Events to keep your eye on

Get out and about in the new year




 

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Ring in the New Year with a walk to look for birds. Registration required.

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

 

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Art Baby Stroller Tour

This tour offers adults the opportunity to learn about works of art on view in the museum, while young children (ages 0–24 months) engage with the works, absorbing the colors, shapes, and tonal contrasts.

Jan. 3 & 14, 10:30 a.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

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An Inch Short & A Day Late

Millennial rockers fall in and out of love in this exciting new production.

Through Jan 20. At American Repertory Theater (330 Amherst St..; artofwny.org or 634-1102)

 

Jocelyn and Chris Arndt

Duo Jocelyn and Chris give a magnetic performance.

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

 

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Mamma Mia!

This beloved musical about love, laughter, and friendship is propelled by the music of ABBA.

Through Jan. 28 at Kavinoky Theatre (D’Youville College, 320 Porter Ave.; kavinokytheatre.com or 829-7668)

 

Elvis Birthday Weekend

Award winning impersonator Matt Cage gives a performance matched only by the King himself.

Through Jan. 6 at Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster; lancopera.org or 683-1776)

 

Nylon Otters, Slow Cooker, and Full Body

Three electrifying alternative bands perform.

The 9th Ward (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; babevillebuffalo.com or 852-3835)

 

AKAG M&T First Friday   .

Enjoy tours all day, drop-in art activities, an evening jazz performance, and more

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

 

LGBTQ Poetry Slam Fundraiser

Enjoy some poetry and help support the LGBTQ community.

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

 

Scarlet Begonias

The band pays musical tribute to the timeless sounds of the Grateful Dead.

9:30 at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

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.

All day, throughout Allentown (allentown.org/events or 881-1024)

 

Faizon Love

Widely recognized for his roles in hit movies including Elf and Couple’s Retreat, Love is also known for his on-stage work where he delivers sidesplitting laughs.

Through Jan. 6 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

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Chris Antonik Band

Tune in for a melodic and engaging evening of blues.

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

 

Robin Thicke

Thicke has established himself as one of the most respected singer-songwriters in soul and R&B music today.

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

 

Twelfth Night Ball

Enjoy an evening of dancing and refreshments in a historic setting.

7 p.m. at Old Fort Niagara (Youngstown; oldfortniagara.org or 745-7611)

 

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Jonny Lang

He has been called a prodigy, a virtuoso, and a once-in-a-generation blues artist.

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

 

Introduction to Leatherworking

Make a leather sheath, hair barrette, bracelet, or other small leather project. Learn how to tool, dye, and hand sew leather. Material fee: $10/per person. Registration required.

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

 

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Working for Downtown   .

Stop in at the downtown library for this popular speaker series. Speaker TBD.

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

 

Choir! Choir! Choir!

This fun, energetic, and interactive choir encourages participation from everyone and anyone.

The 9th Ward (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; babevillebuffalo.com or 852-3835)

 

Rebelution

This rock, world, and reggae band was formed in Santa Barbara, California.

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

 

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Josh Wolf

A core member of the Chelsea Lately roundtable, Wolf is a staple of the LA. comedy circuit.

Through Jan. 13 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

Voices in Contemporary Art: Nari Ward, “If You Sense Something, Say Something”   .

Jamaican artist Nari Ward discusses his work, including Loisaidas LiquorsouL, 2011, in the Albright-Knox’s collection, as well as Jacuzzi Bed, 2013, which is part of the special exhibition Out of Sight! Art of the Senses.

6:30 at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

An Act of God

Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes is back in his role of a lifetime, God!

Through Feb. 11 at O’Connell & Company (The Park School, 4625 Harlem Rd., Snyder; oconnellandcompany.com or 848-0800)

 

Kevin Urso CD Release Party

Help Kevin celebrate his new CD with a live performance.

The 9th Ward (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; babevillebuffalo.com or 852-3835)

 

Lithium

Pop into the Sabres game after party with the band Lithium.

