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

1. Airlines charge extra these days for everything from carry-on baggage to assigned seats, and those additional fees really add up, sometimes without the passenger ever realizing it. Starting today, however, things should be different. New rules from the U.S. Department of Transportation require the airlines to "prominently disclose all potential fees" on their websites prior to a ticket purchase.

2. On his new album, "2120 South Michigan Ave.," blues-rocker George Thorogood taps into the Chicago record label that made its home at that address -- Chess Records. It gives him a chance to add some more blues classics to his repertoire, songs like "Seventh Son," "Spoonful" and "Two Trains Running." Expect him to pepper them freely through his set with the Destroyers at Artpark in Lewiston, where he plays the free Tuesday at the Park concert series. Blues saxophonist Eddie Shaw gets things started at 6:30 p.m.

3. Distinguished professor Clement Price of Rutgers University takes on this week's Chautauqua Institution amphitheater lecture topic, "The Path to the Civil War," from the African-American perspective. Author of many publications that explore Afro-American history, race relations and modern culture, he speaks at 10:45 a.m.

4. Recent movies scheduled for release on DVD today include the Walt Disney teen picture "Prom." Over in the music racks, there are new albums by Dave Stewart of the Eurhythmics ("The Blackbird Diaries"), indie rocker Stephen Malkmus of Pavement with his band, the Jicks ("Mirror Traffic") and the 33rd studio album by Barbra Streisand ("What Matters Most"), a double-disc collection of songs by two of her favorite writers, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who wrote "The Way We Were."

5. Last year, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy turned Marcy Casino in Delaware Park into a South Beach disco for its biggest fundraising event, the eighth annual Party for the Parks. This year's theme is British Invasion. The rest of the details will be announced with full hoopla -- jugglers, fire dancers, trendy vehicles and special guests -- at 10 a.m. on the lakeside plaza in front of the casino.

6. Music fans who want to discover a new band before it's famous have two chances tonight in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Up from New York City is Purity Ring, an offshoot of the electronic pop band Gobble Gobble, which enhances its spooky synth sounds with the entrancing voice of one Megan James. Love Scenes, an equally electronic synth-pop duo from Buffalo with an outstanding woman vocalist (Leah Loefke), is one of the openers. Also on the bill: Early Attic. Advertised start is 7. Tickets are $12.

7. If you've seen all the summer blockbusters and need a moviegoing change of pace, there are two opportunities this evening. The first is on the lawn of Special Events Field on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst, where there's a free showing at 8:30 of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," the first and best of the series. For a walk on the weird side, there's Italian director Dario Argento's cruel classic 1971 thriller, "The Cat o' Nine Tails," with Karl Malden and James Franciscus, at 8 in the Screening Room in the Northtown Plaza, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Tickets are $5.


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