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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, born on this date in 1937, "I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours."

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ART HISTORY -- The spotlight will be on our less-explored cultural treasures from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in "Western New York Art Revealed: A One-Night Vintage Fine Art Show and Sale" in Michael Donnelly Interior Design, 1534 Hertel Ave., across from Kostas Restaurant. Admission is free.

Presented by 20th Century Finest, which specializes in area artists from the first three-quarters of the past century, it will feature about 50 artworks by the likes of Virginia Cuthbert, Alex Levy, Martha Visser't Hooft and James Vullo. Prices range from $350 to $10,000 (for a Cuthbert).

Of special note, says 20th Century Finest's Dean Brownrout, are items by Rochester artist James Havens; prints by Kevin O'Callahan, founder of the Buffalo Print Club; and three works by James Koenig, husband of the artist Catherine Catanzaro Koenig.

"I think a lot of people are going to be surprised," Brownrout says. "One of the things people around here aren't quick to realize is what wonders they have in their own backyard. This is why dealers from other parts of the country have been coming here and buying our historical art."

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CHICKEN PLUS -- Chicken and ribs by BW's Barbecue will be featured from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, Route 5 and Old Lake Shore Road, Lake View. Dinner is $9, $8.50 presale. Also featured will be baked goods, bazaar items, theme baskets, Ecuadorean handmade clothing, a book sale, a bounce house, a clown with balloons and, at 2:30, a martial-arts demonstration by the Isaiah 30:15 Self-Defense Club.

Meanwhile, Church United Church of Christ, 1335 Clinton St., will host a chicken barbecue from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by a kids' "stay-n-play" session from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dinners with a quarter Weidner's barbecue chicken, macaroni salad and baked beans are $7, $5.50 presale. For information, call Shirley Dietz at 822-6152.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Fran Reimer, Suzanne Smith, Sue Currey, Kelly Paulisczak, Elaine Applebaum, William J. Jefferson, Dale Anderson, Amanda Sobczyk, Janina Barsam, Donny Wutz, Betty Jackowiak, Jonathan Hunt, Caitlin Bondanza, Eugene Smaszcz Sr., Delphine Wichrowski, Rene Pantling, Jerry Marino, Dick Lynch, Cheryl Schoenle, Colleen Cash, the Rev. G. Scott Comrie, Brian Moran, James Patrick Gallagher, Rimas Musteikis, Kyle Ratajczak, Dick Foran, Bill Laurent, Bill Rybczynski and Richard Anthony Fontana.

AND THURSDAY -- Helen Highwater Lawandus, Jeanne Ptak, Joey Sacco, Dave Gonzalez, Joe Wutz, Gary Kronbeck, Sister Joseph Marie Marczak, Marlene Gunsalus, David Charles, Lori Griffin, Francine Benzel, Dennis Raczyk, Eric Levulis, Eoin Gregg, Ramblin' Lou Schriver and Gary Maybach.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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