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

 

Twist and Shout

Take a magical tour of the ’60s with hits from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and more.

Through Jan. 18 at (6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON; fallsviewcasinoresort.com or 877-833-3110)

 

Damon Fowler

Known as a master of the guitar in and around his hometown of Tampa, Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager.

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

 

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Satisfaction

This glamorous and authentic international touring tribute show is dedicated to the “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band,” The Rolling Stones.

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

 

Over the Tavern

This Buffalo-based play features a hilarious and warm script exploring family and religion.

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

 

Boléro

Principal Cellist Roman Mekinulov performs the works of Ravel.

Through Jan. 13 at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Buffalo Tango Orkestra CD Release Concert

Help celebrate the release of this group’s new CD.

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

 

M&T Second Fridays at the Burchfield Penney   .

On the Second Friday of every month, thanks to the support of M&T Bank, the Burchfield Penney hosts openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings, or other special events.

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

 

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Joe Diebold

Diebold started visiting the Botanical Gardens as a way to escape the cold winter weather and fell in love with its beauty; his photography has been featured in Under the Dome, the Botanical Gardens newsletter.

Through Feb. 25 at Arcangel Gallery, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

America On Tap Craft Beer Festival

There are hundreds of craft beers to sample at this craft beer celebration. 12–9:30 p.m. at (Buffalo Niagara  Convention Center; 153 Franklin St.; americaontap.com/event/buffalo-on-tap)

 

Tribal Seeds

Hear the reggae band composed of Al Anderson, Howard Smith, Chet Samuels, and Rohan Reid.

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

 

The Allegory of Color Art Opening   .

Art instructor Cassie Lipsitz debuts her work.

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; pausaarthouse.com or 697-9069)

 

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Guy Wagner: In Memoriam

Celebrate the life of departed fellow actor and friend Guy Wagner.

1 p.m. at Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley.; alleyway.com or 852-2600)

 

Calico

This is a California band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term; shorthand for California country.

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

 

Jazz on Second Sundays

Artistic director George Caldwell  leads the BJC Repertory Orchestra in an afternoon of the music of the Count Basie Orchestra.

2:30 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum (One Museum Court; buffalohistory.org or 873 9644)

 

Alixandra Martin Exhibit Reception   .

The Kenan Center kicks off the 2018 gallery schedule with a special solo exhibit of work by East Aurora artist, muralist and illustrator. Included in the exhibit will be illustrations that celebrate the history of the Kenan Center in a specially commissioned children’s book entitled, The Place, written by Cynthia Cotten and illustrated by Martin.

Reception 2–5 p.m.; exhibit through Jan. 19 at Kenan Center Gallery (433 Locust St., Lockport; kenancenter.org or 443-2617)

 

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Kids Day at the Botanical Gardens

Stop by the Wegmans Family Garden and other hands-on stations to participate in fun seasonal activities and meet some of the amazing plants that live at the Botanical Gardens.

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

 

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Calidore Quartet

This award-winning group gives a spellbinding performance.

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

 

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Rachmaninoff & His Psychiatrist

Local pianist/psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan performs in honor of Rachmaninoff.

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

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!

The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-new show.

6:30 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

Spotlight On Youth

(SOY) is a coffee house Buffalo open mic series held on the third Wednesday of every other month giving young people ages 12–21 a chance to share and develop their talents in front of a live and supportive audience.

5:30 p.m at Shea’s Smith Theatre (658 Main St.; justbuffalo.org or 832-5400)

 

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The System

The Bob Seger Tribute Band recreates a classic ’70s-era concert experience consisting of radio hits and fan favorites, combining studio and live versions from the multi-platinum Live Bullet.

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

 

Bruce in the USA

Called the “most powerful and intense Springsteen experience on the planet,” this high-energy musical event is a note-perfect, visually accurate recreation of one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll bands of all time.

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

 

Winter Blues Weekend

Warm up in Ellicottville with blues music at venues throughout the village.

