Events to keep your eye on

Getting out and about in April




Steve Martin, Martin Short & The Steep Canyon Rangers perform at 710 Main Theatre this month.

 

Except where noted, all events take place in Buffalo (area code 716). ​Got an event of your own to publicize? Send details to: elicata@buffalospree.com. Don’t see your event here? Add it to our reader submitted Events calendar by clicking here

 

Many of the great options in our calendar are offered at no cost.

Keep an eye out for the   events. 

 

1

Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and WWI

Contributions of Buffalonians are showcased through books, letters, photographs, and other artifacts.

Through April 30 at Downtown Central Library; (1 Lafayette Sq.; buffalolib.org or 858-8050)

 

Weekly Flea and Farmers Market

Visit an array of vendors and leave with fresh produce, antiques, and more.

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., every Sat. & Sun.  (11167 Big Tree Rd., East Aurora; 655-7500)

 

2

Dyngus Day Parade

Celebrate all things Polish at this festive parade.

5 p.m. at Memorial and Paderewski Drives (dyngusday.com)

 

Buckethead

This multi-instrumentalist’s theatrical persona protests the death of chickens in fast food.

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

 

Budding Naturalists

The program encourages kids’ physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

9 a.m. every Mon. & Weds. at Tifft Nature Preserve, Fuhrmann Blvd.; (tifft.org or 825-6397)

 

3

School of Rock

School of Rock, originally a 2003 Jack Black film, shifts considerably in its adaptation to the stage: first, the story is more focused on the kids, and second, it features the pop sounds of Andrew Lloyd Webber alongside some rock tunes. Read more here.

Through April 8 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

Xavier Jara

Xavier Jara is the 2016 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and appears at Kleinhans Music Hall on April 3 in a concert during which audience members will be seated onstage.

7 p.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Brown Bag Concert

Students and faculty from the UB Music Department perform.

12:05–1:30 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall (UB North Campus, Amherst; slee.buffalo.edu or 645-2921)

 

Defiant Monkey Improv Jam

Every month is a unique improv show guaranteed to make you laugh.

7–9 p.m. at Kenan Center Gallery (433 Locust St., Lockport; kenancenter.org or 443-2617)

 

Joe Baudo Big Band Rehearsal

Lunch with some of Buffalo’s most talented musicians.

Noon every Tues. & Thurs. at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

Twang Gang

Sing and play along with this group of Buffalo Music Hall of Famers.

6–9 p.m. on Tuesdays at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

Budding Scientists

Drop off your 3-5-year-olds for a high quality, developmentally appropriate program.

9–11:30 a.m. every Tues. & Thurs. at Buffalo Science Museum (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; sciencebuff.org or 896-5200 ext. 345)

 

Imagine Buffalo Lecture Series

Community members lecture in this series.

Noon at Downtown Central Library; free and open to the public (1 Lafayette Sq.; buffalolib.org or 858-8050)

 

4

The Magician’s Nephew

A magical, spectacular journey into Narnia—and beyond.

Through October 13 at Shaw Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; shawfest.com or 905-468-2172)

 

Mighty Wurlitzer Concert & Silent Film: Ken Double

Double is a renowned organist.

7:30 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

Working for Downtown Buffalo Talks Series

The speakers are Nick Sinatra from Sinatra & Company, and Tom Fox from Ellicott Development.

Noon–1 p.m. at Downtown Central Library (1 Lafayette Sq.; buffalolib.org or 858-8050)

 

5

420 The Musical

This cannabis-friendly musical is performed every year leading up to and on April 20.

Through April 20 at Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley.; alleyway.com or 852-2600)

 

I Do! I Do!

This musical follows newlyweds from their wedding day through the next 50 years.

Through May 6 at O’Connell & Company (The Park School, 4625 Harlem Rd., Snyder; oconnellandcompany.com or 848-0800)

 

The Queer Art Lecture Series

David J. Getsy explores sexuality among artists through history.

7 p.m. at Hallwalls (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; hallwalls.org or 854-1694)

 

Dan Soder

See one of stand-up’s funniest up-and-coming comics.

Through April 7 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

Ghost Town Blues Band

This unique band performs for the living.

7 p.m. at Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.; tralfmusichall.com or 835-3500)

 

Zodiaque Dance Company

The company’s performances are muscular and graceful.

