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This week / Some recommended events for the week of Nov. 25 - Dec. 1

>TUESDAY

Crime pays

What: "Sister's Christmas Catechism"

Why: It solves the mystery of what happened to the Magi's gold through a forensic examination of the nativity scene
What else: The audience members create a life-sized creche/crime scene

Info: Opens Tuesday and runs through Dec. 23 at Shea's Smith Theatre, 658 Main St., 852-5000, tickets are $35-$40 at Shea's box office and Ticketmaster.

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>WEDNESDAY

They're grrreat lakes

What: "Sea Views" program by Helen M. Domske, Great Lakes expert

Why: Find out what lurks beneath the surface of Lakes Erie and Ontario

What else: Will include a discussion of the fish and ecosystems that make the Great Lakes unique

Info: 7 p.m., Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls. A donation of $3 is requested, light refreshments served, Aquarium members are free. Doors open at 6:30 for exhibit viewing.

Silent pleasures

What: Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre performance and workshop

Why: World-touring Japanese Mime along with Sergio Neglia

What else: Hakoshima's show is described as "Kinetic Illusions" and includes "sculptural props and masks and intriguing sound effects and music."

Info: 7 p.m., Drama Theatre, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. 645-ARTS. www.ubcfa.org. $24 (box office, Ticketmaster).

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>FRIDAY

Everybody's got a hungry heart

What: Rock for Food 2007

Why: Includes the Scott Celani Band, McCarthyizm, Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields, Her Come the Comets, Off the Cuff, From These Eyes and more.

What else: Benefits the Food Bank of Western New York

Info: 7 p.m. at Club Infinity, 8166 Main St., Williamsville. 565-0110. www.clubinfinityonline.com. www.foodbankwny.org. $5 (box office, Tickets.com).

Join the herd

What: Donna the Buffalo in concert

Why: It's roots rock, that's why

What else: Sim Redmond Band opens

Info: 8 p.m. at the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. 852-3900. www.townballroom.com. $18 (box office, Tickets.com).

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>SATURDAY

Here comes Santa Claus

What: Winter Walk 2007, the Tonawandas

Why: Stores are open, prizes, refreshments, coupons, clowns, demonstrations, open houses at museums, tons of children's events including pony rides, Santa, a craft show and more.

What else: Breakfast with Santa, Nestor's Restaurant (presale tickets at Nestor's only).

Info: www.nthistorymuseum.org or call 213-0554.

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