1. One of the most acclaimed young novelists of the past 10 years, British writer, artist and critic Tom McCarthy, speaks at 7 p.m. in Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave., as part of the University at Buffalo Exhibit X Fiction Series. McCarthy was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 2010 for his novel “C,” which weaves themes of melancholia, violence and emerging technologies. He has found additional outlets for his avant-garde urges in a project called the International Necronautical Society, which creates and exhibits unconventional art.
2. Comic Steve Solomon’s one-man show, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy,” was such a hit at Shea’s Smith Theatre two years ago that he’s been invited back to do his new show, titled “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Home for the Holidays.” After a preview Wednesday night, it officially opens at 7:30 tonight in the Smith Theatre for a run that continues through Nov. 18. Tickets are $45. For information, call 847-1410.
3. The mash-up of Russia’s dour power with the giddy rebellion of rock ’n’ roll has been providing mutant thrills ever since the Beatles sang “Back in the U.S.S.R.” The California-based Russian émigré group the Red Elvises has made a career of it, mixing surf music, punk rock and balalaikas since the mid-1990s. They invade the Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.
4. The Buffalo State College School of Education’s Year of the City lecture series features a speaker today who has taken on the job of transforming one of the city’s most complex and vital institutions. School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown is expected to focus on her strategies for improving the district in a presentation titled “Buffalo Public Schools: A World-Class Education for Every Child” at 12:15 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center auditorium. It’s free and open to the public.
5. Every year since 2005, CEPA Gallery has handed out single-use Kodak cameras to 50 leading Buffalonians. The resulting photos are professionally developed and carefully reviewed, with the best print from each of them framed for an exhibition and auction. This year’s crop of Visions of Greater Buffalo goes on display at a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. in the atrium of the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. Tickets are $15. VIP tickets are $60 apiece or $100 per couple. Proceeds benefit CEPA’s education and visual art programs. For information, call 856-2717.
6. A full program of activities is planned as Hilbert College in Hamburg holds its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. At 9:45 a.m. in the West Herr Atrium, Dr. Herman Stone from the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo will tell of his experiences during the attacks on Jews in Germany on Kristallnacht in November 1938. An exhibit of Holocaust-related art and literature will open at 12:30 p.m. in McGrath Library. And at 3:15, the World War II prison camp film “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” will be shown in Bogel Hall, Room 160, followed by a discussion and a candlelight memorial in the Quad area.
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 and share his perspectives in a series of public events. One of them takes place at 7 p.m. today in the Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts on the Daemen College campus, 4380 Main St., Snyder. In “A Conversation With Charles Clough,” he will talk about his experiences in the art world and the value and utility of art with Laura Sommer, Daemen’s director of visual and performing arts. It’s free and open to the public.