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Cult filmmaker John Waters will be bringing his brand of off-kilter holiday cheer to Buffalo at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave). The event was announced on Babeville's Facebook page where it says the event will be a "wild and unique holiday adventure." I can only imagine. Responsible for films including "Pink Flamingos," "Hairspray" and "C…

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As 2017 comes to a close, several local comedy venues are primed to help you laugh your way into the New Year. Babeville’s long-running comedy showcase series “Laugh and Other Drugs” returns for a special “It’s a Wonderful Laugh” holiday edition at 8 p.m. Dec. 28. Hosted by Kevin Thomas Jr., the December edition features a mix of local and native Buffalo talent, home fo…

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For years, Josh Potter has been honing his stand-up comedy chops in bars, rooms and clubs around the area. Now with a more than a few jokes in his heart, Potter took his talents to Los Angeles this year to take the next step in his comedy journey. The former 103.3 The Edge radio personality returns to Buffalo for the holidays and a number of stand-up shows over the next tw…

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Hollerado, 7 p.m. Nov. 16, the Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $16 - $19. Since Waiting Room and its upstairs Studio closed earlier this fall, the Leopard Lounge, Town Ballroom's intimate front room, has seen quite the uptick in activity. If you have yet to check the space out, then maybe the latest visit from Hollerado would be a good enough excuse. …

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Last seen in Buffalo in April 2016, the Mountain Goats have announced a quick return to town at 7 p.m. April 20 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). The veteran California-bred outfit, which features much revered singer-songwriter John Darinelle in addition to John Wurster of the cult-radio program "The Best Show" on drums, will be again on the road in suppo…

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There are plenty of laughs to be found locally during the first full week of October. Here are our best bets: For decades, comedian and entertainer John Witherspoon has been a familiar face on stage, television and films. He’s well known for his role as Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” film comedy series, and has also appeared in the films “Boomerang” and “Hollywood Sh…

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Dan Bern, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $15-$20. Ithaca-based promoter Dan Smalls has presented a wide range of acts - from big-name musicians to under-the-radar bands - in the Buffalo area since breaking into the market a few years back. His latest local presentation is Iowa-born singer-songwriter Dan Bern. Dubbed one of the many "next …

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As June comes to a close, it’s another busy comedy week for Buffalo. Here are our top picks: Paula Poundstone, 7 p.m. June 30 at Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Many people remember Poundstone from the comedy boom of the 1980s. She’s still hitting stand-up stages, has released a  new book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness,”…

Diverse folk act Saintseneca has scheduled a return to Buffalo with a gig set for 8 p.m. July 11 in the 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). The Columbus, Ohio five-piece will once again settle into Babeville's cozy basement venue the 9th Ward, the site of the critical darlings' last area show back in 2015. The band just shared new video for the one-off single …

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Ready to get your laugh on? There are several comedy options for you this weekend. • Former “Def Comedy Jam” and “Queens of Comedy” star Adele Givens headlines a weekend of shows at Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi). A Chicago native, Givens quickly won a comedy contest in the Windy City and went on to be featured in HBO’s long-running “Def Comedy Jam” series. She als…

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Critical darlings the New Pornographers have announced a welcome return to Buffalo with a performance set for 8 p.m. July 25 in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). Featuring acclaimed songwriters A.C. Newman, Neko Case and Dan Bejar, the Vancouver supergroup has been releasing record after record of intelligent and addictive power-pop since sharing its debut al…

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Critically-acclaimed songwriter Conor Oberst is set to make his return to Buffalo at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). The Omaha musician, long known for his work under the Bright Eyes moniker as well as with acts like Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk, has had a busy calendar year. He just released his latest album, the robust, fleshed ou…

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K. Flay, 8 p.m. March 2, Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), $15-$18. Genre-blending pop artist K. Flay (aka Kristine Flaherty) will start the Buffalo weekend early as she makes her Waiting Room debut. Her ear-catching 2014 debut record "Life as a Dog," a collection of edgy indie that weaved together rap, electronic and a little punk, landed the young musician key open…

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Indie psych-pop vet of Montreal is set to return to Buffalo for a show at 8 p.m. April 26 in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). Led by brainchild Kevin Barnes, the Georgia-rooted band's sound has changed as frequently as its revolving-door lineup. Since sprouting up 1997, the flamboyant Barnes (the group's sole original member) and crew have steadily released …

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Matt Pryor and Dan Andriano are set to team up for a co-headlining solo showcase at 8 p.m. March 22 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Pryor, best known as the frontman to the Midwestern emo stalwarts the Get Up Kids (and later the mellower side project the New Amsterdams), has been a fixture of the genre since the Kansas City, Mo. band emerged in the mid …