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Events to keep your eye on in WNY

January 2019




Darci Lynne and Friends Live performs at Shea's on January 20

 

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1

First Day Snowshoe Hike

Ring in the New Year with a snowshoe hike led by a DEC Forest Ranger and learn how to prepare for any outdoor adventure, snow or no snow; snowshoe rental: $5/$2 for Friends of Reinstein. Registration required. 

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

 

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Emo Philips

Philips has recorded three stand-up albums, made appearances in feature films such as the cult favorite UHF, and lent his voice to numerous TV shows including Adventure Time.

Through Jan. 5 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

AKAG First Friday

Albright-Knox Art Gallery hosts public tours, drop-in art classes concerts, and more.

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

 

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)

 

Elvis’ Birthday Weekend

Relive the hits of the King’s career.

Through Jan. 5 at Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster; lancopera.org or 683-1776)

 

Patty Angrisano Ossa Show

This is the opening reception of Angrisano Ossa’s solo exhibit.

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

 

5

Niagara Frontier Gun Show

Buy, sell, or trade modern and antique firearms, swords, military relics, and sportsman related items.

Through Jan. 6 at Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; the-fairgrounds.com or 649-3900)

 

The Talking Dead Heads

Two sets celebrate the music of American Rock band the Talking Heads and American rock jam pioneers the Grateful Dead.

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

 

6

Tuxedo Junction: Brides World

This bridal show features all-day fashion shows and giveaways with special show-only prices.

11 a.m.– 4 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.; buffaloconvention.com or 855-5555)

 

Vaudeville to Rock: How Jewish Songwriters and Performers Shaped Popular Music

Experience a journey through Jewish musical history and trivia throughout the multimedia program.

2 p.m. at Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY (JCC Benderson Family Bldg., 2640 North Forest Rd., Getzville; jewishrepertorytheatre.com or 716-688-4114)

 

7

Elvis Presley B-Day Bash

Celebrate the birthday of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, featuring Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings.

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

 

10

Big Jay Oakerson

Raunchy and brash, yet endearing and honest, Oakerson is one of the country’s most in-demand comedians.

Through Jan. 12 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

 

Voices in Contemporary Art: Aria Dean

Dean examines the frameworks of our individual and collective identities with a particular interest in the complicated relationship between “blackness” and the Internet.

7:15 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

Panic! At The Disco

This Grammy-nominated American rock band visits on an added second leg of their Pray for the Wicked North American arena tour, featuring opening act Two Feet.

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

 

Gabby’s World

Gabby’s World is the music and lyrical world-building project of Gabrielle Smith.

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

 

11

Niagara Icewine Festival

Celebrate ice wine with tastings and festive events throughout the Ontario wine region, including a gala on Jan. 11

Through Jan. 27 Fallsview Casino Resort, (gala only, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON; niagarawinefestival.com or 877-833-3110)

 

M&T Second Friday

The Burchfield Penney hosts openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings, and other special events.

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

 

Strange Magic: The ELO Experience

Strange Magic is the authentic recreation of legendary ’70s rock band, Electric Light Orchestra, a multimedia show featuring more than just music.

8–10 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

Scarlet Begonias

This band plays the Grateful Dead catalog with precision, while making improvisational jams all their own.

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

 

Spamalot

An adaption of the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail into a musical features the Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, accused witches, and other Python touches.

Through Feb. 3 at Kavinoky Theatre (D’Youville College, 320 Porter Ave.; kavinokytheatre.com or 829-7668)

 

The Wazmopolitans

Expect the unexpected from this bossa nova and samba ensemble of regulars: Dave Wasik drums, Jack Kulp bass, Kevin Doyle piano.

6:30 p.m. at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; pausaarthouse.com or 697-9069)

 

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Buffalo on Tap

The 7th Annual Buffalo on Tap pours out good times and great beer at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

1 p.m. at Buffalo Convention Center ((153 Franklin St.; americaontap.com or 855-5555)

 

Carl Lee: Exhibition Open and Artist Talks

Lee is a media-based artist whose practice includes varied approaches to moving image media.

