4 things to do this week

Monday books: Matthew Polly at the public library

Polly is a Topeka-native and MMA fighter, plus author of the books about the sport and his experiences "Tapped Out" and "American Shaolin." He'll be speaking at 7 p.m.

Monday opera: "Trouble in Tahiti" and “Arias and Barcarolles” on campus

The KU School of Music's opera students will perform two works of American composer Leonard Bernstein at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Baustian Theater (formerly known as the Black Box) in Murphy Hall. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for general public.

Tuesday punk: Titus Andronicus at the Jackpot Music Hall

Titus Andronicus is an arty punk band from New Jersey known for literary lyrics and indie appeal. "Local Business," their third album, came out on XL last month. They'll play with Ceremony, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for 21+ and $8 for 18-21.

Wednesday books: NaNoWriMo at the public library

November is "novel-writing month" and the library is having write-ins to help you get (and stay) inspired. The event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., promises encouragement and help tracking progress.

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