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

1. The 35th anniversary season of Shakespeare in Delaware Park opens tonight by transporting the Bard's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" from the 16th century to the days right after World War II, a setting that director Saul Elkin chose so that he could incorporate the romantic ballads he loves from that era. There's also much to love about the cast, which is led by some of the area's favorite players. John Fredo and Lisa Ludwig are Benedick and Beatrice, the couple around whom most of the romantic action revolves. And in the comic role of Dogberry is the outrageous Norm Sham. Lights go up at 7:30. Donations are welcome. After a day off on Friday, it continues nightly through July 11, except on Mondays and July 4.

2. The 110th U.S. Open Golf Tournament opens today at one of the world's most beautiful courses -- Pebble Beach, spread along the rugged Pacific coastline. Tiger Woods won the Open the last time it was played there in 2000, but it's a Tiger of another stripe teeing off this time. So far he hasn't quite regained his A game since his personal problems sidelined him. Depending on how Tiger does this weekend, he might even lose his No. 1 ranking. If he falters, it's possible that No. 2 player Phil Mickelson might overtake him. (ESPN, 1 to 3 p.m.; Ch. 2, 3 to 5 p.m.; ESPN, 5 to 10 p.m.).

3. It's indie singer-songwriter night at Thursday at the Square. Headliner in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo is New York City-based Ingrid Michaelson, who rose to prominence via MySpace and songs of hers that showed up on episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" and "One Tree Hill" and in Old Navy commercials. Don't expect her to be quiet and introspective, though. She's backed by a first-rate four-piece band, she jokes and dips into everything from rap to Britney Spears to Elvis and, for a finale, in recent shows she's been doing duets with her opening act. Tonight that's A.A. Bondy, an alt-folk artist from Alabama seen here with his band in what News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers called "a magical evening" in February at Mohawk Place. He starts at about 5.

4. The preseason is over and regular season starts today for the Downtown Country Market, now in its 28th year on downtown Buffalo's Main Street pedestrian mall between Church and Court streets. Vendors will set up every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through Oct. 28. Serenading today's noontime shoppers will be Outer Circle Orchestra, who are playing in the M&T Plaza Event Series. Meanwhile, it's opening day for Medina/Orleans County Farmers' Market at Medina Canal Basin, which will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 28. Also opening for the season in Batavia is the Downtown Public Market at Ellicott and Center streets. It continues from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 7.

5. The Response to Love Center of Buffalo marks 25 years of serving needy individuals and families on the city's East Side with "The Benefit of Love," a silver anniversary celebration and fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. in the Rich Renaissance Atrium. It includes a sit-down dinner, a video presentation on Response to Love, and silent, chance and live auctions. Tickets are $125 or $1,000 for a table of 10. Organizers hope to raise $70,000 to fund the soup kitchen and pantry, along with education and health care services. For tickets online, go to www.responsetolovecenter.org. For information, call Robert Sprague at 894-7030, Ext. 103.

6. Somebody will celebrate an NBA championship in the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight. The Boston Celtics thought they could do that on Tuesday, but they were thwarted by the defending champions -- the suddenly fired-up Lakers and their star, Kobe Bryant. It's the first time the finals have gone to a seventh game since 2005 and the odds are favoring the Lakers. Boston center Kendrick Perkins sprained his knee in the first quarter of Tuesday's game and is unlikely to play tonight (Ch. 7, 9 p.m.).

7. The Buffalo Urban League will hold its annual meeting and volunteer recognition program at 6 p.m. in Westminster Community Charter School, 24 Westminster St. Westminster students will provide entertainment, and Brenda McDuffie, Urban League president and chief executive officer, will detail the organization's plans.

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