If you don't think that assassins, despite their "moral flexibility," can be intelligent, charming or, heck, downright lovable, you should rent Grosse Pointe Blank. (You also don't want to miss out on John Cusack puncturing a guy's jugular with a ball point pen.) Or if you're ready for some real-life hit men--uh, hit persons--get in on Quad C's staging of Assassins with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald to "Squeaky" Fromme to John Hinckley, Assassins presents president-killers and wannabes in a gentler, though not completely forgiving, light. Following the performances October 8 and October 10, audiences can participate in talk-back sessions with opportunities to discuss the "political and historical implications" of the show. Just don't ask for tips on getting past White House security. Assassins opens October 2 at 8 p.m. at John Anthony Theatre, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. Tickets are $10 to $15, and admission is free with donation of a large, brand-new stuffed animal for Adam's Animals. Call 972-881-5100. --Michelle Martinez
Use that noodle
Some people like to label Dallas as a pretentious, money-driven city. An L.A. without the beach, or N.Y.C. without the towering buildings. The Liberty Noodles advertisements don't hinder that viewpoint. But they are a cool concept. They give the dish about noodle eaters through an explanation of occupation and liberties. Governor Rick Perry took the liberty of naming October Texas Wine & Restaurant Month. In conjunction with this, Liberty Noodles will offer a special multicourse Texas wine dinner designed by local celebrity chefs every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. throughout the month. Cost is $55 a pop, reservations are required and a percentage of proceeds will benefit Texas Restaurant Association's Education Foundation. Liberty Noodles is located at 5600 W. Lovers Lane at the Tollway. Call 214-350-1133. --Desirée Henry
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Those who awake in a cold sweat from nightmares filled with distorted, doll-like carny folk, please back away slowly from 500X Gallery. If you're more daring, enter and get acquainted with Bruce Humphries' Freak! installation--a set of cast aluminum, steel and "found object" sculptures arranged in a circus-style tableau. The almost-human figures exhibit a quirky charm that blurs the line between grotesque and captivating. His wife and fellow artist, Sarah Potter, presents softer sculptures--literally--since she chooses to work with various fibers and textiles to create pieces that reference themes of family and memory. Develop your love for fabric and freaks in the upstairs space at 500X Gallery, 500 Exposition Ave., beginning with a reception October 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 214-828-1111. --Michelle Martinez