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This Week / Some recommended events for the week of Dec. 26 - Jan. 1

>MONDAY

Rock the Tralf

What: The Wizards of Winter

Why: Catch a little winter magic.

Info: A 14-member ensemble reprises favorites from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra repertoire at 8 p.m. in the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Tickets are $15 and are available through the box office and Ticketmaster. For more information, call 852-2860 or visit www.tralfmusichall.com.

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>TUESDAY

Just ducky

What: Glenn Colton Holiday Show

Why: Holiday fun for the whole family!

Info: The Christmas show with the children's performer begins at 2 p.m. in the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 683-1776 or visit www.lancopera.org.

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>FRIDAY

Hard rockin' party

What: New Year's Eve Guitar Drop

Why: Rock into the new year!

Info: Beginning at 8 p.m. on Old Falls Street between Third and Prospect streets in Niagara Falls. The free event features a concert with Smash Mouth, food and beverage concessions, a guitar drop at the stroke of midnight and fireworks. For more information, visit www.hardrock.com/niagarafalls.

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Bookin' it

What: New Year's Eve Art, Music & Libations

Why: Eat, drink and be groovy!

Info: Enjoy the New Year's Eve party, which begins at 9 p.m. in the Western NY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. The event includes a silent art auction, live downtempo jazz by David Kane and the DJ stylings of Matt Olmsted. Tickets for members are $100 per couple or $60 per person and nonmembers are $125 per couple or $75 per person. For more information and tickets, call 348-1430 or visit www.wnybookarts.org.

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SATURDAY

Step it up

What: Queen City Contra Dancers

Why: Contrary to popular belief...

Info: From 8 to 11 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church at 695 Elmwood Ave. The contra dance is taught and called by Joe Kwiatkowski and features music by Anne Maroney, Tom Santasiero and friends. Don't know how to contra dance? Don't worry! There is a contra basics lesson beginning at 7:30 p.m. and no partner or experience is necessary. Admission is just $8. For more information, visit www.qccd.org.

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