7 The Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University has a perfect event for the Food Issue. The museum's Bread Project explores communication across cultures through the medium of bread. The Bread Project began in October, but the "Bread and Friends Demonstration Series" begins today. They're 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday sessions with master bread makers and scholars exploring the history and "how-to"s of bread traditions. Today's is on tortillas and Day of the Dead bread (it's Mexican). The Nov. 14 bread theme is African traditions in America. Others are scheduled for Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. All are at the museum in Niagara Falls.
The also-timely Food and Festival exhibit on traditional breads on the Niagara Frontier will remain on display to
Jan. 9. Call 286-8200.
* Lockport's Palace Theatre presents "The Science of Magic," a magic show performed through the eyes of science. It's 3 p.m. at the historic theater located at 2 East Ave. Call 438-1130 for tickets or information on other November events, such as the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas concert Nov. 14 and Royal Dance Theatre's performance of Hans Christian Andersen's tale, "Match Girl" Nov. 18, 19 and 20.
* Mike Randall brings his polished and much-appreciated "Mark Twain Live" program to the beautiful Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., 2:30 p.m. today. Randall's impersonation of the writing legend with strong Buffalo times has been a Western New York staple for years, for good reason. It's always educational and fun. Call 683-1776.
< 11 The Radio City Christmas Spectacular brings a cast and crew of more than 100 including the signature Rockettes (shown above) to Shea's Performing Arts Center for 36 performances throughout November. The family holiday show includes live animals, dancing teddy bears, wooden soldiers that come to life, shimmying snowmen, elves, and the eye-high kicking and memorable costumes of those immortal Rockettes. Buffalo is one of seven American cities to host the show. Next time, they'll want to rehearse here, too, and bypass Columbus, Ohio, altogether. Performances are daily through Nov. 28 with multiple shows on weekends. Tickets run from $22.50 to $59.50, and are available by calling 852-5000 or visiting the box office in the downtown Theatre District. Shea's officials say tickets have been on sale since September and some shows may already be sold out, so order soon.
Call Shea's at 847-0850 for information or log on to www.sheas.org.
13 The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library hosts a discussion on "The Rule of Four," the best-selling novel centering on the mysterious text of an actual 15th century manuscript, "The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili." The 1 p.m. discussion at 1 Lafayette Square will be followed by an examination of the text itself, which is part of the library's rare book collection and one of only 200 copies in existence. The event is free and open to the public. Call 858-8900 or log on to www.buffalolib.org.
20 If there's a better place to be than sitting in the renovated Kleinhans Music Hall listening to the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Guide would like to know. The charismatic JoAnn Falletta leads the BPO and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in an all-Mozart program that includes the "Piano Concerto No. 21 for Piano and Orchestra" and the celebrated "Requiem in D Minor." Performances are 8 p.m. today and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. There's much more going at Kleinhans this month, including a concert with Olivia Newton-John 8 p.m. Nov. 13, a tribute to the Beatles pops concert complete with Fab Four performers 8 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27, and another Classics concert featuring music by Aaron Copland Dec. 3 and 4. Call 885-0331 for more information, 885-5000 for tickets or log on to www.bpo.org.
25 Celebrate Thanksgiving the way Western New Yorkers have for more than 100 years: Run, walk or volunteer for the Turkey Trot. The certified 8K race (almost five miles) starts 9 a.m. at Delaware Avenue and Shoreham Parkway, and finishes at the Buffalo Convention Center for post-race awards and celebration. Organizers say it's the oldest consecutively run foot race in North America, and gives people a workout before the traditional multi-feasting. Many run or walk in costumes that have included turkeys, pilgrims, bees, Blues Brothers and even Santa Claus. Pre-register by calling 875-1283 or log on to www.buffaloymca.org. Fee is $18 until Nov. 19 and $30 on race day.
26 Downtown's holiday ice skating season begins today at Rotary Rink, one of the most picturesque and pleasing winter spots around. The rink is open for free ice skating daily except Monday with skate rentals for a nominal charge. Skating continues for 15 weeks, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays to Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call Buffalo Place at 856-3150 for more information.
27 Any "After Thanksgiving Polka Dance" is a sure hit for the Guide to an Excellent Month. This one is 7 p.m. to midnight at the Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew, and features music by Eddie Biegaj and Crusade and the Bedrock Boys. It's $10 at the door, and organizers note there is a cash bar, no B.Y.O.B. Call Art at 668-2692.
29 Premier Gourmet's knife skills workshop is another natural for any Food Issue calendar. An expert from the Wstof Trident Co. teaches the art of slicing, chopping, mincing, dicing, sharpening, storing and cleaning fine cutlery. If you can think of something else, they'll help with that, too. There's a $30 charge, but enrollment includes a $50 knife from what Premier people say is one of, if not the most famous knife company in the world. Pre-registration a must. Call 877-3574.
3 The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site at 641 Delaware Ave. celebrates its Victorian Christmas beginning today. The historic home is transformed into a vision of Christmas in the Victorian era with historic decorations and special programs to Dec. 11. Log on to www.nps.gov/thri. Activities include a gala opening reception, candlelight dinners, luncheons and traditional entertainment. The boutique offers signature gifts such as unique ornaments, the Site's famous catnip mice and doggy bones, and teddy bears, all in a lovely historic setting. Call 884-0095.
4 Buffalo's colorful and ambitious tree-lighting celebration kicks off downtown's holiday festivities in the atmosphere-filled Fountain Plaza. There's Christmas carolling at 5 p.m. followed by the lighting ceremony and fireworks at 6 p.m. There's also ice skating at Rotary Rink, kiddie amusement rides, a visit by Santa, and horse and buggy rides up Chippewa Street until 8:30 p.m. All activities are free. Call those party people from Buffalo Place at 856-3150.
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