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Julie Roberts, right, performs tonight with warm-up act Shane Owens performs at B & amp;B



Published: Thu, August 18, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Julie Roberts, right, performs tonight with warm-up act Shane Owens performs at B & amp;B Backstage, Boardman. Fans will be able to get a taste of Owens' soon-to-be-released album "Let's Get On It" at the concert. Doors open at 6.

Strange but true: Pittsburgh glam rockers The Science Fiction Idols are for real. The band hits the Hi-Fi Club, 11729 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, tonight with doors opening at 8. Saturday night, the Idols will be at Annabell's, 782 W. Market St., Akron, at 10 p.m.

Family fun? Sophisticated comedy? You can get it all at the Warren Community Amphitheatre. The Children's Museum of the Valley will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. with activities for the kids in the picnic pavilions at adjacent Perkins Park. Then, at 7:30, Robert Post brings his physical comedy to the amphitheater stage. Post is an expert in mime, acting, juggling, ventriloquism and has a keen sense of the absurd. One New York critic said his show has a "sophisticated air" about it. Both events are free and are sponsored by the Trumbull County Fine Arts Council.

Top Hat Productions kicks off its 2005-06 season with "Man of La Mancha." The play, directed by Brian Palumbo, is a powerful blend of tragedy, romance, comedy and adventure. Robert Noble plays the lead character, Don Quixote. The dinner-theater production will be held at the Fairview Arts & amp; Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road on Aug. 26, 27; Sept. 9, 10, 23 and 24. Cost is $25 and includes dinner, which begins at 6:30 each evening. For reservations, call 330-503-1160.

Umphrey's McGee, which RollingStone magazine dubbed "a band to watch," brings their edgy songcraft and virtuoso playing to Mr. Small's Theatre, Pittsburgh, on Tuesday, and to Cleveland's House of Blues on Sept. 8. Expect a jaw-dropping performance with plenty of irreverent humor and serious nonsense. Tickets will be available at the door.

It's not too early to start thinking about Halloween. The third annual Freaker's Ball, featuring Alice Cooper, right, will be held Oct. 7 at Tower City Amphitheater at 7:30. Cooper, who pioneered a theatrical and violent brand of hard rock, still is touring -- and shocking people. Tickets are $29.50 and $17.50 and go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster. A midway of freaks, geeks, Tarot card readers and fortune tellers will be set up, and area haunted houses will also provide some scary fun.

More rock on the way to Cleveland's Agora: Our Lady Peace, Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8; and Trapt, Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.




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