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Studio Arena Theatre recently announced a limited run of a new play, "The Guys," featuring Buffalo native Wendie Malick and stage and screen actor Dan Lauria from May 14 to 16. The play, by Anne Nelson, follows a fire captain and a journalist as they write eulogies for fallen firefighters in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Malick, whose best-known role was that of the editor Nina Van Horne in the NBC series "Just Shoot Me," is a former student of the Studio Arena Theatre School. Lauria, known to many as the father on the popular television show "The Wonder Years," will play the role of the fire captain. The show will run for four performances, immediately following the close of Studio Arena's "A Time for Love."

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Three community organizations are working together in an attempt to produce a 50th anniversary Allentown Art Festival poster depicting all of the official posters dating to 1958. They are asking area residents and collectors for their assistance in locating posters from 1958 to 1972. Anyone willing to loan their copy of posters from 1958 to 1972 is asked to contact the Allentown Village Society at 881-4269. All posters that are used will be returned to their original owners along with a complimentary copy of the 50th anniversary poster.

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The Polish Heritage Festival is seeking artistically talented people between the ages of 14 and 30 to participate in the first annual Polish and American Talent Search, which will take place June 8 during the festival. Applications must be postmarked by May 6 and accompanied by a $25 entry fee. For more information or to download an application, visit www.polfunfest.com or call 998-2501.

-- Evonne Austin and Colin Dabkowski

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