Through April 8 at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

The Shadow of the Silver Birch

Three family members reinvent their lives in this exceptional story of love and war.

6–7:30 p.m. at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

This Is Gay Propaganda

This film follows the progress of the Euromaidan revolution from the perspective of LGBT Ukrainians.

7 p.m. at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

Boney James

This contemporary jazz artist returns to Rockwell hall for his new album, Honestly.

8 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

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Roar of the Greasepaint—The Smell of the Crowd

This brilliant show looks at the class struggles of Britain in the 1960s.

Through April 22 at Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster; lancopera.org or 683-1776)

 

Dvorak’s Violin

Tessa Lark plays the Dvorak Violin Concerto in A Minor on her Stradivarius with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans. Read more about it here.

Through April 7 at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Tribute to Tom Jones and Bobby Darin

Dave LaFame’s tribute show captures the glamour, excitement, and sizzle of two bright stars.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

Eastman Organists’ Day

Five outstanding seniors from the renowned Eastman Organ Studio perform.

7:30 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall (UB North Campus, Amherst; slee.buffalo.edu or 645-2921)

 

Houston Ballet II

The company performs a diverse range of dance works from famous excerpts to contemporary works.

8 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

Greater Allentown First Fridays

Allentown’s monthly gallery walk.

6 p.m. at Allentown (allentown.org/events or 881-1024)

 

M&T First Fridays at The Gallery

Includes drop-in activity, Family Fun Tour, ArtCart, art class for adults, a public tour, and much more.

All day at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

Joe Goretti Electronic Quartet

Jazz Fusion and instrumental R&B featuring Goretti drums and Jon Lehning on sax.

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; pausaarthouse.com or 697-9069)

 

Wolf Alice

This group is a four-piece alternative rock band from North London.

7 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

Null Point Presents: Weston Olencki

This composer joins the sound initiative Null for an evening of recent works for modified brass instruments, ensemble, live electronics, and video.

7 p.m. at Squeaky Wheel (Market Arcade Center, 617 Main St.; squeaky.org or 884-7172)

 

Springtime in the Country

Celebrating a quarter century of fine art and artisans.

Through April 8 at Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; the-fairgrounds.com or 649-3900)

 

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Shaw Festival: Backstage Tour

Don’t miss a backstage tour of the Festival Theatre.

Through May 20 at Shaw Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; shawfest.com or 905-468-2172)

 

Shaw Festival: Meet Festival Directors/Designers

The 2018 Festival Theatre directors and designers share their insights and visions.

11 a.m. at Shaw Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; shawfest.com or 905-468-2172)

 

JazzBuffalo Presents: April Is Jazz Appreciation Month!

Celebrate jazz all month long.

Through April 28 at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; pausaarthouse.com or 697-9069)

 

Who’s Bad?: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band

Here’s an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true king.

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

 

The Tubes

Experience this ‘70s rock band with special guests Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

 

Vets AK

Veterans and friends engage in conversation followed by hands-on artmaking.

2–4 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

City of Lights Bus Tour

Experience Buffalo through the eyes of the narrator of Lauren Belfer’s historical novel, which is set in Buffalo at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Through April 21 at (explorebuffalo.org or 245-3032)

 

Shaw Shivaree

Indulge in delicious culinary delights and the chance to win some truly unique experiences in Niagara and beyond.

6:30 p.m. at Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre, shawfest.com or 905-468-2172

 

Vintage Fabric Journals

Use vintage scraps to fashion a beautiful keepsake journal.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Springville Center for the Arts (37 North Buffalo St., Springville; 592-9038 or springvillearts.org)

 

The Man in Black: Tribute to Johnny Cash

The sights and sounds of Johnny Cash are heading to Niagara Falls.

8 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

8

MM Recital: Michael Serio, Piano

Don’t miss this student recital.

3 p.m. at Baird Recital Hall, (UB North Campus, Amherst; slee.buffalo.edu or 645-2921)

 

Kayzo

Check out The Overload Tour with special guests 4B, Dubloadz, Gammer, and JSTJR.

8 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

Family Fun Tour

This family-oriented tour of works in the 1962 Building explores a different theme each month.

