If not for bats, humans could not live in the Midwest. Why? We wouldn't survive the biting insects. The California Bat Conservation Fund puts it this way: "If a bat swoops close to you ... it is trying to catch the mosquitoes or other insects that are hunting you" (emphasis ours). We should be thanking chiropterans instead of telling lies about their bloodsucking ways, people! The Lively Foundation tells legends about bats from around the world at "That Old Bat Magic: New Bat Tales," a variety show celebrating our friends, the late-night bug-eaters. (The perspective is "always very pro-bat," assures the foundation's Web site.) Spearheaded by choreographer Leslie Friedman, the batstravaganza includes banjo, modern dance, musical theater, a performance by "Bats" Domino, mosquito-lunch jokes, and something called "The Texas Love Potion Story."
Sun., Oct. 21, 3 p.m., 2007