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

1. "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition" brings to life the fictional world of the C.S. Lewis novels and the Walt Disney films made from them. Featuring more than 50 original costumes, set dressings and props from the blockbuster film series -- including a replica of the White Witch's Throne, which visitors can sit on -- it also includes newly created educational interactives, videos and interviews with scientists. It opens today in the Buffalo Museum of Science and continues through May 15. Tickets are $2 with paid general museum admission.

2. A bright, cold day will greet demonstrators on both sides of the abortion issue in Washington, D.C., today as they stage their annual gatherings to voice their support or their disapproval on the 38th anniversary the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized the procedure. Among those on hand will be folks from the Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee.

3. Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen hosts a district community meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the J.F.K. Community Center, 114 Hickory St. at Clinton Street, to start work on making the district -- which includes the Near East Side, the downtown business district and the Lower West Side -- a better place to live and work. Committees will be established and groups will be formed to work on improvement projects.

4. Looking ahead to the summer is Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. This morning, he visits the offices of Computers for Children in the Seneca Industrial Center in the former Larkin manufacturing complex at 701 Seneca St. to announce that applications for this year's Summer Youth Employment Program are now available.

5. Also ready to invoke thoughts of warmer seasons is Sharon Webber, horticulturist and board president of Grassroots Gardens. She's featured in the 2011 Winter/Spring Land Conservancy Speakers Series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Call 687-1225 or e-mail

6. Conceived by the British folks who brought us "The Spirit of the Dance," the musical review "Spirit of the '60s" brings the dancing and the sounds of that lively decade to the stage of the Avalon Theatre in the Niagara Fallsview Casino and Resort in Niagara Falls, Ont., starting today with a 3 p.m. matinee performance. It continues with afternoon and evening shows through Sunday. Tickets are $25 and up.

7. Looking for the stars of the future? Before they try out for "American Idol," chances are they're testing their wings at an open mic night on a Monday. Granddaddy of them all is the one hosted by Michael Meldrum at 10:30 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., an open mic where Ani DiFranco once performed. Singer and songwriter Dee Adams hosts an open mic in the Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St., at 9 p.m. And there's the open mic hosted by CoCo Chanyl and Jarell Patton featuring hip hop, R&B, gospel and dance music from 5 to 7 p.m. in Second Cup Cafe, 36 Broadway at Ellicott Street.


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