Memories of Buffalo's old Westside -- in stories, verse and music -- will once again flood the stage of the Calumet Cafe as Joseph G. Giambra's "Bread and Onions II: Into the Millennium" returns in a single performance Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Giambra, one of Buffalo's most colorful characters, will present a revised version of the rambling tale of the old Italian neighborhoods of the late 1940s, first presented in October. It was an era when life seemed to be a lyrical flow of movies and movie stars, of pop songs and singers and ofItalian food so savory that the taste seems to still linger a half century later. Giambra's reminiscences are filled with nostalgic references to places long gone -- favorite coffee shops, restaurants, moviehouses -- and to an incredible string of characters who, though real, seem to come out of some fantastic fiction. The performance is directed by Jason Trost and will feature in this staged reading Neil Garvey, Constance McEwen, above, Phil Knoerzer, Susan Toomey and of course Giambra himself. Richie Mecca will accompany on the piano. Tickets for this one-night performance are $15. Call 886-6096 or e-mail PANECIP@aol.com. The Calumet is located at Chippewa and Franklin streets.
-- Richard Huntington