1. One sign that the spring semester is rapidly coming to a close can be found tonight in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main St. It's the final installment of the Spring 2011 Buffalo Film Seminars. It's going out with a bang with director Ridley Scott's 1982 science-fiction cult favorite "Blade Runner," starring Harrison Ford as a retired police officer called back to action to wipe out evil humanoid robots called replicants. The film-studies class taught by SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian begins at 7 with an introduction, followed by the movie at 7:30 and a discussion of the film afterward.
2. The historic Hotel Niagara at 201 Rainbow Blvd. and First Street, built in the 1920s, comes up for auction again today. A court-appointed auctioneer was unable to get a minimum bid of $1 million for the 12-story, 193-room structure where Marilyn Monroe stayed while filming "Niagara," so this time the minimum is $450,000. The auction starts at 1 p.m. in another old Falls hotel right across the street that's been restored to its former glory by developer Carl Paladino -- the Giacomo Hotel.
3. Brain cells will be burning from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge at Canisius College as 25 teams of local trivia whizzes compete in the 2011 WorldQuest competition. The master of ceremonies leads the team through six rounds of eight questions, all with multiple-choice answers, on the following topics -- Global Buffalo, Current Events, Arts and Language, Africa, History and Geography, and Pop Culture. Proceeds from the entry fees benefit the International Institute of Buffalo.
4. The grass-roots movement to do something about the Buffalo schools is poised to gain more momentum at a meeting at 7 p.m. in the CAO-JFK Community Center, 114 Hickory St., sponsored by VOICE-Buffalo, a social-justice group of churches in the city. The group will show "Parent Power," a DVD offered by the Annenberg Institute, followed by a discussion led by Richard Gray, Annenberg's director of community organizing and engagement. Organizers promise it will be "a focused, productive session."
5. Something wicked this way comes, and it's loading in this morning in Shea's Performing Arts Center. The trucks with all the sets and lights and costumes for the touring company of the Broadway musical "Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz" are due to roll up to the stage door at 10 a.m., and the road crew will start setting up for an extended run. The show opens Wednesday and continues through May 22.
6. Jared Fogle, "The Subway Guy" and a hero to weight-watchers everywhere, comes to Niagara Falls today to preach the virtues of healthy eating to elementary school youngsters at Maple Avenue School and Niagara Street School this morning. After seeing the sights and visiting Mayor Paul Dyster, he finishes the day with a meet-and-greet session open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Club Clientele, 1414 Main St., across from Niagara Falls Library.
7. Three basic legal principles -- the right of indigent defendants to a court-appointed lawyer, the exclusion of evidence that was not obtained legally and the premise that a person is innocent until proved guilty -- will be debated by high school students at the Eighth Judicial District's annual Law Day program from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Ceremonial Courtroom, 92 Franklin St. The program is titled "The Legacy of John Adams: The Rights Guaranteed to an Accused by Our Constitution Apply Regardless of the Notoriety of the Accused or Public Sentiment." It's open to the public.