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Published: 2/23/2006

Patrick Stewart to perform at UM theater News of Entertainment

The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor for a three-week residency in October and November, featuring performances of Anthony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest, with film and television star Patrick Stewart in leading roles. Tickets are on sale for the seven performances of each play in the Power Center, 121 Fletcher St. The plays will be performed Oct. 24-Nov. 12. Information: 734-764-2538 or www.ums.org.

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The 2006 spring season of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's Authors! Authors! Series presented by The Blade features cartoonist Jeff Smith at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Stranahan Theater Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. After four years of drawing comic strips for Ohio State University's student newspaper starting in 1982, Smith co-founded the Character Builders animation studio in 1986. In 1991, he launched the comic book Bone, which is printed in 13 languages around the world. Tickets are $10 a person from all library locations and at the door. Information: 419-259-5266.

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Singer Michael Bubl, who has two platinum albums to his credit, will be in concert at 8 p.m. April 15 in Detroit's Fox Theater. Tickets, $68, $78, and $103, go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the theater and Joe Louis Arena box offices; Ticketmaster, 248-433-1515; and Ticketmaster.com.

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Sing! Sing! Sing!, a Tribute to Benny Goodman's famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert, takes place at 8 p.m. March 8 in the Valentine Theatre, 400 North Superior St. The show stars Ken Peplowski on clarinet and conducting the Kingdom of Swing Band, which includes some Goodman Orchestra alumni. Tickets are $25, $36, and $42 from the box office, 419-242-2787.

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The Toledo Jazz Society presents the Toledo Jazz Orchestra in a tribute to Duke Ellington at 8 p.m. March 4 in the Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center of Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. The 18-piece TJO will be under the direction of Russ Schmidt. Tickets are $22 for jazz society members, $25 for nonmembers, and $5 for students. Information: 419-824-3999.

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Snoopy! the musical will be staged March 3-5 and 10-12 in the Croswell Opera House, 129 East Maumee St., Adrian. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $15 for children ages 13-18, and $10 for ages 12 and younger. Information: 517-264-7469.

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The Village Players will host the First Look Series of new plays by local writers. Three new plays by northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan playwrights will receive developmental readings at the theater, followed by a reception and discussion.

There is no fee to enter, and no restrictions on length, cast size, or subject matter, but playwrights must be from northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan. Submissions will be accepted Wednesday through Sept. 1; scripts must be typed and securely bound, with author contact information on the cover. Winners will be announced in November. Send scripts to Dave DeChristopher, the Aural Stage, 1833 Mansfield Rd., Toledo, OH 43613.

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The Toledo-Lucas County Library presents Poetry Lives Here, a free six-part series for teens interested in bringing their words to life, from 11 a.m. to 12:30

p.m. Saturday in the McMaster Family Center at the main library, 325 Michigan St. The program features David Bush, the library's appointed poet-in-residence. Information: 419-259-5297.

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The MS JAM 2006 MS Society fund-raiser takes place from 2:30 to 11 p.m. March 4 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, 8514 State Rt. 108, Wauseon. The event includes six bands, five acoustic artists, food, raffles, and door prizes. Adult tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets for children ages 12-17 are $5. Ages 11 and under will be admitted free. Information: 419-356-6208 or 419-283-6167.

AUDITIONS

The Williams County Community Theater will hold auditions for Harvey at 7 p.m. March 6 and 8 in the Montpelier Theater, 501 South East Ave., Bryan, Ohio. The show runs April 27-May 7. Information: 419-485-3861.

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Fremont Community Theatre will hold auditions for Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday in the theater, 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Performance dates will be May 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21. Information: 419-332-0775.



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