1. The Buffalo Planning Board has recommended approval of one of the design features in the Hamister Group's plan to redevelop the Tishman Building - the former headquarters of National Fuel in downtown Buffalo - as a 123-room hotel, restaurant, apartments and its new company headquarters. It involves taking a piece of Lafayette Square to allow for new entrances. The Common Council is expected to vote on it today, but first it will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall to see if there are any strong sentiments about granting an easement.
2. Last year, officials of South Buffalo Charter School announced their plans to replace their current building, the former School 29 at 2219 South Park Ave., with a spacious new one on South Ogden Street near Mineral Springs Road. Tonight, they'll hold a public meeting at 7 in the school auditorium to provide an update on the preliminary studies of the site and give people a chance to comment on plans for the new facility.
3. We are all familiar with athletes appearing on cereal boxes. Well, now Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams not only will be on the box, it's his very own cereal. He will be unveiling his limited edition MariO's, now on sale in Tops Markets, at 11:30 at the Tops at 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Williams will also reveal details about a charitable partnership with Carly's Club.
4. The artist Christo works on a scale so large that it can't be ignored. He and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, wrapped the Reichstag in fabric, hung a curtain across a valley in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay with plastic skirts and set up more than 7,000 colorful gates in New York City's Central Park. Fredonia State College art professor Alberto Rey, who has worked on their installations, has invited Christo to Fredonia, where he will present a talk and slide show at 7 p.m. in King Concert Hall. It's free, but tickets are required. Call 673-3501.
5. French director Marcel Carne's 1945 "Children of Paradise," made during the World War II Nazi occupation, is regarded by the French as their "Gone with the Wind." Set in the Parisian theater world of the 1820s and 1830s, it's a two-part tale of a courtesan, played by the renowned actress Arletty, and her lovers. It's tonight's entry in the Buffalo Film Seminars at 7 in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. A discussion follows.
6. Recent feature films due for release on home video formats today include "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," the horror film "Cabin in the Woods" and the animated "Chico and Rita." In the music racks, there are new CDs from Aimee Mann ("Charmer"), Ben Folds Five ("The Sound of the Life of the Mind"), Big & Rich ("Hillbilly Jedi"), Carly Rae Jepsen ("Kiss"), Dinosaur Jr. ("I Bet on Sky"), Dwight Yoakam ("3 Pears"), Kanye West ("Kanye West Presents GOOD Music: Cruel Summer"), Pink ("The Truth About Love"), Wiz Khalifa ("O.N.I.F.C.") and Rickie Lee Jones ("The Devil You Know").
7. If the Buffalo Bisons had not had yet another disappointing season as the top farm team of the New York Mets, they might still be playing today. Instead, the Pawtucket Red Sox, frequent visitors to Coca-Cola Field, will be squaring off against the Reno Aces in the 2012 Triple-A National Championship Game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. The Red Sox are the International League champions, while Reno, the AAA farm team of the Arizona Diamondbacks, won the Pacific Coast League title. The 7 p.m. contest will be televised on the NBC Sports Network, with veteran broadcaster George Grande handling play-by-play duties alongside longtime major league pitcher Jim Kaat.