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If you see "The Sound of Music" at Shea's Performing Arts Center, you'll get a surprise. The star of the show isn't Maria. The star is the scenic designer. Let's look up his name: Douglas W. Schmidt. I have never seen sets this beautiful. In the final scene, as the Von Trapps are hiding at the abbey, Maria's former home, and dodging the Nazis who are pursuing them…

A dozen years ago, a play by and featuring New York University students and aspiring actresses Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira, “In the Continuum,” an intense and engrossing tale of women living with the HIV virus, was just a classroom project. An acclaimed staging of the work led to an Off-Broadway run and a subsequent national tour. Still in demand worldwide, “I…

"Here." Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. 878-6011. burchfieldpenney.org. $5-$10. Ever wonder what makes Buffalo special? How can we identify ourselves in a country as large as America? At the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, a new installation called "Here," shows, in pictures, just that. "In the Continuum." 4 p.m. Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave. 884-2…

Grief can lead the human mind to strange and self-defeating places. You have to be careful not to let it consume you, or you may wind up in a supernatural love triangle with a scam artist and a young male cancer patient who claims to be possessed by your dead wife. And I don't think you want that. This, as far as I can tell, is the lesson embedded in Ken Urban…

Sabres vs. Maple Leafs. 7 p.m. KeyBank Center, 1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza. 855-4100. keybankcenter.com. $77-$200. Come cheer on the Sabres as they take on rival Toronto. Bear Grillz. 8 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. 852-3900. townballroom.com. $20-$24. Mascots and masks are all the rage in electronic dance music these days, but Bear Grillz takes it to another level.…

The mere fact of combining the science of mathematics with the visceral power of live theater gives "Proof" an advantage. It is not every day – it is hardly any day – that one comes across a serious play that relies on math jokes to lighten the mood. But 15 years in since it won its Pulitzer and Tony Award, "Proof" doesn't need to prove its credentials. What it need…

I have a confession to make, and I invite you all to judge me for it: In more than three decades as a human being living in the United States, on the Planet Earth, I have somehow evaded "The Sound of Music," one of the most popular musicals in American history. My solution to solving a problem like Maria was to leave it to Maria. I would rather climb any mountain …

Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience. 7 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls, N.Y. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $25-$30. Who's Bad is the premiere Michael Jackson tribute act. Period. Featuring Broadway experience and attention to detail like no other production, this act has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in R&B and soul, and…

Mockstrocity Tour. 7 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $18-$22. Get ready for one of a unique concert experiences. Come see a McDonald's themed Black Sabbath tribute band (Mac Sabbath), a metal mariachi group (Metalachi), and a metal group based on Ned Flanders from the Simpsons (Okilly Dokilly) all in one place. "Funny Girl." 7 p.m. Rivi…

We're all used to receiving strange emails from dubious sources that sneak through our spam filters: Nigerian princes looking to unload their fortunes, solicitations for illicit services, purveyors of discount pharmaceuticals. But dead people? That's the suspicion of the main character in Ken Urban's spooky thriller "The Correspondent," a three-character play open…

On stage, Richard Hummert often played the heavy. But in the real world, the Buffalo character actor who died in December after undergoing heart surgery, was a softie. He was known for his easy sense of humor and a constant desire to connect with his colleagues in the Buffalo theater world and with friends scattered across the country. Many of those friends…

E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" could be the world's most perfect children's story. It has everything: life and death struggles, talking animals, a feisty little girl, gullible adults, and a terrific, radiant and humble pig named Wilbur. It also has literature's most unlikely heroine, the eloquent gray barn spider named Charlotte, who dedicates her short life to saving…

St. Patrick's Day Parade Party with House of Pain. Noon The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $15-$40. St. Patrick's Day Parade. Noon. Niagara Square, 1 Niagara Square. Free. Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Noon. The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, 414 Delaware Ave. 886-3300. mansionondelaware.com. $100-$125. St. Patrick's Day Cel…

There are certain phenomena Buffalonians must experience in their lifetimes. You have to eat at Mighty Taco. You have to watch the Turkey Trot. And you have to see Jimmy Janowski perform on the Buffalo United Artists stage. Until you do, the theater community regrets to inform you that your membership in the diehard Buffalonian club will be on hold. Fortunatel…

College Basketball Viewing Party. 10 a.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. buffaloironworks.com. $5. New York State Golden Gloves Semi-Finals. 3 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $25-$50. "The Seedbed." 3 and 7:30 p.m. Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main St. 853-4282. irishclassical.com. $41. “A View fr…