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The 10: 'Christmas Story,' EA Carolcade, Colter Bay Festivus

1) "A Christmas Story": The Musical," 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets are $37 to $82 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Modernizing a classic film for the stage - in musical form, no less - cannot be an easy task, but the production at Shea's wowed News reviewer Colin Dabkowski. Who wouldn't want to watch Ralphie empty his Red Ryder to a breezy melody? "A Christmas Story" is only in Buffalo through Sunday, so the window to attend is tight.


2) East Aurora Carolcade, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 on two blocks of Main Street in East Aurora, in front of Vidler's (676-694 Main St., East Aurora). Free to attend and participate.

Commentary: A free family event that involves belting out familiar holiday choruses (chori?) in public? That's what's happening in the Village of East Aurora, conveniently plopped in front of Vidler's, which we just wrote about in our 100 Things series.

Venerable Don Vidler hopes to set the Guinness Book of World Records mark for the most people caroling outdoors. The number to beat is 1,822. Regardless if the record is beaten, there will be free doughnuts, hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts until they're gone.


3) Festivus at Colter Bay, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at 561 Delaware Ave. Free to attend.

Commentary: "Seinfeld" fans will fondly remember the 1997 episode "The Striker," where George Costanza's father creates an alternative holiday called Festivus, which rebels against commercialism and encourages feats of strength - symbolized by an aluminum pole. Festivus is typically celebrated on Dec. 23, but the Allentown restaurant-bar is bucking the trend a bit.

[Related: Colter Bay reopens with craft beer, ski lodge touches]

Newly reopened Colter Bay will boast a Seinfeld-inspired menu and welcome 20 kegs of beer from Bell's Brewery, based in Kalamazoo, Mich. You can find the list of varieties here.

Popular Allentown restaurant Colter Bay reopened Nov. 25, with its draft selection broadened to 44 taps, including eight ciders. (Photo: Colter Bay Buffalo)


4) '90s, '00s Ho, Ho, Ho dance party, 11 p.m. Dec. 17 to 3:30 a.m. Dec. 18 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Admission is $5 at the door.

Commentary: Remember Juicy Couture sweatsuits? Their heyday was long ago, but at a late-night dance party modeled after the '90s and '00s, velour is fashionable once again.

DJs Gabtron and BB Garbanzo (I believe the latter is our first emcee named after a bean) will spin tracks for the era, including Christmas tunes. Mohawk Place will be buzzing all night.


5) The Movement, 9 p.m. Dec. 17 in Varsity Theatre (3165 Bailey Ave.). Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Commentary: Is climate justice an environmental issue that gets you fired up? Join The Movement on Saturday night for a fundraising gathering of entertainers, like DJ Sike, Rook Hawkins, We Stole the Show and more.

The party is hosted by and benefits The Crossroads Collective, which may initially sound unfamiliar, but it unites The WASH Project, Push Buffalo, Open Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good, CEJ Buffalo, Massachusetts Avenue Project, #PublicAccountabilityInitiative, and Ujima. I bet you've heard of one of those.


6) Last-Minute Panic Holiday Sale, 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 in WNY Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: Major credit to you if you've already completed your holiday shopping, but many of us haven't. Like me. The Western New York Book Arts Center welcomes over local 40 vendors across its two floors, while also offering a letterpress holiday card workshop on the premises. A trip downtown is a nice alternative to battling the hassles and relative lack of intimacy of a mall.


7) See "Rogue One": A Star Wars Story," theaters across Western New York. Pinpoint your theater at time at Fandango.

Commentary: Dedicated "Star Wars" fan Toni Ruberto, who's conveniently also The News' Gusto editor, has a breadth of coverage on "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which opened in theaters Thursday.

Read the story behind the film, meet the cast of new characters and scan a timeline of the movies before enjoying Robbie-Ann McPherson's spoiler-free review. Yes, that is a lot of links.

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." (Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm-Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


8) Hispanics United Fundraising Gala, 6 p.m. to midnight Dec. 17 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Cost is $60 for one ticket, $100 for two.

Commentary: Hispanics United of Buffalo, a West Side community group known for its counseling center and methadone clinic on Virginia Street, hosts a fundraising gala in the convention center on Saturday, with a cocktail hour, dinner and awards, and then three hours of dancing to close the night.


9) Dysfunctional Holiday Party, 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 17 in Squeaky Wheel (617 Main St.). Cost is $7 for members, $10 for the general public.

Commentary: Searching for an atypical holiday party to attend? The creative minds of Squeaky Wheel, an arts and media organization in the Theater District, welcome a dysfunctional santa duo, a coloring contest, a screening of "Dysfunctional Holiday Survival Strategies," dysfunctional holiday karaoke and culinary treats.


10) Elm Street Holiday Market, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 at MUSEjar (17 Elm St., East Aurora). Free to attend.

Commentary: Here's a reason to head to the East Aurora Carolcade early. Down the road on Elm Street is a holiday market with 13 local vendors posted up at MUSEjar, which curates art and other goods.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who can't stand R2-D2 or Jar-Jar Binks, at


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