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MOVIE CHATTER

Up for the Oscars

It's never too early to make plans for Oscar Night, March 26. This year, one great place to be is Adam's Mark Hotel, where a bash will benefit Shea's Performing Arts Center. Proclaimed as Buffalo's Official Oscar Night Party, expect champagne, hors d'oeuvres from area restaurants including Daffodils, Holt's Cooking Company, Murphy's Main Street Station and the Pearl Street Grill, desserts from Say Cheesecake and yummy coffees from McCullagh Coffee. Mmmmm! And the Oscars? Oh, right, the Oscars. They'll be shown, on a large screen, for those who want to monitor Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts between mouthfuls. Drew Kahn, AM Buffalo host, is master of ceremonies. Tickets are $30 in advance; $250 for a reserved table of 10. Call Shea's at 847-1410.

Power to the people

What does democracy look like? Find out at 8 p.m. Saturday when Squeaky Wheel will be showing "This Is What Democracy Looks Like." It's part of the ongoing Saturday evening "Alternative Visions" film festival, sponsored by the University at Buffalo's Graduate Group in Marxist Studies. "This Is What Democracy Looks Like" tells of the raucous demonstrations that greeted the World Trade Organization's recent gathering in Seattle. The soundtrack throbs with the music of Rage Against the Machine, and the narrator is Susan Sarandon. On hand to introduce and discuss the film will be Jacqueline Soohen, who shot and edited it. The fun happens in Squeaky Wheel, 175 Elmwood Ave. General admission is $5. For more information, call 884-7172.

Short subjects

"Honey and Ashes" is the movie to be shown Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre as part of UB's International Women's Film Festival. In French and Arabic with English subtitles, the 1996 film tells the dramatic tale of the problematic lives and loves of three North African women in a restrictive society. General admission is $6.50. For more info, call the Market Arcade, 855-3022. . . . Keep those Valentine's Day fires burning this weekend with "Casablanca," showing in the Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Amherst, at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday.

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