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Today: The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society brightens the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in South Park with its annual display and sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday: Blues steps beyond its usual boundaries as two guitarists hold forth in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts, North Campus, at 8 p.m. Expect plenty of adventurous soloing from youthful opener Derek Trucks, whose uncle played with the Allman Brothers Band, and the headliner, Austin-based master Eric Johnson.

Tuesday: The League of Women Voters takes its campaign against urban sprawl to the Southtowns. Their presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Scranton Fire Hall, Scranton Road, Hamburg.

The Mardi Gras spirit takes over Buffalo as never before in an extravaganza hosted by Chevon Davis and numerous guest drag queens in 20 clubs in the Allentown and Chippewa districts. More than a dozen bands will play in various locations. A $5 ticket gets you in everywhere from 7 p.m. onward. Proceeds benefit the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care.

Wednesday: Shea's Performing Arts Center turns up the lights at 7:30 p.m. on the first production in its new auxiliary venue, the Smith Theater in the former Swiss Chalet next door to Shea's. The show? "Tony 'N Tina's Wedding," the off-Broadway spoof on nuptials that makes the audience part of the show, from the ceremony through dinner and the cutting of the cake. And yes, there's a band. It continues through March 25.

Reading James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" is daunting enough, but adapting it to the stage is downright heroic. Vincent O'Neill, artistic director of the Irish Classical Theater Company, has wrapped the first eight chapters into a play called "Nightmaze." The world premiere comes at 7:30 p.m. in the Andrews Theater, 625 Main St. Performances run through April 1.

Thursday: Noel Coward's sophisticated comedy "Present Laughter" opens at 8 p.m. for a monthlong run in the Kavinoky Theater, 320 Porter Ave. It continues through April 1. Wednesday will see a pay-what-you-can preview.

Friday: Variety Rocks kicks off Variety Club Telethon weekend with a mix of touring groups -- the Matthew Good Band, the Push Stars and Grand Theft Auto from England and several local notables. Proceedings start at 8 p.m. in the Sideshow Music Hall at the Funhouse, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna.

Spanish guitar maestro Angel Romero is guest artist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, who also will play guitar, in a program that includes Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Bartok and Samuel Barber, at 7:30 tonight, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall.

Saturday: "Shakespeare's Wife," based on a piece by Robert Nye, finds actress Nan Wade portraying the little-known Anne Hathaway in a dramatic reading at 8 p.m. in St. Mark's Church, 399 Woodward Ave. Proceeds benefit the Anne Hathaway Project, which aims to put women into Shakespeare roles customarily played by men.

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