wauseon. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Information: 419-337-7542 or


Way Public Library, 101 East Indiana Ave., Perrysburg continues its Reel Talk classic film series at 10 a.m. tomorrow with the showing of the 1940 film Rebecca. This was Alfred Hitchcock's first American film and only Best Picture Oscar. A guest speaker will discuss the film afterwards. No reservations are needed, and admission and refreshments are free. Information: 419-874-3135.


• Godspell: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the Croswell Opera House, 129 East Maumee St., Adrian. Production dates are March 18-20 and 24-26. Information: 517-263-6868.

• Much Ado About Nothing: 7 p.m. Tuesday through Jan. 21 in Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Twenty-five performers ages 16 and up are needed, with auditions open to all community members. Production dates are April 8-24. Information: Cynthia Stroud at

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