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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Six prepubescent misfit contestants vie for the championship of a lifetime, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves.

Varying times, through Dec. 11 at Niagara University Theatre (5795 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston; theatre.niagara.edu or 286-8685)

 

Dagon

The metal band performs with Euphoria, Crippled Mess, Circus Grenade, and Lower Town Trio.

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

 

Sam Roberts Band

The Canadian rock singer-songwriter and his band play songs from their latest album, Terraform, plus fan favorites.

Doors 7 p.m., through Dec. 2 at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

Buffalo Chamber Players at the AK: Krzysztof Penderecki

Requested by Maestro Penderecki during his historic visit to Buffalo, the program includes his Cadenza for solo viola, Quartet for clarinet and string trio, and Sextet for clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello, and piano.

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

 

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Poetics Plus: Works in Progress

This event highlights works in progress by members of the University’s Poetics community.

8 p.m. at Rust Belt Books (415 Grant St.; justbuffalo.org or 832-5400)

 

Albright-Knox First Friday

Enjoy drink specials and live jazz music in the artful setting of AK Café on the first Friday of every month as part of M&T First Fridays @ the Gallery.

5:30 at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

One Night in Beirut: When Said Met Genet

Musicologist James Currie discusses how Palestinian literary critic and political activist Edward Said was affected after meeting French homosexual novelist Jean Genet in Beirut in 1972.

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

 

Hairnation

This eighties night fundraiser benefits The Wheatfield Blades Girls Team.

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

 

Star People: The Miles Davis Project

George Caldwell, John Bacon, Bobby Militello, and top local jazz artists present a forward-looking treatment of the music of Miles Davis.

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

 

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours

Explore the Pan-American Exhibition in this tour hosted by the collections team. $25/$15 members, registration is required.

1 p.m. at Buffalo Science Museum (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; sciencebuff.org or 896-5200 ext. 345)

 

Maria Love Charity Ball

Charity Ball is the primary fundraiser for the Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund and is open to all area middle and high school students.

5:30 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.; buffaloconvention.com)

 

Celebrating Our Milestones Gala

Celebrate the library’s rich legacy at this black tie affair honoring library trustee Wayne Wisbaum with the Grosvenor Award.

6:30 p.m. at Downtown Central Library; free and open to the public (1 Lafayette Sq.; 858-7197)

 

Allentown First Friday

Allentown’s gallery walk, known as “First Fridays,” has grown into one of the most popular monthly events in the City of Buffalo.

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

 

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Eclectic Company

Road Less Traveled Productions offers improv comedy this season on Saturday evenings.

Dec. 3 & 17 at 10 p.m. at Road Less Traveled Productions (500 Pearl St.; roadlesstraveledproductions.org or 629-3069)

 

John Brown’s Body

JBB plays American reggae steeped in traditional vibes with elements from other genres.

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

 

The Piano Guys

Here’s what you get when you mix a marketing genius who does video, a studio engineer who writes music, a pianist with a successful solo career, and a cellist who does pretty much everything.

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

 

Poland’s Maestro

Revered composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki leads the BPO in a program chosen for Buffalo, the centerpiece of which is his Concerto for Violin and Cello, featuring Dennis Kim and Roman Mekinulov.

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

 

The Castle by Candlelight

Tour the French Castle decorated for the season and lit entirely by candles. Meet historical characters and witness the firing of the grand “feu de joie.”

Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. at Old Fort Niagara (Youngstown; oldfortniagara.org or 745-7611)

 

Starlight Studio Open House

Exhibits are on view through December 31.

Starlight Studio (340 Delaware Ave.; starlightstudio.org or 842-1525) 

 

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UB SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 

Rachel Lauber, conductor; program information for student concerts will be available at the door. This kicks off a week of free UB student performances.

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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Chamber Music Concert 

UB students perform.

7:30 at Baird Recital Hall (UB North Campus, Amherst; slee.buffalo.edu or 645-2921)

 

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UB Percussion Ensemble & Contemporary Ensemble

Tom Kolor conducts UB students.

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

 

Buffalo Film Seminars: The Tourist

On a trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, math teacher Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) finds himself in an extraordinary situation when he meets Elise (Angelina Jolie); directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

7 p.m. at Dipson’s Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.; csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html)

 

After Hours @ AK: An Evening With Picasso

It’s a celebration of Spanish wine, food, and culture, and an unparalleled opportunity to experience a world-class selection of paintings in Picasso: The Artist and His Models.

