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The glow of the lights at the Hall’s sucker stand as you approached the gate, eyeing the canister containing your favorite flavor. The towering yellow beams of the Giant Coaster calling your name to take a ride. Riding Laff in the Dark with your parents frightfully for the first time, not knowing what to expect. The sweet smell of sugar waffles as you rode the carouse…

Looking for somewhere to get your Irish on? There's a relatively new spot in Amherst hoping to fill that request, for St. Patrick's week and beyond.I stopped in twice at Shenannigan's on Niagara Falls Boulevard near Sheridan -- the first time to catch an old acquaintance performing, the second with my sister and our husbands for a kid-free outing.If you are old enough to r…

Twenty years. Where does the time go?When the Buffalo Brewpub opened its doors in 1986 on Main Street near Transit Road, I was still in high school, hanging out at the nearby Eastern Hills Mall.Then the college years came, and the Brewpub became the place to go with friends, grab a bite to eat, watch the game and drink good beer.Yes, it's always about the beer.I guess I wa…

Road Less Traveled Productions is seeking submissions for its new play workshop. Possible full productions at the New Phoenix Theatre may follow, and participants must live in Western New York. Send one full-length play (or two short plays) and a resume to: RLTP New Works, 696 Terrace Blvd., Upper, Depew, NY 14043. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 16. Interested parties al…

The Buffalo Gateway Show Chorus is pleased to announce its second annual Sing for Scholarships High School Contest. Auditions are open to the first 20 applicants (male and female high school students in grades 9 through 12) who schedule an appointment by calling 635-8642. Auditions will be held July 21, 28 and Aug. 4. The top five performers will be selected to compete for…

The Kavinoky Theatre is seeking an equity stage manager for an upcoming production. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume and references by July 15 to Attn.: Steve Cooper, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14201.AuditionsOpera-Lytes will be holding auditions for their October/November production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Princess Ida." Auditions are …

Talking Leaves announces that Buffalo native (and former Buffalo school teacher) Virginia DeBerry and writing partner Donna Grant will sign copies of their just-released third novel, "Better Than I Know Myself" at 7 p.m. Thursday in Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten Ave. (at Main Street). The book signing will be preceded by a reading, and refreshments w…

The Subversive Theatre Collective has been chosen to participate in this summer's Toronto Fringe Festival happening next Friday through July 11 with a production of its original play "A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Shoot the Czar" by Subversive Theatre's founder and artistic director Kurt Schneiderman. A fund-raiser/sendoff performance will be held for Buffalo audienc…

Automotive journalist Brock Yates, author of "Against Death and Time: One Fatal Season in Racing's History," will discuss and sign copies of his book at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Barnes & Noble, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The book chronicles the 1955 season at the famed Indianapolis Speedway, a particularly deadly year in racing. The event is free and open to the public. F…

Auditions Crescendo Productions will hold open auditions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in 7606 Transit Road, Amherst, for a September presentation of the musical "Guys and Dolls" in Lockport's Palace Theatre. Anyone 17 and older should prepare a song and bring a headshot and resume. Call 438-0478.The Aurora Players will be holding auditions for the Royal Shakespeare's…

Auditions Local and regional storytellers are needed to take part in a two-day festival to be held in the Fredonia Opera House in October. There are openings for up to eight tellers to present one 10-minute story as part of a Regional Storyteller's Showcase. Interested tellers are invited to audition between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Each storyteller is asked to pr…

Pick of the Crop Dance presents a performance of dance audition solos performed by members of its junior company, the Seedling Company, at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St. Admission in free and open to the public. For more information, call 837-6217 or e-mail info@poc.org.AuditionsThe Young Actors Academy of Western…

The Theatre of Youth is accepting resumes for the full-time position of stage manager for the 2004-05 season. Experienced applicants should send resumes to Chester Popiolkowski, Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14201.The Villa Maria Institute of Music is presently accepting applications for summer music instructions that will be offered June 28 through Aug. 6…

Tim Russert, NBC's senior vice president and Washington bureau chief, will sign copies of his new book, "Big Russ & Me," at noon Wednesday in Borders Books and Music, 2015 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The book offers a charming, down-to-earth look at Russert's roots, growing up a hometown guy in working-class Buffalo in the 1950s. Russert is also producer and moderator of NBC…

The Kingdom Bound 2004 international talent search will hold a local singing/band competition at 7 p.m. May 21 in Bethesda Full Gospel Church, Broad and Delaware streets, Tonawanda. The talent search is held in conjunction with the 18th annual Kingdom Bound Christian music festival to be held Aug. 1-4 at Six Flags Darien Lake in Darien Center. To request a talent search ap…