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This Week / Some recommended events for the week of March 28 - April 3


Jazz Then and Now

What: The Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio

Why: "The Evolution of Sound in Jazz with special guest Rick Strauss" will be led by influential jazz guitarist Rosenwinkel.

What else: The performance is part of the Hunt Real Estate and David Kennedy Art of Jazz Series at Albright-Knox.

Info: The preconcert conversation is at 2 p.m. and the performance starts at 3 p.m. in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. Individual tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the gallery's admissions desk or by phone at 270-8292.


So Sweet

What: Maple Weekend

Why: Have a syrupy sweet time tasting and learning the production methods of maple syrup, along with tours and other activities during the statewide event.

What else: Locally, you can check out Smith's Maple Farm in Hamburg and visit its sugarhouse with wood-fire evaporator. Sample and buy maple products.

Info: It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Smith's Maple Farm, 5257 Mayer Road. You could also visit Maple Glen Sugar House, 2266 Gowanda Zoar Road, Gowanda, or check for more participating area locations. Call (585) 591-1190.



Night of Soul

What: The Soulful Spring Upscale Affair

Why: Enjoy the sounds of local indie musical acts from the genres of jazz, neosoul and R&B.

What else: The night will feature performances from jazz musician Will Holton and soul singers Drea, Johnal and Dana Lewis.

Info: The music begins at 8 p.m. in the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Tickets are $25 presale, $30 the day of the show. They can be bought online at Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.


Knight Time

What: Gladys Knight

Why: This legendary singer brings her soulful voice, backed by an orchestra, to a two-night stint at the Avalon Theatre at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.

What else: The shows kick off Friday night, and include her hits with the Pips, such as "Midnight Train to Georgia," and solo chart-toppers like "Love Overboard."

Info: The Friday and Saturday shows start at 9 p.m. in the casino, at 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ont. Tickets are $50 to $70 and can be purchased at the casino box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-(877) 833-3110.



Bunnies and Penguins

What: SEAster Egg Hunt

Why: Youngsters can experience the traditional Easter egg hunt with a twist -- underwater exhibits at the Aquarium of Niagara.

What else: Children will be able to search exhibits for Easter eggs, win prizes and mingle with the SEAster Bunny and Beaker, the aquarium's penguin mascot.

Info: The egg hunt is included in aquarium admission, which is $9.50 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger. For more information, call 285-3575 or visit



What: Reif Estate Winery

Why: Visit the cellar of this Niagara-on-the-Lake winery and sample four estates bottled reserve red wines.

What else: The wines -- 2006 Cabernet Franca, Merlot Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and a '07 Meritage -- will be served with Mario Pingue's cured meats for a lesson in how to match food and wine.

Info: The wine tasting, which runs through April, begins at 3 p.m. in the winery, 15608 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake. It costs $30 a person and reservations are strongly recommended. E-mail or call (905)-468-WINE (9463), Ext. 28. for reservations.