An opinionated to-do list for March
Margaret Atwood, “An Evening with Margaret Atwood” is part of the four-day event “Humanities to the Rescue.”
I’m not saying it’s been a long winter, but right around January 74th, we started to get a little desperate for sun and warmth ’round these parts. In the soft glow of our SAD lights, we dreamily perused VRBOs in Mexico and South Beach, fantasizing about tropical vacations. Spring seemed a long way off. In Buffalo, the real harbinger of spring is not the cheery robin, but the removal of the ice boom from the upper Niagara River, which is usually completed by the end of March. So, when you see perky bands of US Army Corps of Engineers hopping about, you’ll know balmier weather is on the horizon.
Atwood has long been considered the grand dame of contemporary Canadian writers. Her work is deservedly experiencing a boom, thanks to two Hulu television series based on her writing. Alias Grace taken from the true story of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant living in Canada who was convicted in 1843 of murder, and The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian novel about a future where women’s rights are stripped. In fact, the red cloaks and white bonnets breeding women wear in The Handmaid’s Tale have been worn IRL in the halls of the Texas State Capital by women protesting bills restricting women’s rights. We don’t toss around the phrase “living legend” often, but Atwood is, and you should go.
March 9 at 8 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)
This exhibit showcases the work of twenty-seven artists whose media include painting, sculpture, interactive art, music, poetry and dance. Enjoy art, music, and other surprise performances at the free reception.
Reception, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery, exhibit on view March 2- March 7.
Peter and the Wolf
If you’re old enough and lucky enough to remember Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts, which were performed by the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and aired on CBS from 1958 to 1972, this special concert will ring a bell. The Buffalo Philharmonic performs Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, while close-up video of the orchestra brings each instrument into focus as they represent the characters in this exciting story.
March 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)
Visit WNY’S premier garden and landscape show to see exhibitors showing off 15,000 square feet of landscape ideas with blooming trees, shrubs, flowers, water gardens, patios. If you want to learn how to DIY, stay for free education seminars all day, every day, given by Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals and garden experts. Plus, a Children’s Discovery Garden hosted by the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, a market where you can shop for garden accessories and services, nightly entertainment, and more.
March 21 through March 25, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., at The Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg; the-fairgrounds.com or 649-3900)
An Italian, an Irishman, and a Pole all walk into a bar. No, that’s not the start of a culturally insensitive joke. The 21st Annual St. Patrick-St. Joseph-Dyngus Day event is a celebration of the history and cultures that helped make Buffalo great. But you don’t have to be of Irish, Italian, or Polish descent to enjoy the food, drink, and music that keep this party hopping.
March 25 at The Buffalo Irish Center (245 Abbott Rd.; 834-7664)