11–11:45 a.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

Victorian Tea – The Winery at Marjim Manor

Experience the Language of Flowers at this high tea.

2–4 p.m. at Marjim Manor (7171 East Lake Rd., Appleton; niagarawinetrail.org)

 

9

Babel@Betty’s

Prepare for Junot Díaz’s BABEL visit with Lorna Pérez.

7 p.m. at Betty’s Restaurant, 370 Virginia St., Buffalo, NY 14201, justbuffalo.org or 832-5400

 

10

West African Drumming Ensemble with Diaspora Drum and Dance

Celebrate the music and dance of West Africa and the African diaspora.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

Danish Quartet

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society presents its final concert of the season featuring the Danish String Quartet. Read more here.

8 p.m. at Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall is located at 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201

 

Daughtry

American Idol winner Chris Daughtry and his band perform.

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

 

Creative Crafts – The Winery at Marjim Manor

Try your hand at painting wine glasses.

6:30 p.m. at Marjim Manor (7171 East Lake Rd., Appleton; niagarawinetrail.org)

 

11

Diva by Diva: A Celebration of Women/Gentlemen Prefer Divas

The diva’s favorite gentlemen join them onstage to celebrate the mysteries and quirks of the male-female dynamic!

7:30 p.m. at O’Connell & Company (The Park School, 4625 Harlem Rd., Snyder; oconnellandcompany.com or 848-0800)

 

Stage Kiss

A funny and original romantic comedy about two bitter exes cast in the same play as passionate lovers.

Through September 11 at Shaw Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; shawfest.com or 905-468-2172)

 

David Sedaris

Spend time with one of America’s preeminent humor writers.

8 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

12

Steve Martin, Martin Short & The Steep Canyon Rangers

SNL alums perform music and comedy.

7:30 p.m. at 710 Main Theatre (710 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

The Full Monty

The musical by Terrence McNally and David Yazbek is an American adaptation of Simon Beaufoy’s 1997 British film of the same name and is being performed at Subversive Theatre Collective. Read more here.

Through May 12 at The Subversive Theatre Collective at Manny Fried Playhouse (Great Arrow Building, 255 Great Arrow Ave.; subversivetheatre.org or 408-0499)

 

Cub Sport

The pop group plays their greatest hits.

7 p.m. at Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.; buffalosmohawkplace.com or 312-9279)

 

Richie Kotzen

Kotzen brings Salting Earth to Buffalo.

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

 

Are You My Mother?

The colorful musical adventure is based on P. D. Eastman’s whimsical picture book.

10 a.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

Women Direct: Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits

Movie screenings highlight the immensely important and formally inventive work of female filmmakers.

7 p.m. at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (341 Delaware Ave.; hallwalls.org or 854-1694)

 

13

Festival of Praise Tour

The tour features Fred Hammond, Take 6, Donnie McClurkin, James Fortune, and Pastor Charles Jenkins.

7 p.m. at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

Forward into the Light!

The two-act concert tells the story of how American women won the right to vote.

7:30 p.m. at Springville Center for the Arts (37 North Buffalo St., Springville; 592-9038 or springvillearts.org)

 

Rhythm Future Quartet

Experience an evening of jazz and gypsy jazz music from the group’s debut album, Travels.

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

 

Brass Transit: The Music of Chicago

This crowd-pleasing powerhouse delivers flawless performances of hits like “Saturday In The Park,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” and more.

8 p.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

My Gal Patsy: Tribute To Patsy Cline

Travel back in time to witness an evening with Patsy Cline.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

Slee Visiting Artist Series V: Julia Bullock, Soprano

Bullock Performs with John Arida on the piano.

7:30 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall (UB North Campus, Amherst; slee.buffalo.edu or 645-2921)

 

Lil Duval

MTV’s Guy Code star brings his routine to Helium.

Through April 15 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

Looking up: Downtown Ceilings

This tour reveals the ornate ceilings and skylights found in many buildings throughout downtown Buffalo.

Through April 27 at (explorebuffalo.org or 245-3032)

 

Here Come The Mummies with special guests

The eight-piece funk-rock band has a one-track mind.

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

 

Piff The Magic Dragon

Get ready for a night of magic, comedy, and more.

7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

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Black Violin

Two classically trained violinists and their DJ combine jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical genres to create a signature sound.

