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This Week in Buffalo: Hannibal Buress, DBGB anniversary, Thursday Night Terrors

As local students start or return to college and Buffalonians prepare for Labor Day Weekend, a smattering of events will take place Monday through Thursday.

Whether it's the anniversary of a popular Allentown bar, the anticipated visit of a comedian or starts of new seasons for Polish Happy Hour and Thursday Night Terrors, learn a little about what's on Buffalo's agenda.

At the bottom you'll find some hot events coming this weekend, which will be detailed extensively in The 10 on Thursday morning.

Hannibal Buress

9:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Helium Comedy Buffalo (30 Mississippi St.). General admission is $30 and may be purchased here. Tickets for his other three shows – two on Aug. 28 and an early show Aug. 29 – have already sold out.

Popular in part through his podcast "Handsome Rambler," Buress has been successful because of his willingness to take risks and develop a range of skills that extends beyond stand-up comedy.

The News' Tim O'Shei interviewed the comedian recently to talk about his last visit to Buffalo and his interest in production and investment.

No pop up, no snow, just Hannibal Buress in Buffalo

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DBGB's 8th Anniversary

7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.). Free to attend.

From popular hip-hop karaoke to underrated smoked barbecue wings to a willingness to embrace late, late nights, DBGB has proven itself as an Allentown staple. Not many bars can say they're open every day of the year, either.

The anniversary party features a free buffet, a summer beer blowout and performances from resident DJs Malik von Saint, Charlie Masters, Scott Down and Charlie the Butcher.

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Thursday Night Terrors' opener, "Killer Klowns from Outer Space"

7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.). Cost is $7 at the box office or online here.

Thursday Night Terrors founder Peter Vullo has laid the framework for a new season of horror films, kicking off the first of four fall showings with 1988's "Killer Klowns from Outer Space."

The horror-comedy's protagonists are alien invaders dressed as circus clowns, which might ring familiar in the Buffalo area, where a man dressed as a clown haunted North Tonawanda for a few weeks in 2016, causing quite the viral stir connected to similar stunts nationally.

Read more about the fall season here, then look back at Toni Ruberto's introduction to TNT.

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West of the Mark at Buffalo River Fest Park Concert Series

6:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 29 at River Fest Park (249 Ohio St.). Like all shows in this concert series, it's free to attend.

Buffalo-born country cover band West of the Mark has cultivated an impressive following since its formation in 2004, largely thanks to the group's commitment to stay together and schedule an aggressive slate of shows.

Guitarist-vocalist Jay Urbaniak and friends converge on the shores of the Buffalo River for a free show, the series' second-to-last of the summer.

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Polish Happy Hour Buffalo Polka kickoff party

5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 30 at St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church (123 Townsend St.). Free to attend.

The new Polish Happy Hour season begins Thursday at a Polish institution - St. Stan's Church in Polonia - with the local organization's usual perks: free food from Polish Villa 2, authentic Polish beer, a raffle and live music from polka band Special Delivery.

Look back at Smiles from two different Polish Happy Hours from 2017, here, and last year's opening party, here.

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Shonen Knife 

Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 on Aug. 28 at the 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $18 in advance here or $20 at the door.

Punk rockers Shonen Knife, who were aided in their emergence by the Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac and his label, come back to Buffalo for an intimate-yet-intense show downtown.

Hailing from Osaka, Japan, the three-piece has endured for 37 years but is still fairly new to America, although Good Charamel Records has done its best to introduce Japanese rock to new markets. Read more about Takac's connection to Shonen Knife in O'Shei's 2016 day-in-the-life piece.

*Note: Boy George and Culture Club at Artpark has sold out for Aug. 28.

Five events for the weekend in Buffalo

*Buffalo Wing Fest at Coca-Cola Field
*Inaugural Rock Autism Music Festival in Ellicottville
*Buffalo German Fest in Cheektowaga Town Park
*Beer Goddesses' Tour de Cask in Flying Bison
*Fall Out Boy, Machine Gun Kelly, Every Time I Die

Email: btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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