1. The region's premier annual arts and crafts show -- the 42nd annual 100 American Craftsmen -- opens from 6 to 9 p.m. today in the Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Ave., Lockport. The area's longest-running juried show of contemporary craft art again features outstanding artisans working in leather, glass, metal, clay, wood, basketry, paper and mixed media. Admission is $6, but there is a $1 off coupon in today's Gusto. For a list of exhibitors, 23 of whom are new, visit www.kenancenter.org. The show gets going in earnest Saturday, when hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and again Sunday, when it's open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. Forget the Seven Dwarfs. Director Rupert Sanders' version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, "Snow White and the Huntsman," arrives on local screens today with epic war scenes and plenty of computer graphics. It stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Bob Hoskins. Also showing up is "Headhunters," the Norwegian art-house thriller about a corporate headhunter who leads a double life as an art thief. A Hollywood remake is planned.
3. Niagara Square and the downtown Buffalo streets surrounding it will be closed to traffic beginning at noon for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament this weekend. Action will be centered on Delaware Avenue between Eagle Street and Cary Street (north side of the Avant Building), and on the side streets in that stretch of Delaware between Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street. The tournament officially gets under way Saturday morning. The streets will be closed until midnight Sunday.
4. Taste of Country brings a promising collection of up-and-coming country singers to Coca-Cola Field for a 5 p.m. show sponsored by WYRK-FM. Taking the stage will be Eric Church, winner of the 2011 Academy of Country Music Award as Top New Solo Vocalist; Joe Nichols, who has three No. 1 country singles ("Brokenheartsville" in 2003, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" in 2005 and "Gimmie That Girl" in 2010); the Texas-based Eli Young Band, led by Mike Eli and James Young, which scored its first No. 1, "Crazy Girl," last year; Casey James, third-place finalist in the ninth season of "American Idol" in 2010; and Dustin Lynch, whose debut single, "Cowboys and Angels," arrived earlier this year. Tickets are $25, $49 and $75.
5. It's National Doughnut Day and Dunkin' Donuts locations nationwide will celebrate by offering customers a free doughnut of their choice while supplies last, as long as they buy something to drink (excluding those bottled beverages in the cooler). National Doughnut Day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army in Chicago to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.
6. Piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell made more than 100 hourlong TV specials for PBS from the time he started during the Ford Administration in 1975 until he retired during the George W. Bush years in 2004. How did the producers at Buffalo's WNED-TV boil them all down into the one-hour "Mark Russell's America" fundraising special (9 p.m., Ch. 17)? "I figured the best way to do that," he quipped in an interview recently, "would be to eliminate the word 'Lewinsky.' "
7. Dr. Kunle Odunsi, director of Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Center for Immunotherapy and principal investigator in research on a cancer vaccine, will be the keynote speaker at 9 a.m. as BUILD Buffalo holds it 18th annual convention today and Saturday in the Friends Inc. Center, 118 E. Utica St. The theme is "Health, Access to Health Care and Other Equitable Social Issues." The daytime program also will include brainstorming sessions and workshops led by local medical professionals. A reception and awards program will be held at 7 p.m. Registration is $20. For info, call 650-8889.