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No more tears

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum presents documents connected to the life and work of Eva Peron, the Argentinian first lady and political leader whose life inspired the musical "Evita!" The exhibit, which opens Monday, contains her addresses to various political assemblies, a lesson she gave to a school in 1951, the year before her death, and a letter she wrote to her husband, Juan Peron, from her deathbed.

The items are on display at the Karpeles' Porter Hall location, 453 Porter Ave. Also opening Monday, at the Karpeles' North Hall location, 220 North St., is an exhibit dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt, including a page from his autobiography and documents outlining his decision to run for president. Admission to both museums is always free. For more, go to


Top chops

Diners who use the Open Table online reservation system have chosen Russell's Steaks, Chops and More of Williamsville as one of their Top 100 restaurants of 2011.

According to Open Table, more than 10 million reviews were submitted referencing 12,000 restaurants last year. Users are asked to rate the restaurants on the quality of food and service, as well as ambience ("romantic," etc.) and suitability for various functions.

After hearing of the recognition, Russell's owner Russ Salvatore issued a statement in a press release, saying, "We work hard every day and night to give the customers what they want. This [honor] validates our efforts."

Russell's is located in Salvatore's Grand Hotel, 6675 Transit Road, Williamsville. It is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays until 10. For reservations, 636-4900, or, if you would like to join in the restaurant ranking, go through