Through Jan. 20 at Village of Ellicottville (Ellicottville, NY; ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046)

 

The Constant Wife

This classic play by W. Somerset Maugham is a biting satire about manners and discretion.

Through Feb. 11 at Irish Classical Theatre (Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St.; irishclassicaltheatre.com or 853-1380)

 

The Nether

In this intense and dark mystery/drama by Jennifer Haley, sometime in the near future, the Internet has evolved into the “Nether,” a place where gender, age, identity, and truth are malleable, and your darkest desires and fears are all too obtainable.

Through Feb. 11 at Road Less Traveled Productions (500 Pearl St.; roadlesstraveledproductions.org or 629-3069)

 

Short Play Festival

A variety of 10-minute plays to appeal to all types of tastes

Through Jan. 21 at Niagara University Theatre (5795 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston; theatre.niagara.edu or 286-8685)

 

The Music of the Doors

The BPO and some special guests bring the hits of The Doors to life.

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

 

Into the Woods

Mind the wolf, heed the witch, and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.

Through Jan. 21 at Opera-Lytes (operalytes.com or operalytes@gmail.com)

 

Star People—The Miles Davis Project

Another monthly installment of this Miles Davis celebration

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

 

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Impractical Jokers ‘Santiago Sent us’ Tour Starring The Tenderloins

truTV stars Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray, and Brian Quinn bring a hilarious show to the Shea’s stage.

Shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

The Boy at the Edge of Everything

A play for ages 11 and up that is a coming of age story for the 21st century.

Through Feb. 4 at Theatre of Youth (Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St.; theatreofyouth.org or 884-4400)

 

Johnny Hart and The Mess

Sabres game after-party with the Johnny Hart and his band

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

 

Byron Stripling

Experience high-energy swing music from all the best 1930s Harlem jazz clubs.

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

 

Larry the Cable Guy

As part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour ensemble and movies, he continues to sell out arenas around the country with his unique and unvarnished look at the world.

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

 

The Chicago Authority

Here’s a tribute to the music of one of the most popular and prolific bands of all time: Chicago!

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

 

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Henry Rollins: Travel Slideshow

Join Henry for an intimate evening as he tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu.

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

 

Dancing With The Stars: Live!

Some of the fan-favorite professional dancers showcase ballroom and contemporary dance styles.

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

 

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Jim Gaffigan

This hilarious comedian makes a stop close to home as part of his Fixer Upper Tour.

Through Jan. 26 at (6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON; fallsviewcasinoresort.com or 877-833-3110)

 

Disney On Ice: Frozen

Kids and adults alike will love this magical ice show of the hit Disney movie Frozen.

Through Jan. 28 at KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza; keybankcenter.com or 888-223-6000)

 

Albert Castiglia

Castiglia brings his hard-edged, contemporary blues to The Tralf.

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

 

G. Love and Special Sauce

G. Love and his band Special Sauce have been creating their own brand of laid-back blues and rap since the early ’90s.

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

 

The Art of Dining

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner are prepared by top area chefs, led by celebrated chef extraordinaire Mike Andrzejewski of Seabar, plus Chef Ross Warhol of Oliver’s, Chef James Roberts of Toutant, and a special guest chef to be announced.

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

 

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The Land of Ozz: Ozzy Osbourne Experience

Stephen Desko’s amazing ability to recreate the look and sound of Ozzy will make you think you are hearing and seeing Osbourne live in the ’80s and ’90s.

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

 

BAS M&T Fourth Friday

Buffalo Arts Studio partners with M&T Bank to open the gallery and gift shop on the fourth Friday of the month from January to November for extended hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All day at (Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St., Ste. 500; buffaloartsstudio.org or 833-4550)

 

Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class

This one-woman show features sidesplitting songs and stories.

Through Feb. 4 at Ripa’s Restaurant (4218 Walden Ave., Lancaster; lancopera.org or 683-1776)

 

Johnny Cash Tribute

Gavan Rousseau performs a tribute concert in honor of multigenre legend Johnny Cash.

