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The Blues Society of Western New York is seeking premier blues band talent to compete in this year's 14th annual Memphis Bound Competition. Winners of the band category will represent the society in the 28th International Blues Challenge held in Memphis from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, 2012. There is also a Youth Showcase for band members under the age of 21. For information or an application, contact Kim Alessi at or visit Registration deadline is Monday.

> Auditions

Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra will hold auditions for new community members at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 and 31 in Rockwell Hall, Room 106 (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Those auditioning should prepare one short solo piece no longer than 3 minutes, and choose one printable orchestral excerpt from the 2011-2012 Audition Excerpt list at Piano accompaniment is not required. To schedule an appointment, email Ellen Barnum at

The Freudig Singers of Western New York will hold auditions for all voice parts from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary of St. James United Church of Christ (76 Main St., Hamburg). Additional auditions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 in the choir room of St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St. Singers will be auditioned on a first-come, first-heard basis and should bring a prepared piece of vocal music. For more information, visit or call 667-7088.

Auditions for the Towne Players Production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30 at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center Theatre (169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda). Director Randy Rumley invites actors, singers, dancers and backstage people, ages 10 and up, to audition. Photos and resumes are requested. Performances run from Dec. 2 to 11. Call 693-9641 or go to for more information.

> Calls for Work

The Dog Ears Bookstore (688 Abbott Road) 4th Friday Poetry Series is accepting submissions for its upcoming poetry anthology, "Brigid's Fire." Send up to four poems, either in the body of an email or as a word document to: Deadline is Aug. 31.

-- Kelly Boquard

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