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This week Some recommended events for the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1

>TODAY

Hit the Hood

What: Black Rock walking tour

Why: Discover and learn about the historic community that is Black Rock.

What else: In 1817, the Village of Black Rock lost to the Village of Buffalo in a historic competition to become the western terminus of the Erie Canal. As time passed, little Black Rock annexed to the City of Buffalo in 1853 and became a thriving enclave in the burgeoning city.

Info: 1 to 3 p.m. Presented by Buffalo Tours for $10. Meet at Amherst and Niagara streets.

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Musical Gift

What: Recital by clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester

Why: He has been called "that rare find, an artist whose brilliant mastery of his instrument is matched by sound and secure gifts as a musician."

What else: Program includes fantasy on themes from Verdi's Rigoletto.

Info: 3 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall's Mary Seaton Room. Free from the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

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>TUESDAY

Original Lounge Lizard

What: Jackie Jocko

Why: See if you can name his tunes!

What else: This Buffalo classic entertains from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Info: E.B. Green's, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Fountain Plaza.
Media Sensation

What: "A Face in the Crowd" film screening

Why: Handouts with production details, anecdotes and critical comments about this film classic available in the Market Arcade lobby 45 minutes before the movie.

What else: 7 p.m. at Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main St.

Tickets: adults $9, students $7, seniors $6.50.

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WEDNESDAY

Afternoon Delight

What: Discovering Sam Spade and the Maltese Falcon (lecture)

Why: One can never get enough of Bogie.

What else: With Richard Layman.

Info: Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square.

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Black Flag Alum

What: Henry Rollins Spoken Word Tour

Why: To celebrate the end of the Bush Era!

What else: It's Rollins' favorite month!

Info: 7 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. 852-3900. www.townballroom.com. $22 advance, $24 day of show (box office, Tickets.com).

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SATURDAY

Freak Out!

What: Spook-tune concert with music from the Maniacs (Grateful Dead) and Hey You (Pink Floyd). Why: Street performers all night. Art show, too!

What else: A 1960s costume contest with prizes, so dress in your best psychedelic gear.

Info: Doors open at 7 p.m. at Club Infinity, 8166 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets $7 advance, $10 door.

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