1. Novelist Edwidge Danticat will be featured tonight in Just Buffalo Literary Center's continuing Babel series of internationally acclaimed authors. Danticat, winner of a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship, explores Haiti's complex history in her novels, while chronicling the lives of ordinary citizens who reside in the Caribbean island nation. She evokes themes of family, isolation and community that, while grounded in a specific cultural milieu, resonate with a wide range of audiences. The event takes place at 8 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. General admission tickets are $35.
2. High School students from all over Buffalo will meet today to explore what is personally important to each of them as it pertains to various unspecified local and global issues. It is billed as an ideas festival and will include interactive workshops, a multimedia exhibit called "25 Blocks" and a keynote address by Irene Zubaida Khan, former secretary-general of Amnesty International and currently a visiting professor at the University at Buffalo Law School's Human Rights Center. The event will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in City Honors High School, 186 E. North St.
3. Instead of planning a hair-raising event, the students and staff at West Seneca East Senior High School will be raising money today by shearing hair. The school is participating in its second annual "Goin' Bald for Bucks" campaign to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Last year's campaign raised $13,000. Participants collect pledges in return for agreeing to have their heads shaved or cutting off at least 10 inches of hair, which will be donated to Locks of Love. Others will opt to dye their hair purple, but they all must raise at least $100 each to participate. The clippers will be going from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school, 4760 Seneca St., West Seneca.
4. The Theatre of Youth and Talking Leaves bookstore are joining forces today to promote a new youth book club. It coincides with the premiere of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" at 7 p.m. in the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. The play is an adaptation of a 1972 Judy Blume children's story. Theatre of Youth Book Club members will receive 15 percent off their book purchases at Talking Leaves and $5 off tickets to Theatre of Youth performances through the rest of the 2010-2011 season. It also includes discounted tuition to Theatre of Youth's Summer Theatre School and an invitation to attend meetings of the book club.
5. Daemen College is opening a photo exhibit, "Images of the Past 15 Years," photographs taken by Daemen President Martin J. Anisman during his tenure at the college. The photographs were taken in Western New York; across the United States, in locales such as Death Valley National Monument; and across the world, in locations including Venice, Beijing and others. The exhibit is free and open to the public, with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Goldman/Greenfield Art Gallery on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main St., Snyder. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
6. The 2011 Buffalo Motorama opens today and runs through Sunday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The car and bike show, presented by Mighty Taco, will feature rare and original muscle cars as well as exotic, custom and race cars and bikes. There also will be a Woman's Oasis with vendors selling housewares, jewelry, clothing and massages. And children can have fun at the Kiddie Corner. The event is $10 at the door. Discount coupons are available at Might Taco, Noco Express, Paddock Chevrolet and Sound Choice Audio and Performance.
7. The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York is sponsoring its Winter 2011 "Passport to Wellness" program for adults 50 and older starting at 9:15 a.m. at Walden Galleria. The program includes an indoor mall walk plus health/fitness screenings, presentations, health education materials, healthful refreshments and incentive prize drawings. Registration begins at 8:30. The cost is $3 per walk. Go to the lower level, near Sears.
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