5:30 at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

Imagine Buffalo Series

The library shows the video Lateral Thinking Is A Survival Skill followed by speakers Gerard Puccio, International Center for Studies in Creativity, SUNY Buffalo, and Phil Haberstro, Wellness Institute for Greater Buffalo. 

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

 

Gingie Goes Wild Children’s Party

Make some classic treats inspired by everyone’s favorite green ogre; $55 for one parent and child team.

5 p.m. at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls; nfculinary.org or 210-2525)

 

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The Hard Bop Project

Kelly Bucheger arranges classic hard bop and soul jazz from the music of Lou Donaldson, Gene Ammons, and others.

7 p.m. at Road Less Traveled Productions (500 Pearl St.; roadlesstraveledproductions.org or 629-3069)

 

Working For Downtown: Buffalo Talks Speaker Series

T. M. Montante speaks about the Gates Circle Redevelopment Project.

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

 

UB Choir and Chorus

Harold Rosenbaum conducts this student performance.

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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Winter Choral Spectacular

Various Buffalo State choral groups celebrate the winter season in song, under the direction of Dr. Victoria Furby and Mr. John Fleischman.

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

 

Bold Folly

The hometown musicians play what the call “cavernous psych rock” with special guests, Dreambeaches and Sonny Baker.

Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.; buffalosmohawkplace.com or 312-9279)

 

“On the Edge” Class Concert

Students perform in the culmination of this course designed for the serious performer as a practical method to bridge the gap between the studio and the stage.

December 8 at 3 p.m. and freshmen seminar class concert at 5 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall (UB North Campus, Amherst; slee.buffalo.edu or 645-2921)

 

The Platters

Hear rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and adult contemporary music by this Grammy-winning vocal group.

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

 

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Grüvology

Walter Kemp III, Bernard Kunz, James Benders, Dave “Teaspoon” Hulett push the boundaries of contemporary improvised jazz music.

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

 

Voice Studio Recital 

Voice students from UB perform.

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

 

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours

Explore the museum’s mastodons excavated from the Byron Dig in Genesee County, and learn about life on the Niagara Frontier over 10,000 years ago. $25/$15 members, registration is required.

1 p.m. at Buffalo Science Museum (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; sciencebuff.org or 896-5200 ext. 345)

 

Hal Sparks 

The host of the Emmy-award-winning Talk Soup on E! and guest on numerous television shows performs.

Dec. 9 & 10 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

Larkinville Holiday Vendor Market

Browse more than twenty vendors inside the Larkin at Exchange Building and select from an assortment of handmade home goods, accessories, food, clothing, and more.

10 a.m. at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.; larkinsquare.com or 362-2665) 

 

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of Burchfield Penney

Part of M&T Second Friday, this special event commemorates a half century of BPAC.

All day at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

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Once

This play about a Dublin street musician and a beautiful young woman features an impressive ensemble of actor-musicians who play their own instruments onstage.

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

 

An Evening with Edwin McCain

McCain has built an enviable career over the past twenty years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour. 

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

 

Radney Foster

The singer/songwriter from Del Rio, Texas, plays with special guest The Stone Country Band. 

8:30 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734) 

 

Willie Nile

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee has toured with The Who and sung with Bruce Springsteen.

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

 

The Next Generation Ingala Fritzen and Bradley

This event features Vincent Ingala on saxophone, Jonathan Fritzen on keys, and the Buffalo’s Cindy Bradley on trumpet.

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

 

Greg Millar Quartet

Hard bop, new bop, and soul organ quartet, Millar, formerly with organist Charles Earland, and his group bring a fresh sound to the local jazz scene.

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

 

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Jazz on 2nd Sundays at the History Museum

Buffalo jazz legends and special guests perform, and Buffalo Jazz Collective artistic directors pay tribute to the music of native Buffalonian composer, Harold Arlen. Chuck Mancuso gives a preconcert talk on Arlen’s life and music. 

2 p.m. preconcert talk, 1 Museum Ct., Buffalo, NY 14216

 

Secrets of Allentown Holiday Tour of Homes

Self-guided tour of decorated historic homes in Buffalo’s oldest preservation district benefits the Allentown Association.

