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Jocko is back in the saddle, the Buffalo Mass Mob strikes again, and our taco talks back

Put a taco in it

Regarding the Road Less Traveled upcoming production of David Mamet’s “Race,” we don’t know what’s funnier, the idea of a “Mighty Taco Talkback” (all we can picture is our Buffito talking back to us) or that for this play, this talkback has been nixed. This legalese made its way to our inbox: “Until two (2) hours after the end of each performance of the Property, no presentation, performance or discussion of any type related to the Property, other than the Property as written by Author, shall be conducted or authorized by the Licensee in any venue (“Talkback Restriction”). In the event of a violation of the Talkback Restriction by Licensee, such Licensee’s license shall be terminated, all sums paid by such Licensee shall be retained, and all royalties due shall be paid. Furthermore, without limiting any other remedies, at law or in equity, such licensee shall pay to David Mamet the sum of Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) for each single violation …” Buzz can’t go to this play. We can’t shut up. We’d bankrupt the theater.

The cat came back

Luckily there is no restriction on talkbacks if you go to E.B. Green’s to see Jackie Jocko. The legendary piano man, who took some of the winter off, made his triumphant return to the piano Thursday. The lounge was packed with folks here for March Madness basketball, and they joined the cheering crowd of Jocko fans, who included broadcasting legend Doris Jones. Meanwhile, boogie pianist Annie Philippone found Jocko’s picture featured in a vintage book called “The Birdland Story.” He shares a page with James Moody, Earl Bostic and Big Jay McNeely. In the words of the man himself: Dynamite!

A massive mob

The Buffalo Mass Mob reminds us, and this is high praise, of the Forgotten Buffalo tavern tours. Just as tavern-keepers love filling bar stools that might otherwise go begging, priests rejoice in packed pews. Sunday, when the Mass Mob converged on St. John Kanty on Broadway, everyone was excited. The Jesuit who welcomed the crowd of about 800 described the parish as traditional. However, he cracked: “When you allow the Jesuits in, you show you’re open to change.” He was moved to see so many people from out of town, “from California, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Hamburg and Williamsville.” Ha, ha! No wonder the Mob is growing: On Sunday, Philadelphia, Rochester and Cleveland all held Mass Mobs.

The buzz

Funny at the Buffalo Philharmonic, how Saturday’s Mahler symphony required concertmaster Michael Ludwig to play purposely out of tune. Back in January, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Mozart and Salieri” also called for out-of-tune violin playing. That makes two instances of deliberately bad fiddling this year, and it’s only March! ... All this construction between The News and First Niagara Center made Buffalo look burgeoning to our NCAA visitors. Romantic, too, judging from a story a colleague tells us about years ago when, like now, The News was surrounded by construction. “One of our clerks got a husband out of this,” our friend said. “She stood at the window and waved.”


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