8 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

Buffalo Sings!

See page 59.

8 p.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Jason Michael Carroll with Ayla Brown

Carroll’s debut album Waitin’ In The Country produced hits such as “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song,” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead.”

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

 

The Healing Power of Plants

Experience a medicinal garden featuring information about the healing power of plants.

10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

Beach Glass Festival

A new two-day event is for beachcombers, collectors, and the public.

Through April 15 at Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; the-fairgrounds.com or 649-3900)

 

Taste of The Trail

Sample wine and food pairings at several Niagara wineries.

Through April 22 (niagarawinetrail.org)

 

Delayed: a multimedia exhibition

With artists Megan Metté, Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge, and Megan Scheffer

7:30–10:30 p.m. at Big Orbit Gallery (30 Essex St.; cepagallery.org or 856-2717)

 

15

12th Annual Taste of Culinary

Join some of the most well known Chefs, Chef Educators, and Culinary Professionals in the Buffalo area to promote culinary education, competition, and scholarship.

Noon–3:30 p.m. at SUNY Erie Community College - North Campus, Spring Student Center Building (6205 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221; nfculinary.org or 417-4468)

 

Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance tour

Hear Mathis’s classic hits.

7:30 p.m. at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

Partake in the electronic rock group’s thirtieth anniversary show.

7 p.m. at Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.; buffalosmohawkplace.com or 312-9279)

 

Buffalo Kids Sing

Hear local singers and choirs making wonderful music.

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

 

 

 Sunday Insights: Sharon Jordan Holley on We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–’85

Join conversations inspired by the exhibition led by local women of color, including artists, activists, educators, and more. Free with membership

2 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

A Taste of Jazz Fundraiser

Help raise money for this musical treasure; includes live music, food, and basket auction.

4–8 p.m. at Brickyard Brewing Company, 436 Center St., Lewiston, NY 14092 (niagarariverregion.com or 754-9500)

 

Vocalis and Harmonia Chamber Choirs

This collaborative concert features the forty-voice piece, Spem In Alium, by Thomas Tallis, and other choral selections.

3 p.m. at St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main St., Buffalo; buffalofom.com)

 

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Tommy Emmanuel with Suzy Bogguss

Two great singers perform.

8 p.m. at Asbury Hall (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; babevillebuffalo.com or 852-3835)

 

 

The Power of Color

Participants learn to create a harmonious painting through a series of exercises creating color chords.

Noon–2:30 p.m. at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

17

Polar Bears Go Up

These two lovable polar bears are intrepid explorers race all the way up to space.

10 a.m. and 12 p.m at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

Buffalo State Percussion Ensemble

The ensemble performs under the direction of Mark Hodges.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

Center for 21st Century Music: Ensemble Court-Circuit

Jean Deroyer conducts this ensemble with Tom Kolor on percussion.

7:30 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall (UB North Campus, Amherst; slee.buffalo.edu or 645-2921)

 

Moose Blood

Artists give a British twist on songs about relationships, friends, family, and coffee drinking.

7 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

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Buffalo State Wind Ensemble

The ensemble performs under the direction of Dr. Rick Fleming.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

 

Side by Side with the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra

Each year, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra joins the BPO for a mentoring experience that culminates in a joint performance.

7:30 p.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Jeff Dunham

The American ventriloquist and comedian performs.

7 p.m. at KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza; keybankcenter.com or 888-223-6000)

 

Dweezil Zappa: Choice Cuts! World Tour 2018

Frank Zappa’s son and his band pay homage to the iconic musician.

7:30 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

Elite Quarter Horse Show

Check out this lovely horse show at the Hamburg Showplex.

Through April 29 at Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; the-fairgrounds.com or 649-3900)

 

Night Hike Date Night

Enjoy an evening walk under the stars and interactive quiz to discover your nocturnal spirit animals.

7 p.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Dr., Cheektowaga; reinsteinwoods.org or 683-5959)

 

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Buffalo Quickies

The annual offering of one-act plays features world premieres of recent finalists and one-act winners.

Through May 5 at Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley.; alleyway.com or 852-2600)

 

Sight Unseen

The play poses questions about art, money, love, and inspiration.

