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Seven By Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. There's more to March Madness than what's on the boards today in HSBC Arena. Followers of the eight NCAA tournament men's basketball teams will fan out across town to celebrations of their own. West Virginia alumni and friends hold a three-hour meet-and-greet starting at 9 a.m. in Thirsty Buffalo, 555 Elmwood Ave., then head to the game against Morgan State at 12:15 p.m. Syracuse, meanwhile, has put up a big orange tent and is staging a daylong event within walking distance of the arena at Benchwarmers Sports Bar & Grill, 30 Mississippi St.

2. One of the pivotal protests in the civil rights movement -- the Freedom Rides of 1961, when activists rode interstate buses to challenge racial segregation in the South -- is the topic as historian Raymond O. Arsenault speaks at 7 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center at Canisius College. It's free and open to the public.

3. It's St. Joseph's Day and to celebrate, the Sisters Hospital Foundation is hosting a traditional St. Joseph's Day Table for associates and visitors in the community room of St. Joseph Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. Catering is by Bing's Restaurant. The hospital chaplain, Rev. Lou Klein, will bless the table at 12:30 p.m. It stays open until 5:30.

4. Canada's avant-garde artists get some long-overdue appreciation as "The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 19411960" opens today in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The biggest exhibition of these artists to be shown in the U.S., it continues through May 30. The gallery is including works from its own collection to show connections between the Canadians and other avant-gardists in the U.S. and Europe. It's also Gusto at the Gallery day. Admission is free from 3 to 10 p.m.

5. He knows when to hold 'em. He knows when to fold 'em. So it seems entirely appropriate that country singer Kenny Rogers is coming to perform in the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls tonight. His show in the Seneca Events Center starts at 8. Tickets are $40 and $50.

6. Erie County's second most-populous township -- the Town of Tonawanda -- is in the spotlight as Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana delivers his annual State of the Town address at a luncheon sponsored by the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce in the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd. Lunch is by reservation only.

7. It won't matter if you're Team Edward or Team Jacob tonight -- all Twi-hards will be on the same team when they line up for the home video release of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The movie, the second in author Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" book series, goes on sale at 12:01 a.m. tonight. Check with your favorite retailer -- many are not only staying up late for the sale, but they're hosting parties as well. The Walmart at 5033 Transit Road, Clarence, will have activities starting at 11 p.m. Parties will start at 10 p.m. at two Borders stores, 3480 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park, and 2015 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

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