Today: The Buffalo Sabres will hold their annual "Face-Off for Fun" carnival from 3 to 7 p.m. in HSBC Arena, with autograph sessions with past and current Sabres players and a question-and-answer session with the players. Other features will include carnival and interactive hockey games, face painters and a silent auction.
The Olmsted Fallfest will have something for everyone from noon to 5 p.m. in South Park, weather permitting. Entertainment will include Irish dancing and four bands. Barbecue chicken and rib dinners also will be available.
The annual "Secrets of Allentown" tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will offer glimpses inside a dozen of the district's historic homes. Tickets and a self-guided tour book will be available at the Butler Mansion, 672 Delaware Ave., at North Street. The tour also will include the annual "Taste of Allentown" and a wine tasting in the Cyclorama Building, 369 Franklin St.
Tuesday: Buffalo activists will stage a demonstration in sympathy with the protests at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. The "carnival of resistance," scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at Bidwell Parkway and Elmwood Avenue, will include music, dance, street theater, demonstrations and speakers.
Wednesday: Anna Quindlen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and novelist, will be the first in a series of speakers helping to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Buffalo Seminary, the oldest secondary school for girls in Western New York. Her lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall.
Thursday: Amherst's new all-inclusive senior citizens facility at 370 John James Audubon Parkway will hold its grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to check out the lounge, activities rooms, health resource room, gift shop and terrace.
The first "Thursday at the Knox" concert from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., will features the funky party music of C.O. Jones, a group that includes Goo Goo Dolls keyboardist Dave Schulz. Docent tours of the "Pop and Op Art From the '60s and '70s" exhibit will be given at 6:30, 7 and 7:30.
Friday: The 10th-anniversary celebration of Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., will begin at 6:30 p.m. with who else but Willie and the Reinhardts. Doombuggy and the Painkillers will take the late shift at midnight.
Jin Hi Kim, a Korean composer and performance artist who appeared here in 1989, will return with Quagmire, her latest ensemble. The group includes saxophonist Oliver Lake and free jazz contrabassist William Parker, who accompany her as she plays the komungo, a fourth-century Korean fretted-board zither. The show will begin at 8 p.m. in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Suite 425, 2495 Main St.
The South African theater group Eager Artists will open its production of "My Voice, My Life" Friday in Theaterloft, 545 Elmwood Ave. Performances will continue through Oct. 15. For information, call 883-4232.
Saturday: Pianist Brad Mehldau, one of the most adventurous young artists in jazz, will appear in Buffalo State College's Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall with the Jimmy Cobb Quartet, led by the only surviving member of the Miles Davis band. The show will begin at 8 p.m.
Long a Buffalo favorite, Toronto alternative rockers Wild Strawberries, led by singer Roberta Carter Harrison and her husband, Ken Harrison, will return to the Tralf at 8 p.m. with songs from "Twist," the group's new disc. Nancyscandy will open the set.