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

1. Some part of every red-blooded American rock 'n' roller has to love Ted Nugent, the gonzo guitar player from Detroit. He's unashamedly loud and proud with his music, rumbling and direct as a muscle car. Refreshed with the Web release of a single, "I Still Believe," earlier this year, (which he described as "the animal spirit of rugged individualism in pure Motor City ultra high-energy rhythm and blues and rock and roll"), he comes to Artpark in Lewiston for a free show tonight. Opening at 6:30 is Chakras, a Cincinnati-based hard rock band led by charismatic former Buffalonian Andrea Simler DeGolier.

2. Terry Fator is making ventriloquism respectable again, single-handedly. Since winning the "America's Got Talent" competition in 2007, he's gone on to become a headliner in Las Vegas. They even named a showroom after him. None other than "American Idol" sourpuss Simon Cowell has dubbed him "one of the two most talented people on the planet." He brings his many voices and his many dummies to the Erie County Fair grandstand to do his "Ventriloquism in Concert" show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $55.

3. Art and architecture will be the focus of the second annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua today. Artist Rita Argen Auerbach will lead a tour of a special exhibit of her artwork in the Hultquist Center at 11 a.m. and assist in a tour at 2 p.m. of the exhibit "Abstraction in America: The 1940s to the late 1960s" created with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in the Strohl Art Center. Also at 2, in the Smith Library, Visit Buffalo Niagara will tell how the city landed the upcoming national conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. And at 3:30, writer and director Paul Lamont will screen and discuss his PBS documentary "Elbert Hubbard -- An American Original."

4. Buffalo's urban gardens can be more than a way to reclaim vacant lots and revive community pride. A free public forum from the Partnership for the Public Good at 4 p.m. will look at how community gardens and urban farms can serve Buffalo's refugee community. The session will take place in PUSH's community garden on Hampshire Street, between Lawrence and 15th streets, which is tended mainly by Burmese refugees. Speakers will include PUSH neighborhood redevelopment director Sean Ryan, PUSH horticulturalist Josh Smith, Chelsea Wagner from Journey's End Refugee Services and Dorian Ralston from the Partnership for the Public Good. To RSVP, email

5. Boston had its Big Dig. Buffalo is about to get a Big Dredge. Starting today, work will begin on removing decades of toxic industrial sediments from the bottom of the Buffalo River. The $50 million project, the largest restoration project of its kind on the Great Lakes, is expected to take three years to complete. It kicks off with a ceremony at 1 p.m. on the Central Wharf. Expected to be on hand are Environmental Protection Agency senior adviser Cam Davis, Rep. Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown, Lt. Col. Stephen H. Bales from the Army Corps of Engineers and Jill Jedlicka, director of ecological programs for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

6. What's going to happen with Erie County Medical Center? Executives from ECMC will talk about their expansion plans, including the construction of a new skilled nursing facility on the Grider Street campus, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave. The session is hosted by County Legislators Betty Jean Grant and Barbara Miller-Williams.

7. Recent movies scheduled for release on DVD today include the supernatural action film "Priest," which stars Paul Bettany as an ancient warrior called back into action against vampires. Over in the music racks, you'll find new releases from Jewel ("The Merry Goes 'Round"), Sly Stone ("I'm Back! Family & Friends") and the self-titled debut album from actor Jeff Bridges, produced by T-Bone Burnett, who did the music for Bridges' Oscar-winning performance as Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart."


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