NIGHT AT THE OPERA Peabody Opera takes on three French pieces--Jean-Philippe Rameau's Adonis, Christoph Willibald Gluck's L'ivrogne corrigé, and Gaetano Donizetti's Rita--Oct. 19 in the school's Miriam A. Freidberg Concert Hall (1 E. Mount Vernon Place,  234-4800, peabody.jhu.edu) at 7:30 p.m. The program, entitled Opera Potpourri: A Trio of One-Act Operas in French, is part of Free Fall Baltimore, so you can get a taste of opera without spending any dough, though advance registration is recommended.
POE FOR A DAY Maryland Humanities Council offers a Free Fall Baltimore event of its own Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theater (1823 N. Charles Street,  874-4917, mdhc.org). As is de rigueur in Baltimore, it fetes Edgar Allan Poe, but with a twist. The first 10 participants to sign up that night will be given Poe works to perform. They then sing, dance, draw, or otherwise interpret the work in head-to-head Poe-offs that end with only one Poe left standing. 10 Poes enter; 1 Poe leaves.
VAUDEVILLE LIVES Glitterama! hits the Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave.,  276-1651, creativealliance.org) Oct. 17 with two shows at 7 and 10 p.m. The shenanigans, hosted by Greggy Glitterati, include burlesque, boylesque, a trapeze artist, and a mistress of tiny hats.
AUDITIONS Fells Point Corner Theatre (251 S. Ann St.,  276-7837, fpct.org) is holding auditions Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. for a live radio play version of It's a Wonderful Life. Besides George and Mary, FPCT is looking for a few actors to play multiple parts. For more information contact director Mike Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLOSINGS Speaking of FPCT, this weekend is your last chance to see a drag version of Swan Lake as its production Love! Valour! Compassion! (pictured above) does its own swan song Oct. 18. Run of the Mill Theater's Lysistrata at St. John's Church (2640 St. Paul St., (410) 235-2210, runofthemilltheater.org) ends Oct. 18, too.
As rabid So You Think You Can Dance fans already know, season five's top 10 and then some will hit 1st Mariner Arena (201 W. Baltimore St., ticketmaster.com) Oct. 15 to offer the highlights from a season of amazing dancers but lackluster choreography. Still, if you love the show or dance in general, it's not to be missed.
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