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Arts & Culture Family Featured Music & Events Fara Illich October 5, 2010

It’s like magic. Cooler weather hits, and live theater returns. So for all our fellow theater buffs, here’s a grab-bag of upcoming shows, from the guy who gave us the “Soup Nazi” to Fred Astaire’s favorite dance partner.
seinfeldFirst up: Jerry Seinfeld. Even in re-runs, his show never gets old. But if you’d like to hear Jerry perform some brand-new material, hop online now and get tickets for his return to the Dodge Theatre this Saturday at 7 p.m. (To whet your appetite, read “Letters from a Nut,” supposedly ghost-written by Seinfeld under the pen name Ted L. Nancy. I have two of these books, and they’re tears-running-down-your-face funny.)
Next: Dancing cheek to cheek. It’s often said that Fred Astaire gave Ginger Rogers class, and Ginger gave him sex appeal. To find out more about the small town girl who grew up to be one of Hollywood’s most dazzling dancers, check out Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical.
pet_theaterThe show features terrific dance numbers and the classic songs that Fred and Ginger brought to beautiful, heart-stopping life. See it Oct. 4-24 at the Herberger Theater.
Finally: Clowns and cats. A perfect family show, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is an amazing blend of physical comedy, world-class juggling and more than 40 performing pets. Gregory Popovich and his family, fourth generation circus performers from Russia, will bring their show to the Orpheum Theatre Oct. 8-10. Check out this short video about how they find and train their cast of dogs and cats, all rescued from animal shelters. Speaking as an animal lover, it’s a genuinely sweet story.