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If brevity is the soul of wit, then Demetri Martin is as soulful as they come. The Los Angeles comedian is known for his absurdist humor and turns of phrase that have made him a comedy star. Martin brings his  “Let’s Get Awkward” tour to the area at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. A former correspondent for “The Daily Show,…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and LehrerDance are looking east for inspiration. At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, at UB's Center For the Arts, they will be joining forces for a new interpretation of Hermann Hesse's novel "Siddhartha." Jon Lehrer, the founder and director of LehrerDance, and BPO Resident Conductor Stefan Sanders both worked to develop the piece. They read the …

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It’s probably just a coincidence, but comedian Jeff Jefferies is set to visit Buffalo in February as part of his “Unusual Punishment” tour. The Australian funny man first came to prominence after he was attacked onstage while performing. That story made it into his DVD special, “Contraband,” and he later gained even greater fame after an HBO comedy special. Hi…

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With a unique look, voice and material, comedian Steven Wright is one of those performers that after seeing him once, you will never forget him. His stand-up career includes various specials and the albums, “I Have a Pony” and “I Still Have a Pony.” He’s also acted, written and directed various projects, including his 1989 Academy Award-winning short film “The …

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Devotees of Tedeschi Trucks Band know the band’s catalog, can sing along with its lyrics and, dependent on the tune, relish the chance to histrionically (and inaccurately) strum air guitar. They also know the collective’s stunning combination of vocal beauty and instrumental brilliance via wife-husband combination Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks is as rare as it is tr…

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Colin Mochrie has made a career of making it up as he goes along – literally. An accomplished comedic improviser who’s worked with the famed Second City troupe in Toronto and featured on the ABC show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, Mochrie talked up the mantra of improv, “Yes, and …,” during a recent phone interview. “Yes, and …” allows improv performers…

Comedy

Colin Mochrie has made a career of making it up as he goes along – literally. An accomplished comedic improviser who’s worked with the famed Second City troupe in Toronto and featured on the ABC show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, Mochrie talked up the mantra of improv, “Yes, and …,” during a recent phone interview. “Yes, and …” allows improv performers…

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Postponed by Buffalo’s November storm of 2014, “The Rite of Spring” will finally take the stage at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 21. A collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Ballet, the concert was initially organized as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Arts. The…

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Postponed by Buffalo’s November storm of 2014, “The Rite of Spring” will finally take the stage at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 21. A collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Ballet, the concert was initially organized as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Arts. The…

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Joe Jackson, an artist whose work as a songwriter and performer places him in league with the likes of post-punk peers Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and Squeeze, will make a rare regional appearance when he and his band perform July 8 in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. Dubbed the “Fast Forward Tour” in honor of Jackson’s latest album, the jaunt will fin…

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The comedy career of David Cross has been long and multifaceted: he can be silly one minute, caustic the next. Local audiences can see for themselves when Cross brings his “Making America Great Again” stand-up tour to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. March 19. During a recent phone interview, Cross explained his return to stand-up came after a r…

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Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa has made a name for himself by marrying elements of traditional Indian classical music with the adventurous harmonic properties of jazz. A top-flight instrumentalist with a forward-looking compositional acumen, Mahanthappa graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass. in 1992, and shortly thereafter, found himself drawn to the…

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Mexican-American culture took the stage Thursday night as the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno danced and Los Lobos played music. The resulting concert was a whirl of color and sound, rhythms echoing back and forth among dancers and musicians, as each ensemble told tales in its own way, working in tandem sometimes and by themselves at others. Los Lobos has been…

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A celebration of Chinese New Year will be hosted by the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The event is organized by the Chinese Club of Western New York, the largest nonprofit promoter of Chinese culture around, and UB’s Confucius Institute, which promotes artistic and language-based production in classrooms around Western New York. This…

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On Sunday, the Guardian published an article entitled “Was 1966 pop music’s greatest year?” and offered as evidence to the affirmative the fact that the year saw the release of the Beatles' "Revolver,” Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde,” and the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds,” three albums that would surely populate any “Best Ever.” That could help explain w…