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Wednesday

It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day — seriously. This year is the holiday’s 10th anniversary. Now you finally have that excuse to dress up like Jack Sparrow, gather up ye mateys and go swill some grog. Aye-aye, cap’n!

Thursday

Continuing its month of genealogy, the Anniston Public Library presents “Southeast Indian Research: This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Genealogy,” a presentation by Deanna Slappey on the terminology and considerations to be taken when researching Native American genealogy. The 2 p.m. talk will touch on marriage customs, clans, succession, inheritance, relationships and more.

Starting Thursday night is your last chance to catch CAST’s hilarious season opener, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The musical — the music and lyrics are written by the legendary Stephen Sondheim — tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity and satirical comments on social class. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

Friday

“Dredd 3-D” (R ): Based on the comic book (not a remake of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone movie “Judge Dredd,” which was also based on the comic), “Dredd” takes place in a dystopian city where the police act as judge, jury and executioner. Cop Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) teams with a trainee (Olivia Thirlby) to take down a gang that deals a reality-altering drug.

“End of Watch” (R ): Two young police officers are marked for death after confiscating a cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick.

“House at the End of the Street: (PG-13): A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. As you can imagine, grisly horror ensues. Star Jennifer Lawrence has yet to disappoint, so maybe it’s not too predictable.

“Trouble with the Curve” (PG-13): An ailing baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) in his twilight years takes his daughter (Amy Adams) along for one last recruiting trip. This looks to be a cute film, but let’s just hope it doesn’t end up being Clint’s last. But it’s still gotta be better than “Paint Your Wagon.”

Everyone’s favorite satirical news show, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” is live in Birmingham Friday as part of the Indecision Tour 2012. The show begins with a 10-minute video introduction by Jon Stewart, which leads into stand-up performances by cast members John Hodgman, Al Madrigal and Adam Lowitt. Immediately following the stand-up performances the cast will sit down for a Q&A with the audience, which covers everything from what it’s like writing for and being part of a hugely successful television show to what it’s like being in the political satire world. Show starts at 8 p.m. in the Jemison Concert Hall of the Alys Stephens Center. Tickets are $28.50-$48.50, available at 877-ART-TIKS or alysstephens.uab.edu.
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