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Daily Dish: May 19, 2015

Rumer and Val for the win

The precision-stepping pair of Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy triumphed Tuesday night in competition that seemed to close to call in the final round of the 20th season of ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

The judges couldn’t decide.

They gave Rumer and Val a perfect score for their foxtrot/paso doble for the second night in a row, but they did the same for the flashy duo of Riker Lynch and Allison Holker.

It took votes from the audience to decide the winner of the golden mirrored ball trophy. Val, a seasoned DWTS competitor, had finished second in the 16th season and third in the 19th season.

Finishing third were Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess.

Galloway, a veteran who lost his left arm and left leg in Iraq, was an audience favorite for overcoming his disabilities.

Charity seating

Take a seat – literally – during a unique fundraiser for O’Connell & Company on Wednesday in Park School of Buffalo.

A variety of painted seats of all kinds – chairs, stools, benches – as well as seat-theme works of art including jewelry and sculpture will be available for bidding during a silent and live auction at “Take a Seat!”

The event also will feature live entertainment by Bobby Jones, Mary Kate O’Connell and O’Connell & Company performers. There will be an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a dessert display by Salvatore’s.

A portion of proceeds benefit the purchase of a new electric sign at the Park School. Individual tickets are $50. The purchase of a $150 VIP ticket buys a new theater seat.

The event is held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the dining hall at the Park School (4625 Harlem Road, Snyder).

For information and tickets, call 848-0800 or visit

Rock icon doubleheader

Alternative rock icons the Church and the Psychedelic Furs have teamed for a co-headlining North American tour that will kick off with a show Aug. 8 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.).

The Church, known for the massive hit “Under the Milky Way,” but responsible for a staggering body of consistently excellent work in the psychedelic-alternative vein, is touring behind a new effort, “Further/Deeper,” one of the band’s strongest and most adventurous collections.

The Psychedelic Furs, forever associated with the massive film soundtrack hit “Pretty In Pink,” enjoys continued success touring the world and cherry-picking favorites from a catalog three decades deep.

Tickets are $29 advance, $34 day of show and go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Town Ballroom box office and through

– Jeff Miers

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