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This Week / Some recommended events for the week of Jan. 23-29

>SUNDAY

Venture forth

What: Winter Carnival

Why: Step right up!

Info: The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court, presents indoor and outdoor fun from 1 to 4 p.m. -- a visit by Sabretooth, arts and crafts, live music, tours and food. Admission is $10 for nonmembers (adults are free with paid child). Call 873-9644, Ext. 311, or visit www.buffalohistory.org.

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>THURSDAY

Manic Maria

What: Maria Bamford

Why: Bam!

Info: Hosted by Kristen Becker, the laughs begin at 8 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Tickets are $17.50 advance and $25 at the door and are available through www.dointimecomedy.com and www.brownpapertickets.com.

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A family saga

What: Kathleen Hill

Why: Is anybody home?

Info: Join the author as she reads from her second novel, "Who Occupies This House," at 7 p.m. in Talking Leaves, 3158 Main St. Free. Call 837-8554.

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X is for xylophone

What: Bernard Woma

Why: Enjoy a little culture with your lunch.

Info: Join the "Master of the Ghanaian Xylophone" and Ghana's cultural ambassador to the United States when he performs at 11:20 a.m. in Villa Maria College Recital Hall, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga, as part of the free M&T Lunchtime Music Series. Call 896-0700 or visit www.villa.edu.

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>FRIDAY

Jazz 101

What: An Evening of Big Band Jazz

Why: Jazz up your evening.

Info: At 7:30 p.m. in Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road, Town of Tonawanda, The free concert features the George Scott Big Band and jazz bands from Kenmore East, St. Joe's and Tonawanda High.

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