1. High school art students from across the region will have an opportunity to present their work to art department faculty from 11 colleges during Villa Maria College’s “Portfolio Day” event, which starts at 10 a.m. in the Student Center, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga. Portfolio Day is a forum designed to further the artistic development of young artists in Western New York by preparing them to present their portfolios in consideration for acceptance to leading art institutions. Art faculty from Buffalo State College, Fredonia State College and the Cleveland Institute of Art are among the colleges that will be on hand.
2. The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society board of managers will unveil what it is calling its new brand at a news conference scheduled for 8:45 a.m. at the Historical Society, One Museum Court, formerly 25 Nottingham Court, off Elmwood Avenue. Melissa Brown, executive director of the museum, will be joined by local elected officials and other community members for the announcement.
3. Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) will launch a new discussion series called “Dialogues on Diversity: Faces and Spaces” at 6 p.m. in its office at 1542 Main St. It is a communitywide panel discussion centered on efforts to establish stronger and more diverse communities throughout Western New York.
4. The Rotary Club of West Seneca will present the first in a series of public forums on peace at 7 p.m. in Hilbert College’s Swan Auditorium, 500 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The “Peace Through Understanding” forums will kick off with a panel that includes Jim Anderson, an activist who helped develop the Community Learning Exchange; Mary Travers-Murphy, executive director of the Family Justice Center; and Victoria Ross of the Western New York Peace Center. Paul Peck, a veteran sports anchor, will moderate all the forums. Tonight’s forum will focus on abuse, bullying and violence.
5. The Community Music School will present a New York City cabaret-style show to celebrate its 88th birthday at 7:30 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall. The show, “88 Keys,” also marks the 88th birthday of Buffalo native Andy Anselmo, who attended the school as a youngster and went on to operate one of New York City’s most successful voice schools, whose students have included such luminaries as Liza Minnelli and Broadway actor and singer Mandy Patinkin. Known as the “Voice Coach to the Stars,” Anselmo recently returned to Buffalo and serves as a trustee of the Community Music School. Tickets to the show are $40. Proceeds will benefit the school.
6. Randy Sprick of Safe and Civil Schools, a national figure in efforts to improve student attendance, will be visiting Lafayette High School. Upon his scheduled arrival at 7:45 a.m., Sprick will be given a tour of the school’s common areas and classrooms. From 8:25 to 9:05, he is scheduled to meet administrators at Lafayette and its Safe and Civil Schools team. Among the aims of the program is to help school administrators develop better behavior management strategies in their school buildings and develop effective classroom management procedures.
7. Hilbert College political science professor Andrew Kolin will explore the tension between state power and democracy at 7 p.m. in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. Kolin is the author of “State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush,” which chronicles what Kolin describes as the rise of the American police state.