Events to keep your eye on

August happenings




The National Comedy Center in Jamestown opens August 1

 

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

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Darkly fun, deliciously sly, and just the right amount of suspense: this is a whodunit you won’t want to miss.

Through Oct. 27 at Shaw Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; shawfest.com or 905-468-2172)

 

National Comedy Center Grand Opening and Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

Grand opening! See Western New York’s newest cultural asset. The new facility tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present, with more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits. The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festiva features more than 50 shows including headlining stand-up performances, dialogues about the craft of comedy and showcases featuring the best of the industry’s rising talent.

Through Aug. 5 National Comedy Center (203 West Second St., Jamestown; NationalComedyCenter.org or 484-0800)

 

Everyday Summertime Fun

This summer-long event is back with games, food, rentals, art, and so much more.

Everyday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Canalside (44 Prime St.; canalsidebuffalo.com or 574-1537)

 

South Buffalo Night

This Live at Larkin concert features Brian Higgins & The Exchange Street Band with Crikwater.

5–8:30 p.m. at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.; larkinsquare.com or 362-2665)

 

Murder for Two

A hilarious new murder mystery musical promises new twists.

Through August 12 at MusicalFare Theatre (Daemen College, 4380 Main St. Amherst; musicalfare.com or 839-8540)

 

2

Nunsense II

This funny musical has everybody rolling in the aisles with laughter!

Through Aug. 12 at The Ghostlight Theatre (170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; starrynighttheatre.com or 743-1614)

 

3

Shania Twain & Garth Brooks Tribute

Carla Sacco and Fresh Horses perform this homage to country greats.

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

 

Greater Allentown First Friday

Allentown art galleries, performance artists, musicians, restaurants, retailers, and more come together to create a rich cultural attraction.

6–9 p.m. at Allentown (allentown.org/events or 881-1024)

 

Music Is Art Showcase

Look back at vintage Buffalo rock band and event posters from 1970s through 1990s.

5–10 p.m. at GCR Audio Recording Studio (564 Franklin St.)

 

AKAG First Friday

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery provides public tours, art classes, and special events.

Beginning at 10 a.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

Bowling for Rhinos

This is a fun annual charity event created by the American Association of Zoo Keepers and run locally by the zookeepers of the Buffalo Zoo.

6–10 p.m. at Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.; buffalozoo.org or 837-3900)

 

4

The Odyssey

This musical adaptation of Homer’s epic tale is a theatrical celebration for the whole family.

Through Aug. 5 at Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston; artpark.net or 754-4375)

 

Stoogefest: 27th Anniversary

Join host Lenny Potwara for a night of pratfalls and eye-pokes.

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

 

Blueprint: The Two-headed Monster Tour

Underground hip-hop veteran pays tribute to the proud tradition of MC’s.

8 p.m. at The Tabernacle in Sweet_ness 7 Cafe (220 Grant St.; 883-1738)

 

5

Fate of the Date: Mystery of the Silver Chalice

This is a showcase in preparation of a “storybook mode” production of the show in Scotland.

Through Aug. 6 at Buffalo Laboratory Theatre (Swan Auditorium on the campus of Hilbert College; buffalolabtheatre.org or 202-9033)

 

Patty Smyth & Scandal

The band performing hit songs, “Goodbye to You,” “Love’s Got a Line on You,” and “Win Some, Lose Some.”

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

 

Tenor Saxophonist Don Menza

Bring the whole family to this summer tradition as part of The Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series.

2 p.m. on the museum’s Delaware Stairs overlooking Hoyt Lake, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

8

Disney’s Aladdin

Discover a whole new world at this showcase of the Disney classic and hit Broadway musical.

Through Aug. 19 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

Punch Brothers

Bluegrass instrumentation and spontaneity meets American country-classical chamber music, with special guest Madison Cunningham.

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

 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

The Montreal-based band performs its latest post-reunion album.

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

 

Band of Horses

This band gives audiences an entertaining night when they perform their greatest hits.

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

 

Pig ‘n’ Pint

This summer fundraiser includes barbeque catered by Chef Holt and a local brewery beer tasting.

6–9 p.m. at Hull Family Home (5976 Genesee St., Lancaster; hullfamilyhome.com or 681-6451)

 

9

Rise Against

This political punk rock band has a traditional hardcore influence.

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

 

10

Matt Cage— Tribute to Elvis

The King comes alive, pelvis and all.

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

 

M&T Second Friday

From openings and happy hours to programs, concerts, screenings or other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney.

10 a.m.–8 p.m. at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

11

Eddie B: Teachers Only Comedy Tour

Educators from all over the world are getting a lesson in the funniest ways to express their worst frustrations.

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

 

German-Polish Celebration

Immerse yourself in a celebration of German and Polish cultures with music by The Ausländers and New Direction and delicious German and Polish food and drinks.

