1. David Herzberg, a University at Buffalo history professor and expert on prescription drug use in the U.S., will offer a free lecture at 4 p.m. when the UB Humanities Institute kicks off its "Scholars at Hallwalls" lecture series. Herzberg's talk, "The Drug War in the Medicine Cabinet: Prescription Drug Addiction in the Age of Miracle Pills," will take place in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave. The lecture will address how and why a vast and growing market for prescription drugs -- including uppers, downers and narcotics -- has come to characterize America's war on drugs.
2. Alumni of all the elementary schools run by the Buffalo Catholic Diocese are expected to converge from 6 to 9 tonight on the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew, for their second annual reunion, dubbed "The Spirit We Share -- Reunion 2011." Bishop Edward U. Kmiec is expected to attend and offer a special blessing. Tickets are $20 per person, $35 per couple, and include food stations and music, as well as a cash bar.
3. A colorful ceremony, rich in tradition and pageantry, will mark the formal investiture of Satish K. Tripathi as the 15th president of the University at Buffalo at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst. It will be followed by a public reception in the center's atrium. Tripathi's investiture is part of a larger university Inauguration Week celebration that began Monday and will continue through Saturday.
4. Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton and her trio will perform at 8 tonight in the Blue Room at Kleinhans Music Hall as part of a special Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra fundraising event. Sutton and the band have just come off a sold-out four-performance show at Dizzy's, a renowned jazz club in New York City, and a brilliantly received performance at the Geneva Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
5. Pork lovers are being invited to gorge themselves at the "OINKtoberfest" preview night, barbecue cook-off beginning at 5 at the Great Pumpkin Farm, 1199 Main St., Clarence. It kicks off a monthlong celebration of the fall season in Western New York and will continue through Oct. 31. Tonight's festivities will feature barbecue pork, beer and live music.
6. "Moneyball," the Brad Pitt baseball movie that premiered to great acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, is wasting no time making it to the theaters. It opens here today. Also newly arrived -- the thriller "Abduction," with a great cast that includes Taylor Lautner, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Sigourney Weaver and Maria Bello; "Brighton Rock," the remake of the 1947 film derived from the Graham Greene novel, with Sam Riley, Helen Mirren and John Hurt; and "Dolphin Tale," a family drama about a fish that learns to swim with a prosthetic tail, starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gamble and Kris Kristofferson.
7. Lights go up on PosiPalooza!, a concert tour of winning positive music artists from the annual Posi Awards, at 7 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church of West Seneca, 2086 Union Road. Performing in the round will be Richard Mekdeci, Daniel Nahmod, Sue Riley and Jana Stanfield, who's known as "the Queen of Heavy Mental." Tickets are $20. For info, call 668-1115 or visit www.empowerma.com.
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