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Sept. 3: LPN Comedy Night. Please welcome and support the return of comedy to the former Black Door in Montpelier. With Kathleen Kanz, Taylor Scribner, Joe Gingras and Bitsy Biron. Adult content. 8 p.m. La Puerta Negra, 44 Main St., Montpelier. $5.

Sept. 4: Laugh Local Vermont Open Mic Comedy Night. Montpelier’s longest currently running monthly comedy open mic. Please support local comedy by performing or watching those that do. Sign-ups 7:30 p.m.; show starts 8 p.m. The American Legion Post #3, 21 Main St., Montpelier. Free; donations welcome. Bob: 793-3884.

Sept. 11: A Fleeting Animal: An Opera on the Judevine. A creation of Brookfield composer Erik Nielsen and Wolcott poet David Budbill. Timeless in its themes: the harm of individual isolation and the possibility of community redemption. Like all great operas, it has passion, humor and tragedy. Music inspired by French Canadian fiddle tunes, the blues, jazz and other contemporary styles.     7:30 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $25. 476-8188.

Sept. 11: The Capitol Steps. The famed and hilarious political satire group Capitol Steps perform an evening of political merriment. The material is updated constantly. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. 7:30 p.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. $36. 728-6464.

Sept. 17–Oct. 25: The Hound of The Baskervilles. Presented by Lost Nation Theater. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover. Thurs., 7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat, 8 p.m.; Sept. 19 and Sun., 2 p.m. Lost Nation Theater, City Hall Arts Center, Main St., Montpelier. $30 Fri. and Sat.,; $25 Thurs. and matinees; discounts for students and seniors. 229-0492.

Sept. 18: Stroke Yer Joke. Sign up in advance on Facebook, or sign up at the door a half hour before show time, and try five minutes of your best open-mic stand-up comedy before a live audience. 8 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free. 479-0896.

Sept. 19: Ballets with a Twist: Mint Julep and Other Spirited Dances. Reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment with an original mix of charismatic choreography, intoxicating music and exquisite costume design. Program highlights include the spunky “Shirley Temple” and Kentucky Derby-inspired “Mint Julep.” 7:30 p.m. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $20–59. 760-4634.