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Behind the Scenes

The Just Buffalo Literary Center announced that the final event in its 2008-09 "Babel" literary series, a visit from Chilean author Isabel Allende, will move from Babeville to the higher-capacity Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are on sale for that event, but the April 1 visit of filmmaker and graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi at Babeville is sold out. The yet to be announced 2009-10 lineup, according to Just Buffalo Artistic Director Michael Kelleher, will take place entirely in Kleinhans Music Hall. For more information, call 832-5400 or visit



The Western New York Chorale will host auditions for tenors and basses. Interested singers may sit in at rehearsals from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at Amherst Community Church, Choir Room, second floor, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder. Auditions will be scheduled for prospective new members following rehearsal. For more information call 566-1177 or e-mail

Grand Island Community Chorus will begin rehearsals at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, in preparation for its spring concert taking place in May. Singers of high school age and above are welcome. For more information call 773-5075.

Opera-Lytes will be holding auditions for its spring production of "Brigadoon" from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 15, with call-backs on Feb. 17 at 77 Washington Highway, Snyder. Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song from the show and be prepared to do a cold reading. Dancers should come prepared for a dance audition. Call 837-3440 to make an appointment.

The Niagara Experience Players will host auditions for kids ages 7 to 19 interested in singing, theater or dancing to perform in their summer season productions. Auditions run from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Summit, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield. For more information call 743-7410.


>Area Artists

Applications are now available for artists wishing to enter the 2009 Southern Tier Biennial. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 14. The show will open May 9 and continue through June 20 on Jamestown Community College's Olean Campus.

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-- Kelly Boquard

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