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In Italy, they would say it musically, something like: "GUER-chee-oh." Western New Yorkers say it, no-frills, "GURSH-ee-oh." Why stand by formalities? We're family. Guercio & Sons has presided over Grant Street for more than half a century. When weather permits, you can shop under awnings on the sidewalk in front of the store. Apples, pears, eggplant and cauli…

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Pianist Konrad Skolarski embraces rich, Romantic repertoire. His no-holds-barred approach won him high praise from one of Poland's great musicians, Kryzsztof Penderecki. "A great virtuoso of the piano," Penderecki reportedly said. Audiences and critics seem to agree. Skolarski, born in 1980 in Warsaw, Poland, grew up in a musical family and performed a Bach concerto …

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Born in Buffalo in 1905, Harold Arlen never grows old. Celebrate his songs at 2 p.m. Nov. 5, when the Theatre of Youth (203 Allen St. in the historic Allendale Theater), plays host to an Arlen tribute featuring the Buffalo Jazz Collective. In an afternoon of singing, moving and learning, you'll enjoy "Over the Rainbow," "I've Got the World on a String," "Come Rain or Come …

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"The Godfather," released in 1972, is turning 45. Celebrations are in order. At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4, the Screening Room Cinema Cafe at the Boulevard Mall is presenting special 45th anniversary screenings. The screenings are preceded by festivities. At 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3, for $20 (includes movie) taste beer by Flying Bison and enjoy Artisan Pizza by Isa Bella Pizza. At …

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It's hard to imagine conductor Michael Tilson Thomas at retirement age. When he led the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he was a boy wonder. Tilson Thomas announced Oct. 31 that, in June 2020, he would be stepping down as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. The 2019-2020 season will mark his 75th birthday. It will also mark his 25th year leading the San Franci…

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The Oishei Children’s Hospital Lullaby Contest is about to be put to bed. Several months ago, the hospital put out a wake-up call to local musicians, inviting them to try their hand at performing the famous Lullaby of the German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms. The winning performer will win $1,500 in cash and the opportunity for an audio recording of their song to …

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Halloween'ed out? Dodge the jack o'lanterns and trick-or-treaters and head Oct. 31 to the Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St., University Plaza, Amherst). At 7 p.m., the Buffalo Film Seminars, led by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, will be screening the 1990 Meryl Streep movie "Postcards From The Edge." Carrie Fisher's darkly humorous account of her struggles with addiction …

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Oh, man. That's what I kept saying, watching the Coffee Concert edition of Cirque de la Symphonie at Kleinhans Music Hall. A troupe of top-notch cirque performers -- Russian, by the look of their names -- are joining the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell for a glittering variety of crazy stunts. I thought it would be good…

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You know a giant scary monster can hatch out of a tiny egg? That's the story of Frightworld, America's Screampark. It began 16 years ago as a back yard haunted house. Every year, it grew. Now, still locally owned, it boasts five houses of horrors: the Eerie State Asylum; Camp Massacre; Grind House; Insanity; and the dreaded Night Stalkers. Horror connoisseurs rate Frig…

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It is almost the witching hour -- but not quite. The weekend before Halloween offers a wealth of chances to celebrate this dark and atmospheric time of year with style and a touch of elegance. Here are some options to consider. This is the perfect time of year to try something different. Supernatural rumors swirl around the Buffalo Central Terminal, a place of awe-i…

Viva Vivaldi, the popular annual festival of music from the Baroque and beyond, is set to start its 39th season. The set of four concerts feature the Ars Nova Musicians, led by Marylouise Nanna. In accordance with long tradition, it takes place in four different churches, on four consecutive Sundays. The festival kicks off on Oct. 29, at the Unitarian Universalist Ch…

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The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum Porter Hall sounds magical, like a setting in a Victorian novel. And occasionally when he is working there, caretaker Thomas Stocklosa thinks it is haunted. "I was downstairs, and I heard footsteps up above," he said, his words at odds with the bright Monday morning. "And nobody was up there." He shook his head. "I'm sure I heard f…

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"New Kid," opening at the Theatre of Youth, wants to show us the immigration experience from the inside out. And so the play throws us a twist. Only Nick, the "new kid" -- who comes from an undisclosed country just called "Homeland" -- speaks in intelligible English. The people who surround him in his new land all speak what sounds like gibberish. The play is especiall…

Buffalo's intimate, rococo Kavinoky Theatre is nestled in a beautiful hall on the campus of D'Youville College -- a hall some have whispered is haunted. Is it really? Find out when you are invited to look around, and enjoy haunting readings as you do so. You'll meet Mary Shelley reading from "Frankenstein," as well as other departed authors, and a surprise visitor. Literar…

Nickel City Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love," scheduled for Nov. 8 at Babeville and Nov. 9 at the Fredonia Opera House, has been postponed.  The company's production of Richard Wargo's comedy "The Music Shop," taking place in Springville Center For the Arts at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 and at Nichols School's Flickinger Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. N…