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Seven by Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. Shakespeare in Delaware Park opens its 37th season of free outdoor theater with a production of William Shakespeare's mesmerizing political thriller "Richard III," a timeless story of greed and family betrayal. Veteran actor Tim Newell will play the title role of the bard's most famous villain. The production is directed by Shakespeare in Delaware Park founder Saul Elkin.

2. The seventh annual Citybration kicks off today with a picture-perfect event. It will be an exhibit of 50 winners of a waterfront photo contest sponsored by volunteers with the grassroots organization. The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. In addition, there will be a Buffalo Shuffle musical showcase at 8 p.m. across the street in the Tralf Music Hall. Citybration is a weekend event that celebrates the best of Buffalo. The focus this year is on the city's waterfront.

3. Volunteers from the Belle Center and local block clubs will be out today sprucing up a community garden and vacant lots on the Lower West Side as part of the Great American Cleanup, an annual community improvement event being celebrated across the country. The two-day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community garden on Seventh and Pennsylvania streets, and at vacant lots on Seventh and Hudson streets and Seventh and Jersey streets. Organizers aim to unite the community while reclaiming and beautifying abandoned gardens and vacant lots.

4. Are you curious to see how Buffalo's "other half" lived a century ago? Buffalo's grand old homes are welcoming visitors tonight for the Twilight Tour of Mansions. Ten homes on Delaware Avenue, Oakland Place and Summer Street will be open for self-guided tours, with docents on each site, from 5 to 9. There also will be a wine and cheese reception with live music at the Butler Mansion, Delaware Avenue at North Street. Tickets are $35; call Preservation Buffalo Niagara at 852-3300 for more info.

5. It will be a 1990s indie rock extravaganza tonight at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf. Built to Spill headlines, with Matthew Sweet and Hey Rosetta! Sweet is on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of his landmark "Girlfriend" album. It all kicks off at 5.

6. A few yards away from the harbor, British rock composer Roger Waters will bring his thrilling multimedia production of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" back to First Niagara Center for a victory lap. This one is not free: tickets range from $57.50 to $201.50. For info, go to

7. In the mood for another trip down the musical memory lane? The original dance floor created for the "Saturday Night Fever" movie by Buffalo's Litelab Corp. will be getting a workout tonight at Albright-Knox Art Gallery. It's the centerpiece of a celebration starting at 5 to mark the continuing 150th anniversary of the gallery and the show "Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s."


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