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March 14, 2014

This week's best bets

1) Big Band

Listen to a little swing music and light rock Saturday as Tom Gustin Big Band performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Kokomo High School as part of the Kokomo Community Concerts series.

An Indiana native, Tom Gustin has spent much of his life promoting two things – jazz and Peru. He retired after 39 years as the school music educator at Peru Community Schools, and he directed and performed with the Peru Circus Festival Band for 53 years.

Throughout the course of his long musical history, he has performed at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, and has played alongside the Si Zentner Orchestra, Mel Torme, Barbara McNair, Jack Jones, Bobby Vinton, Ray McKinley and comedian John Byner, along with a host of local jazz and Dixieland groups.

Tickets are available at www.kokomocommunityconcerts.org, at the door or by phone at 765-453-0818.

2) A peek into the past

Tipton Community Theatre presents "Of Mice & Ment" tonight, Saturday and Sunday at the Tipton High School auditorium.

The play is set in California during the Great Depression, and follows two migrant workers George, a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie, a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards his version of the American dream.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children.

3) A night out for charity

Get all dolled up and head out for the Kokomo Family YMCA's annual $5,000 dinner.

The event starts at 6 p.m. tonight. There will be a silent auction, a reverse lottery for a chance to win $5,000 and dinner by Outback Steakhouse.

Tickets are $125 per couple.

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