1. Happy 211th birthday, Millard Fillmore! Once again the University at Buffalo, the Forest Lawn Group and the Buffalo Club will host a gathering at 10 a.m. at his grave site in Forest Lawn to celebrate Buffalo's First Citizen of the 19th century, the man who played a major role in founding many of our cultural, civic and community organizations. Giving the memorial address will be UB President John B. Simpson. After wreaths are placed at the grave site, including one from the White House, all are invited to come inside the Forest Lawn Chapel to warm up at a reception. It's free and open to the public.
2. D'Youville College is the setting for a daylong anti-bullying and violence prevention summit sponsored by Buffalo's Commission on Citizens Rights and Community Relations and by Mayor Byron W. Brown. Taking part will be a group of preselected Buffalo junior high and high school students and about 100 adults. There will be trained facilitators addressing the impact of bullying, workshops on cyberbullying and a session that will review laws regarding bullying. Featured is Buffalo's Terrance "Tee-Nyce" Warren, a motivational speaker who will talk about his personal experiences with violence.
3. It didn't take long for the first must-see movie of 2011 to arrive. Opening today is the comedy "I Love You Philip Morris," which earned a full four-star rating from News Critic Jeff Simon. He says this true-life tale of a con man who falls in love with his prison cellmate is Jim Carrey's best film ever, even better than "The Truman Show."
4. Charter school officials should be all smiles at the Charter First Friday open house from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Elmwood Village Charter School. Today's the day that Buffalo-area charter schools are supposed to get the balance of the money the Buffalo Public Schools are supposed to pay them for the first half of the school year. The open house includes a tour of the school and a presentation by school leader John Sheffield.
5. Do you believe in magic? The Lovin' Spoonful, the hit folk-rock group from the mid-1960s, still does, although the current band is only a fraction of the original Spoonful. Guitarist Zal Yanovsky died in 2002, and frontman John Sebastian won't tour with the other guys. Still making the band's good-time sounds are original members Joe Butler, who's taken Sebastian's place on vocals, and Steve Boone. The rest of the lineup includes Jerry Yester, who took Yanovsky's place in the late '60s. They play at 9 p.m. in the Avalon Theatre in Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort across the river in Niagara Falls, Ont. Tickets are $20 and up.
6. The Kavinoky Theatre at D'Youville College brings up the curtain on the new year with the first Buffalo production of the late Wendy Wasserstein's last play, "Third," at 8 p.m. The 2005 drama, which is set at a small Northeastern college, centers on issues of plagiarism, politics and the clash of generations. The cast, which includes Eileen Dugan, Saul Elkin, Patrick Cameron, Anne Roaldi and Colleen Gaughan, is directed by Peter Palmisano. It runs through Feb. 6.
7. Two of the Big Four men's college basketball teams entertain conference opponents at home today. Canisius (6-7) hosts Siena (5-8) in the Koessler Athletic Center (7 p.m., Time Warner SportsNet), while Niagara hopes to break a five-game losing streak against Rider, which has won its last four games, in the Gallagher Center (9 p.m., ESPNU, 550 AM). As part of the game, the Purple Eagles will honor Calvin Murphy, arguably the greatest player in school history.
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