1. When students and staff go under the scissors this morning for the Bald For Bucks fundraiser at West Seneca East Senior High School, all eyes will be on one head in particular. Principal Angela LaPaglia vowed back in December that she would put her hair on the line for a buzz cut if the school met its goal of $8,000 to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. So far, the figure is close to $13,000. In all, about 50 students have agreed to go bald or have 10 inches cut off their hair. Nine faculty and staff will do the same if they each raise at least $100. Another 25 staff members will simply dye their hair purple if they can collect at least $50 each.
2. There's symbolic significance to the Shredded Wheat Breakfast this morning in the cafeteria at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn. The NCCC Alumni Association is hosting the breakfast to kick off the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the college's first graduating class. Back then, the college was situated in downtown Niagara Falls in the former Nabisco building, which prompted people to call it "Nabisco Tech." Centerpiece of the breakfast will be a giant pyramid of Shredded Wheat cereal boxes.
3. Steely Dan did it. Bruce Springsteen did it. Now the Toronto alternative rock band Our Lady Peace is performing entire albums from start to finish live in concert. For their two-night stand in the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, they're doing "Clumsy," the 1997 release that gave them their breakthrough. They follow it up on Saturday with a complete run-through of "Spiritual Machines" from 2000. Both shows are sold out. To read about the group, see today's Gusto.
4. It's a red-letter day in HSBC Arena, and not just because the Sabres are taking on their nemeses, the Ottawa Senators, at 7:30 p.m. (MSG, 550 AM) in the last Friday night home game of the regular season. At noon, the guest speaker at the final installment of the Power Play Luncheon series in the Harbour Club is none other than NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Tickets are $29, with tables of 10 going for $250. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Sabres Foundation.
5. Students from 10 area high schools will be brainstorming for a better Buffalo today and Saturday in the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's Environmental Youth Summit in Rich Products corporate headquarters on Niagara Street. Their challenge? Design a cure for a local environmental problem, then figure out how to make it happen. Helping them will be professional facilitators from the International Center for Studies in Creativity of Buffalo State College. This won't be a mere academic exercise, either. They'll get to present their projects to 20 city boosters on Saturday who are ready to make the worthiest projects a reality.
6. Gusto at the Gallery brings Flamenco and the Music of Argentina to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery today in conjunction with the Rantucci Classical Music Festival. Guitarist Mir Ali and guest dancer Elena Rigual will give a lecture and demonstration of flamenco at 4 p.m. Ali then returns at 6:30 and 7:30 to perform with the 10-piece world music ensemble Duende in Clifton Hall. Admission to the gallery is free from 3 to 10 p.m.
7. For the first time this year, you actually get a choice of great new movies this week. Top of the list is the animated 3-D "How to Train Your Dragon." News Critic Jeff Simon gave it four stars and virtually every other critic across the country is giving it a major thumbs up. Also getting better-than-expected reviews elsewhere, though not in today's Gusto, are "Greenburg," Oscar-nominated director Noah Baumbach's tale of a guy (Ben Stiller) fumbling through a midlife crisis, and "Hot Tub Time Machine," starring John Cusack and Rob Corddry in a morning-after comedy that's being compared to "The Hangover."
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