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Spree Scoop: A healthy spritz of fun happenings

May 25, 2018


This week in theater

Breaking news: Shea's Performing Arts Center and Co-Presenter Albert Nocciolino are pleased to share that the Tony Award-nominated and critically acclaimed new musical MEAN GIRLS will launch its national tour at Shea's Buffalo Theatre in the fall of 2019. This musical, with book by Tina Fey, only recently debuted on Broadway.

After three seasons, Road Less Traveled Productions is vacating its digs at 500 Pearl Street, and heading further downtown. This summer, the company will build a brand-new theater at 456 Main Street, and Artistic Director Scott Behrend is happy to report that the company has secured a long-term lease that will enable the company to focus on what it does best: contemporary theater. And they'll be doing it in a newly designed venue: “We will be renovating the space to include a lobby with bar, intimate stadium theater seating—still with plenty of leg room—and brand new bathrooms, all on the first floor!" Behrend enthuses. "That’s right, no more stairs or elevator!” Watch for news of opening festivities; the company's first production in the new space will be Robert Askins' award-winning HAND TO GOD, for Curtain Up!

American Repertory Theatre of Western New York's THE RAIN DOGS PROJECT, which was shut down for fire code violations fifteen minutes into its second show on May 11, has relocated to the Cabaret space at Alleyway Theatre. This is the final weekend. Get tickets here.

Kerry Quaile will launch the new "spritz"-centric menu at Remedy House this weekend.

Photo by kc kratt


It's a spritzathon!!


If you haven’t been to Remedy House yet, wait no more! The team behind one of Buffalo's best secret hot spots has joined with cocktail darling and Bar Biddie cofounder, Kerry Quaile, to create a brand-new cocktail menu. This Saturday, May 26, is the launch party of the new “spritz”-centric menu, and Quaile will be there in person (1–5 p.m.) to mix you a cocktail or three. Food will also be available all day.


We had the chance to indulge in some of the new libations, and we recommend that you consider clearing your Saturday schedule. Out of the seven cocktails, two of which are non-alcoholic, the focus is to create approachable, patio-style cocktails that fit Remedy House's current format. Quaile has reinvented a few classics—like a gin sour with muddled celery called Bird on a Wire—and put a spin on the Campari spritz by adding olives to the Campari, sparkling wine, and soda water. Our favorite Quaile original is the Fresh Pots—Montenegro Amaro, Contratto Bitter, Remedy's own cold brew coffee, saline, and an orange garnish. It's all of the best things about summer drinking poured into one glass. We also urge you to order the Adventure Time: a “choose your own adventure” spritz where you select between 3 bitter amari to add to a sparkling wine and soda cocktail. If you’re looking for us, we will be sitting at the Remedy House patio until further notice.

Artwork by Joseph Picillo

Photo provided by Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center


Bringing it all back home

Next Thursday (May 31), a benefit auction at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center features works from some of the center's famous founders, including Robert Longo and Charles Clough, as well as pieces from Joseph Piccillo, Layla Ali, Bruce Adams, Michael Snow, and many others. It's bound to be a festive event, with Buffalo's Bar Biddies shaking the cocktails and a full spread of edibles. Learn more here!


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