Tonight: Michael Feinstein (see interview on this page)
Thursday: Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret
Oct. 12: Joe Satriani, guitarist
Oct. 14: Susan Tedeschi, singer-songwriter
Oct. 15: The WYRK Fall Acoustic Concert, with Jimmy Wayne, Ashton Shepherd and Jamey Johnson.
Oct. 17: Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel, dance
Oct. 18: Jim Gaffigan, comedian
Oct. 21: Bowfire, fiddle/violin
Oct. 29 to 30: Touring production of "Menopause: The Musical Out Loud"
Nov. 1: Pilobolus
Nov. 2: The Derek Trucks Band, roots music
Nov. 14: Linda Eder, singer
Nov. 17: Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
Nov. 22: Classics Albums Live, with Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"
Nov. 28: David Byrne, performing work from his collaborations with Brian Eno
Dec. 6 to 7: "The Nutcracker," performed by American Academy of Ballet
Dec. 10: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Dec. 11: Leahy, Celtic band
Dec. 14: Tony Bennett
Feb. 14: Three Broadway Divas, featuring Jan Horvath, Christiane Noll and Debbie Gravitte
Feb. 21: "Love Me Tender: The Ultimate Elvis Bash"
Feb. 25: Mariza, Fado singer
March 6: "CSI" Live, interactive science show
March 10: DRUMLine Live, based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition
March 11: Natalie MacMaster, fiddler
March 13: The National Acrobats of China (formerly the National Acrobats of Taiwan)
March 18: Momix
March 20: Urban Bush Women
April 3: Spanish Harlem Orchestra, contemporary Latin music
April 22: "Sleeping Beauty," presented by the Russian National Ballet Theatre
In addition to Pilobolus and Momix, Thomas Burrows, the Center for the Arts' executive director, is proud of UB's dance residency program, which is now in its 11th year. This spring, the dance company in residence will be Urban Bush Women, an edgy, African-American dance group.
This year, the center is bringing in a living legend, veteran crooner Tony Bennett. Now 82, Bennett is appearing in a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House, so while the Center for the Arts generally prides itself in keeping prices low, this one is expensive. Tickets range from $125 to $150.
Comedy, musicals and Broadway
Jim Gaffigan makes his first visit here on Oct. 18. The Catholic, pipe-chomping Gaffigan is unique among current comedians. Born in Indiana, he specializes in a quiet, deadpan humor that has made him a hit on late-night shows. He is in the middle of his "Sexy Tour," which culminates in a special on Comedy Central.
Another first here is "CSI" Live, a multimedia takeoff on the TV show offering an interactive look, suitable for kids as well as adults, at the world of crime scene investigation. And DRUMLine Live, featuring drum riffs and bold choreography, updates the historically African-American university marching band tradition.
If Fleetwood Mac takes listeners back to the '70s, fans of the '80s will get their turn on Nov. 28, when UB welcomes David Byrne, performing music from his collaborations with Brian Eno, including the new CD "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today."
"That is getting a great response so far," UB's Dave Wedekindt says. "What's exciting is that David Byrne has pretty much refused ever to do a Talking Heads reunion. And he mixes the Talking Heads songs into the show."