1. The biggest cheers tonight at the Sweet Home Central High School commencement exercises are likely to be for Deshanaro "Day Day" Morris. After leading the football team to a state championship in 2008, he was in a New Year's Eve car crash that left him paralyzed and put an end to his dreams of being a college player. He urged the team on from a wheelchair last fall, and after they won the state title again, the players credited him for giving them inspiration. He has vowed that he will walk across the stage to get his diploma during the ceremonies in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. He also will speak to his classmates.
2. The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society has plenty to be pleased about. The museum just announced its new director Thursday, and from 5 to 8 p.m. today it hosts the first installment of its fifth annual Party on the Portico summer happy hour series. Providing the music are acoustic rockers John and Mary and the Valkyries, led by two former members of 10,000 Maniacs. There are also appetizers, a cash bar and free 15-minute minitours of the museum. Admission is $10, $5 for Historical Society members.
3. Lily Dale, the spiritualist community in the hills of Chautauqua County, opens for its 131st summer season today. Opening ceremonies include a flag-raising at noon and Lily Dale President Lynne Wiltsie speaking at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The public is invited to the traditional Silver Tea at 8:15 p.m. in the auditorium. One of this year's highlights is an appearance by Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery from Saturday to Monday. The Lily Dale season continues through Aug. 29. For a schedule of events, visit www.lilydaleassembly.com.
4. The local pop band More Than Me must be in England by now. The group, which beat 10 other bands in online voting in the Hard Rock Cafe's 2010 Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Bands, has won the gig of a lifetime -- an appearance at Hard Rock Calling, a three-day music festival in London's Hyde Park. And it really, really is going to share a bill with Paul McCartney. The local band is first up Sunday afternoon for a 20-minute set, warming up the festival's Main Stage for a lineup that includes not only the former Beatle, but also Crowded House, Elvis Costello and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
5. It's the opening night of the NHL draft, and the Sabres are throwing a free party in HSBC Arena, with players and special guests appearing from 6 to 10:30 for autograph sessions. Kids who bring their own sticks and helmets will get to play street hockey on the arena floor. Sabres broadcaster Kevin Sylvester will host a round-table discussion. There also will be interactive games and tours of the dressing rooms. The center attraction, of course, is a live big-screen telecast of the draft from Los Angeles' Staples Center. But don't hold your breath waiting for the Sabres to make their choice. They're picking 23rd.
6. Tonight is the first concert in the Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor series, companion to the Thursday at the Square concerts in Lafayette Square. And who better to launch it than moe., the popular jam band that coalesced some 20 years ago at the University at Buffalo. The music is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with Keller Williams and will last well past sundown. Tickets are $20. What's more, the band these days is making arrangements so that fans can relive the pleasures of the evening over and over. Right after its final encore, the group will offer USB flash drives filled with music and video from the show. It's called "moe. in a moment."
7. The summer movie blockbuster "Knight and Day" arrives today with a question -- does its star, Tom Cruise, still have his mojo? The critics, many of whom take the action comedy to task for being too formulaic, seem to think he does. The consensus is that Cruise and co-star Cameron Diaz succeed in bringing some magic to an otherwise less-than-remarkable film.
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Buffalo indie rock band More Than Me is heading to England. Ringo Starr is in town for the start of his tour. Talk about this and more with News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers during a live chat at 11 a.m. today on the Miers on Music blog.