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Behind the Scenes

The University at Buffalo is accepting entries from high school poets for its fourth annual UB Poetry Contest. All entries must be in English and consist of no more than 25 lines. Only one poem per contestant may be submitted. Entry forms and entries must be submitted by mail to UB Poetry Contest, University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, 810 Clemens Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260, and postmarked by Feb. 5. No e-mail or fax submissions will be accepted. For more information, call 645-2711 or e-mail mrbewley@buffalo.edu.

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The Grand Island Community Chorus is seeking new members. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome. The chorus will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.

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Auditions

The Lancaster Opera House will hold auditions for actors between ages 18 and 50 for its upcoming production of "Stuart Little" from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7 in the opera house, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. Prepare a monologue; advance registration is requested. For more information or to schedule and appointment, call 683-1776.

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Antecesores, a Latino theatrical company, is seeking female and male Spanish-speaking actors for an upcoming play. Auditions will take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 10 in Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley. Bring a headshot and a comic monologue. For more information, call 867-2880.

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Opera-Lytes will hold auditions for the upcoming production of "The Pajama Game" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11. An accompanist will be provided. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 837-3440.

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Calls for Works

Big Orbit Gallery is seeking submissions for its annual members exhibition. All current, new and renewing members of Big Orbit are invited to participate. All work should be ready to hang. All work should be labeled with artist's name, title, process, date and sale price. Video submissions are limited to works or excerpts not exceeding 10 minutes in length. If you wish to submit a longer piece for screening, you must provide your own equipment. For more information and guidelines, visit www.bigorbitgallery.org or call Sean at 560-1968. Drop-off dates are from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 3 or 4 (or by appointment).

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Area Artists

A documentary film co-directed by University at Buffalo faculty member Sarah Elder has been added to the prestigious National Film Registry as part of a select group of films that includes "Rocky," "Blazing Saddles" and "Halloween." A place on the list ensures the film will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act. Twenty-five films are selected each year by the National Film Preservation Board. Elder's work has become a recognized model for documentary media, serving both native Alaskan communities and the wider independent documentary world.

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-- Evonne Austin

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