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This week Some recommended events for the week of Feb. 8-14

>TODAY

Laudable Lincoln

What: Celebrate President Abraham Lincoln's birthday on its 200th anniversary

Why: Buffalo has celebrated Lincoln's birthday for 135 years, thanks to Buffalo druggist Julius E. Francis, who lobbied for a national holiday to mark Lincoln's birth and led celebrations starting in 1873.

What else: Civil War re-enactors will lead events starting at the bronze statue of Lincoln on the portico of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum, which was purchased in 1902 with Julius Francis' bequest, music by City Fiddle and John F. Kennedy High School Show Chorus.

Info: Starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court.

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A worthy tribute

What: Panel Discussion and Concert: A Tribute to Lukas Foss

Why: This legendary musical figure, who died Feb. 1, directed the BPO from 1963 to 1970 and immersed the orchestra and the area in the sometimes shocking sounds of the avant-garde

What else: Produced by A Musical Feast, Part of Time Cycle: A RendezBlue Festival at the Burchfield Penney

Info: Starts at 2 p.m. at the new Burchfield Penney Art Center on Elmwood Avenue, it is free and open to the public.

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Making music

What: "From the Bard to the Beatles -- Shakespeare Revisited"

Why: The Amherst Symphony Orchestra starts with Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky and ends up with John, Paul, George and Ringo, hosted by Saul Elkin, founder of Shakespeare in the Park.

What else: Kids get hands-on look at instruments at 3:15 p.m. and a children's concert with tuba performance starts at 4:30.

Info: A preconcert event featuring Vocalis Chamber Choir begins at 6:15 p.m., main concert starts at 7 p.m. in the Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway, Snyder.

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>WEDNESDAY

Coming to the rescue

What: Buckin' Buffalo Benefit Night for HEART Animal Rescue and Adoption Team

Why: Help the group that has saved thousands of local animals and birds since it was formed in 1984.

What else: Enjoy live music, dancing, raffle baskets, drawings and mechanical buffalo rides.

Info: From 7 to 10 p.m. in the Buckin' Buffalo Saloon, 294 Franklin St. $5 admission with all the proceeds to benefit HEART Animal Rescue and Adoption (www.HeartforAnimals.org).

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It's divalicious

What: Night of a Thousand Divas

Why: Because it's the 10th anniversary of the O'Connell and Co. celebration of women, "Diva by Diva," an amalgamation of stories, songs, poetry, quips and quotes by, for and about women.

What else: Because it's in the historic Riviera Theatre, North Tonawanda's performance palace.

Info: Starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Riviera, 67 Webster St. Admission is $25 per person; all proceeds will benefit local charities. For $100, "Diva" patrons will enjoy a reception catered by Muscoreil's and a gift bag (reservations needed for patron tickets). www.rivieratheater.org

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>FRIDAY

Amorous animals

What: "Jungle Love," Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Donna Fernandes' annual lecture on the weird and wacky ways of animal sexuality.

Why: Fernandes addresses issues ranging from homosexuality and transvestism to sex change (it happens!) in the animal world from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the zoo's Children's Resource Center.

What else: Wine and cheese available for this 21-and-over event.

Info: Reservations are required at 837-3900, Ext. 116, or at www.buffalozoo.org. Tickets are $12 for zoo members, $15 for nonmembers.

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