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Gusto's Things to Do: May 9

An Evening with Lou Barlow

7 to 10 p.m. at Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets range from $28.45 for general admission to $107.62 for admission plus a dinner with Barlow and his dad. No joke.

A rare opportunity to spend some quality up-close-and-personal time with an alternative rock legend, 'An Evening with Lou Barlow' will find the former Dinosaur, Jr. and Sebadoh legend performing in an intimate solo setting.

Word is, Barlow will take audience requests, and he's not afraid to dig deep into every nook and cranny of his estimable career. - Jeff Miers

[Related: Prepare for Thin Man's Summer Solstice Festival]

"Shen Yun" at Shea's Buffalo Theatre

7:30 p.m. at 617 Main St. Tickets range from $80 to $150 and may be purchased here. A second showing runs at the same time May 10.

Billed as "a theater experience like no other," the controversial Shen Yun dance-driven spectacle returns to Shea's this week. The show doubles as a display of classical Chinese dance and culture and an advertisement for the religious sect known as Falun Gong.

Its shock-and-aw marketing campaign has presence impossible to ignore, and anyone curious about what it offers now have another chance to find out. - Colin Dabkowski

Taking a fresh look at 'Shen Yun'

Genesee Brewhouse tap spotlight at World of Beer

6 to 9 p.m. at World of Beer (1 Galleria Drive, Cheektowaga). Free to attend.

Brewing beer out of Rochester since 1878, Genesee is known for its still-popular cream ale, which it released nearly 60 years ago. But the brewery is busy creating a slew of other styles, including three limited-edition beers to taste at World of Beer's takeover on Wednesday. Orange honey crew ale, dry-hopped mosaic cream ale and ruby red kolsch are the three intriguing choices. - Ben Tsujimoto

[Related: Smiles at a World of Beer event, Martinis and Manicures]

Stone Temple Pilots at Town Ballroom, originally intended to be in this "Things to Do" post, sold out well in advance.

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