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THE TWAIN SHALL MEET

The mustachioed American wit famous for his stories about rapscallion boys growing up along the Mississippi River would be 169 years old this month if he were still alive. For the last 10 years, Mark Twain's birthday month has been reason for Errol Sull to hold a gala affair in honor of the onetime Buffalo resident. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court.

Sull, who once taught a college course on his literary hero, has continually expanded this annual tradition, which began in his old Niagara University classroom with Twain impersonator Mike Randall. The same man will return to begin the evening's full-scale lineup. The rest, limited to short presentations, will include a Huck Finn scholar, a curator who returned missing Finn manuscript pages to Buffalo and the poet laureate of Tennessee reading from humorous poetry she wrote about Twain.

"It just became much larger than I ever anticipated," said Sull.

Tickets are $20, $10 for students. Call 871-1900 for reservations.

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