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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 Frigh…

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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-in…

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 especially…

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. No…

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Buffalo's Harmonia Chamber Singers have two ambitious events planned. Led by Rev. Robert Duerr, guest conductor, the choir is reaching for the next level with music ranging from the medieval era to modern times. "The Road Home" takes place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and is described as "a requiem for those we love." The concert, without intermission, is designed to unfold sea…

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In the 1960s and '70s, the musical avant-garde flourished in Buffalo, exemplified by the Creative Associates at the University at Buffalo. Its shock waves reached Kleinhans Music Hall, where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's music director, Lukas Foss, embraced the experimentation. That old spirit lives on in the concert series called "A Musical Feast." Organizers de…

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The lengthening shadows, the early darkness, the scent of cinnamon, it can all mean only one thing. The year is turning into a pumpkin. Embrace it. We brag about our seasons here in Buffalo, and now is the time to celebrate that. Find a big orange gourd, throw your arms around it, heft it up and haul it home. Sure, you can find pumpkins at any supermarket. But for be…

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Bill Murray packed them in Wednesday in Kleinhans Music Hall. All ages were there, filling the seats to the rafters. And all night, that packed hall was silent. It wasn't just the star power, that it was Bill Murray, whom everyone knows from movies, before us on the Kleinhans stage. I think everyone got over that in five minutes. It was that the evening was so unu…

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Two priceless violins owned by a philanthropic Buffalo couple are stopping home for a visit, thanks to a party planned by WNED Classical 94.5 FM. The station, celebrating 40 years of broadcasting the music of the masters, is importing two high-wattage violinists to perform at a gala at the WNED studios at 3 p.m. Nov. 4. The guest violinists are Augustin Hadelich and Tim…

Buffalo is seeing the wild side of Dennis Kim, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's concertmaster, this weekend. Kim is the soloist in the entertaining Violin Concerto by Philip Glass. Actually, we are seeing the wild side of the entire orchestra. Music Director JoAnn Falletta at the helm, the BPO is performing a bang-up concert of soulful but showy American music. It c…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is anticipating a Poland spring. In March 2018, the orchestra is traveling to Poland to perform in four cities, in four of the nation's most acclaimed concert halls. It is the orchestra's first overseas tour since 1988. The tour was announced Saturday before the BPO's concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. The centerpiece of the tour will…

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Birds, do it, bees do it. Turtles, deer, and black-capped chickadees do it. Let's do it. Let's go to Tifft. Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., is a kind of miracle, a home for wildlife in the heart of what was once industrial Buffalo. There, a tweet is a bird call, not something that pops up on your phone. Tifft is home to a cattail marsh and all kinds of…