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Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center—Boy, if I had a dollar for every time I've heard an 8-year-old belt out "Tomorrow," I'd be ... well, able to buy groceries for a couple weeks, anyway. A favorite of school plays, talent shows and countless theater auditions, the score for Annie is one of those things that just gets stuck in your head. The adaptation of Harold Gray's classic comic strip (currently being reprinted by IDW Publishing) has proven to be one of the most enduring works of American theater, to the point where there's even a documentary called Life After Tomorrow, dealing with the fates of such former Annie orphans as Sarah Jessica Parker. A new generation can now enjoy the full-scale production at Memorial Auditorium, running through Nov. 23. Was anyone else ever creeped out by the fact that the comic strip version of Annie had no pupils? Leapin' Lizards indeed. For more information, visit —Zack Smith

FVD Student Film Retrospective
Griffith Film Theater, Duke Campus—Ah, student films. They can either be the first step on a director's burgeoning career, or proof that most people should stay behind the camera (a tip to film students—do not spend five full minutes using slow motion and extreme angles to depict a couple breaking up). But for the cream of the crop when it comes to student films, come to Duke University's FVD Student Film Retrospective to see its selection of the best short films by students of Duke's Film/ Video/ Digital Program, including several festival award winners. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. at Griffith Film Theater in the Bryan Center, and is free and open to the public. —Zack Smith

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