1. The fifth annual Buffalo Citybration kicks off today with a couple of events guaranteed to make us all feel good about our region and its future. First there's the 2010 Explore Buffalo Niagara Investor & Entrepreneur High-Tech Forum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery auditorium, a day of networking where more than 20 companies in life sciences, energy, information technology and advanced manufacturing will make presentations to investors. Then, at 5:30, there's the Buffalo Spree Best of Western New York Party in Shea's Performing Arts Center, where the monthly magazine will announce the results of its recent poll of its readers. Tickets are $40 and include wine tasting and food from 20 of the area's finest restaurants. Citybration continues through Sunday.
2. A year-round farm in the middle of Buffalo? That's what WNY AmeriCorps and hundreds of volunteers will be creating when they erect a greenhouse donated by Home Depot at Queen City Farm, 195 Glenwood Ave. The army of workers also will install rain barrels, build raised beds for future planting, install an ornamental garden, weed, plant seeds and clean up debris and brush. They'll also plant some crops at the Green Entrepreneurial Center at 70 Harvard Place and paint a community building at Glenwood and Fillmore avenues.
3. The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall, a traveling memorial to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, will arrive this morning with a motorcycle escort at the VA Western New York Healthcare System at Batavia, 222 Richmond Ave. The wall will be on display 24 hours a day today through Monday. Opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. today will feature a keynote address by Vietnam veteran Patrick Welch, director of the Center for Veteran and Family Services at Daemen College.
4. If you're heading out of downtown Buffalo on the Kensington Expressway after 8 p.m., be prepared for a detour. Contractors are barricading the highway at the Humboldt Parkway exit. All outbound traffic will have to take the parkway up to East Delavan Avenue, where there's an on-ramp for the Kensington. Motorists who want to pick up the westbound Scajaquada Expressway will have to follow the signs on East Delavan to the Northland Avenue on-ramp. Friday night, the inbound Kensington will be closed in the same area.
5. Buffalo native Lauren Belfer, who electrified local readers several years ago with her historical novel "City of Light," has written a new book about a historic pivot point. "A Fierce Radiance" is set in the middle of a medical revolution at the beginning of World War II -- the development of penicillin. She begins a series of public appearances in the area this weekend with a reading and book-signing at 7 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center auditorium.
6. The anticipation is over, and, as of today, the latest edition of the iPhone is here. The iPhone 4 costs $199 or $299 with a two-year AT&T contract, depending on the capacity. What's new about it? A higher-resolution screen, better battery life and a thinner design -- 25 percent thinner than the previous edition, the iPhone 3GS, which debuted last year. That one is still available for $99. The new phone runs the latest version of Apple's mobile software, iOS4, which offers such features as the ability to operate more than one program at a time.
7. Billboard magazine has said that Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Martin Sexton hasn't met a musical style he doesn't like. He will turn to soul, gospel, country, rock, blues, you name it. Taking a night off from his current string of dates as an opener for the Dave Mathews Band, he comes to the Thursday at the Square series in Lafayette Square this evening with songs from his newly released album, "Sugarcoating." Backing him up is the Ryan Montbleau Band, a New England quintet whose new album is being produced by Sexton. Civil Twilight, a power trio from South Africa now living in Los Angeles, opens the show at around 5 p.m.
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