An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert

By October, autumn is in full swing. And hopefully, winter isn’t trying to force itself into our lives just yet. So it’s important to get out and enjoy what you can. Our calendar is packed solid, while our Halloween calendar offers various spooky options. Our lives tend to get wild from November on, so pay special attention to these events—before it’s too late … (Imagine the previous sentence read by Vincent Price. Far more effective that way.)

Nickel City Chefs’ photos courtesy of NCC.

1. Nickel City Chefs’ Taste of Autumn
All four Nickel City Chefs summer competitions sold out, and why wouldn’t they? It’s like the Food Network, but live, and you can actually smell the dishes. This installment features four of WNY’s finest chefs— Krista Van Wagner of Curly’s, Adam Goetz of Sample, Paul Jenkins of Tempo, and J. J. Richert of Torches—in a foodie battle royale. October 15’s event is a “Taste of Autumn,” and it will also offer a chance to see Artisan Kitchen’s gorgeous warehouse space on the West Side. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the area’s culinary masters, sample some soup, pasta, and more, including a dessert dubbed “Apples, four ways.” A portion of the proceeds benefits the Food Bank of WNY.
Thursday, October 15, at Artisan Kitchens and Bath, 200 Amherst Street;

2. Wine Glass Experience
Georg Riedel, president of the 300-year-old Riedel Crystal Company, knows wine glasses. He also knows wine, and will lead attendees of the Riedel Wine Glass Tasting Experience to benefit research at Hauptman-Woodward on quite a journey on October 16. Mike and Isabel Robitaille host this very unique opportunity to learn a bit more about the art of glass craftsmanship, and its link to enjoying fine wine. Hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and coffee are part of the deal; tickets are $175 per person. A set of four Riedel Vitis glasses is also included.
Carly Simon, 1980, Polacolor Type 108, and Diane Lane, black and white print, 1984, gifts of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, 2008.
6 p.m. hors d’oeuvres and 7 p.m. presentation on Friday, October 16, at Kleinhans Music Hall’s Mary Seaton Room, 71 Symphony Circle; to RSVP, call 898-8597 or email

3. Seventh Annual Castellani Art Museum Gala—15 Minutes of Fame! The Andy Warhol Experience
Great news recently for the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, as it acquired a prestigious Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Award, adding 158 original Warhol photographs to the museum’s permanent collection. An exhibit featuring these seminal works arrived in August and runs through February 14, providing a perfect theme for the Castellani’s seventh annual gala, “15 Minutes of Fame! The Andy Warhol Experience,” on October 17. Dinner, drinks, invited “paparazzi,” and a revamped silent auction are scheduled, and proceeds benefit the Castellani’s education and exhibition-related programming. But the true highlight is the chance to see these unique works. The coolest thing about these Warhol photos is the sheer variety of subjects—everyone from Carly Simon and a young Diane Lane to John Denver. (Imagine that conversation.)
Saturday, October 17, at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University; 286-8201 or

4. Tattoo Girl at UB
Good questions, from a press release for the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance presentation of Naomi Iizuka’s surrealist serio-comedy Tattoo Girl, directed by Sarah Bay-Cheng: “What happens when a woman decides to become Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci? What will her husband find when he goes in search of a mysterious tattoo girl from a magazine?” Find the answers at this play, based on the short story “Perpetua” by Donald Barthelme.
October 28 to November 1 at UB’s Black Box Theatre; 852-5000; 645-6771, 645-ARTS or

Andrew Bird photo by Cameron Wittig.
5. Andrew Bird at Babeville
Singer/songwriter/violinist/guitarist/ glockenspielist Andrew Bird visited Babeville for a concert on September 24 in 2007. I didn’t go. And the next day, I faced an onslaught of “What a show!”s and “You missed it!”s. I made a vow to not miss a big Bird performance again, so I’ll be at Babeville on October 21. After working with Squirrel Nut Zippers early in his career, Bird shifted directions on several acclaimed solo albums, many of them on Righteous Babe Records. But it is his last two triumphant records—Armchair Apocrypha and Noble Beast—that truly blew up. (Letterman appearance, etc.) His live show is said to be extraordinary, and he’ll be joined by St. Vincent, a rising star whose album Actor is one of the year’s finest. Bird is the word.
Wednesday, October 21, at Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo; 888-223-6000,, or

Associate editor Christopher Schobert’s favorite part of The Andy Warhol Diaries is this bit about Liza Minnelli on January 3, 1978: “She was walking down the street with Jack Haley, her husband, and they’d run into Martin Scorsese, who she’s now having an affair with, and Marty confronted her that she was also having an affair with Baryshnikov, and Marty said how could she. This is going on with her husband, Jack Haley, standing there!”


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