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If it's cabaret you're after, you'll have a couple of diametrically opposed offerings starting tonight. The first is a one-time, cabaret-style benefit performance featuring cast members from the touring show "Legally Blonde" at 11 tonight in Shea's Smith Theatre (660 Main St.). Tickets for the show are $15 and will benefit AIDS Community Services.

The second offering, arriving just in time for the Halloween season, is a show called "Strange Cabaret," opening at 8 tonight in the ALT Theatre (255 Great Arrow Drive). The show is the brainchild of local actor, artist and set designer David Butler and director Drew McCabe. It will feature an assortment of ghoulish dances, ethereal musical numbers and, as the news release boasts, "singing hordes of the un-dead." The show was inspired in part by the writings of the late American horror master H.P. Lovecraft, meaning that it will no doubt carry the macabre and cosmic overtones for which Lovecraft and his myriad acolytes -- including Butler and McCabe -- are known.

The show runs through Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, with the exception of Halloween itself, when the show will start at 9 p.m. and will be followed by a costume party. Tickets are $10 to $15, and more information is online at www.alttheatre.com.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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