1. There's been plenty of talk lately about reforming the industrial development agencies in Erie County - so much that State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, has decided to do something about it. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, he'd like to see what changes could be made to make the IDAs more effective. He's invited all the IDAs, dozens of public officials, business and labor groups, and the public to express their thoughts in a public hearing from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
2. Starting at 10 a.m., the public can get its first look inside the newest addition to Medaille College's campus on Agassiz Circle. It's an 18,300-square-foot expansion of the Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center, which offers plenty of amenities for the expanding student body and visitors alike. The project added a modern fitness center, a presidential dining room and an arena for events. The work also included some upgrades to the old campus center's student lounge, computer nooks and study areas.
3. The observance of Hispanic Heritage Month continues at 6 p.m. in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Avenue, with a panel discussion on "Latino Identity in Hispanic Art in the U.S." The panel includes Jorge Gracia, professor of philosophy at the University at Buffalo, and Alberto Rey, visual arts and new media professor at Fredonia State College. Admission is free.
4. Life in the city - pre-apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic - will be celebrated with musical accompaniment as two authors visit Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St., at 7 p.m. The pre-apocalyptic vision belongs to Rochester's Bill Peters, who takes a raucous ride through his decaying hometown in his debut novel, "Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality." The post-apocalyptic belongs to New York City novelist and musician Nathan Larson, whose "The Nervous System" imagines the city in the wake of a major terrorist attack. Adding music will be Rochester indie musicians Inugami. It's free and open to the public.
5. Boxing champ Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini will join author Mark Kriegel for a book signing at 7 p.m. in Barnes & Noble, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. "The Good Son," Kriegel's biography of Mancini, follows Mancini's rise to the top and the tragic death of an opponent in 1982 that tarnished his triumph, blighted his career and changed the face of the fight game. It was here in Buffalo that Mancini lost his lightweight title in June 1984 in an epic battle with Caribbean fighter Livingstone Bramble.
6. The environmental group Preserve Our Parks is welcoming the proposal to add a zip line attraction to the tourist offerings at Niagara Falls, Ont. As far as the group is concerned, people sliding down ropes and cables won't compromise the natural beauty of Dufferin Islands above the Horseshoe Falls or at Thompson Point near the Whirlpool and the Spanish Aero Car. The Niagara Parks Commission, which drew up a zip line proposal after a suggestion from the public last year, will present the plans in public meetings at 6:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Thursday at the Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex.
7. Since his breakthrough hit "The Way It Is" some 25 years ago, Bruce Hornsby has applied his keyboard and vocal talents in his own bands and for a variety of others, including more than 100 shows with the Grateful Dead. When he appears solo, however, he feels free to draw not only upon his own career, but also upon a few others as well. Don't be surprised to hear a classical selection, something new and an unexpected rock song or two, along with favorites such as "The End of the Innocence" when he plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst. Tickets are $32 and $40.