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Work to restrict traffic on westbound Scajaquada

Westbound travelers on the Scajaquada Expressway will encounter traffic restrictions from 6 p.m. today until 3 p.m. Saturday as a result of repair work scheduled by the state Department of Transportation.

A DOT spokeswoman said the work will be performed near Main Street and Kensington Avenue in the City of Buffalo. Affected areas include:

*On ramps from the Kensington Expressway to the westbound Scajaquada will be reduced to one lane.

*The westbound Scajaquada between the Kensington Expressway and Parkside Avenue will be reduced to one lane.

*The Humboldt Parkway on-ramp to the westbound Scajaquada near Oak Grove and Loring avenues will be closed.

DOT said the work may be delayed in the event of inclement weather.

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Photo of area jazz musicians focus of fundraiser

A photograph featuring 100 of the area's best jazz musicians will be unveiled at a fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.

The photo project, titled "A Great Day in Buffalo," is based on the 1958 photograph, "A Great Day in Harlem." Limited edition prints will be available.

Proceeds from the event will go toward restoring the former home of late Buffalo jazz musician Elvin Shepherd, and the development of a Waldorf-inspired school in Buffalo.

Musicians include Vinny DeRosa and the Vitamin D Band, the SABU Quartet, Gruvology and Boyd Lee Dunlop.

Admission is $15 for the photo premiere cocktail hour or $45 for the entire evening. Tickets are available at the Babeville box office or at tickets.com.

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Ignatian Scholarship Day to highlight student talents

More than 400 Canisius College undergraduates and graduate students will showcase their research, scholarship and artistic talents during the college's fifth annual Ignatian Scholarship Day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center and the Frisch Conference Room.

Artwork and sculpture will be on display in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library and in the Alumni Hallway leading to the library. The Rebekah Champ Art Reception will be held on the main floor of the library from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Canisius Concert Band, under the direction of Paul Biddle, and the Canisius Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dave Schiavone, will perform at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. All events are free and open to the public. For information, call 888-2121 or visit www.canisius.edu and search for Ignatian.

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Sixth poetry marathon will be held Sunday

The sixth annual Urban Epiphany, Western New York's largest poetry marathon, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.

Hundreds of readers and performers will speak for two minutes each in a celebration of art and diversity. Suggested donation is $5.