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

1. What could happen if redevelopment comes to the Richardson Towers and the whole Richardson Olmsted Complex on Forest Avenue? A public hearing at 6 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., will review the project, its environmental impact, possible sources of state funds and how the money would be spent. They're all part of the site's Draft Generic Impact Statement and General Project Plan. Empire State Development Corp. is looking for public comments on it. Deadline for comments is Jan. 17.

2. The Erie County Legislature will decide on its leaders and committee assignments when it holds its annual reorganization meeting at 2 p.m. on the fourth floor of Old County Hall. The big question -- will Legislature Chairwoman Barbara Miller-Williams be re-elected for a second term?

3. The communal spirit of the Lilith Fair music festivals, which worked so well in the 1990s, didn't fare so well last summer, but singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has found a way to bring that sisterly feeling to smaller venues. Her 7:30 p.m. show in Shea's Performing Arts Center includes two Lilith Fair compatriots -- Butterfly Boucher and Melissa McClelland -- and features a relaxed format of songs and conversation with the audience. Tickets are $41.50 to $62.50.

4. Before they embarked on their current road trip out West, the Buffalo Sabres were saying their goal was to work up some momentum to earn themselves a spot in the playoffs. So far, they picked up a point in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Tonight finds them visiting the San Jose Sharks (10:30, MSG, 550 AM). Like the Avalanche, the Sharks are second in their Western Conference division.

5. Were he still alive, Syd Barrett, founding member of the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, would be turning 65 today. His music, meanwhile, remains as young and visionary as it was back in the 1960s. Those songs will fill the air tonight in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., as guitarist Dave Gutierrez from Irving Klaws hosts his annual Birthday Tribute Show for Barrett. A wide array of local players has promised to show up. It starts at 9.

6. The annual Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas today, offering a preview of the gadgetry that's aiming to change our lives in the near future. Observers are calling this the Year of the Tablet, since several manufacturers, including Microsoft, are introducing their versions of Apple's iPad tablet computer at the show. Analysts say demand for these things is about to explode. More than 24 million of them are expected to be sold in the U.S. this year, up from 10.3 million in 2010.

7. One of them could be the next Picasso -- and at least they had fun doing it. The artwork of more than 100 Boys & Girls Clubs members will be on display in a show presented by the organization and the Ashford Hollow Foundation that opens this evening in CEPA Gallery, located in the historic Market Arcade in the Theater District. An opening reception for the artists and their families will be held from 5 to 7. The exhibit will be up through Jan. 27.


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