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Buffalo arts event planned to benefit people with epilepsy

Organizers are holding the first Arts and Epilepsy Variety Showcase later this month to promote epilepsy awareness and to provide financial support to those diagnosed with the neurological disorder.

The showcase will include musical acts, poetry readings, comics, informational booths and live testimonials. Scheduled acts include Shaun Jones from BET's "ComicView," Karima Amin of the documentary film and speaker series "Prisoners Are People, Too," and Arlem Habeeb, who will perform poetry and music.

It will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Varsity Theatre, 3165 Bailey Ave. Tickets are $20 presale, $25 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Epilepsy Association of Western New York.

The showcase grew out of the efforts of Neal Mack Jr., a musician diagnosed with epilepsy who has been working to help others with the disorder.

For information on attending or making a donation to the event, call Tracy Cooley at 936-3513.

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