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If a play is any good, it will always cause critics to marvel at its continued relevance long after the date of its first production. See: Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen, Miller, Albee. See also: Diana Son, whose 1998 play "Stop Kiss," about the precursor and aftermath of a brutal hate crime against two New York City women, is now running in a jarring Subversive Theatre C…

Alleyway Theatre’s “Buffalo Quickies” one-act play festival is en route to becoming my favorite annual theater event. While I often take issue with the quality of work on Alleyway’s stage, whether under-rehearsed or unchallenging, “Quickies” has bloomed into quite a spring flower. Director Joyce Stilson’s curation has gotten more discerning. Not one play i…

1) Blizzard Ball, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (453 Porter Ave.). Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The Allentown Association presents a party to celebrate Buffalo's resilience against historic winter storms, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of '77. While the open bar from 8 to midnight, two DJs and foo…

Head North. 6 p.m. The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Local pop-punk band with a high-energy show and fan base. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $10-$12. The Strictly Hip. 7 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Tragically Hip tribute band plays the set list from Marine Midland Arena on Feb. 10, 1999. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $10-$12. "It Shoulda Been You." 7:30…

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 …

It is hard to imagine a more perfectly timed production of a play than Torn Space Theater’s staging of Harold Pinter’s “The Collection.” It is too strange of a connection, or too perfect of one. Characteristic of Pinter’s work, it’s confrontational, unsettling, even disorienting. Time moves at its own uneven pace. Comedy and drama turn on each other like foe…

Coin. 6:30 p.m. Studio @ Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Up-and-coming indie-pop band. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $12-$15. Elliot Scozzaro. 7 p.m. PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. Show featuring sax soloist focuses on Brazilian composers. 697-9069. pausaarthouse.com. $7. Hallwalls’ MidWinter Drawing Rally. 7 p.m. Asbury Hall at Babeville. 341 Delaware Ave.…

Few cities celebrate their theater with as much fanfare as Buffalo, where the Theatre District Association's annual Curtain Up! event recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Last September, the season-opening gala and street party drew the attention of the American Theatre Wing, the organization responsible for producing the Tony and Obie awards. A Theatre Wing crew…

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…

Early on Saturday morning, two gay men were assaulted outside a pizzeria on Allen Street. At least one of their assailants used an anti-gay slur during the attack, which left one of the victims with a swollen eye and the other with a split lip. It is unclear to what extent the attack was motivated by anti-gay sentiment, but its message is clear: It remains dangerous t…

"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…

The Johnny Cash tribute show “Ring of Fire” circles back to its roots on the 710 Theatre stage, sounding even better and fresher than when it debuted more than a decade ago. It even sounds better and fresher than when the same group of players presented the show a year ago for a well-received run at MusicalFare. The wonderfully talented ensemble enjoys the kind o…

"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…