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1) Kevin Hart, 7 p.m. May 6 in KeyBank Center. Tickets are $39 to $129 and may be purchased here. Commentary: How many comedians can jam-pack an arena? While one day that might have been Aziz Ansari or Chris Rock, it's now undoubtedly Hart, who sold out two then-First Niagara performances in 2015 and hasn't lost his stride. From the "Ride Along" movies to "Get Hard" …

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Intrepid Travelers' Nietzsche's residency, Cinco en Mayo 9 p.m. at 248 Allen St. $7 at the door. There's a show each Thursday in May. Improv-heavy Buffalo band Intrepid Travelers celebrates its fifth anniversary as a band with a five-show residency in Nietzsche's beginning Thursday, with shows following on May 10, 17, 24 and 31. In his interview with The News' Jeff …

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is planning a splash. The orchestra is taking a proven hit, Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," and pairing it with a new concerto by an old friend, Finnish composer Jaakko Kuusisto. Kuusisto came to town in 2015 when the Philharmonic performed the United States premiere of his bright-timbred Violin Concerto during the 2015 Finn Fest. Wh…

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Prepare to pounce, local concertgoers. In celebration of National Concert Week, Live Nation will offer $20 tickets to 20 select summer shows at Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Corfu). The promotion began in 2015 and enters its fourth year. The special rate began Monday and runs through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. The Live Nation release also reinforces …

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OHMME, 7 p.m. May 4, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $8. Experimental indie duo OHMME is set to make its Buffalo debut Friday at Mohawk Place. A mainstay of the Chicago music scene boasting working credits with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and Whitney already on its resume, the pair just finished touring with Wilco frontman and fellow Illinois musician …

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Five years ago, I attended a funeral for a friend who'd gone way too soon. At the conclusion of the service, that friend's son and his high school buddies played the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace," and if there was a dry eye in the house, it certainly wasn't one of mine. Today, that band of friends is known as Intrepid Travelers, and as they launch a five-show weekl…

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Minus the Bear with Coathangers 8 p.m. in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $25 in advance, $29 at the door. This Seattle-born indie rock outfit released "Planet of Ice" in 2007, marking a significant expansion of their already adventurous sound with the addition of keyboardist Alex Rose to the ranks. Now, the band has launched a tour to celebrate the album'…

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1. Brian Eno, "1971-77 – The Man Who Fell To Earth" The first-ever documentary film covering Eno's game-changing contributions to popular music is playing now on Amazon Prime, and it's awesome. ----- 2. Can, "Tago Mago" The German outfit's 1971 album still sounds like music from the future. It is best enjoyed on vinyl, but can be found now on Spotify. …

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Dennis Kim, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's concertmaster, is going to be leaving. He has been appointed concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony, based in Orange County, Calif. He begins in September for the start of the orchestra's 40th anniversary season. Kim, 43, was appointed to the BPO post in spring 2015. Born in Korea, Kim grew up in Canada and was t…

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Offbeat alt-rock act They Might Be Giants will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). No stranger to Buffalo with shows at the Tralf Music Hall, the Showplace Theater and La Salle Park over the years, the engaging live act will return to the Theatre District venue more than 10 years after last taking its stage. The longtime geek-pop (and occasi…

It was, said Jonathan Yardley at the time in the Washington Post, "a confession, however unwitting, of the cultural establishment's hostility to the new and the different and the unsanctioned. It was a narrow-minded judgement by a narrow-minded group of men." That was written in 1965 in response to the refusal of the Pulitzer Prize's 11-member oversight board to give th…

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Graycliff Estate opens for the season Tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby. Basic tours are $18 for adults, $12 for students and free for members. Each basic tour lasts 75 minutes. Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate, constructed in the 1920s for the family of Buffalo businessman Darwin D. Martin, was supposed to be a simple, lakeside cotta…

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Made Violent with Ugly Sun, Cold Fronts 7:30 p.m. in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. This Buffalo-born trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Joe White, guitarist Rob Romano and drummer Justin Acee has dragged its garage rock/punk hybrid around the country - and even as far as the UK - in the process becoming a juggernaut of…

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Fairy and Gnome Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.). Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+ with ID) and $6 for kids ages 3-12. Garden members and kids 2 years old and younger get in free. Costumed attendees get $1 off admission. The Fairy and Gnome Fest in the Botanical Gardens …

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Enjoying live music on Tuesday evenings in the summer on a blanket with wine and snacks is a tradition for many in the Elmwood Village and beyond. The free Picnic in the Parkway Summer Concert Series, presented by the Elmwood Village Association, returns for another year, running weekly from June 19 to Aug. 14. The Tuesday shows, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., take place o…