8 p.m. (runs through  March 1) at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (341 Delaware Ave.; hallwalls.org or 854-1694)

 

Thunderstruck

Straight out of Kentucky comes this premier AC/DC tribute band, who covers the hits and keeps you shakin’ all night long.

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

 

The THE BAND Band

The THE BAND Band deserves a standing ovation for their critically acclaimed homage to one of the greatest groups of all time: The Band.

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

 

13

Learn to Cross-Country Ski

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing before going on a short, guided ski tour; ski rental: $8/$5 for Friends members, registration required.

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

 

15

Verona Quartet

The quartet has quickly earned a stellar reputation as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music today.

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

 

Wild Rivers

The inviting harmonies of  this band provides a shimmering texture to its new EP, Eighty-Eight.

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

 

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Talk the Talk: Esther Neisen on Joe Whalen

A lecture series in which regional Western New York artists and curators present talks on other WNY artists, living or dead.

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

 

Denny Laine and The Moody Wing Band

Laine is a 2018 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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

 

17

D. L. Hughley

Hughley is one of the most popular and highly recognized stand-up comedians on the road today.

Through Jan. 20 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

After a career spanning more than 50 years, Seger and his band hit the road for one final tour, The Travelin’ Man.

7:30 p.m. at KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza; keybankcenter.com or 888-223-6000)

 

Kurt Weill’s Broadway

Explore the work of one of the 20th century’s most important immigrant composers through this fascinating and immersive concert experience, starring Lisa Vroman and the Hudson Shad quartet.

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

 

18

WNY RV Show and Sale

Special pricing and finance rates accompany this preview of 2019 RV’s from six different dealers.

Through Jan. 27 at Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; the-fairgrounds.com or 649-3900)

 

Winter Blues Weekend

Ellicottville’s many venues host some of the hottest blues musicians.

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

 

M&T Third Friday

Free museum admission and Resource Center, docent-led tours, and free kids’ activities

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

 

Dylan Night Mystical Child

This six-piece band was brought together to express love and respect for the catalog of Bob Dylan.

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

 

Crash Test Dummies

This Canadian alternative rock band celebrates 25 years with its God Shuffled His Feet anniversary tour.

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

 

Sinbad

This ’90s breakout star has kept audiences laughing for more than three decades.

Through Jan. 19 at Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives/ The Dark Side

A talented cast of two creates a multitude of characters to delight and entertain.

Through Jan. 27 at Shea’s Smith Theatre (oconnellandcompany.com or 848-0800)

 

Sense & Sensibility

Revisit Jane Austen’s beloved novel featuring the Dashwood sisters.

Through Feb. 10 at Irish Classical Theatre (Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St.; irishclassicaltheatre.com or 853-1380)

 

Deathtrap

This play is a twisting, turning firecracker of suspense about a playwright and his student.

Through Jan. 27 at Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster; lancopera.org or 683-1776)

 

The Illusion

A penitent father seeks out a powerful, dark, magician to help him track down the son he nearly killed 15 years ago.

Through Feb. 10 at Road Less Traveled Productions (456 Main St., Buffalo; roadlesstraveledproductions.org or 629-3069)

 

Kristen Smigielski Combo

Smigielski is a local vocalist who sings a diverse range of music, from jazz and pop to classical and contemporary.

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

 

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The Wall Live Extravaganza

The critically acclaimed Pink Floyd tribute show from Canada performs.

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

 

The Music of Led Zeppelin

Vocalist Randy Jackson steps into Robert Plant’s shoes, playing all the favorites such as, “Kashmir,” and “Stairway to Heaven,” with the BPO.

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

 

Bret Michaels

The outlandish leader of the ’80s glam metal band Poison has carved out an incredible solo career.

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

 

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Darci Lynne and Friends Live

The young America’s Got Talent winner impresses audiences with songs and ventriloquism.

7 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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Whitney Cummings

Cummings is a comedian, writer, and actress who has created specials for both HBO and Comedy Central.

Through Jan 23. at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

Adult Full Moon Snowshoe Walk

Enjoy a guided snowshoe walk by the light of the full moon; snowshoe rental: $5/$2 for Friends. Registration required.

