1. A public hearing on the environmental impact of moving Women & Children's Hospital from the Elmwood Village to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will be held before the Buffalo Planning Board at 8:30 a.m. in Room 901 of City Hall. Issues including traffic, noise, parking, construction and neighborhood impacts are to be studied. The hospital hopes to move by 2015. The public comment period runs through March 23. Written comments should be sent to Martin Grunzweig, Office of Strategic Planning, City of Buffalo, 901 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202.
2. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has decided to clean up a site in Niagara Falls that's on the state Superfund list -- the nine-acre former Frontier Chemical site, 47th Street and Royal Avenue. A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. The DEC will discuss its plans to perform a thermal cleaning process on the soil right at the site. The company treated hazardous waste at the plant from 1974 to 1992, when the DEC shut it down. A public comment period continues through March 13.
3. It's not your mother's and father's version of the hit musical "Les Miserables" that's setting up in Shea's Performing Arts Center tonight for a six-day engagement. This touring edition of the 25th anniversary production has brightened and re-engineered its sets, reorchestrated the music to give it more bite and even added a scene. One thing that hasn't changed is its popularity. The entire run here is sold out.
4. Speaking of major musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote a follow-up to "Phantom of the Opera" called "Love Never Dies," which imagines the Phantom 10 years later. It sank with hardly a trace after it opened on London's West End in 2010. Not content to bury it, Lloyd Webber has reworked it for a production with a 36-member cast and a 21-piece orchestra that's now playing in Australia, where it has done so well that it's been filmed for showing in theaters across America. It hits the screens at 7:30 tonight in the Regal Elmwood and Transit centers.
5. Caught up like the rest of the sports world in "Linsanity" -- the madness over the sudden brilliance of New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin -- is New Era Cap Co., which began thinking up designs for a Lin lid a couple of weeks ago, got the green light from the NBA and has produced a 39THIRTY stretch-fit model in royal blue or black, featuring the phrase "Linsanity," the Knicks logo and Lin's No. 17. They go on sale today for $24.99 in New Era's Buffalo flagship store, 160 Delaware Ave.
6. If you're looking to spend a little private time with one of the area's business leaders, tonight's your night. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is holding its annual CEO Silent Auction as part of its "The HobNob" networking party, offering an opportunity to win an in-person meal or meeting with one of 14 area executives, ranging from Robert D. Gioia, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, to Sharon D. Randaccio of Performance Management Partners. Bidding starts at 5:30 on the eighth floor of the Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St. Tickets are $60 at the door and include beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres and parking. To register in advance, call 541-1770.
7. Director Martin Scorsese's adventure drama "Hugo" was nominated for 11 Oscars and won five of them, including Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. Today it comes out on home video formats. Over in the music racks, there are new CDs by Angelique Kidjo ("Spirit Rising"), Lambchop ("Mr. M"), Michael Martin Murphey ("Campfire on the Road"), Sinead O'Connor ("How About I Be Me [And You Be You]?), Sleigh Bells ("Reign of Terror") and the Chieftains ("Voice of Ages," with guest appearances by Bon Iver, the Decemberists and Pistol Annies).
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