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‘Nighthawk’ at the Mohawk

On Dec. 4, a different sort of happy hour will be celebrated at Mohawk Place (47 East Mohawk St.) beginning at 5 p.m.

Sara Elizabeth, a vibrant young singer/songwriter who also happens to be a schooled multi-instrumentalist and graduate of the UB Music Department, will perform selections from her own songbook, as well as interpretations of works from her long and variegated list of influences – the Beatles and the Avett Brothers among them. Bringing an indie-rock mentality to the modern folk-based troubadour school is Sara’s deal, and it’s working: With three independent releases under her belt, she’s become one of the more buzzed-about artists on the local indie-pop scene.

Novelist (and Buffalo News contributor) Michael Farrell has just released his second novel, “When the Lights Go Out,” a work that should resonate in the heart of every working Buffalo musician who has ever come to that crossroads where passion for music and the demands of the “real” world meet and do battle. In taut, economical prose smacking of gritty verisimilitude, Farrell traces the scattershot trajectory of his character, Johnny “Nighthawk” Nolan, as he navigates through a dark night of the soul, and ultimately reaffirms the transformative powers of music. Farrell will be on hand at the Mohawk Place happy hour to sign copies of “When the Lights Go Out.” Learn more about the novel through

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