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1. Olympics? Bah!

Come Monday, hundreds of musical athletes will converge at Dunn Tire Park for a different kind of medal round as "Drums Along the Waterfront" returns.

Sponsored by Drum Corps International, this show is dedicated to American servicemen and women, beginning with a special performance by the U.S. Army Drill Team.

Listen as the Cadets of New Jersey defend their title against teams from across the country.

Show starts at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine.

Tickets: $18 and $22 with children age 12 and under half-price. Buy them at any tickets.com location including the Buffalo Bisons box office, Tops Friendly Markets or by calling 1 (888) 223-6000.

2. Totally pointless.

That's Oblio, the round-headed boy created by singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson in a 1971 album and animated film. At dusk Saturday, "The Point" will kick off Animated Nights in Allentown, a free film series that will feature rare films for all ages.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinner welcome. Popcorn, too!

Show starts at dusk in the great public space also known as Days Park.

In case of rain, report directly to Squeaky Wheel, 175 Elmwood Ave.

Presented by the Allentown Association and Squeaky Wheel.

3. No plans for tonight?

Check out Spencer Tunick's body of work as told in two documentaries: "Naked States" and "Naked World."

Screening starts at 7:30 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave.

Who is Spencer Tunick?

The artist who documents installations of ordinary people who agree to pose nude in public places, like the one planned for Aug. 15 in Central Terminal.

4. A storybook land of fairy tales!

The Buffalo Sabres win the Stanley Cup?

Zzzzt.

It's "The Thrill of the Orchestra" narrated by TV weatherman Mike Cejka with the Clarence Summer Orchestra conducted by Arie Lipsky.

Featuring Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty," Prokifiev's "Cinderella" and Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

Starts at 7 p.m. Sunday in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St.

Free.

Call 741-8846 for information about preconcert dinner.

e-mail: jkwiatkowski@buffnews.com

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