Decorating expert Debbie Travis will appear at 7 p.m. May 11 at the Stranahan Theater Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., as guest speaker in the Authors! Authors! series sponsored by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and The Blade. Author of the best-selling Debbie Travis' Painted House and creator and host of the television series The Painted House, she offers decorating techniques that anyone can do on a budget. Tickets are $8 from all library locations, or at the door. Tickets are $6 for students with a valid college ID. Information: 419-259-5266.
"Paris After Dark," part of the Friday night cabaret series at the Franciscan Center at Loudes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, is scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday. The evening will include the music of contemporary French composers and the comedy of C'est Magnifique. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for those 62 and older, from 419-824-3999.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for a July 14 Whitesnake Concert at the Toledo Harley Davidson parking lot, 7960 Central Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the all-ages show. Advance tickets are $25 from Toledo Harley Davidson (no service charge) and Ticketmaster, 419-474-1333 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, or $30 the day of the show.
The Village Players Theatre will present On Golden Pond May 6-21 at 2740 Upton Ave. Tickets are $14, and $12 for seniors and students from 419-472-6817.
Pounding the Pavement for A.J. will feature three rock bands uniting for a fund-raiser from 8 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at Toledo Speedway Bar & Grill, 5625 Benore Rd. A.J. is a 10-year-old Toledo child who received a liver transplant. Bands performing will be E.J. Wells & the Bleeding Deacons, Buck 69, and Society's Ugly Son. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door for the 18 and older show. Information: 419-283-6167.
The Susie Arioli Band will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday in Owens Community College's Mainstage Theatre for a night of jazz, blues, and swing music from the 1930s and '40s. Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors and Owens employees, and $10 for students from the box office, 419-661-2787.
The Toledo School for the Arts will hold Kaleidoscope 2005 at the Owens Community College Performing Arts Center May 6 and 7. An art exhibition and auction is scheduled at 5:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $40, from 419-246-8732 ext. 226.
A Tribute to Dean Martin, His Son Remembers is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the River Raisin Centre for the Arts, 114 South Monroe St., Monroe. Ricci Martin will sing his father's hit songs and answer questions. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $12 for students from 734-242-7722.
Mark Winegardner, author of The Godfather Returns, speaks at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd. The native of Bryan, Ohio, will read from his novel and explain "How We Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Mob." The program is free but seating is limited. Tickets will be available one hour prior to the program at the library. Information: 419-259-5224.
Terry Archer, one of Las Vegas' top Neil Diamond impersonators, will entertain May 6-28 at Ms. Rose's Dinner Theater, located in the DC Ranch Complex, State Rt. 25, Perrysburg. Tickets are $36 and $39. Information: 419-874-1951.
Guests are invited to solve the murder of Bubba Angus at the fourth annual Otsego Lodge Dinner Theater production of The Honky Tonk Homicide May 7 at the lodge, State Rt. 65 and 235 in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Doors open at 6 p.m.; admission is $20 per person for the fund-raiser for the Grand Rapids Arts Council. Information: 419-832-2787.