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Lehrer Dance


Halloween candy and decorations have been on store shelves since the end of August, so I’m already Halloweened out and am not going to include any All Hallow’s events here. (Plus, there’s a whole calendar dedicated to Halloween and harvest shindigs a few pages back.) I offer a smattering of fabulous cultural events, including high flying dancers, talks and films about our recently re-friended neighbor to the south, and discovering weird things growing in our local woods.


Lehrer Dance

Lehrer Dance kicks off the M&T Bank Dance Series with a stunning concert showcasing the company’s internationally renowned blend of artistry and athleticism. The group is often jetting off to perform around the world, so this is a rare-ish opportunity to see these amazing dancers leap, spin, contort, and generally create art with their bodies on their home turf. Don’t miss it.

October 6, 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; or 645-6915)



Cuban Cinema and Culture

The group behind this free three-day event, riverrun Global Film Series,  aspires to create a dialogue between the community and institutions of higher education in Buffalo through a selection of films that provide a better understanding of our present existence in the globalized networked world. The series kicks off on Thursday with a public lecture, “Cameras in Cuba: Reflections on Revolutionary Cinema,” by Ann Marie Stock, Hispanic Studies professor at William and Mary, followed by the film Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del Subdesarrollo, 1968) by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. More talks, films, and readings are scheduled through Saturday. For more information, contact Tanya Shilina-Conte, and Jocelyn E. Marshall,

October 12–14, Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; or 878-6011)


Fun Guy’s Guide to Fungi

I can’t personally attest to the fun-osity of Mr. Rosten, but any guy who wants to lead a group traipsing through the woods looking for shrooms on a brisk autumn morning is A-OK in my book. Plus, puns! Learn about these mysterious organisms with former Reinstein intern Marcus Rosten. Once you go, I’m sure you’ll be lichen it. All right, I’m done. Registration required.

October 16, 10:30 a.m., Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Dr., Cheektowaga; or 683-5959)



Rocky Horror Picture Show Party 2017

When the daily news and current events cause you to feel creepy and weird, it’s sometimes therapeutic to take solace in the creepy and weird with which you are long familiar. And, by all means, take it all the way. I mean, put on a wig, toast some bread, fill up that squirt gun, and prepare to participate in communal song and general oddness. Too shy? Can’t dance? Come on, everybody knows the time warp moves. It’s just a jump to the left. After the movie, the party continues with a costume contest with prizes for the best Rocky Horror costume, including most creative and (creepy) sexiest.

October 27, 9:30 p.m., Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; or 692-2413)


Making Wine from Cellar to Bottle

Victorianbourg Wine Society offers people of all levels of wine knowledge a chance to get together to learn about, discuss, and enjoy wine in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Meetings consist of a seminar on a wine topic, a tasting, and a discussion period. Each meeting offers a hands-on experience that goes well beyond a typical tasting room visit or winery tour, allowing you to become involved in the winemaking process, both in the winery and out in the vineyards. This meeting explores the steps involved in taking wine from a tank or barrel to the
bottle and a chance to compare wines still in the winery to the bottled final product. The society meets every two months; all meetings are on Saturday evenings and begin at 6 p.m.

October 28, 6–8 p.m., Niagara Wine Trail (


Wendy Guild Swearingen is senior editor of Spree.


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