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Project Trio performs Feb. 4 at Kleinhans Music Hall


Whether February makes you shiver or gets you all het up with the prospect of canoodling with a cozy Valentine, we’re supporting your temperature-modulating ambitions with a list of intriguing possibilities. There’s a vast array of music in Buffalo this February. You can dabble with spirits or munch on the best that Buffalo chefs have to offer when you’re danced and music-ed out.


Project Trio with the BPO

What do you get when you cross a high energy, passionate chamber music ensemble from Brooklyn with a world-renowned philharmonic orchestra from Buffalo? A stunning mix of classic orchestral music, jazz, and rock. You may have seen Project Trio’s now-famous videos on its own YouTube channel, but it’s quite another experience to witness the group’s virtuosity with a full orchestra behind it. Gramophone Magazine recently singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between,” while the Wall Street Journal hailed the Trio for its “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.” Musical bonus: beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo.

Feb. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)


Experience Psychic Fair

I know, I know, if they’re so psychic, why don’t they come to you? Psychics are busy people. They basically deal with two worlds on a daily basis, so it’s more efficient to meet in one place on this plane in physically manifested form, OK? According to the organizers, this psychic fair provides an opportunity to “meet and try out different psychics and learn about new and different modalities from astrology to numerology, tarot cards, mediums, palm readings, crystal healing, and angelic messages. It’s a psychic smorgasbord, filled with exciting possibilities and rewarding experiences!” Plus, free parking! Go and interact with some happy mediums and maybe experience your own slice of the supernatural.

Feb. 9–11 at Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; the-fairgrounds.com or 649-3900)



Nickel City Chef

It’s now or never, people. If you haven’t been to former Spree food editor Christa Glennie Seychew’s Nickel City Chef competition for a while (or ever!) this is your last chance. In this tenth and final season of culinary competition, local foodie favorites compete to see who has the best kitchen chops. Or chopping chops. Aside from all the magic being cooked up, this is always a super fun party. Attendees can sample offerings from chefs and have a drink or several—and maybe sneak a peek at all the gorgeous kitchen and bath displays and items. NCC hosts several competitions through mid-April. Tickets sell out fast, so get them while they’re hot.

February 18 through April 12 at Artisan Kitchens & Baths (200 Amherst St.; nickelcitychef.com)


The Cure vs. The Smiths Dance Party

Smear your lipstick and bust out the black eyeliner because the music of two of your favorite Brit new wave, jangle pop, angst rock bands are being featured for one heavenly night at Buffalo Iron Works. Billed as one big dance party, those attending will (I guess?) boogie down to the likes of cheerily titled songs such as “Girlfriend in a Coma,” “Let’s Go to Bed,” “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” and “Sleep When I’m Dead.” Seriously, though, any sensitive person who came of age in the mid-eighties or so will likely feel like a bulwark breaking a tsunami of nostalgia. My dream for this party is a Jets versus Sharks-type dance-off between a cadre of achy-yet-agile post-goth forty-year-old love cats and a team of young Morrissey-loving East L. A. Mexican Americans.

February 24 at 8 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.; buffaloironworks.com or 200-1893)



Dropkick Murphys

I guess “raucous” is a good place to start. And maybe throw in “boisterous” and “thrashing.” If you go, dress in layers because, while this concert is in February, you will definitely be sweating by night’s end. Rapids Theatre, while largish for a regional venue, is quite an intimate setting for this high-energy American Celtic punk band from Quincy, Massachusetts. This concert is the perfect way to prime your pump for St. Patrick’s Day.

February 27 at 6 p.m. at Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls; rapidstheatre.com or 205-8925)    


Wendy Guild Swearingen is senior editor of Spree.


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