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Pick your passion: pizza, cats, or comedy


Must-see theater



For so early in the season, we've already been treated to some incredible performances that are going to be hard to top. What's more, two of them are for comedy and, in a time when we could all use some escapism theater, they're a joy. 


The entire cast of The Toxic Avenger, which Second Generation Theatre closes at the Smith Theatre this weekend, is stacked and hilarious, but Jenn Stafford gives a standout performance in several different roles. She'll make you howl!


Last weekend, Buffalo United Artists opened The Boys Upstairs, where Ricky Needham—most recently seen as Tony in MusicalFare's West Side Story—is showing audiences a side of him we've never seen: his Second City-honed comedic chops. (BUA know you were thinking something else—for shame!) Ricky plays six different characters, all hilarious, but his turn in Act 2 is worth the price of admission, and we haven't found anyone who disagrees with that. Boys runs this weekend and next in the Alleyway Theatre.



A stylish cat café is ready for its close-up



Buckminster's Cat Café, at 577 Niagara Street, is just about ready for business, with a soft opening this Saturday (11/9), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect a very slick interior, designed by the Davidson Rafailidis team. Don't expect cats to be running everywhere; the felines stay in a special cat zone (which can be visited); all are available  for adoption through the Second Chance Sheltering Network. When warmer weather hits, the outside catio will be available. Check the BCC Facebook page for updates



Don't ask for cheese and pepperoni


photo by kc kratt


Jay's Artisan Pizza owner/pizzaiolo Jay Langfelder provides some straight talk about pizza and passion. Read what he has to say here



Meet next Thursday's Babel author


Luiselli brings multinational experience to her narratives of displacement and the quest for a home.



Spree's Maria Scrivani interviewed Valeria Luiselli, an acclaimed fiction/nonfiction author who has also worked with young Central American migrants. This is the second of only four Babel talks this season. The nice thing about Babel is that it's not necessary to have read works by the visiting authors—though you'll want to once you've heard them. Read more here.



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  4. Babel presents Valeria Luiselli
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  5. On View / Wild Things
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