It's been a good week of events already, highlighted by the unbelievably well-attended grain elevator illumination (sees Marcus Foligno, stops breathing), the grand-opening of Sonic Drive-In and the annual Buffalo Without Borders, but that doesn't mean the weekend will be sad and awkward.
Here is The 10, without spookiness levels this time because Halloween is thankfully over for another 350+ days.
1) The Tins CD release show, 9 p.m. Nov. 7 in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). Cover is $7 at the door.
Commentary: Along with Made Violent, the Albrights and a few others, The Tins are one of the local bands that keeps popping up on bills across the area. Though few would consider Western New York a breeding ground for big-time acts, credit the three-piece for persevering in a scene that splinters at an alarming rate (which shouldn't be read as an entirely bad thing, as there are just a lot of projects and hopping between groups).
[Photos of The Tins performing with Aircraft at Elmwood Village Association's Picnic in the Parkway]
Saturday, the band debuts an EP, "Love on Strike," with a Murderer's Row of openers, including Kopps, Humble Braggers and Brooklyn's The Midnight Hollow. Read Mac McGuire's spotlight on The Tins and then the Humble Braggers for more depth.
2) Three Burchfield Penney exhibitions: "Art in Craft Media," "John E. Brent" and "Historical Survey of Women Artists," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7; 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at 1300 Elmwood Ave. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Buffalo State College students, and children 10 and under, get in for free.
Commentary: A whopping 10 exhibitions, including three that stuck out to Colin Dabkowski, are running at the art gallery on Buffalo State College's campus, and the subject matter varies wildly. You can read the details in Dabkowski's preview, but three that he highlights will spark your imagination, transport you back in time and honor some artistic forebears. (Honestly, I think there's a scene in my apartment right now that looks frighteningly like the work below).
3) Horsefeathers Winter Market opens, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at 346 Connecticut St. Runs weekly until May 7. Free to get in and explore.
Commentary: As much as I loathe typing the word "winter" (IT'S 70 DEGREES LET ME ENJOY IT) the Horsefeathers Winter Market is cozy and harbors all sorts of outside-the-box vendors [here's the list]. There's a new kombucha business! Alpaca products!
Remember, there's strong regular tenants in Jolie's, Michelle's Caribbean and Martin Cooks, too, in case all that browsing stimulates your appetite.
4) Rust Belt Love opening, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Market Arcade (617 Main St.). Free to get in.
Commentary: A new business is opening in the Market Arcade! No, it's not EXPO yet, but it's a printing/design/event planning hybrid called Rust Belt Love. And they're throwing a party! No, I don't exactly know what a "paperie" is, but it does rhyme with creperie, so I'd give it a chance. Sorry about all the exclamation marks.
Commentary: If you're craving a fancy night out and just happen to have a soft spot for Buffalo's top commercial neighborhood, you chose the right weekend. Although someone once tried to convince me that Saturn Club has heated floors in its bathrooms -- patently false! -- it's a strong event space, and the custom cocktails from Savoy, Cantina Loco and Sato all sound sumptuous.
Commentary: Roald Dahl was a genius, presumably for other reasons than just naming a villainous character "Miss Trunchbull," which I think is genius. Sure, "Matilda" breaks his pattern of "[person's name and food reference]" works, but as Dabkowski writes in his 3.5-star review of the new Shea's musical, this play is a very smart, if slightly darker, adaptation of the original. [Note: This is one of the most bizarre photo handouts ever. I can't even begin to explain it. Be warned.]
7) Opening weekend of Sonic Drive-In (3601 Union Road, Cheektowaga).
Commentary: We shamelessly covered every angle of Sonic Drive-In's Cheektowaga opening on Thursday, replete with preview posts, photo galleries, tweet aggregations, news stories and Santa Claus (had him pegged as more of an IHOP guy, but whatever.) Not that Sonic Fever is going to die down too much this weekend, but expect the carhops to be smoother skaters/bladers as they find their legs.
If Union Road confuses you, know that the new Sonic is directly across the street from Cheektowaga High School, which is probably a blessing and a curse for the Warriors.
Commentary: Six art shops in Allentown are featured for this iteration of the monthly walk, and it's the final opportunity to see Queen City Gallery in Allentown -- specifically in Atrium 124 Gallery at 124 Elmwood Ave. -- before the exhibition swings back to QCG's usual spot in the Market Arcade. A reception for Chuck Tingley's new painting exhibition is planned for Pausa Art House, while Buffalo Big Print weaves together pottery and painting in "The Power of Motion."
Commentary: Heavy metal musicians in bizarre costumes that spray audiences with liquids? That's GWAR's shtick, and it fits as an extension of Halloween. They create their own music, of course, but some of their covers are funny/strange/disconcerting.
Commentary: The new James Bond movie has come under criticism for being stale, which I suppose is fair because the premise never really strays. But isn't that what you expect? Have you ever tried to listen to a GWAR song and the "Spectre" trailer at the same time? It's an out-of-body experience if you time it right. Anways, read Jeff Simon's review of "Spectre" here.
Commentary: Forgive WNY BAC for using "first annual" in its Facebook event title, as that is quite impossible. But the event itself looks cool -- there's food, specialty cocktails, letterpress demos by the business' members, an art auction and live music. That's a whole lot of media wrapped into one event.
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Story topics: Allentown First Fridays/ Buffalo events/ Burchfield Penney/ concert previews/ Elmwood Village Association/ Horsefeathers Winter Market/ James Bond/ Market Arcade/ Nietzsche's/ Rust Belt Love/ Saturn Club/ Shea's Performing Arts Center/ Sonic Drive-In/ The 10/ The Tins/ WNY Book Arts Center