1. The former Sheehan Memorial Hospital at 425 Michigan Ave., which closed this summer, is being described as “an excellent investment and development opportunity for a variety of potential uses, including a health care facility, nursing home or assisted-living facility, senior housing, affordable housing and multi-family development.” We’ll find out whether people with money to invest feel that way when the building and the eight acres surrounding it go up for auction at 11 a.m. in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 300 Pearl St. Bidding will start at $2 million.
2. Singer and songwriter Mark Eitzel, best known for his work with the indie rock band American Music Club, has been hailed as “America’s greatest living lyricist.” Pursuing a solo career lately, he will nevertheless be accompanied by a full band when he comes to play songs from his latest CD, “Don’t Be a Stranger,” in the Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime is 8. Tickets are $14.
3. “An Intimate Evening With LehrerDance,” which opens a series of three performances tonight in the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, finds the Buffalo-based touring professional dance company giving fans an up-close glimpse of its choreography, along with insights about the works and the company’s climb to success from founder and director Jon Lehrer. Performances start at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday.
4 The Minnesota-basedquintet Trampled By Turtles plays bluegrass music with the ferocity of punk rockers, and it has made them a favorite on the festival circuit. What’s more, their last two albums have topped the bluegrass sales charts. Originally scheduled to play the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., on June 30, the group makes up that date with an all-ages show this evening. Admission is $15, and tickets from the postponed date will be honored. Doors open at 7. Music starts at about 8.
5. That age-old urge to put on a show gets a lowbrow twist when Subversive Theatre and the feminist troupe Brazen-Faced Varlets team up to present the Christmas comedy “Radio TBS” by Mark L. Smith, which opens at 8 p.m. in the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave. The play follows the misadventures of a group of Florida trailer park denizens as they put together a drive-by Nativity scene titled “Jesus and Elvis, a Tribute to the Kings.” Tickets are $15. It runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 15.
6. Author Anouk Markovits, who grew up in the Satmar Hasidic sect in France, set out on her own to avoid an arranged marriage and has gone on to earn a bachelor of science degree from Columbia University, a master of architecture degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Romance studies from Cornell. Her novel, “I Am Forbidden,” describes life in the tight religious community that she escaped. She talks about it at 7:30 p.m. in the JCC Benderson Theatre, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville, as part of the Buffalo Jewish Community Book Fair. Tickets are $12, $6 students.
7. The Shaolin Warriors, masters of the martial art of Kung Fu, first appeared five years ago in the Mainstage Theatre of the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst. The 22 Buddhist monks from Shaolin Temple in China’s Henan Province return to demonstrate their amazing feats of acrobatics and prowess in a performance described as “part action flick, part Cirque de Soleil” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26.50, $16.50 for students.