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One-Act Play Festival: The Center Players featuring Linda Blondel, Betsy Cochran, Jody Forman, Larry Goldstein, Jim Horstkotte, Karen Katz, Linda Leva, Morgan Nowlen and Mary Shore, 6 p.m., The Center at Belvedere, (434) 974-7756, free, everyone welcome.

University of Virginia Department of Drama Dance Program: Fall Dance Concert has been canceled while the community grieves the deaths of Devin Chandler, D’Sean Perry, and Lavel Davis Jr. Ticketholders will receive emails from the UVa Arts Box Office regarding refunds. (434) 924-3376.

John Shanesy and the Accommodation: 7 p.m., Durty Nelly’s Pub, (434) 295-1278, no cover.

Preview of “Violet”: 7:30 p.m., Live Arts, (434) 977-4177, Ext. 123, free.

Paramount Presents: National Theatre Live — “Straight Line Crazy”: 7 p.m., Paramount Theater, (434) 979-1333, $15, $13 senior and $11 students.

Orion & The Melted Crayons/ Pink Beds: 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m., The Southern Café and Music Hall, (434) 977-5590, $15, $12 advance.

Bill Cole & The Untempered Ensemble: Part of Artist-in-Residence program, 7:30 p.m., Dome Room of the University of Virginia Rotunda, (434) 924-3376, free.

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Live Music in the Orchard: Matty Metcalfe: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Albemarle CiderWorks, (434) 297-2326, no cover, reservations encouraged.

University of Virginia Baroque Orchestra: Fall Concert, 8 p.m., Cabell Hall Auditorium, (434) 924-3376, $10, $9 UVa faculty and staff members,…

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