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The universality of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" has always been a bit of a surprise to me. It seems too American a play to conquer the known world--too specifically mercantile and, frankly, too conspicuously "New York" and Jewish. But it's so good and so universally applicable to a faltering old man to whom "attention must be paid" that it seems every culture …

Time and Distance. 6 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Pop-punk headliners with a wide array of support acts. 312-9279. buffalosmohawkplace.com. $7-$10. Pop Evil. 7 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. Billboard charting hard-rock band. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $22-$25. Led Zeppelin: "The Song Remains the Same." 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster …

Jack Civiletto & Friends. 2 p.m. Shannon Pub, 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. The music of Frank Sinatra. 743-9348. shannonpub.com. Free. Lumagination. 6 p.m. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Interactive exhibit that showcases the architecture and horticulture collections. 827-1584. buffalogardens.com. $6-$14. "Co…

A visit from Itzhak Perlman is a rarity, and something to celebrate. The last time I remember seeing him here was in 2003, when he played a delicate Mozart concerto. Acknowledging the passionate applause at Kleinhans Music Hall, he played an encore, the theme from "Schindler's List." He was the soloist heard in the movie, and it was moving to hear him play the music in pe…

The Winter Celebration of the Three Stooges kicks off at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. The showing of seven Stooge shorts will be preceded by an organ concert on the theater's Mighty Wurlitzer starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and under. The main Stoogefest, which happens in late Augu…

We could all use a little Jefferson Smith right now – and Jimmy Stewart is on his way. "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," the inspiring 1939 Frank Capra comedy-drama, will be shown at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at the North Park Theatre. The movie, which is on the National Film Registry, stars Stewart as the naive head of a small-town Boy Rangers group  who is picked for…

Bill Murray and Kristen Wiig, it seems, tell pretty much the same story. There are plans afoot to make an American adaptation of "Toni Erdmann," the hugely praised German comedy that is the likely winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar on Feb. 26. But Murray blew it big time, as he tells the tale. He misplaced both Wiig's feeler about the lead role as well as the screene…

“XX” is a horror anthology stunner in which each story is memorable. How often does that happen? Even strong anthologies like “XX” antecedents “V/H/S” and “V/H/S 2” had lesser segments. In “XX,” however, every tale is smart, visually stunning and surprisingly moving. This is the result of bringing together five extraordinary artists, all of whom, in …

Tammy Pescatelli. 7:30 p.m. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. Top five finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and Netflix star hits the stage for one night only. 853-1211. buffalo.heliumcomedy.com. $20. Cherub. 7 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Electronic indie duo from Nashville plays Valentine’s day show. 852-3900. townballroom.com. $20-$25. "Casabla…

"John Wick: Chapter 2" is the best action movie in town right now. Far and away. Lovers of Chopsocky back in the day should know that it practically out-Hong Kongs Hong Kong. It does so with a lot of portentous, stripped-down plot about a large, complex organization of underworld assassins that have their own currency and their own luxury hotels, gun-makers, tailors (th…

The Walden Galleria is turning "Grey" starting Friday - and that's a good thing. In celebration of the premiere of "Fifty Shades Darker," opening Friday at area theaters including the Regal Walden Galleria, mall restaurants and bars are offering specials for a girls' night out - or the perfect date night. The film continues the love story of Christian Grey (played by Ja…

Some people like to pretend we love sex but it's not really true in America. What we Americans love is talking about sex, reading about it, arguing about it and watching it in cursory, highly diluted form on screens of various sizes. We love disapproving of the sex other people have -- the ways they go about it and the chaos it may bring into their lives. That's why E.L…

“The Lego Batman Movie” is a meta cannon blast of frenetic energy and visual insanity, a film that tiptoes on the edge of being utterly exhausting but just manages to stay satisfying. It throws everything — and I mean everything — but a Lego kitchen sink onscreen, and does so with a wink. Above all else, it makes Batman fun again, and boy, was that needed. Follo…

"Paterson" is a likable but very minor film about what is, for some, a major subject. The major subject is American poetry and the love it inspires – especially love for the great poetry of William Carlos Williams, whose influence suffuses the whole film. Paterson is the name of the bus driver at the center of the film. He's played by Adam Driver, an actor whose shag…