Hot 5 in December

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Dysfunctional Holiday Party is December 16 at Squeeky Wheel.


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Mawlid, Yule, Hannukah, Festivus, or nothing at all, December is a month full of both joy and darkness. Or darkness punctuated by joy. Or shoveling punctuated by bourbon. However you choose to approach December, you probably need to buy some sort of gift for someone. You also probably are not getting out as much or getting enough exercise. Here are some events that will take care of you and the ones you love (or at least tolerate).


Holiday Artists Sale

You can feel pretty confident that you’ll find some special holiday items and gifts at this sale held at an actual art center. BPAC is no slouch when it comes to unique artsy things. There’s way more than objets d’art here: we’re talking super soft textile pieces, jewelry, paper goods, and lots of other stuff from more than forty vendors, plus more artists and gift ideas in The Museum Store and holiday specials in Burchfield’s Cafe. Even if you just buy something purty for yourself, you’ll feel good knowing that twenty percent of all sales are donated to the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

December 1 (5–9 p.m.) and December 2–3 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; or 878-6011)



Defiant Monkey Improv Jam

For six years, this two-person improvisational group has been creating on-the-spot theater based on audience suggestions and participation, kind of like the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? Now you can try your hand at “Yes, and.” No experience is necessary to join in the fun. Defiant Monkey hosts Improv Jams, which they call “play dates for grown ups.” Jams are perfect not only for those interested in improv, but also for anyone wanting to hone acting skills, increase confidence, sharpen speaking skills, or just get out of the house and be silly.

December 5–6 at Kenan Center Gallery (433 Locust St., Lockport; or 443-2617)



Buffalo Nordic Ski Club Open House

All ski-curious are invited to attend this informative and fun open house. Buffalo Nordic Ski Club is Western New York’s only club that focuses on promoting cross-country skiing in the greater Buffalo area. The club is very active and organizes several exciting trips and weekly ski tours to places like Allegany State Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, and Craftsbury, Vermont. This yearly workshop is free and open to the public and is the biggest meeting of the year. Get info about the club, equipment and clothing vendors, and waxing clinics, see a film, and maybe win a door prize.

December 13, 7:30–10 p.m. at Wick Center (Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst)


Dysfunctional Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays with a non-traditional one-of-a kind party. Forget the pressures of the holiday and come hangout with fellow freaks, geeks, silly folk, the mildly introverted, and tinsel-opposed. There’s sure to be interesting films, an anti-Santa, good eats, and lots of music and nondenominational merriment. Be sure to check Squeaky Wheel’s website and Facebook event page closer to the day of the event, because cool stuff is getting added all the time.

December 16, 7 p.m. at Squeaky Wheel (Market Arcade Center, 617 Main St.; or 884-7172)


Three Tenors Cabaret Show

Soul Collective is back with this intimate show featuring jazz, soul, and theater. Already crazy good in their own gigs, they’ll knock your socks off in this collective. Featuring Dudney Joseph (past Artvoice winner for best supporting actor in a musical), Raphael Santos (Lady Lush and the Vinyls), and musical theater great Lorenzo Parnell.

​December 30, 6 p.m. at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; or 697-9069)


Wendy Guild Swearingen is senior editor of Spree.


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