Noon–4 p.m., starting at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (641 Delaware Ave..; 881-1024 or allentown.org/trsite.org)

 

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Carly’s Club Holiday Ball

Proceeds from this event benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

8:30 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.; buffaloconvention.com)

 

Invaders

Invaders is an environmentally responsive, interactive installation by Keith Harrington and Julian Montague featuring peephole periscopes, xylophonic-pipes, cyclops creatures, and you.

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

 

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Brentano Quartet

The program includes Dvorák’s String Quartet No.11 in C major, Op.61 as well as new work composed by Stephen Hartke for the critically acclaimed quartet.

8 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; kleinhansbuffalo.org or 885-5000)

 

Imagine Buffalo Series

The library shows video The Glory of Rome in Arches and Vaults followed by speaker Christine Parker on John Edmonston Brent, Buffalo’s First African-American Architect.

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

 

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John Bacon Jr. and Jazz Current

Hear originals and arranged tunes featuring some of Buffalo’s brightest young jazz artists.

7 p.m. at Road Less Traveled Productions (500 Pearl St.; roadlesstraveledproductions.org or 629-3069)

 

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours

Explore the museum’s collection of furs, fins, and feathers in the vertebrate zoology department and experience mounts, skins, bones, and jars. $25/$15 members, registration is required.

6:30 p.m. at Buffalo Science Museum (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; sciencebuff.org or 896-5200 ext. 345)

 

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Mari McNeil Quintet: A Magical Night of Ella

Harry Graser, saxophonist Bobby Millitello, bassist Brian DeJesus and drummer John Bacon Jr. present the music of Ella Fitzgerald.

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

 

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Headstones

The Canadian punk-rock band formed in Kingston, Ontario, in 1987 and is back with a crowd-sourced album, One in the Chamber Music.

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

 

July Talk

The Toronto-based five-piece band creates a gritty brand of alt-bluesy garage rock that’s both boldly intimate and wildly confrontational.

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

 

Pauly Shore

The comedian and actor first rose to fame in the 1990s as the star of the MTV show, Totally Pauly, which led to starring roles in the films, Encino Man and Son In Law.

Dec. 16 & 17 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

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The Airplane Family & Friends w/Live Dead 69

The group reunites Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Grateful Dead alumni with musical luminaries, comprising a veritable “Who’s Who” of The Summer of Love’s legendary musicians.

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

 

Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Walk

Look for signs of who is out and about in the winter woods, and discover how animals survive the cold. Snowshoe rentals are available. 

Registration is required. 10:30 a.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Dr., Cheektowaga; reinsteinwoods.org or 683-5959)

 

Yoga with Essential Oils: Essence of the Holidays

A dynamic hip-opening sequence is combined with seasonal essential oils including frankincense, white fir, thyme, and wild orange.

10 a.m. at Be Healthy Institute (40 Main St., Hamburg; behealthyinstitute. com or 648-3400)

 

Imagine Buffalo Series

The library shows the video Smokestack Nation: The Industrial Titans followed by speaker TBA. 

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

 

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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

The nineteen-member band continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements that fans love, as well as modern selections in the big-band style.

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

 

Third Wednesday Poetry Reading Series

Poetry returns this December with featured readers plus open reading slots.

7:30 p.m. at The Screening Room, North Town Plaza (3131 Sheridan Dr., Amherst; screeningroom.net or 837-0376)

 

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Nelson Starr and the Franciscans

​A group of local artists reconfigure the music of Frank Sinatra.

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

 

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Imagine Buffalo Series

The library shows the video Trading Reality for Experience followed by discussion cosponsored by WNY STEM. 

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

 

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Dollar Day

Take in the tropical splendor of the Botanical Gardens for only a buck.

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

 

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Family Track and Scat Walk

Do you want to be an animal tracker or novice scatologist? Join a walk to search for the tracks and scat of resident wildlife. 

Registration required. 10:30 a.m. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Dr., Cheektowaga; reinsteinwoods.org or 683-5959)

 

Rich Vos

Best known from Opie & Anthony and NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Vos is one of the most exciting and broadest headlining comedians in the country.

Through Dec. 31 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

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Rusted Root w/Funktional Flow

With eight albums under its belt and over three million records sold, Rusted Root transcends age, generations, cultures, and musical styles.

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

 

Mary Wilson of the Supremes

Wilson, a founding member of the Supremes, gives two performances; the second includes a champagne toast.

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

 

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