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THEATER

 

September 20

CURTAIN UP!

photo by nancy j. parisi

 

The 37th Annual Curtain Up! celebrates the opening of the theater season in Buffalo and the continued strength of the Theatre District. This unique in the nation event lets you create your mix-and-match evening from three “acts”:  black-tie dinner at Fountain Plaza (tickets on sale now!) or a local restaurant, 8 p.m. curtain for a show at your choice of theaters, and a free street party featuring music, dancing, shows, and food. For more information and a list of shows, visit tda-wny.com/curtainup.—Donna Hoke

 

tda-wny.com/curtainup

 


 

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September 4

West Side Story

MusicalFare’s production will be reimagined for its intimate space, enabling audiences to experience the show as if seeing it for the very first time.

musicalfare.com, 839-8540

 

September 6

Catch-22

Don’t miss this rare production of Joseph Heller’s own stage adaptation of his off-the-wall anti-war novel that continues to inspire anti-authoritarians everywhere!

subversivetheatre.org, 716-408-0499

 

Hairspray

Teen Tracy Turnblad uses her newfound fame to integrate a Baltimore TV station.

kavinokytheatre.com, 881-7668

 

September 12

The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

Pat Garrett is living out his life as “The Man Who Shot Billy the Kid,” but what if Billy is alive after all? Then who is Pat Garrett?

roadlesstraveledproductions.org; 629-3069

 

Navigators

A world premiere by Alleyway’s new playwright-in-residence, Gordon Farrell

alleyway.com, 852-2600

 

September 13

Bright Colors and Bold Patterns

Josh and Brennan’s nuptials are about to get uglier than the clothing they’ve forbidden their guests to wear. A one-man show starring James Cichocki

buffalounitedartists.org; 886-9239

 

Pipeline

Nya Pittman, an inner-city public high school teacher, places her son in a private school in an attempt to ensure that he will not suffer the same fate as her students. 

ujimatheatre.org, 883-0380

 

September 20

Gentlemen Prefer Divas: Broadway Legends

O’Connell and Company’s one-night only Curtain Up! variation of the classic Diva by Diva.

oconnellandcompany.com, 847-1410

 

September 20

Izzy

Written by locals Jim Santella and Grant Golden, Izzy celebrates the musical tour de force of one of Buffalo‘s most famous, glorious, but unheralded composers, Israel Freel.

newphoenixtheatre.org, 853-1334

 

Ladies Swing the Blues

Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, and the legendary Charlie Parker are featured in this story of the most influential music-makers of the twentieth century—and the conspiracy to silence them.

aaccbuffalo.org, 884-2013

 

’Tis Pity She’s A Whore

Irish Classical Theatre presents one of the most poignant, passionate, and disturbing tragedies written for the early modern stage.

irishclassical.com, 853-ICTC

 

September 21

Knock, Knock, Jesus Calling

Heather Fangsrud debuts her one-woman show about growing up a gay Jehovah’s Witness.

(Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant Street)

varlets.org

 

Mean Girls

A naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies.

sheas.org, 847-0850

 

September 29

Lost in Yonkers

Desiderio’s wraps up the Neil Simon classic.

mybobbyjs.com/desiderio-s-dinner-theatre; 395-3207

 

FILM

 

September 10

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas

 

Atwood has long been considered the grand dame of contemporary Canadian writers. Her work is deservedly experiencing a boom, thanks to two Hulu television series based on her writing. Alias Grace taken from the true story of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant living in Canada who was convicted in 1843 of murder, and The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian novel about a future where women’s rights are stripped. Learn about the sequel to Handmaid's by attending this live broadcast.

 

7 p.m. at Regal Elmwood and Regal Transit

fathomevents.com

 


 

Sept. 1, 4

Lawrence of Arabia

David Lean’s epic story of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) is one of the most gorgeous films in cinema history. This is a TCM Big Screen Classics presentation.

