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If the first few weeks of July are any indication, there is a comedy show designed to appeal to everyone. Fans of traditional standup comedy should check out Sommore, who performs at 8 p.m. July 8 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Sommore has taken her comedy with sets on “ComicView,” “Def Comedy Jam” and the “Queens of Comedy” tour to the s…

Given the current political climate, it only seems right for Bill Maher to get back on the road. The comedian's latest batch of speaking engagements will include a welcome return to Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. The boundary-pushing Maher has been hosting his hot-button talk show "Real Time" on HBO for the last 14 years. His combina…

The Queen of hip-hop, Mary J. Blidge, will bring her "Strength of a Woman Live" tour to Buffalo at 8 p.m. Aug 4 in Shea's Performing Art (646 Main St.). The long-time R&B musician, who debuted in 1992 with her freshman album "What's the 411?," will be on tour in support of her just-released album, the well received "Strength of a Woman." Lalah Hathaway opens the sho…

Not only is the Ultimate Fighting Championship making its long anticipated return to Buffalo with a major card at KeyBank Center on April 8, but fight-night commentator, podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan will tickle funny bones with two shows at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on April 7. Mixed-martial arts and comedy have always been a part of Rogan’s life. He began …

Western New York has always dreamed big. But in 1926, we dreamed REALLY big. That year saw the unveiling of two creations so dizzyingly elaborate that mere words and pictures cannot do them justice. They must be seen in person, which is why both are on our 100 Things list. One is Our Lady of Victory Basilica, built by Father Nelson Baker. Visiting this mammoth churc…

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…

When Brian Herberger was growing up in North Buffalo, he loved watching comedy. But Herberger thought the closest he could come to it in Western New York was getting a job as a bartender to watch local stand-up shows. Now Herberger will tell jokes in front of thousands of people when he opens for Sebastian Maniscalco on March 25 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. He’…

While many people are buying tickets to see Buffalo native Brian Herberger open at Shea's Performing Arts Center, headliner Sebastian Maniscalco is enough to move sales on his own. Billing himself as “half-Sicilian, half Italian,”  Maniscalco is ready to bring the laughs to the sold-out Shea’s comedy show March 25. The Chicago-born comedian moved to Los Angeles …

Before "Hamilton" racked up 11 Tony wins on Sunday, it was already the hottest ticket on Broadway. Now it's scalding, with official tickets topping out at $849 and secondary market prices soaring into the stratosphere. So, for Buffalo theater fans dying for a chance to see the most popular Broadway show in recent memory, the question is obvious: When will "Hamilton" com…

Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, two high-spirited muralists from Baltimore known for their bold, geometric style, are well on their way to completing a new commission on the side of the 710 Main Theatre. I caught up with the pair this morning as they were putting down the mural's first layer: Unterhalter and Truhn arrived last week to start the mural and have spen…

Dave Chappelle will be delivering a rather last-minute performance at 7 p.m. May 22 in Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). The performer rose to fame in the early 2000s with his popular yet short lived sketch comedy show "Chappelle’s Show." Following his sudden retirement from the show just three seasons later, the comedian would make a number of unannounce…

Brit Floyd, dubbed "The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show," will bring its "Space & Time" World Tour to Buffalo's Theatre District at 8 p.m. April 12 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Led by musical director, guitarist and vocalist Damian Darlington (formerly of the Australian Pink Floyd Show), the large cast of revolving musicians aims to bring a visual…

Brit Floyd, dubbed "The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show," will bring its "Space & Time" World Tour to Buffalo's Theatre District at 8 p.m. April 12 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Led by musical director, guitarist and vocalist Damian Darlington (formerly of the Australian Pink Floyd Show), the large cast of revolving musicians aims to bring a visual…

1) Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day parade, noon to 5 p.m. March 19, begins at the Valley Community Association (93 Leddy St.). Free to watch the parade and to enjoy the festivities. Commentary: Maybe it's the route that winds through the Valley and Old First Ward neighborhoods, which lends a historic feel to Saturday's parade and lends a strong sense of authenticity. M…

There’s nothing dutiful about “Beautiful.” As jukebox musicals go – which is to say not usually very far – this engrossing retelling of the life and career of Carole King far outshines, outpaces and outperforms “Jersey Boys,” the previous record holder for formula-driven musical success. The show, fueled by Abby Mueller’s extraordinary performance in the l…