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1. With temperatures about to tumble toward the 30s in the cold snap that arrives today, can snow be far behind? Getting ready for it are the folks at the Holiday Valley ski resort in Ellicottville. They host the area’s first ski swap of the season this weekend, starting from 4 to 8 p.m. today, as part of the Ellicottville Fall Festival. The resort also will be offering a variety of other attractions Saturday and Sunday, ranging from live music to $2 chairlift rides.
2. “I only wanted to be Stevie Wonder / But I got to settle for this vanilla thunder,” Ben Folds sings in “Draw a Crowd,” a compellingly self-doubting track on “The Sound of the Life of the Mind,” the first new CD from the Ben Folds Five in a dozen years. The Five, which is actually a trio, brings its propulsive power pop and Folds’ thundering piano to Kleinhans Music Hall at 8 p.m. Opening is one of Folds’ favorite artists, Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke.
3. The redesign of Buffalo’s waterfront takes another step forward today when the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. is slated to select a firm to design the proposed 1.4-mile Ohio Street Parkway, which will connect the inner and outer harbors. Target date for completion of the plan is next July 30, which will help start the flow of millions in federal funds needed to make the parkway a reality.
4. Now 86 years old, Tony Bennett is one of the few remaining links to the original generation of pop and jazz singers who glorified the Great American Songbook. And he’s still going strong without gimmicks, just his marvelous band, his impeccable sense of timing and the boundless warmth of his personality. Only a smattering of seats are left, at prices ranging from $82.50 to $117.50, for his performance at 8 p.m. in the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls.
5. Donald Ingram, the former organist and choirmaster of St. Paul’s Cathedral, played his first recital in the landmark house of worship in downtown Buffalo on the first Friday in October 1962, as part of the Noonday Recital Series. Tonight at 7:30, he returns to the cathedral at 128 Pearl St. to mark the 50th anniversary of that concert, performing the same works plus two additional compositions. The recital is free and open to the public.
6. Thousands are expected to gather around the rear steps of Albright-Knox Art Gallery this evening for what’s billed as “Western New York’s First Large-scale Video Projection Mapping Project.” The exterior of the gallery will serve as a screen for 3-D images from 30,000-lumen projectors that will illustrate the 150-year history of the gallery. Showings will be at 7:30 and 8:30. There also will be a DJ, food trucks and a chance to take part in an art activity. The event will go off rain or shine.
7. Buffalo-born abstract artist Charles Clough, who co-founded Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in the mid-1970s, has returned home to set up a studio in the Cobblestone District and host a series of interactive painting events. One of them takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. when he joins with students from Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder, for a massive finger-painting exercise to create a work of art commemorating the school’s centennial. An opening reception and centennial art show and sale follow from 5 to 7 in Clement Gymnasium.