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

1. One of the things that Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch has strong opinions about is the judiciary. The senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of Washington's leading conservative voices comes to Buffalo today speak at Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College. The 8:15 p.m. lecture, "Umpire or Player: Judicial Power and Selection in the 21st Century," is part of the college's Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series on Law in American Society. It's free and open to the public.

2. The Sabres are on the road, which is where they'll spend the majority of their time until the end of the regular season April 11. Tonight they're in the TD Garden in Boston, hoping to improve upon their dismal 1-3 record against the Bruins this year. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Versus, 550 AM).

3. In Buffalo tonight for the first time in his 17-year career, British singer-songwriter David Gray sets up in the Mainstage Theater at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Best known for his homemade 1999 breakthrough album, "White Ladder," and its chart-topping single, "Babylon," he puts stinging lyrics on top of sparse acoustic sounds spiced with electronica. He often draws comparisons with Coldplay, Radiohead and even Van Morrison.

4. Passover, which commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt, begins at sundown. Jewish families everywhere will celebrate at a Seder, the ritual feast at which the story of the escape from bondage under the pharaohs is retold. Seder customs include drinking four cups of wine, eating matzoh -- flat unleavened bread -- and partaking of symbolic foods.

5. Social awareness shows its fabric in two places today. At Niagara County Community College, the college art gallery hosts the noted Clothesline Project exhibit of T-shirts decorated by women and men who have been affected by sexual violence. Opening ceremonies are at noon and the public can check it out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the Lafayette Court Building in downtown Buffalo, fair housing advocates kick off the annual observance of April as Fair Housing Month with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Highlight will be the display of the Fair Housing Quilt, made up of panels from each of the fair housing offices around the nation. On view here for the first time, it includes a panel by Karol Lynch of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development field office here in Buffalo.

6. Gathering together to make a major push for the arts and culture, especially as generators of economic development, is a brand new Buffalo Niagara arts alliance. It debuts at 4 p.m. in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave., and it should be dynamic, judging from the people in its leadership group. Included are Randall Kramer of MusicalFare Theatre, Laurie Dean Torrell of Just Buffalo Literary Center, Agnes Bain of the African American Cultural Center and Ted Pietrzak of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

7. There was a flurry of excitement when actor James Woods was spotted at the Sabres game Saturday night and word got out that he was here scouting locations for his upcoming film, "An American Girl." It will be his second directing effort. There will be even more of a flurry if he decides to shoot here -- tapped for the leading role is Kristen Stewart, best known for playing Bella in the "Twilight" movies.

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