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Auditions

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will audition for "The Nutcracker" on Oct. 24 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hochstein Music School, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. Boys and men will be auditioned at 4, girls at 4:30, young women at 6:30. For information, call Nana Harby at 454-2620, Ext. 223.

Calls for work

New York State artists are invited to enter Rochester's fourth annual Village Gate Square juried show and sale, Oct. 18 at 274 N. Goodman St. There is an entry fee. Up to three works may be dropped off, with application, between Oct. 9 and 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call Jose Nieves at 442-9061.

Photos taken in Buffalo will be considered for the "Buffalo Past & Present" photo show to be exhibited in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Deadline for submission is Friday at any Delaware Camera & Video location.

Mollyolga's Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes begin this week. Classes for children and adults are scheduled in painting, drawing, photography and woodcarving. All classes are free. For information, call the center, located at 138 Locust St., at 852-4562.

The director of the State Arts Council's dance program, Beverly D'Anne, and a program associate, Deborah Lim, will be in Buffalo on Monday. Members of the dance community are invited to attend a meeting at 2 p.m. in the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County, 700 Main St. Call 856-7520 to make reservations.

Buffalo playwright Emanuel Fried's "The Dodo Bird" has been nominated for Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Best Play Award. The current production in that city by the Stage Actors Ensemble was also made a critic's choice in the Chicago Reader.

Appraisals of furniture, artwork and other items will be offered during the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society's Heirloom Appraisal Day, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Professional dealers will be available in the Pan American Building, 25 Nottingham Court, for verbal appraisals at $6 or written ones at $8 per item. For information, call 873-9644.

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