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

 

24

Cameron Esposito

This Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor/writer is a nationally touring headliner.

Through Jan. 26 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

Winogrand harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American ‘60s and ‘70s.

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

 

Herobust

Also known as Hayden Kramer, this bass artist is unconstrained by genre and has performed at Electric Forest, Bonaroo, and more.

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

 

Disney on Ice

Disney presents Worlds of Enchantment, featuring Cars, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, Toy Story, and more, on ice.  

Through Jan. 27 at KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza; keybankcenter.com or 888-223-6000)

 

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Material Girls

The evening showcases tribute performers paying musical homage to Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Adele.

8–10 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

Short Play Festival

See comedies, dramas and everything in between in this smorgasbord of ten-minute plays.

Through Jan. 27 at Niagara University Theatre (5795 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston; theatre.niagara.edu or 286-8685)

 

Tales of the Driven

From Subversive Theatre’s founder and artistic director comes a new drama about those who act out and speak up, and those who try to strike them down.

Through Feb. 16 at The Subversive Theatre Collective at Manny Fried Playhouse (Great Arrow Building, 255 Great Arrow Ave.; subversivetheatre.org or 408-0499)

 

The Price Is Right LIVE

The legendary game show is now in the form of a live stage show.

Through Jan. 26 at Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

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Lumagination

Experience the Gardens spectacularly illuminated, interactive entertainment, and more.

Through Feb. 23 at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

Explore Buffalo’s Winter Gala

This annual gala fundraiser for at the historic Foundry Suites supports Explore Buffalo.

7 p.m. at (explorebuffalo.org or 245-3032)

 

The McCartney Years

This live concert honors the music of Paul McCartney spanning two decades, from the Beatles to Wings.

8– 10 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

Charlie Ballantine: Music of Bob Dylan

Ballantine is an internationally renowned, award-winning guitarist, inspired by folk, jazz, and blues.

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

 

Mad About Mozart

Celebrating Mozart’s birthday, JoAnn Falletta takes the podium for a program shining the spotlight on the BPO’s own musicians.

Through Jan. 27 at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Walk the Moon

This indie rock band out of Cincinnati was formed in 2008 and is best known for its hit, “Shut Up and Dance.”

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

 

Larkinville Ice Festival

Enjoy winter themed events, drinks, and food throughout Larkinville.

11:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.; larkinsquare.com or 362-2665)

 

Jerry Seinfeld

The iconic American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director performs.

7 and 9:30 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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Shuler King

A South Carolina stand-up comedian and funeral director, King knew he was destined to be an entertainer at an early age.

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

 

Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus Winter Concert

Family and friends come together to hear winter and holiday tunes performed by the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus.

4–5:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo Niagara Choirs (bnchoirs.org)

 

Dancing with the Stars Live

This show features fan favorite professional and troupe dancers in a brand-new production showcasing many forms of dance.

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

 

Spirit of Women in Song

Concentus collaborates with other artists to help inspire a lifelong passion for singing.

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

 

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

A concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

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

 

Outside

Daniel, a teen, triumphs over homophobic bullying, depression, and suicide.

10:30 a.m. at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

30

GBYO Side-by-Side Concert

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

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

 

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WNY Farm Show

Vendors for this year’s show include feed, seed, and equipment dealers, farm service providers, and various agriculture non-profits and agencies.

Through Feb. 2 at Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; the-fairgrounds.com or 649-3900)

 

Jillian Mayer: Timeshare

Mayer’s art continually explores how technology affects our lives, bodies, and identities through investigating the blurred lines between our physical and online worlds.

Through May 11 at UB Anderson Art Gallery (1 Martha Jackson Pl.; ubartgalleries.org or 829-3754)

 

Love Letters

A. R. Gurney’s beloved play presents a disarmingly funny and unforgettably emotional portrait of the powerful connection of love between two friends.

Through Feb. 24 at O’Connell & Company (The Park School, 4625 Harlem Rd., Snyder; oconnellandcompany.com or 848-0800)

 

 

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