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This week Some recommended events for the week of Oct. 12-18


Last Comic

What: Josh Blue

Why: This likable guy has incredible timing and puts the cerebral in cerebral palsy.

What else: His YouTube video received more than one million plays.

Info: 8 p.m. at Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. $25 tickets at box office or by calling 884-4400. Local comic Kristen Becker opens.



Plan a Park

What: Richardson Park -- Now and Forever

Why: Join the Campaign for Greater Buffalo for a presentation on the rise, decline and rebirth of H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted's masterpiece.

What else: Creative thinkers needed.

Info: 7 p.m. at St. John's Grace Church, Colonial Circle.



Aurora at the Albright

What: Interactive film festival that combines resources of Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Aurora Theater.

Why: This first year features top films from the Toronto Film Festival.

What else: Occurs monthly on Fridays at the gallery and Saturdays in the theater -- through April 2009.

Info: Kicks off at 6 p.m. in gallery auditorium with an introductory art talk followed by special guest Patricia Rozema and screening of "Mansfield Park," a 1999 film adapted from a Jane Austen novel. Admission is $4 ( is overdrawn com).

What: Annual music festival with bands you never heard of but are amazingly good!

Why: Bands include Needle Up, Red Tag Rummage Sale, Displaced, La Cacahouette and A Hotel Nourishing. What else: Headlining is San Francisco's LoveLikeFire -- in demand across the country (

Info: 10 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St.



Boo Barn

What: A frighteningly good time at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead Haunted Barn.

Why: Ghosts and goblins invited.

What else: This haunt is historical.

Info: 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Special tours for children and the faint of heart. Donations accepted for restoration and preservation of the 1810 Hull House, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster.


Take Arms!

What: "Preparing for the Invasion" symposium

Why: Get to know the Emerald Ash Borer, a tiny pest that threatens 25 percent of Upstate New York's tree canopy.

What else: It is believed the borer arrived in Detroit on a wooden pallet shipped from overseas. It has since been spotted as close as western Pennsylvania.

Info: Free at 2 p.m. in Mary Seaton Roon, Kleinhans Music Hall. Followed by 6 p.m. party to benefit Re-Tree WNY at First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle. Cost $30 includes music, food and drink.

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