An opiniated to-do list for August
Photo by Alissa Wyle at Holy Smoke Photography
Something funny is going on in Western New York, and it’s not just the National Comedy Center Grand Opening in Jamestown August 1–5 (see page 26 for our story about it). There’s a slew of comedy-centric entertainment events this month and we’re sharing a couple with you. Could this be a reaction to the often-dour news popping out of every screen we see? Maybe. So, go on. Yuk it up. Laughter is good for body and soul, no matter what prompts it.
If you need a dose of girl power, don’t miss this. Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. As a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World, and the National Poetry Slam, Olivia is an active member of the slam poetry community. Her collection, New American Best Friend, reflects her experiences growing up in New Mexico and Trinidad, navigating girlhood, puberty, relationships, and period underwear.
Aug. 27, 7 p.m. at The 9th Ward (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; babevillebuffalo.com or 852-3835)
Nunsense II: The Second Coming
The sequel to the international hit musical Nunsense finds our favorite Little Sisters of Hoboken staging another variety show to raise money for Mount Saint Helen’s School. The story takes place six weeks after the first benefit. The sisters put on a “thank-you” show for their supporters. But now, they’re a bit slicker, having been bitten by the theater bug. As you can imagine, hilarity and high-spirited zany musical numbers ensue.
August 2–12 at The Ghostlight Theatre (170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; starrynighttheatre.com or 743-1614)
Eddie B: Teachers Only Comedy Tour
Educators from all over the world are getting a lesson in the funniest ways to express their worst frustrations. Eddie B’s uncensored and realistic portrayal of a teacher’s hectic life will be instantly recognizable to educators. What began as series of videos entitled “What Teachers Really Say” has evolved into a live show by this multifaceted comic/teacher. He says what teachers everywhere are thinking, but can’t quite say out loud.
August 11, 8 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)
The carousel park at Olcott Beach on the south shore of Lake Ontario is the cutest thing ever. It’s a real step back into a time of innocent fun and games. This vintage amusement park features a 1928 style Hershell-Spillman two-row carousel, five vintage kiddie rides, and a wonderful 1931 Wurlitzer band organ. This annual fundraiser for The Olcott Beach Carousel Park includes musical acts, food, carousel racing, raffles, skeet ball, carnival games, free wine tastings, and a beer tent.
August 14, 7–10 p.m. at Carousel Park (5979 Main St., Olcott Beach; 778-7066)
Soul Brothers – The Blues Brothers Tribute
They may not be “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues but these Canadian brothers, Chris and Geoff Dahl, bring the magic of the blues to the stage in a big way. They perform all the songs you know and love from the movie as well as other Blues Brothers’ favorites. Expect lots of running around the stage, dancing, and harmonicas.
August 17, 8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)