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CRITIC'S PICKS

CLASSICAL MUSIC -- Fiddlin' around -- First-prize winner of the 2000 Young Artists Competition, classical violinist Viviane Hagner plays Wednesday as part of the Slee/Visiting Artist Series in Slee Concert Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst. Her program will include works by Kreisler, Mozart, Ysaye, Shostakovich and Schumann. Call 645-2921 for more information.

THEATER -- Dance fever -- The Broadway musical revue "Swing!" opens Tuesday and continues through Oct. 28 in Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., 852-5000 or www.ticketmaster.com. See if you can sit still as pulsating music from the big band era sets the onstage dancers jumping and jiving.

POP MUSIC -- Who can make dance music out of Jewish folk songs that have been played for hundreds of years? Why, Rochester's Hypnotic Clambake of course. Check out HC play jam versions of traditional music, as well as their own songs, at their party to release their new CD at 11 tonight in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., 886-8539.

THEATER -- But is it art? -- The hottest comedy of the 1998 Broadway season, "Art" comes to Studio Arena from Thursday through Nov. 17. The question "What is friendship?" is at the center of this send-up of modern art. Studio Arena Theatre, 710 Main St., 856-5650.

POP MUSIC -- Smooth operator -- David Bowie's and Bette Midler's former backup singer Luther Vandross comes to town. See the Grammy-winning R&B singer, songwriter and producer Monday at Kleinhans Music Hall. 885-5000.

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