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Behind the Scenes

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society presents its Paint the Town live art auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the museum at 25 Nottingham Court. During the past week, approximately 50 local artists spread throughout Buffalo to tackle the challenge of painting a complete work of art on location in six hours or less. Artists include Susan Budash, James Pappas, Gary Kyte, Peter Fowler, Nancy Parisi, Linda Lucas and Gerald Mead. Tickets for the event are $50 in advance or $70 at the door. For more information, call 873-9644, Ext. 318, or visit www.buffalohistory.org.

The Lancaster/Depew Community Chorus is accepting members for the fall season. Rehearsals begin Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Faith United Methodist Church, 5505 Broadway, Lancaster. For more information, e-mail sing@lancasterdepewchorus.org.

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The Opera-Lytes will host "A Fall Wine Tasting" fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. next Friday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. The event will feature wine and food samplings, plus musical entertainment by members of Opera-Lytes. The theme is inspired by the group's upcoming production, "The Most Happy Fella," a musical comedy set in a Napa Valley vineyard. Tickets for the event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information, call 860-1059 or e-mail operalytes@hotmail.com.

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Auditions

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra invites local vocalists to audition for the conducting staff of the orchestra on Nov. 10. The BPO would like to introduce some of the local vocal talent to the new members of the BPO conducting staff: Matthew Kraemer, associate conductor, and Joseph Young, League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow. Those who audition will be kept in mind for future projects including Pops, Runout or Family Series Concerts.

Auditions will take place beginning in the late afternoon in Kleinhans Music Hall. The vocalist is responsible for accompaniment (either pianist or CD) and must prepare a classical work and a popular work. To arrange an audition, e-mail vocalauditions@bpo.org.

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Calls for Works

The Scriptapalooza Annual Screenwriting Competition, now in its 12th year, begins Thursday. The "Early Bird" deadline is Jan. 5, with an application fee of $40; the regular deadline is March 5, with an application fee of $50; the final deadline is April 15, with an application fee of $55. Divisions include Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition and Scriptapalooza Coverage Professional Script Analysis. For more information, visit www.scriptapalooza.com.

Squeaky Wheel is seeking artists to submit videos, films, artwork and performances to be part of the Dysfunctional Holiday Party. Submission deadline is Dec. 4.

For screening submissions, send a labeled mini-DV or DVD (NTSC, under 7 min.), with a description. For all other types of artwork, send image samples with descriptions by e-mail to office@squeaky.org. For installation and performance proposals, send a one-page description with a list of necessary equipment and image documentation of the specific project. Send submissions and proposals to: Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202 (ATTN: Dysfunctional Holiday) or e-mail office@squeaky.org.

Send submissions for Behind the Scenes at least 14 days in advance to: Behind the Scenes, c/o The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240; e-mail gustocal@buffnews.com; or fax 849-3445.

-- Evonne Austin

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