3:30–9:30 p.m.; Spring Garden Park (3838 Two Rod Rd., Marilla; 822-0524)

 

KeyBank Chalk Walk Competition

Local high schools show off their sidewalk skills in the 34th annual Lewiston Chalk Walk Competition, part of the Lewiston Art Festival

12–5 p.m.; Village of Lewiston (5th & Center Sts., Lewiston; artcouncil.org or 754-0166)

 

12

Walter Trout

American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter performs, with special guest David Michael Miller.

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

 

Girls & Their Dolls Garden Party

Take your girls on a fairy scavenger hunt in a beautiful garden in full bloom.

10 a.m. & 12 p.m. at Hull Family Home (5976 Genesee St., Lancaster; hullfamilyhome.com or 681-6451)

 

Mass by the Lake

Meditate on nature in this outdoor service, followed by lunch and refreshments.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Lake Winery (7373 Rochester Rd., Lockport; (niagarawinetrail.org)

 

Roomful of Blues

This 45th anniversary concert delivers its signature blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues, and R&B.

6 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.; buffaloironworks.com)

 

14

Jazz Sea

The annual fundraiser for The Olcott Beach Carousel Park includes musical acts, food, carousel racing, raffles, skeet ball, carnival games, free wine tastings, and a beer tent.

7–10 p.m. at Carousel Park (5979 Main St., Olcott Beach; 778-7066)

 

17

Soul Brothers – The Blues Brothers Tribute

Brothers Chris and Geoff Dahl bring the magic of the blues to the stage in a big way.

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

 

M+T Third Friday 

Explore the history of Buffalo on free tours, plus other events, music, and fun.

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

 

18

3 Doors Down and Collective Soul

Fans are invited aboard The Rock & Roll Express Tour this summer with special guest Soul Asylum.

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

 

Soldiers of the Revolution

Experience a recreation of the American Revolution on the Niagara Frontier with living history programs, battle demonstrations, military music, and hands-on activities for families.

Through Aug. 19 at Old Fort Niagara (18 F, Youngstown; oldfortniagara.org or-745-7611)

 

Silo City Reading Series

This month’s series features poets Kazim Ali, Marcus Jackson, musicians UVB76, and the Torn Space Theatre production, LOVE.

5 p.m. at Silo City (100 Childs St.; justbuffalo.org or 832-5400)

 

Dine in the Vines

Spend an evening in the vineyard with Midnight Run.

5–8 p.m. at Midnight Run Wine Cellars (3301 Braley Road, Ransomville; 751-6200 or www.midnightrunwines.com)

 

19

Kristen Kelly

Watch a performance of country, blues, and classic rock as a heartfelt reflection of real life.

5–8 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

Live at Spring Lake Winery

Listen to reggae all day at the scenic winery.

2 p.m. at Spring Lake Winery (7373 Rochester Rd. Lockport; niagarawinetrail.org)

 

20

Marcia Ball

Spend a night with this Louisiana-born artist.

7–10 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

Arthur Bovina, author of Buffalo Everything: A Guide to Eating in “Nickel City”

 

Arthur Bovino

Arthur Bovino, author of the new book Buffalo Everything: A Guide to Eating in “Nickel City,” speaks at Larkin Square Author Series.

5:30–6:45 p.m. at Larkin Square (634 Seneca St.; 716-346-8055 or larkinsquare.com)

 

24

Fleetwood Mac Mania

Experience a stunning visual and musical tribute to Fleetwood Mac.

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

 

M&T Fourth Friday

Buffalo Arts Studio opens the gallery and gift shop to the public in partnership with M&T bank.

11 a.m.–8 p.m. at Buffalo Arts Studio (Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St., Ste. 500; buffaloartsstudio.org or 833-4550)

 

25

4th Annual Artisan Fair and Market

Hosted by Father Baker Manor, all proceeds support special projects at the institution.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Father Baker Manor (6400 Powers Rd., Orchard Park; chsbuffalo.org/FBMfair or 209-0744)

 

The Chautauqua Gran Fondo

Join cyclists from around the region for a cycling event around Chautauqua Lake followed by a post-ride party at Webb’s Captain’s Table.

7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Webb’s Resort (115 W. Lake Rd., Mayville; chautauquagranfondo.com)

 

After Funk w/special guests

Experience a fun filled, soul driven evening of funk-rock explosion.

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

 

26

Donavon Frankenreiter

On tour for his second solo album, this songwriter and surfer is ready to bring the excitement to Buffalo.

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

 

David Kane’s Them Jazzbeards

This Buffalo band performs its most notable hits live.

5–8 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

Children’s Book Club: Radiant Child

Discover the story of young artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, written by A. Anthony Penrose.

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

 

27

Olivia Gatwood

Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery, and is an active member of the slam poetry community.

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

 

The Chick Corea Akoustic Band

Corea, John Patitucci, and Dave Weckl bring the whipshot runs and lyrical flights they pioneered to a classic acoustic piano trio.

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

 

 

​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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