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Time marches on, and with it our horror at the Sept. 11 attack on the United States, while not diminished, has taken on an almost surreal quality. As the days have passed, the ways in which we've dealt with the tragedy have run the gamut -- from loss and grief, to shock and anger, and now, finally, to healing.

And while the silver set may remember a similar time some 60-odd years ago during World War II, it is now a new generation's turn to experience firsthand what it means to be truly united.

Like that earlier era when big bands and dancing offered a much-needed release, today's local arts and entertainment world has stepped up to the plate with numerous musical benefits. Among them are City Aid, a mini-Taste of Buffalo with live jazz from 6 to 11 p.m. today in the Adam's Mark Hotel; Music 2 Heal, a showcase of original music by numerous artists at 9 tonight upstairs in the Pearl Street Grill and Brewing Co.; R.A.T. (Rally Against Terrorism), a blues concert sponsored by Western New York Harley Davidson dealers and cycle shops at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Majestic Theater, North Tonawanda; Let Freedom Ring, a 6:30 p.m. concert Sunday by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas' Post 264 in Mount St. Mary's Academy, Town of Tonawanda; another blues concert presented by the new D.J's Blues Warehouse from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday; and Red, White & Blues at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Tralf.

And the list goes on. Red, White and Blues, on Oct. 14 in the B-Bar in Niagara Falls, will feature a bike run at noon and concert at 3 p.m.; and local guitarist Doug Yeomans has arranged an aptly itled program, Four Nights, One Song -- featuring evenings of country, jazz, R&B and rock -- Oct. 7 to 10 in the Tralf.

Stars & Stripes . . . Forever, an exhibit of historic flags sponsored by the LeRoy Historical Society, will remain on view through Oct. 31 in the Historic LeRoy House.

For more information, see Disaster Relief Events in this week's Gusto. Listings will be updated weekly.

-- Karen Karsten

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