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

1. With Election Day less than three weeks away, Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz and Republican Chris Collins square off for the second of their two Erie County executive debates bright and early at 8:25 this morning in St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, 845 Kenmore Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

2. Visitors will get a rare peek inside the Richardson-Olmsted Complex and check out Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Buffalo State College Art Conservation Lab during a tour that takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. "Museums by Moonlight," sponsored by Preservation Buffalo Niagara and M&T Bank, will offer trolley service between the sites. Tickets are $30, $25 in advance, and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox, Burchfield Penney, history museum or online at Tickets can be picked up at will call at the Albright-Knox.

3. The 12th annual "Lights on Afterschool" event will premiere several short films by local students from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, 639 Main St. Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, it's one of more than 7,500 similar events being held around the nation to call attention to the need for expanded after-school programs. Local sponsors include the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, Concerned Ecumenical Ministry, Adolescent Treatment Services, the Matt Urban Human Services Center, the Community Action Organization and the Northwest Buffalo Community Center.

4. Brompton Heights celebrates the grand opening of its new in-residence art studio from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 275 Brompton Road, Amherst. Residents will be able to enjoy painting in a beautifully sunlit room with formal instruction from two artists, recreation staff member Ann Milliken and volunteer Jane Hamister. The art studio is located at the end of the Presidential Wing of Brompton Heights in what used to be the building's original ice cream parlor.

5. Local high school students discuss their concerns about urban public schools in a forum at 5:30 p.m. in the Eggerstville Youth and Community Center, 4110 Bailey Ave. "Educate to Elevate" is a round-table discussion that will focus on chronic absenteeism, high school dropout rates and lower-than-average academic achievement rates among African-American male students. Participants will include teen members of the Keystone Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo.

6. "Materialism, Naturalism and Nihilism" is the topic as feminist philosopher and religious skeptic Louise Antony speaks at 4 p.m. in Room 120 of Clemens Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst. Antony, a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, is the co-editor of the provocative and controversial 2007 book "Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life." Her lecture is part of the UB Department of Philosophy's 2011-2012 Colloquia Series.

7. We know the beautiful English actress Vivien Leigh best from her role as Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic "Gone With the Wind," but there was much more to her than that -- her lengthy battles with tuberculosis and bipolar disorder and her tempestuous relationship with her husband of 20 years, the legendary actor Laurence Olivier. Bringing her back to life for the next three weeks on the stage of the New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park, is the Irish Classical Theatre Company's Josephine Hogan, directed by Darleen Pickering Hummert. The one-woman play, "Vivien: The Triumph and Madness of Vivien Leigh," opens at 8 p.m.


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