1. Bruce Springsteen has a big head of steam as he brings the new post-Clarence Clemons edition of his E Street Band into First Niagara Center for a 7:30 p.m. show tonight. Rave reviews have greeted his latest CD, "Wrecking Ball," which seethes with social commentary. His keynote address last month at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, was widely acclaimed. And the reviews have been even more enthusiastic for his tour dates, which began with a show that took on legendary status last month in Harlem's Apollo Theater. The legend should grow even bigger tonight.
2. Noted peacemaker Teny Oded Gross, executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, R.I., is the featured speaker for the third annual Summit for Nonviolence today and Saturday sponsored by the Sister Karen Klimczak Center. Gross meets this afternoon with elected officials and representatives from the Buffalo Police Department and civic organizations to discuss efforts to work with at-risk youth and gang members and to plan future strategies. The session runs from 2 to 4 p.m. in SS. Columba Brigid Montessori School, 75 Hickory St. On Saturday, Gross will present a program during a brunch session starting at 10:30 a.m. in Statler City on Niagara Square. Tickets are $50. For information, call 362-9688.
3. No matter which way the climate changes, it's going to present planning problems for town, city and county governments. Himanshu Grover, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning whose focus is on sustainable communities, has surveyed local leaders to see what measures they're considering. He reveals the results at 12:30 p.m. in 9 Norton Hall on UB's North Campus in Amherst in a luncheon presentation called "Assessing the Impact of Climate Variability and Change in Local Planning and Policymaking, Case Study: Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Area." The public is welcome.
4. The member wineries of the Niagara Wine Trail in Niagara County this weekend are hosting a "Taste of the Trail," featuring wine and food pairings. Preview hours are from noon to 6 p.m. today at 13 wineries. All 16 of them will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, which are $30 at the wineries, are good for all three days, include a keepsake glass, three wine tastings at each winery and food samplings. For information, visit www.NiagaraWineTrail.org.
5. In the heyday of HSBC Bank, the branch in the HSBC Center tower was its flagship office. It closes forever at the end of business hours today, a month ahead of other HSBC branches, and all the accounts there will move to the bank's Rand Building branch at Court and Washington streets as of Monday. While First Niagara is acquiring the customers and accounts of the HSBC Center branch, it's not getting the physical premises. The Rand Building branch will become a First Niagara location in about a month.
6. UB's English Department Reunion at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery tonight will include a public reading by alumni with distinguished literary careers: Charles Baxter, an award-winning novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist now at the University of Minnesota; Michael Basinski, poet curator for the UB Poetry Collection; David Landrey, Buffalo State College professor emeritus; up-and-coming poet Marina Blitshteyn; and Eliott Krieger, an O'Henry Prize-winning novelist and critic. The free event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
7. The Farrelly Brothers' update of "The Three Stooges," starring Will Sasso, Sofia Vergara, Chris Diamantopolous, Larry David and Jane Lynch, leads the group of new movies arriving on local screens today. Also debuting are the horror film "The Cabin in the Woods"; the French romance "Delicacy," with Audrey Tatou; the outer space adventure drama "Lockout," with Guy Pierce and Maggie Grace; and the ultra-violent Indonesian martial arts cult film "The Raid: Redemption."
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