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The 16th annual Buffalo Music Awards will be presented Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Funhouse, 1830 Abbott Road. Among the acts performing: Girlpope, Edn, the Release, Van Taylor's R & B All-Stars, the Buffalo Rap All-Stars and Anatara, formerly Ladyfire. Local artists will be honored in nearly 60 categories. This year, for the first time, the music awards will honor rap and hip-hop music in four categories: DJ, producer, solo performer and group.

Tiger Tom Walsh, "Storytelling Nightmares." The man from Clarence Center comes out with the ideal spoken-word CD for Halloween. Walsh is delightfully spooky with stories about ghosts, monsters and witches. Walsh learned the art of storytelling from his grandfather and he carries on the tradition in an imaginative style. Highlights include such stories as "Seven Bundles of Straw," "A Ghost in a Bottle," "Goat Boy" and "The Bell."

1. Marilyn Manson: Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Ogden Street Concert Hall, 652 S. Ogden St. Outrageous shock rockers kick out the jams with a wild show. N.Y. Loose opens.

2. Garmarna: Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Marquee at the Tralf, 100 Theater Place. Garmarna plays Swedish folk music.

3. McCarthyizm: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Michael Swain and company bring an alternative sound to Nietzsche's.

4. Big Dave and the Ultrasonics: Tonight at 10 in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. Big Dave and the band rock the blues.

5. Mercyful Fate, with King Diamond: Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Showplace Theater, 1063 Grant St. King Diamond pulls his usual mayhem on stage with metal band Mercyful Fate. Overdose opens.

Man's Laughter and Exploding Boy bring original rock tonight at 11 to Mohawk Place, 47. E. Mohawk St. . . . A Gospel Workshop will be held tonight and Saturday on the University at Buffalo North Campus. It will include a performance by the UB Gospel Choir tonight at 7 on the Mainstage Theater in the Center for the Arts. A gospel showcase will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the theater. For information, call 645-2787. . . . Billboard No. 1, Oct. 18, 1987: "Bad" by Michael Jackson.

Hot local band Mr. Wonderful Surprise?! plays Saturday at 10:30 p.m. in Merlin's, 727 Elmwood Ave. . . . Doombuggy rocks out in a CD release party Saturday at 10 p.m. in the Buffalo Nickel Lounge, 454 Pearl St. Rocketship Seven is also on the bill with Subduing Mara. . . . Scene quiz: Who said, "Bozo's on his way out"? Was it Chuckles the clown, Shakes the clown or Bob Dole? Answer: the Bobster. . . . Local rocker Greg Klyma working on a new CD due out in December. . . . The Beatles' "Anthology III" is due out Oct. 29, after many delays. . . . Buffalo R & B singer Tanya Diona recently played a gig in Las Vegas. . . . Three Man plays original music tonight at 11 in the Showplace Theater. . . . Billboard No. 1, Oct. 18, 1979: "Rise" by Herb Alpert.

The Kingston Trio plays its legendary folk sounds tonight at 8 in King Concert Hall at Fredonia State College. For information, call 673-3501. . . . Frank Tedesco of F.A.T. Man Productions has been making a mark working with local bands and record companies, including the local label Boxhead Records. Tedesco is looking for bands to send demo tapes to him at: P.O. Box 5, Buffalo, N.Y. 14213. . . . The hard rock band Extreme has broken up. The group made four CDs and sold nearly 10 million albums. . . . Random Acts of Kindness perform original music Saturday at 10 p.m. in the Central Park Grill, 2519 Main St. . . . The Last Lemming holds a CD release party tonight at 11 in Nietzsche's. . . . Billboard No. 1, Oct. 18, 1956: "Hound Dog," by Elvis Presley. . . . Folkloric Productions presents Moon Over Morocco, an evening of Middle Eastern dance and music, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Langston Hughes Center, 25 High St. For information, call 876-6291. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy Social Distortion: "There's got to be a heaven, 'cause I've already done my time in hell."

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