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Five things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

1 Take an "Idiot's Delight" in Sierra Repertory Theatre's staging of the 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a group of Americans and Europeans trapped in an Italian resort. Today, 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. $15-$26. 532-3120.

2 Go back to school with The Plain White T's. The band behind the No. 1 summer smash "Hey There, Delilah" comes to play the California State University, Stanislaus, Associated Students Inc. Welcome Back Concert. Also playing will be New York band Head Automatica and Turlock favorites Jupiter is Useless. Today, 6 p.m. Pergola Meadows, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock. $20 general, free to Stanislaus State students with ID. 667-3833.

3 Dance with Modesto Tango as it hosts another of its Modesto milonga (dance party) events with tango master Hugo "Gato" Valdez and his partner, Andrea Monti. Today, 7:45 p.m. introductory class, 9 p.m. milonga, 10:15 p.m. performance. Jacob's Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. $5 for milonga, $10 introductory class. 522-1571.

4 Be a part of smooth jazz guitarist and vocalist Steve Oliver's new live concert DVD as he comes to record his show at the State Theatre. Today, 8 p.m. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $22-$35. 527-4697.

5 Join the Modesto Peace/Life Center as it sponsors two showings of the Iraq war documentary "No End In Sight." Sunday, 3:30 and 7 p.m. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $6-$8. 527-4697.

FREE FUN: Think globally, browse locally as you shop the fall collection of Armour sans Anguish, the one-of-a-kind clothing company with Modesto roots, at its Trunk Show also featuring accessories by Mama Cow. The free event will have snacks and music by Actively Moving. Today, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Crossroads Trading Co., 2720 McHenry Ave., Modesto.

-- Marijke Rowland


75 YEARS AGO: A crowd estimated in excess of 3,000 attended the annual fall opening of Modesto merchants. Striking window displays of the latest merchandise from world markets was featured, and a parade through the business district by the Stanislaus County Boys' Band officially opened the program.

25 YEARS AGO: William H. Eakin, president of the Modesto Tobacco & Candy Co., announced that the company expected to move into its new $1.5 million facility at Carpenter Road and Blue Gum Avenue by January. Modesto Tobacco, which wholesaled thousands of tobacco, candy and health aid items, had operated at 761 Kearney Ave. for 22 years.

-- Karen Aiello