Brand Aid In these tough economic times, people in the arts need any leg up they can get. So on Oct. 21, the Strand Theater (1823 N. Charles St.,  874-4917, strandtheatercompany.org) is hosting a branding workshop for artists, nonprofits, and small business called "The Power of Stories: A Crash Course in Branding" from 9 a.m.-noon. Call (410) 433-1409 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Just be careful artsy types: Branding is what saddled Baltimore with "Get In On It."
Dance Fever Local theater/dance troupe Deviated Theatre takes the stage at University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Fine Arts Building (1000 Hilltop Circle,  455-1000, deviatedtheatre.org) Oct. 23-25 with one of its unconventional performances. This one is called Lore: A Mystery Awaits and follows the misadventures of a medieval-ish town through class warfare, the plague, and a mysterious key. For those who like their dance a bit more traditional, Ballet Theatre of Maryland pirouettes its way through Beauty and the Beast on Oct. 24-25 in the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts (801 Chase St., Annapolis,  263-8289, balletmaryland.org) in Annapolis.
Pole Position Baltimore Polesque, which claims--and we have no reason to doubt it--to be "Baltimore's only pole dancing and burlesque troupe" makes its debut spin at the Whole Gallery (405 W. Franklin St., 3rd floor,  752-1816, baltimorepoledancetroupe.com) with a Halloween-themed show Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. Don't get too excited, though, the show is a never-nude.
Ya Ha Deedle Deedle Ponder what you would do if you were a rich man or a Jew in Tsarist Russia as the touring production of Fiddler on the Roof continues its run at the Hippodrome (12 N. Eutaw St.,  547-7328, ticketmaster.com). The production stars Chaim Topol, who has played Tevye more than 2,500 times including in the 1971 movie. And it's billed as the 74-year-old's farewell tour. Sunrise, sunset.
Openings Three plays kick off on Oct. 23. Factory Edge Theatre Works jump starts its very existence with a production of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Mobtown Theater (3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 114,  522-0216, factoryedgetheatreworks.tix.com). This isn't a sing-and-dance-along with the movie, it's a real live show. You can still call Janet a slut, though. The Prevalence of Mrs. Seal opens at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre (817 St. Paul St.,  752.1225, spotlighters.org), offering a mystical look at mortality in time for All Hallow's Eve. And the Vagabond (806 S. Broadway,  563-9135, vagabondplayers.org) isn't waiting until after Thanksgiving--or Halloween, for that matter--to trigger your pre-holiday panic with the comedy Christmas Belles.
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