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Cirque du Soleil acrobats practice Wednesday at Agganis Arena. Cirque du Soleil acrobats practice Wednesday at Agganis Arena. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
September 9, 2011

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Under the watchful eye of artistic director Jeannot Painchaud, the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s show “Quidam’’ prepped for a series of shows at Agganis Arena. . . . Celts star Ray Allen is staying sharp while he - and the rest of us - wait to see if there will be an NBA season. We’re told Allen worked out twice this week with the Boston College basketball team. . . . Before departing Boston, where she was hyping her new movie “Footloose,’’ Julianne Hough and friends had dinner at Legal Sea Foods in Terminal B at Logan. . . . Former president Bill Clinton will be at Tufts Nov. 6 to deliver the Issam M. Fares Lecture. Previous speakers have included former President George H. W. Bush, former British PMs Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher, and Clinton’s wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.