Through May 13 at Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY (The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Bldg., 2640 North Forest Rd., Getzville; jewishrepertorytheatre.com or 688-4114)

 

Chicago

A musical story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery.

Through April 29 at Niagara University Theatre (5795 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston; theatre.niagara.edu or 286-8685)

 

The Rise of ISIS

The 2014 film explores the growth of ISIS after the US withdrawal from Iraq.

6 p.m. at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

 

Artists Veterans Collaborative

A series of classes for veterans and their families to gather and explore how visual images can be used as a means of expression.

6 p.m. at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

Ana Popvic

Don’t miss this LA-based, Belgrade-born guitar player and singer.

8 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

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The Awful Truth

A divorcee must dispel the rumor that her infidelity drove her first husband to divorce her before she can get remarried.

Through May 13 at Irish Classical Theatre (Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St.; irishclassicaltheatre.com or 853-1380)

 

Songwriter’s Circle

Songwriters share songs and stories about their music.

7:30 p.m. at Springville Center for the Arts (37 North Buffalo St., Springville; 592-9038 or springvillearts.org)

 

The Mountain Goats

North Carolina faves The Mountain Goats perform with Dead Rider.

8 p.m. at Asbury Hall (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; babevillebuffalo.com or 852-3835)

 

Babel series: Junot Diaz

The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award (2008)-winning author closes out the Babel season. Read more here.

8 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; justbuffalo.org or 832-5400)

 

Faculty Recital

This eclectic program of viola music includes arrangements from around the world, including Africa and China, as well as unaccompanied Bach.

7:30 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall (UB North Campus, Amherst; slee.buffalo.edu or 645-2921)

 

Brian Posehn

Geeky and nerdy Brian wears his unique humor on his sleeve.

Through April 21 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

 

M&T Third Fridays at The Buffalo History Museum

Free tours and kids activities round out the museum experience

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum (One Museum Court; buffalohistory.org or 873 9644)

 

Carnage

This performance is part of the Battered Bruised and Bloody tour.

8 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

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BNYC Invitational Festival Concert

Enjoy the sounds of an accomplished youth choral.

3–4:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutherans, Buffalo or Buffalo Niagara Choirs (bnchoirs.org)

 

Vocal Jazz Festival Concert

Elmwood Swing, the Buffalo State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, performs with local area high school choirs.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

Journey to the New World

This concert pairs Dvorak’s New World Symphony with Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island.

Through April 22 at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was

Two great artists pay tribute to their characters, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

Pride of Polonia Tour

Explore Buffalo’s rich Polish history with this Forgotten Buffalo Tour right after Dyngus Day.

5:30 p.m. at Polish Cadets Club (927 Grant St.; forgottenbuffalo.com or 833-5211)

 

A Bridal Party

The Champagne Tea & Vintage Fashion Show features vintage bridal gowns complemented by bridal vignettes in the historic home.

Through April 22 at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave.; trsite.org or 884-0095)

 

Patriots Day Weekend

Commemorate the opening of the American Revolution in 1775 with free admission for veterans and active duty military.

Through April 22 at Old Fort Niagara (Youngstown; oldfortniagara.org or 745-7611)

 

Art of Jazz: Melissa Aldana Quartet

Experience the music of this South American tenor saxophonist.

8 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

An Acoustic Evening with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness & Friends

Special guests include Allen Stone, Zac Clark, and Bob Oxblood of Jack’s Mannequin

6:30 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

 

Woods Walk: Spring Wildflowers

Join a guided nature walk to search for the early wildflowers of spring.

11 a.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Dr., Cheektowaga; reinsteinwoods.org or 683-5959)

 

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Cheers to NRTG!

Celebrate the Niagara theater’s long history of continuous operation and commitment to entertaining WNY.

2–5 p.m. at Classics V Banquet Hall, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst, NY 14228; (niagaratheatre.com or 260-2319)

 

Friends Day: Grand Hotel Rehearsal

Get a sneak peek at a special open rehearsal featuring the music of Grand Hotel.

Noon at Shaw Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; shawfest.com or 905-468-2172)

 

Ministry

The band come is back with its new album, AmeriKKKant.

7 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

Sunday Insights: Mama Charlene Caver Miller on We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–’85

The Albright-Knox hosts conversations inspired by the exhibition led by local women of color, including artists, activists, educators, and more.

