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This week’s free entertainment as part of the 45th Annual M&T Bank Plaza Event Series starts with “In Jest,” a comedy variety show with Nels Ross, on July 28.The shows run from noon to 1 p.m. at One M&T Plaza, Main at Division Street.Also this week, the series will feature the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on July 29; “Back to the Bars” on July 30; members of Le…

The Neglia Ballet Artists are dancing with purpose Thursday in Nichols School’s Flickinger Performing Arts Center. They are raising money for TargetCancer, a foundation that works to spur research on rare cancers. TargetCancer was founded by the late Paul Poth, a supporter of the Neglia Ballet Artists and an alumnus of Nichols School. He died in 2009 of a rare cance…

The Neglia Ballet Artists are dancing with purpose Thursday in Nichols School’s Flickinger Performing Arts Center. They are raising money for TargetCancer, a foundation that works to spur research on rare cancers. TargetCancer was founded by the late Paul Poth, a supporter of the Neglia Ballet Artists and an alumnus of Nichols School. He died in 2009 of a rare cancer doc…

When Moscow Festival Ballet took the Mainstage in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on Tuesday night in “Don Quixote,” I experienced a feeling of déjà vu as if I had seen this Russian touring company before. Apart from a few personnel changes, essentially I did last March at UB in “Swan Lake,” only then it was called the Ru…

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen it, there’s something so right about “Romeo and Juliet.” Whether in William Shakespeare’s original verse, Leonard Bernstein’s adapted “West Side Story,” or Sergei Prokofiev’s haunting ballet, performed Friday night in a collaborative production between Neglia …

A mainstay of classical American modern dance, the 68-year-old Limón Dance Company brought a mix of old and new to the Mainstage Theatre at UB Center for the Arts Friday night. The entertaining program led off with company namesake José Limón’s 1958 group work “Mazurkas” set to a suite of music by Frederic Chopin. The upbeat work layered…

Romeo and Juliet, in Serge Prokofiev’s tragic ballet, never get a second chance. But anyone who missed the Neglia Ballet Artists’ acclaimed performance of the ballet in 2011 gets a second chance to see it when the Neglia reprises the production, joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Shea’s Performing Arts Center.Sergio Neglia stars agai…

Romeo and Juliet, in Serge Prokofiev’s tragic ballet, never get a second chance. But anyone who missed the Neglia Ballet Artists’ acclaimed performance of the ballet in 2011 gets a second chance to see it when the Neglia reprises the production, joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Shea’s Performing Arts Center.Sergio Ne…

Aerial dance is finally coming in from the fringe. The demanding discipline, which began to gain traction in the 1970s and has remained largely outside the mainstream, was the central appeal of pop singer Pink’s recent performance at the Grammy Awards. Closer to home, aerial dance played a major role in Buffalo Laboratory Theatre’s production of “Cyran…

One of Western New York’s oldest productions of “The Nutcracker,” Greater Niagara Ballet Company’s 36th annual version of the ballet, filled the stage of the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School on Saturday afternoon, mixing “Nutcracker” tradition with a very kid-friendly slant. Choreographed by ballet company founde…

Four stars from the “Brady Bunch” – the three boys and Cindy – will reunite tonight at the World’s Largest Disco.Barry Williams, Chris Knight, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen – Greg, Peter, Bobby and Cindy – will join partiers at the 20th anniversary bash tonight at the Convention Center.Disco queen Gloria Gaynor, known for her hits, “I Will Survive” and …

Four stars from the “Brady Bunch” – the three boys and Cindy – will reunite tonight at the World’s Largest Disco.Barry Williams, Chris Knight, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen – Greg, Peter, Bobby and Cindy – will join partiers at the 20th anniversary bash tonight at the Convention Center.Disco queen Gloria Gaynor, known for her hits, “I Will Survive” and …

  Adding sparkle to this rainy Buffalo weekend is "Doctor" John Bisci, the DJ of the long-gone disco Club 747, immortalized in the above video. Bisci now lives and works in Las Vegas and he was in town on business.  Doctor John is not to be confused with the bluesman Dr. John! Originally, Bisci told Buzz, he worried when he was told to take th…

Do I hear a waltz?It’s a question you might ask at midnight in Paris. It’s not a question you expect to be asking at 8 a.m. at Eastern Hills Mall, in front of a Dollar Store and a Payless Shoe Source that have not yet opened for the day.But that is exactly where and when, several mornings a week, Tony and Laura Pegnia whirl around the floor.On this one, Johann Strauss…

Do I hear a waltz?It’s a question you might ask at midnight in Paris. It’s not a question you expect to be asking at 8 a.m. at Eastern Hills Mall, in front of a Dollar Store and a Payless Shoe Source that have not yet opened for the day.But that is exactly where and when, several mornings a week, Tony and Laura Pegnia whirl around the floor.On this one, Johann Strauss…