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CIRCUS TO THE MAXIMUS*: FOCUSfish Flying Circus returns to the Ford Amphitheatre tonight and tomorrow for an evening of circus thrills, set to a story inspired by Hurricane Katrina. “GUSH-E.D: The Extra Dimension” features Cirque du Soleil veteran Eric Newton, Australian ballet and aerial tissu artist Rachel Bowman, breakout aerial duo Cohdi Harrell and Laura Stokes from New Mexico, the Colorado-based rock band Storytyme, the singular clown Mr. Robb from New York, the local Machina Candeo Fire Performance Company, and Two Men with Three Balls. Show starts at 8 pm.

FILM: The Aero Theatre’s holding an Ernest Borgnine double feature tonight, and the man behind McHale’s Navy himself will be there to introduce the second film. Up first at 7:30 tonight is Marty with Borgnine as a “blue-collar Bronx butcher who finds love late in life with schoolteacher Betsy Blair.” The film’s followed by the 1956 film The Catered Affair, where he plays a middle-aged New York cabbie scraping for years to save for his own cab. When daughter (Debbie Reynolds) announces that she’ll get married in a simple ceremony, her mother, played by Bette Davis (red flags here!), insists on having a wedding to impress their friends and family. (Now for the curious, IMDB says he's 91.)

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THEATRE: Suffer the Long Night is a play within a play: “A community theater company, the Merrillville Merry Art Players, has scheduled a melodrama, “Suffer The Long Night,” to kick off its new season. Unfortunately, opening night is in the middle of flu season, and 19 of the 23 original cast members come down with the flu. The show must go on, however, so the remaining players soldier on with the aid of few replacements. What else could possibly go wrong now?” Riiiight. The play runs Fridays through Sundays at 8 pm at the Meta Theatre in LA. Tickets are $20.

BLOOD FOR ART: Now do we have your attention? LIMN Gallery presents the work of Quorum this weekend - a collective of San Francisco-based artists. But here's the twist: On Sunday from 10 am-4 pm, the Quorum asks for a pint of blood in exchange for an original print of one of 13 artists. (Don't worry, it's legit. The event's being held in conjunction with the American Red Cross.) The exhibit's opening reception for will be held tonight from 7-9:30.

DANCE DOWNTOWN: The Dance Downtown series at the Music Center plaza continues tonight from 6:30-10 pm with a little zydeco music from TLou and his Superhot Zydeco Band. Cajun dance lessons will be given early in the evening and it's a public dance free-for-all into the evening. Don't forget to pack a tub of red beans and rice or shrimp etouffe for sustenance between dances.

LES MIZ: Do you want to hear the people sing? We admit it. We love the music from Les Miserables. Beginning tonight and throughout the weekend is a staged concert adaptation of the Victor Hugo-inspired play at the Hollywood Bowl.

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