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Caspar Babypants helps kick off Arts Crush. Photo courtesy Brian Kasnyick.

Free theater tickets. Dance workshops. Interactive art exhibits. A marathon book-writing session. It’s a month-long Arts Crush, and it starts Friday. But all the insiders know that the real fun starts Sunday at the Kickoff Fair, 11am-2pm at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion, when you can line up for all those free tickets. Caspar Babypants (pictured) plays your queue music. Oct 1-31.

BOOKS & TALKS It’s ladies’ night tonight at Hugo House’s Cheap Beer and Prose, with a stacked lineup of female writers reading from their latest work as you enjoy $1 PBRs.

Ubercreative film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) talks vampires and DreamWorks at EMP tonight at 7. Do you have your ticket?

THEATER When two couples meet to discuss a playground dustup between their kids, things get nutty. Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play God of Carnage is in previews at Seattle Rep starting tomorrow. Oct 1-24.

COMEDY Even though Jennifer Coolidge has starred in top film comedies like A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, she’ll always be Stifler’s mom to us. She brings her stand-up act to the Triple Door tomorrow night at 7:30 and 10:15.

FILM FEST Northwest Film Forum kicks off its 13th annual Local Sightings festival on Friday with the world premiere of documentary Citizen Mayor—and the party of the weekend, with costumes circa 1995 encouraged and sumo wrestling bouts MC’d by Grant Cogswell. Oct 1-6.

ART PARTY Be one of the first to see SuttonBeresCuller’s new exhibit Panoptos at Henry Art Gallery, plus enjoy beer, wine, cupcakes, and live music at a late-night open house tomorrow night.

CONCERT John Roderick, chief songwriter and frontman of local indie band the Long Winters, closes out his Triple Door residency with an acoustic show with LW pal Eric Corson, tonight at 8.

(Thanks dorsiafilms for use of this video.)