1. The Detroit Tigers swept the New York Yankees in four games and wrapped up the American League Championship Series on Thursday. Their National League counterparts, the San Francisco Giants, had to fight the St. Louis Cardinals all the way up to Game 7 on Monday night. So does the well-rested team have the advantage when the World Series starts tonight in San Francisco? (7:30, Ch. 29) Not necessarily. Last time the Tigers had a big layoff before the World Series, in 2006, they lost to the Cardinals in five games.
2. Most people know Mary Dolce as an award-winning baker, cooking instructor and owner of the acclaimed Elmwood Avenue pastry shop Dolci. But she has nurtured another passion since childhood that she indulges outside the kitchen – writing. She holds a launch party for her first book, “How to Cook for a Man When You Want to Be Dessert,” from 6 to 8 p.m. in Shadow Lounge, 1504 Hertel Ave. Although it sounds like a collection of recipes, it isn’t. It’s a novel.
3. Named a “top young historian” in 2007, San Diego State University professor Edward J. Blum looks for fresh and unusual metaphors to make history come alive. He will draw from his newly published book, “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America,” when he talks about centuries of racial and religious contradiction and conflict at 6:30 p.m. in Regis North of Canisius College’s Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. It’s free and open to the public.
4. It’s National Food Day, and Buffalo foodies will celebrate from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Big Fuss 2.0 in Artisan Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St. Organized by Feed Your Soul Productions’ Christa Glennie Seychew, the woman behind the Nickel City Chef series, it features dishes made from local products by chefs Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa, Bruce Wieszala of Carmelo’s, Ross Warhol of the Athenaeum, James Roberts of Park Country Club, Chris Dorsaneo of Lloyd Taco Truck, Jim Guarino of Shango and Adam Goetz of Sample. DJ Cutler will provide music. Tickets are $30. Proceeds will help a struggling local farm. For info, visit www.eatlocalbuffalo.com.
5. The Buffalo Chamber Players open their sixth season at 7:30 p.m. in Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, with Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire,” a musical setting for 21 poems that premiered 100 years ago this month. It’s notable for its use of the Sprechstimme style, in which the vocals (to be performed by Grammy-nominated soprano Tony Arnold) are delivered like speech. It will be accompanied by projections and an exhibit of 21 works created for the occasion by Buffalo-based artist Mark Lavatelli. The program also includes Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht” in its original 1899 version for string sextet. Doors open at 6 for the exhibit. Tickets are $15, $5 for students.
6. Tonight may be your last chance to witness country music legend Glen Campbell, the man behind such hits as “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Gentle on My Mind.” Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year, he released what he said would be his last album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” and has embarked on what he’s calling “The Goodbye Tour.” He comes to the Mainstage Theatre in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst for a concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. with Victoria Ghost, a duo comprised of his daughters Ashley and Shannon, who also assist him in his show. Tickets are $47 to $67.
7. Last spring, jazz pianists and Manhattan School of Music classmates Adam Kromelow and Angelo DiLoreto, who’s from Williamsville, came to the world’s oldest Steinway dealer, Denton Cottier & Daniels, 460 Dodge Road, Getzville, to play a benefit concert featuring the music they love – the songs of the British progressive rock band Genesis. It was so well received that they’re back to do it again at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $15, reservations and will-call only. Proceeds benefit the Amherst Symphony, which also benefits from an auction at 7. For info, call 689-6996. They’ll also perform The Genesis Piano Project on Thursday evening in Denton’s other store in East Rochester.