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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 20, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to film director Robert Altman, born on this date in 1925, “If you don’t have a leg to stand on, you can’t put your foot down.”

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LADIES’ NIGHT – Women composers will be featured as the Buffalo Chamber Players present a program entitled, “A Woman’s Work,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
There will be works by 17th century Italian nun and Baroque composer Isabella Leonardo; Amy Beach, the first American woman to write a symphony; Florence Price, the first African American woman composer played by a major orchestra; and Missy Mazzoli, described as “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart.”
It also will mark the debut of the ensemble’s newly-restored harpsichord. Tickets are $20, $5 for students. For tickets and info, call 270-8292 or click on “Events” at

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RAISE A GLASS – Programs for children at the Seneca Street Community Development Corp. will benefit from the annual Resurgence Fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Resurgence Brewing Co., 1250 Niagara St. Tickets are $25 at the door. For info and advance tickets, call 929-3501 or visit

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TASTE TEST – You should be able to sample all the soups from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday when St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca, holds its first Soup and Chili Cookoff. There will only be a dozen. The two best, determined by popular vote, will win the Golden Ladle Award.
Admission is $5. Beverages and desserts will be available for purchase. Is there still time to enter the competition? To find out, call Mark Koeppel at 440-8173.

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RACK ‘EM UP – The annual Variety Kids 8-Ball Telethon Tourney takes place Saturday in Classic Cue Billiards, 6061 Transit Road, Depew. Winners get to make an appearance on the March 4 Telethon.
The field is limited to 64 entries, with no pros. Fees are $30, $20 for league players and $10 for seniors over 60 and juniors under 17. There’s also a $10 green fee. Cash prizes will go to 25 percent of the field. All proceeds benefit the Telethon.
On tournament day, doors open at noon, there’s free practice until 1 p.m. Play begins at 1:30. Food and drink specials will be offered all day. For info, call Norm Skulski at 715-7037 or Carl Galante at 684-4644.

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REUNION ALERT – Members of the Cleveland Hill High School Class of 1960 will hold their monthly gathering for coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the cafe at Wegmans, 5275 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. All fellow alums are welcome.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marian Needham, Ed McKenna, Tom Fenton, Amy Zeckhauser, Dr. Paul A. Kloc II, Kathy Sauer, Andrew Bottomley, Loretta Sauer, Skip Polowy, Peggi Ryan, William VanArsdale, John Kiener, Anna L. Case, Rose Marie Wartinger, Kevin “Scoop” Bielmann, Ria Betush, Douglas Decker, Marypat Brill, Mark Haggerty, Donald Zelakiewicz, Melissa Dersam, Kyle Brodnicki and Michael Ihrig.

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