7:30 p.m. at Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster; lancopera.org or 683-1776)

 

All My Sons

Based on a true story, Arthur Miller’s award-winning drama tells a story of wartime profiteering.

Through Feb. 11 at Niagara Regional Theatre Guild at Ellicott Creek Playhouse (St. Edmund Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda; niagaratheatre.com or 260-2319)

 

The Banjo Juice Band

This Jazz Trio gives a swinging performance.

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

 

Ron James

Canadian comedian James takes his audience on a two-hour rollercoaster ride of razor-sharp wit and poetic delivery, featuring a pull-no-punches take on world events and contemporary culture.

Through Jan. 27 at Bear’s Den at Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

Lumagination Launch Party

Enjoy signature cocktails and delicious appetizers while the flip is switched on Lumagination 2018. Be the first to see the Botanical Gardens lit up with amazing light displays, creative designs, and interactive features.

Lumagination through Feb. 24 at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

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Neil Diamond Tribute

Will Chalmers performs a tribute concert in honor of living legend Neil Diamond.  

7:30 p.m. at Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster; lancopera.org or 683-1776)

 

Niagara Wine & Beer Tasting Fest

The popular night of boozy sampling returns with more than 30 wineries, breweries, restaurants, and specialty food vendors, plus basket raffle, 50/50 split, live music, and a photo booth to capture all the fun.

VIP 4 p.m.; general admission 5 p.m at Kenan Center Gallery (433 Locust St., Lockport; kenancenter.org or 443-2617)

 

Mozart’s Operatic Favorites

Five singers from Juilliard’s Young Artists program join the BPO to bring Mozart’s classics to life.

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

 

The Tim Clarke Soul-Tet

One of the top trumpet and cornet players in the area performs.

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

 

Dare to Repair Cafe   .

Bring broken items and have volunteer “fixers” try to repair them for free! No registration required.  Find out more at reinsteinwoods.org/events/repair-cafe or call 716-683-5959.

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

 

Burns Night Supper

Buffalo Niagara Scottish Festival presents Burns Night, a celebration of Scottish poet and literary giant Robert Burns, with cocktails, dinner, scotch tastings, and, of course, haggis.

5:30 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; bnhv.org or 689-1440)

 

Explore Buffalo Winter Gala

The gala features drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, and a raffle of many unique Buffalo-themed experiences and items, from original local artwork to special behind-the-scenes tours.

7 p.m. at Hotel at the LaFayette (391 Washington St.; explorebuffalo.org or 245-3032)

 

4th Annual Ice Festival

Guests can enjoy activities in the square including alpacas from Thistle Creek Alpacas, shopping in the vendor market, ice sculptures, face painting, drink and food specials, and more.

11 a.m.–3 p.m. at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.; larkinsquare.com or 362-2665)

 

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Tinsley Ellis

Award-winner and globetrotter Tinsley Ellis performs boundary pushing blues music.

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

 

BNYC Winter Concert

The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus performs.

4–5:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1080 Main St.; bnchoirs.org)

 

Art of Jazz: Monty Alexander

More than 50 years after moving to the US from his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic, touring the world and delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

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

 

Learn to Cross-Country Ski

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing before going on a short guided ski tour. Ski rental $8, $5 Friends of Reinstein members. Registration required.

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

 

Buffalo Soup-Fest

This popular winter event keeps on growing. Try dozens of soup, listen to live music, and enjoy desserts, beer, and wine. Tickets are $5 (cash only) at the door on the day of the event; children 5 and under are free with an adult. Soups are purchased with “Soup Bucks,” which are $1 each.

11 a.m.–7 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.; buffalosoupfest.com or 983-5062) 

 

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

One of the finest singer-songwriters working at the intersection of folk, country, and rock today

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

 

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Blue Moon Walk

Explore the forest under the light of the second full moon this month. Registration required.

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

 

​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

 

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