1. Russian director Alexander Sokurov’s 2002 historical film “Russian Ark” contains one of the most amazing feats in the annals of moviemaking. Set in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, it was filmed in a single 96-minute sequence shot that took the camera through 33 rooms containing three orchestras and more than 2,000 actors. It’s this week’s Buffalo Film Seminars selection in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, 639 Main St. The screening is preceded by an introduction at 7 p.m. and followed by a discussion. Tickets are $9.
2. “Unapologetic,” the latest CD from the current Queen of Pop, Rihanna, is scheduled to hit the stores today, just in time for the Thanksgiving weekend shopping frenzy. Also due to arrive are new releases from Kid Rock (“Rebel Soul”), American Idol winner Phillip Phillips (“The World From the Side of the Moon”), Ghostface Killah (“Twelve Reasons to Die”) and Bad Brains (“Into the Future”).
3. The Buffalo Planning Board holds two public hearings when it meets at 8:15 a.m. in Room 901 City Hall on projects with a potential for controversy – a one-story expansion of Ambrosia restaurant at 451 Elmwood Ave., where special development rules often apply, and a charter school for kindergarten through eighth grade at 154 S. Ogden St., a vacant brownfield site that is being monitored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
4. A new era starts today for the Buffalo Bisons. Now an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, they’ve got a new team logo and a new manager. Both will be introduced at a news conference at 2 p.m. in Pettibones Grille at Coca-Cola Field. Joining Bisons general manager Mike Buczkowski for the announcements will be Charlie Wilson, the Blue Jays’ director of minor league operations. Later, the Bisons will hold a Meet the Manager session from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Pettibones, which is free and open to the public. In addition to shaking hands with the new skipper, fans will have their first shot at merchandise bearing the new logo.
5. For the 16th year, members of the Buffalo Teachers Federation have assembled more than 200 shopping bags and boxes containing cans of corn, green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, a package of dinner rolls, a bag of stuffing mix and a $10 gift card for purchase of a turkey. Today those bags and boxes will be picked up from BTF headquarters at Porter Avenue and Niagara Street by charitable and nonprofit agencies, which will distribute them to needy families throughout the Buffalo area just in time for Thanksgiving.
6. The acclaimed National Circus of the People’s Republic of China brings its new show, Cirque Chinois, with acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists and more, to the Mainstage Theatre in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are half the price of Cirque du Soleil, or less – $26.50, $16.50 for students and children.
7. When multi-instrumentalists Marcia and Monte Jones of the Celtic duo Step in Time want to make a big sound, they gather together a seven-piece ensemble called the Celtic Circle Ceilidh Band that comes complete with electric harp, flutes, guitars, bodhran, percussion and upright bass. They’ll fill the new Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall in Buffalo State College’s Rockwell Hall with traditional music when they appear at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, free for students.