"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." 11:30 a.m. North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave. Frank Capra classic stars Jimmy Stewart as a naive young man thrown into the middle of political corruption. $7.50 "It Shoulda Been You." 2:30 p.m. O’Connell & Co., 4625 Harlem Road, Amherst. O’Connell & Co. production of the hit Broadway musical comedy. 848-0800. oconnellandcomp…

I've never seen "24," the celebrated TV drama starring Kiefer Sutherland. Count me in the nation's small minority. Not my cup of tea. Sutherland the Actor has never made much of an impression on me, despite having been in some impressionable films. "Stand By Me," "The Lost Boys" and both "Young Guns" caught the rabid attention of many a budding bad boy back in the 1980s…

You hear this question a lot, pertaining especially to classical music: Why go to concerts? Why not stay home and listen to music on your own? This weekend's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert is why. The concert's main feature is Brahms' "A German Requiem." It's a massive choral work, rich and warm as only Brahms can be, and it was created to be heard live, …

CLASSICAL Ralph Vaughan Williams, "The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams" performed by pianists Mark Bebbington and Rebecca Omordia (Somm) Wait a minute. You mean to say there's an important body of piano music written by one of the most beloved of all 20th century composers, whose Symphonies, "Greensleeves" and Thomas Tallis fantasias, "The Lark Ascending' and m…

"Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder."  2 and 8 p.m. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Touring production of Tony Award-winning musical. $30–$85. Read Ben Siegel's review here. Tim Britt Band. 3 p.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. Enjoy classic rock and drinks after the Sabres game. 200-1893. buffaloironworks.com. Free. "It Shoulda Been You." 7…

If you just read the title above, don't be too freaked out. The massive pond hockey tournament is the city's marquee event this weekend, but mental images of Cupid dashing about scantily clad, followed by whatever your mind stumbles upon when it processes "alien abduction," likely have you both intrigued and concerned. It will all be OK. Only two major events are sol…

Geoff Tate. 7 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. Former Queensryche singer will perform songs from all 17 albums in his career. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $25- $57. Parking Lot Tuna. 8 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. A tribute to Sublime. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $10-$12. Josh Wolf. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. …

In October 2016, the legendary Jackie Jocko stopped playing the piano at E.B. Green's, the steakhouse at the Hyatt. The break turned out to be indefinite. Recently, it was announced that E.B. Green's would be closing and replaced by a chain, Morton's Steakhouse. On March 9, though, both parties will be involved in what appears to be a kind of last hurrah together …

Will Holton is part of a new generation of Buffalo musicians who blend the influence of gospel learned in Baptist churches with more secular sounds. He and local musicians rehearse for "Love Cadenza III" at the Metropolitan Entertainment Complex.

JAZZ Virginia Schenck, "Aminata Moseka: An Abbey Lincoln Tribute" (Airborne Ecstasy) Abbey Lincoln was unquestionably a great jazz figure. She was not, though, a great jazz singer. But then neither -- strictly as a beautiful producer of vocal sound -- was Billie Holiday. In both cases, their voices often produced thin, unbeautiful sounds that were close to squawks. T…

CLASSICAL Scriabin, The Complete Piano Sonatas performed by Peter Donohoe (Somm, two discs) An oddity of the piano sonatas of Alexander Scriabin is that, for magnificent music that is as distinctive as it is, there are a vast number of ways to perform them. Personalities of complete sets of them are very different. The cold, technical perfection of Roberto Szidon …

Vanity Strikes. 6 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Rochester metalcore band brings the heavy. 312-9279. buffalosmohawkplace.com. $10-$15. Dinner and Blues. 6:30 p.m. Armor Inn, 5381 Abbott Road., Hamburg. Live blues music hosted by Anita West of 97 Rock. 202-1315. armorinn.com. Free. "Heaven Can Wait." 6 p.m. (dinner),  7:30 p.m. show. Desiderio’s Dinner Theatr…

OneRepublic will be joined by Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur for the 2017 Honda Civic Tour, driving into town for a show at 7 p.m. July 27 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated quintet's latest effort, "Oh My," was released in the fall of 2016 and showcased the hits "Wherever I Go," "Kids" and "Let's Hurt Tonight." OneRe…

The first thing you notice is the disarming smile, even before you hear the man play his saxophone. Will Holton just plain beams. And when he does start to play, you get the sense that he is trying to translate that warm, engaging smile through his music. That his intent is to spread joy. That he's not up there to venerate his own ego. Holton - who brings "Love Ca…