1. Schwabl’s Restaurant is marking 175 years of continuous operation today with a luncheon celebrating all of the family-owned and -operated businesses that have supported the West Seneca restaurant over the years. The restaurant opened its doors in 1837, serving up hand-carved roast beef for beef on weck sandwiches alongside its beloved German potato salad to countless customers. The restaurant remained in the Schwabl family until 2004, when Gene and Cheryl Staychock, who had worked at Schwabl’s for 20 years prior, bought it, with the promise that they would never change anything about the Western New York institution. The celebration kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in the restaurant at 789 Center Road, West Seneca.
2. Irish dancing gets serious in the reality show “The Big Jig” (TLC, 10 p.m.), a competition that pits girls in curls from all over the world against one another in the 2012 World Irish Dance Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Tonight’s installment features the Buffalo dance school Rince Na Tiarna and teacher Mary Kay Heneghan.
3. Timothy T. Tevens, president and chief executive officer of Columbus McKinnon Corp., will be honored as Business Executive of the Year at the annual Canisius College Business Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. During Tevens’ tenure, Columbus McKinnon, which makes hoists, cranes and other machinery for handling large materials, has enjoyed considerable international sales growth.
4. The Buffalo Common Council can expect to get an earful on two hot-button issues today. Weighing in during the Legislative Committee meeting at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers will be cat lovers, who don’t agree with Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen’s proposal to license kitties, and Chippewa Street business owners, who plan a protest over the total ban on patrons under age 21 in the nightclubs, which put an end to Thursday “College Night” last week. Timothy Walton, events manager at Lux, 75 W. Chippewa, says last Thursday “looked comparable to a ghost town.”
5. Kirk Douglas read Edward Abbey’s novel “The Brave Cowboy,” insisted on starring in a film version and considered the 1962 “Lonely Are the Brave” his favorite movie. He plays a rugged old-fashioned cowhand who can’t adjust to the modern world. It’s this week’s offering in the Buffalo Film Seminars at 7 p.m. in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, 639 Main St. A discussion follows.
6. “Spontaneous” and “dramatic” are two of the words commonly used to describe singer-songwriter and pianist Fiona Apple, who makes her first Buffalo appearance since 1997 at 8 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall. Her talent and intensity keep fans loyal, despite the seven-year wait for her latest album, “The Idler Wheel … ,” and reviews from earlier dates on her tour remark on her radical vocal shifts, her sudden dance moves and her emotional rawness. This could be one of the most memorable shows of the year.
7. Director Ridley Scott’s visually stunning science-fiction film “Prometheus” leads the list of recent films scheduled for release on home video formats today. Also due out are the musical comedy “Rock of Ages,” with lots of ’80s hits in the soundtrack, and John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in “The Raven.” Over in the music racks, there are new CDs from Suzanne Vega (“Close Up 4: Songs of Family”), Kiss (“Monster”), tracks Barbra Streisand left off her previous albums (“Release Me”) and John Fogerty in duets on his old hits (“Wrote a Song for Everyone”).