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Trans-Siberian Orchestra schedules concert in Toledo

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 to SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. The Winter Tour 2005 will feature fan favorites. Tickets are $32.50 and $43.50 from the box office, 419-321-5007; Ticketmaster, 419-474-1333; and


Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman, a comedy show for mature audiences that focuses on male-female relationships, will be staged Oct. 6-9 at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. Show times will be 8 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 8, and 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Tickets range from $33.50 to $42.50 from the box office, 419-381-8851, and Ticketmaster or


Community Cultural Arts Organizations, a collaboration of northwest Ohio cultural arts institutions, will offer a six-part program called Expose Yourself to the Arts that will feature backstage tours, a chance to meet performers, and educational opportunities about the performances.

Programs include the Toledo Opera production of Madame Butterfly, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Valentine Theatre, where the evening will begin with a discussion with performers. The Toledo Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is next, where participants will meet at 4:45 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Stranahan Theater to tour the stage, meet the performers, and talk with the artistic director. Tickets are limited to 100, and are $125 each from 419-246-8000.


Larry the Cable Guy comes to Savage Hall at the University of Toledo for a performance at 8 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets are $41.75 from the box office, 419-530-4653, and Ticketmaster.


The JiMiller Band returns to Howard's Club H on Main Street in Bowling Green Oct. 8, playing Grateful Dead music all night for the 18-and-older crowd. Information: 419-352-9951.


WGTE Channel 30 and FM 91 along with the Toledo Area Theatre Organ Society present internationally known organist and recording artist Lance Luce In Concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Ohio Theatre, 3114 Lagrange St. Advance tickets are $10 from the box office, 419- 241-6785, or the organ society, 419-478-5959 or 419- 472-5370, or $12 at the door.

Also appearing at the theater will be comedian Heywood Banks at 8 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets are $15 and $20 from the box office.


The Tecumseh Civic Auditorium opens its 2005-06 season with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. The second event in the series will be Leahy at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Leahy consists of nine siblings ranging in age from 24 to 37, singing and step-dancing. The third show will be Will Rogers Now! on Feb. 11, 2006. Fourth in the line-up is Footworks, a percussive dance group performing March 11. The season concludes with LUMA, A Phenomenon of Light on April 8. Using black-light, colorful day-glo puppets, glowing spheres, and other objects, LUMA explores all forms of light.

The auditorium will present The Nutcracker Dec. 9-11. Individual and season tickets can be purchased through the box office, 517-423-6617.


The Valentine Theatre will hold open auditions for the The Night Before Christmas The Whole Story, from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 8, and 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at 410 Adams St. Auditioners will perform a one to two-minute song with their own accompaniment and a one to two-minute monologue. Rehearsal dates are Nov. 19-27 for performances Nov. 28-Dec. 4. Information: 419-242-3490.


Auditions for the comedy Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall will be at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Rossford United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Hwy., Rossford. Performance dates will be Dec. 1-4 in the Maumee Indoor Theatre. Information: Lora Pheils at


The Perrysburg Academy of the Performing Arts will hold auditions for The Nutcracker Saturday at their studio in the Country Charm Shopping Center in Perrysburg. Auditions for ages 6 to 10 will be from 3 to 4 p.m. and ages 10 to 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. Dancers must arrive one-half hour before audition time. A $10 audition fee is payable in advance; if interested, contact the studio at 419-874-6773.

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