Commentary: Whenever Snapcase announces a show, social media has a minor freak-out. The hardcore punk band hailing from Buffalo hasn't released new music since 2003 and performs so infrequently that practically every show is a reunion.
So, tonight's 25th anniversary show, which will include guest performers (like Johnny Chow, who is now the bar manager at Allen Burger Venture) and a strong visual display, will be a landmark event. Jeremiah Shea of NYS Music penned a nice preview lending context.
It's been nearly seven years since Case last performed as a solo artist in Buffalo, gracing the Lafayette Square stage on a Thursday in 2009. Update: Neko Case's 2009 show in Lafayette Square was actually canceled due to rain and lightning. Also a current member of the New Pornographers, Case earned a Grammy nomination in 2014 for her solo album "The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You."
Read Michael Farrell's interview with Case before she drops by Babeville for an intimate Saturday evening show, and watch "Man" below, which has quite the beginning.
3) South Buffalo Pizza Fest, noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in St. Teresa's Roman Catholic Church (1974 Seneca St.). Admission is $3 at the door, while pizza and drink tickets run for $1 apiece.
Commentary: The more I talk to people about food, the more I realize how many pizza fanatics there are in Buffalo. Unless you live in South Buffalo, there's a strong chance you haven't embarked on a neighborhood pizza tour, and Saturday's event brings at least eight pizzerias to one place.
The Facebook event, which details which vendors will attend, is here, and proceeds from the event benefit Boy Scout Troop 60 of St. Teresa's parish. If you're feeling extra gluttonous, there's a pizza-eating contest at 2 p.m.
4) Sugar City Record Fair, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.). Admission is free.
Commentary: This is like a garage sale for music lovers -- local stores, record distributors and personal collectors will set up shop at the Niagara Street community art space, offering sought-after vinyl that will be swept up quickly. The Facebook event indicates that the gathering will be popular, as there's no more booth space available.
Commentary: The Sublime tribute band visits Buffalo nearly as much as Ron Hawkins does (I'm not convinced that Hawkins doesn't actually live here), but the Rhode Island punk band wouldn't keep booking shows here if they weren't drawing crowds.
If you're a person who absentmindedly hums "What I Got," then Town Ballroom is the place to be Saturday, even if the band isn't wearing fun Halloween costumes.
Commentary: Being post- anything just sounds cool: post-industrial, post-modern or post-rock, as El Ten Eleven is identified. Michael Farrell reminds us that two-man bands can work -- just ask the Black Keys and the White Stripes -- and Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty are multitasking instrumental wonders.
7) WNY Home and Garden Expo, noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 27; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center (5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg). Tickets for adults run for $7, and children under 10 get in for free.
Commentary: Chip Wade of HGTV's "Elbow Room" is the star guest slated to visit Hamburg at noon and 5 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, where he'll dispense his DIY wisdom. The expo's interactive floor plan is an incredibly useful tool, as well as a page that narrows the list of vendors by category. Over 25 wine and food vendors will be on hand, too.
Commentary: I'm clearly partial to Cookie Monster -- just ask my coworkers about my voluminous appetite and mounds of desk snacks -- but "Sesame Street Live" sends the whole cast of characters to Shea's and -- SPOILER -- Elmo might execute the "robot" dance from The Styx's "Mr. Roboto." Read Mary Friona-Celani's Mom Review to see how her kids responded to the furry spectacular (and no, that creature is neither itsy-bitsy nor a spider, in my eyes, at least.)
Commentary: This is the last weekend of the short winter pub crawl presented by Buffalo History Tours, which has evolved and improved after rocky moments of disorganization earlier in the season.
The price has dropped and the route has shortened, but cool parts of the experience -- learning the history of winter on the Erie Canal, as well as a brewery tour of Pearl Street -- remain.
10) Torey Thornton's "Sir Veil," artist's talk at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 26, exhibition runs from Feb. 27 to May 29 in Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.). Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and admission details can be found here.
Commentary: 26-year-old Brooklyn painter Torey Thornton is one of art's budding superstars, and curator Holly E. Hughes will collaborate with the artist for a chat on Friday night. From Colin Dabkowski's preview:
"His objects straddle the boundary between representation and abstraction. Is that a sprouting onion or a psychic representation of impossible anguish? Thornton wants you to stare and wonder for a while, and then to draw your own conclusions."Email Ben Tsujimoto, who's going to come at you like a spider monkey, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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