2 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

Children’s Book Club: Regina’s Big Mistake

The program includes the book by Maria Moss, a gallery tour, and art-making project.

1:30–3:30 p.m. fourth Sundays at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

Storrs All High Photo Show

The show features more than 300 works by high school students from across WNY.

2–5 p.m. at Kenan Center Gallery (433 Locust St., Lockport; kenancenter.org or 443-2617)

 

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Inner Voices of The Orchestra

BPO violist Janz Castelo shares his insights on the unique role of the viola in the orchestra’s sound.

Noon at the Downtown Central Library and 6:30 at the Orchard Park Library (bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

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Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra and Choirs

The groups present their final performance of the 2017–2018 season with  a celebration of American music.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

Center for 21st Century Music: Celebrating Charles Wuorinen’s 80th

Ensemble Signal with guests from the Slee Sinfonietta, under the direction of Brad Lubman

7:30 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall (UB North Campus, Amherst; slee.buffalo.edu or 645-2921)

 

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Once

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music.

Through May 27 at MusicalFare Theatre (Daemen College, 4380 Main St. Amherst; musicalfare.com or 839-8540)

 

The Phantom of the Opera

This production’s retelling of the story boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging, and choreography.

Through May 6 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

Side by Side with the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts

BAVPA joins the BPO for a side-by-side experience for the music students and a showcase.

7 p.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Blue October

A night of rock music, featuring special guests

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

 

Chris Marker’s Level Five

The film offers a startlingly prophetic vision of the ability to archive and alter history.

7 p.m. at Squeaky Wheel (Market Arcade Center, 617 Main St.; squeaky.org or 884-7172)

 

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Carbon Leaf

The band celebrates twenty-five years with a new album.

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

 

 

Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble

The Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble performs under the direction of Dr. Rick Fleming.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

Colin Quinn

Colin performs his new one-man show One in Every Crowd

Through April 28 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

This show is a musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s beloved film.

Through May 6 at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

Balance: Meditation at the Museum

Take a break at the Albright-Knox for an evening of meditation and art.

6 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

Buffalo Chamber Players at the AK: Music of Weimar

This program features some of the popular and eventually banned music and composers of the period between the World Wars.

7:30 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

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The Foreigner

Shy Charlie overhears more secrets than he should.

Through May 20 at Kavinoky Theatre (D’Youville College, 320 Porter Ave.; kavinokytheatre.com or 829-7668)

 

The Christians

Two pastors debate the existence of hell and its effect on the congregation.

Through May 20 at Road Less Traveled Productions (500 Pearl St.; roadlesstraveledproductions.org or 629-3069)

 

Fire and Rain with AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli

Swearingen’s new show features ‘70s singer-songwriters like James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young.

Through April 28 at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

 

Arbor Day Tree Tours and Planting

Visit trees in the outdoor collection and learn about tree identification.

12:30–4 p.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

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Trumpet Masterclass with Alex Jokipii

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10 a.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Roots & Boots

Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, and Collin Raye perform and tell stories.

7 p.m. at Seneca Allegany Casino (777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca; senecaalleganycasino.com or 877-873-6322)

 

 

Fairy and Gnome Festival

Visitors are welcome to come and join in fairy-themed activities, including a fairy house contest.

10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

Spring Bulb Sale

Come early to get some amazing and unique varieties of bulbs to put in your yard from the Botanical Garden’s spring exhibition.

8 a.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

Fantasy Nature Quest

Join a role-playing guided walk into the legendary forest.

10 a.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Dr., Cheektowaga; reinsteinwoods.org or 683-5959)

 

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Pops Concert

A night of classical music is performed by a full symphony orchestra.

3 p.m. Cheektowaga Senior Center, Cheektowaga (cheektowagasymphony.com or 895-1047)

 

Tales at the Taylor Theater

Read seasonal tales on the Taylor Theater stage followed by activities and craft.

3–5 p.m. at Kenan Center Gallery (433 Locust St., Lockport; kenancenter.org or 443-2617)

 

Strides Diabetes Awareness & 5K Run/Walk

Proceeds help to send children with type 1 diabetes to camp.

9 a.m. at Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 (145 N. 6th St, Lewiston; niagarariverregion.com or 754-9500)

 

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