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Seneca Nation of Indians officials Tuesday were joined by community stakeholders from around the waterfront to announce a series of grants.Last year, the Seneca Nation committed $1 million to fund improvements near the 9.5-acre Buffalo Creek territory. A permanent casino at Michigan Avenue and Perry Street, next to the temporary casino, is expected to open next y…

John Mayer, the music school dropout known as a favorite for his cute lyrics and his equally cute visage, must be either thanking or cursing Dave Matthews by now.Comparisons of their respective sounds - and looks - come early and often. John Alagia, who produced Mayer's platinum-certified "Room for Squares," has also worked with the Dave Matthews Band. Even Matthews collab…

Emily Dobies, 16, rushes into the Live Readers Society meeting at Williamsville East High School, weighed down by a knapsack and a schedule that would break anyone's back. She's missing rehearsal for the school's fall play for this, but she's an avid reader. She's not just busy, she's superbusy. She'd win any competition of dueling grueling schedules. Camp Fire Boys and Gi…

Who Is Cletis Tout?Starring: Christian Slater, Tim Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, Portia de RossiDirector: Chris Ver WielRunning Time: 95 minutesRating: R for language, violence and a scene of sexualityThe Lowdown: An escaped convict assumes the identity of a dead man targeted by the mob. Christian Slater, star of the cult hit "Heathers" and the teen flicks "Pump up the Volum…

BOOK REVIEW"Standing in the Rainbow"By Fannie FlaggRandom House495 pages, $25.95 From the book: (Neighbor Dorothy speaking on her radio show) " "I only like to recommend books that are happy and cheerful. ... I know there are sad things out in the world ... but I just don't want to dwell on them. I guess I'm just like one of those ostriches; I just stick my head in the …

Richard Simmons, that fitness guru and infomercial darling, armed with his unwavering optimism is fabulous, and he's not afraid to say so.Simmons also is prepping for a visit to the Lucy and Desi Museum in Jamestown on Sunday, to celebrate the late comedy queen's birthday."I said, "Just tell me what time you want me there'," Simmons said in a phone interview from his fitne…

Ash WednesdayBy Ethan HawkeKnopf221 pages, $22.95 You've got to love Ethan Hawke's enthusiasm. He's a busy actor, he cares deeply for his family (or seems to), he's a new director (his "Chelsea Walls" came out this year) and a voracious reader. He also writes. He says it's cathartic, that he needs it.It seems that when you're an actor and you "need" something, you get i…

Bagel Jay'sHopkins and Klein roads, Amherst3 pennies"One packed place" First off, Bagel Jay's isn't always cheap. But it can be. You just have to know how to order.Situated next to the Clearfield Library at the intersection of Hopkins and Klein roads, Bagel Jay's brings back the excellent deli fare of the former Bagel Bros. chain.The coupons that arrive every month in t…

THE LADY AND THE DUKE ***STARRING: Lucy Russell, Jean-Claude DreyfusDIRECTOR: Eric RohmerRUNNING TIME: 129 minutesRATING: PG-13 for mild, fake-looking goreTHE LOWDOWN: In France, an aristocrat and her friendship with the Duke of Orleans during the French Revolution. Famed director Eric Rohmer has, at 82, added another splendid film to his otherwise important contributio…

WINDTALKERS ** 1/2 Starring: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Christian SlaterDirector: John WooRunning Time: 133 minutesRating: R for wartime gore and violence, rough language and drinking.The Lowdown: In World War II, Navajo codetalkers in the Marines and the men who protect them. Director John Woo, who admits he is fascinated by the notion of honor, has in "Windtalkers" mad…

The ongoing popularity of Celtic music and the preponderance of young bands breaking new ground in the genre offer proof that the form's success is no mere flash in the pan.Two of those promising bands, Solas and Black 47, above, are in town this weekend for the Buffalo Celtic Music Festival, to be held at the Festival Grounds at the Pier. They will be joined by Jackdaw, w…

When most people think of beauty pageants, sparkly dresses, recitations in song of "The Greatest Love of All," and Vaseline-greased smiles come to mind. At the Junior Miss pageant, though, the emphasis is on education.During the last two weeks in June, Lockport High School senior Ashley Lewis will represent New York State at the national Junior Miss competition in Mobile, …