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

1. When it comes to diametric opposites, they don't get much farther apart than tonight's concert attractions. Playing the free Tuesday in the Park concert at 6:30 at Artpark is gritty, tattooed Johnny Winter, the high-energy blues guitarist who's been performing for more than 50 years. Meanwhile, also at 6:30, at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, it's Selena Gomez and the Scene, featuring a sweet, squeaky clean teen idol who nevertheless has spent nearly a dozen of her 19 years in the spotlight, having become a star on the Disney Channel.

2. The nefarious emerald ash borer has been sighted in Erie County, and if it has its way, it will destroy virtually all of our tens of thousands of ash trees. Sizing up the challenge is the Town of Tonawanda Commission for the Conservation of the Environment, which will host a program titled "Protecting Our Trees From the Emerald Ash Borer" at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave. Amherst already has a plan to deal with the borer, employing tree cutting and pesticides. In Tonawanda at the moment, the trees are on their own. The town hasn't budgeted any money to deal specifically with the bug.

3. Buffalo's getting a visit from a former presidential candidate today, but there won't be any motorcades. He's David Cobb, who ran on the Green Party line in 2004. A former shrimp boat crewman and construction worker, he got a law degree and became a Houston attorney and political activist. Instrumental in organizing the Green Party in Texas during Ralph Nader's 2000 campaign, he headed the ticket four years later, getting 118,000 votes nationwide. Since then, he's been campaigning against what he sees as the excessive power of corporations. He'll bring his Move to Amend the Constitution to rein in corporations to Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., at 7 p.m.

4. If anyone can make sense out of the mess our economy is in, it's Paul Solman, the award-winning business and economics correspondent for the "PBS NewsHour" since 1985. He steps up to the podium in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater at 10:45 a.m. to take on this week's topic, "The U.S. Economy: Beyond a Quick Fix."

5. Dennis Banks, the founder of the American Indian Movement, was here Monday night for a program in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum. Today, there's a premiere of a film about him, "Nowa Cumig: The Drums Will Never Stop," from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Arts Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. It begins with his Longest Walk in 1978 and follows him up to his current resistance to nuclear power and advocacy of sustainable energy resources.

6. Back in the 1990s, things got so busy at the Williamsville Post Office branch at 5325 Sheridan Drive that it moved the retail side of the operation over to a nearby shopping plaza. Now that things have settled down, the shopping plaza site has closed, and everything's back in the original building, which has been remodeled. The move will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.

7. Recent feature films scheduled to show up on DVD today include the comedy "Jumping the Broom," a tale of two mismatched families joining for a wedding on Martha's Vineyard, and "Paul," a sci-fi comedy with many comic actors in cameo roles and the voice of Seth Rogen as the title character. Over in the music racks, new releases include the latest from the Barenaked Ladies ("Snacktime").


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