1 p.m. on Sept. 1, 1 and 6 p.m. on Sept. 4, at the Regal Elmwood Center (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville) 

fathomevents.com

6 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre

(3500 Main St.) 

dipsontheatres.com

 

Sept. 3

Buffalo Film Seminars—Metropolis

Fritz Lang’s silent 1927 classic was a major influence on sci-fi cinema for decades to follow.

7 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst Theatre

(3500 Main St.) 

csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html

 

Sept. 5

Roll Red Roll

This PBS documentary on the assault of a teenage girl by members of a high school football team is presented as part of the Beyond Boundaries series.

7 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

(1300 Elmwood Ave.)

burchfieldpenney.org

 

Sept. 8

Columbus

Acclaimed filmmaker Kogonada’s feature directorial debut was a wise, quiet drama about the friendship between the son of a renowned architect and an architecture student. 

4 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School

(141 Girard Ave., East Aurora) 

roycroftcampuscorp.com

 

Sept. 10

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas

Hear the author discuss her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, during a live broadcast.

7 p.m. at the Regal Elmwood Center (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville) 

fathomevents.com

 

Sept. 10

Buffalo Film Seminars—Unfaithfully Yours

Preston Sturges directed Rex Harrison and Linda Darnell in this screwball comedy.

7 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst Theatre

(3500 Main St.) 

csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html

 

Sept. 15

El Norte

Gregory Nava’s timely film about immigration screens in celebration of its thirty-fifth anniversary.

2 p.m. at the Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville) 

fathomevents.com

 

Sept. 15, 18

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the first big-screen voyage of the Enterprise with the original theatrical cut. 

1 and 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, 4 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 18, at the Regal Elmwood Center (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville) 

fathomevents.com

 

Sept. 16, 17, 18

3 From Hell

Director Rob Zombie’s new horror film screens for three nights only. 

7 p.m. at the Regal Elmwood Center (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville) 

fathomevents.com

 

Sept. 17

Buffalo Film Seminars—The Asphalt Jungle

Sterling Hayden stars in a film noir favorite directed by John Huston.

7 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst Theatre

(3500 Main St.) 

csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html

 

Sept. 18-21

Niagara Falls International Film Festival

An outgrowth of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, the NFIFF will feature opening night celebrations followed by three days of screenings and an awards presentations.

Screenings at Regal Cinemas Niagara Falls 12 

(720 Builders Way, Niagara Falls)

nfiff.com

 

Sept. 19

Jauja

The latest entry in Cultivate Cinema Circle’s “Post-Colonialisms: World Cinema and Human Consequence” series is a strange, mysterious Western starring Viggo Mortensen and set in 1800s Patagonia.

7 p.m. at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

(341 Delaware Ave.) 

cultivatecinemacircle.com

 

Sept. 19

Tintoretto — A Rebel in Venice

Explore the life of the Italian Renaissance artist in this documentary narrated by Helena Bonham Carter

7 p.m. at Fredonia Opera House

(9 Church St., Fredonia)

fredopera.org

 

Sept. 22, 24, 25

The Shawshank Redemption 

The TCM Big Screen Series commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of this beloved Stephen King adaptation starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. 

4 p.m. on Sept. 22, 7 p.m. on Sept. 24-25, at the Regal Elmwood Center (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville) 

fathomevents.com

7 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre

(3500 Main St.) 

dipsontheatres.com

 

Sept. 24

Buffalo Film Seminars—Umberto D.

Italian neorealism from one of the genre’s masters, Vittorio De Sica.

7 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst Theatre

(3500 Main St.) 

csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html

 

Sept. 29, 30

The Secret World of Arrietty

Oscar-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi directed this animated adaptation of children’s book favorite The Borrowers.

Dubbed version: 12:55 p.m. on Sept. 29; subtitled version: 7 p.m. on Sept. 30; at the Regal Elmwood Center (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville) 

fathomevents.com

 

 

 

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