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This Week in Buffalo: Where the warmer things are

Since Buffalo will be a Cheerio-scented icicle this week, the event slate is tailored toward staying warm. From stuffed banana peppers and chili for your stomach and unforgettable melodies for your soul, the opportunities to thaw out away from the fireplace, stove or space heater are many.

As the city catches its collective breath after a wild weekend of events, here's what to consider for Monday through Thursday.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story, doors at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in University at Buffalo Center for the Arts (103 CFA, Amherst). Tickets range from $43 to $63 and may be purchased here.

Few musicians produced more relaxing harmonies than Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel; listen to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" if you ever need a nudge toward a nap. The legacy of '60s folk-rock icons Simon & Garfunkel will be celebrated Tuesday through a multimedia experience that chronicles their journey to greatness, including film footage, projection photos and a live band rolling through the duo's greatest hits.

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November Project's Sunrise 6K on Skates, 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Ice at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Free skate rentals.

The November Project, Steve Procknal's weekly early morning fitness meet-up that's grown exponentially over the last few years, tackles the ice for the first time this year, offering participants the chance to race a 6k or skate laps with their friends.

Keep your eyes peeled to the Facebook event page for updates; it could be canceled due to Buffalo becoming a block of ice.

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12 Gates' chili cook-off, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 80 Earhardt Drive, East Amherst. Cost is $10 to sample all of the competitors' chili. Registration to submit your chili may be done at the taproom or by messaging 12 Gates on Facebook. Update, Jan. 30: 12 Gates' event is still on.

There's fierce pride in a chili competition, even before the $100 gift certificate grand prize and trophy that accompanies triumph at 12 Gates Brewing's challenge Wednesday. Twenty registrants will craft their best 5-quart crock pot of chili - sweet, spicy or a delicate blend of the two - and attendees will have the opportunity to sample the lot and pick their favorites.

[Related: Carey's interview with brewer Scott Shuler | Smiles at Rock the Gates 2018]

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Buffalo Chamber Players: Schumann 1842, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.). Cost is $20 general admission here or $5 for students.

A snippet from the Chamber Players' bio of composer Robert Schumann leaped to our attention: "While his wife, Clara, was concertizing in early 1842, Robert spent his time brooding and studying the string quartets of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert." For those with dampened spirits thanks to the Buffalo winter, this is proof that sometimes creative genius can arise from times of brooding.

The Albright Knox is a regal setting for a small ensemble performance, too.

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Subversive Theatre's "Tales of the Driven," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.). Cost is $30 for general admission, $25 for students and seniors; full details here. Runs Thursday (pay what you can), Friday and Saturday through Feb. 23.

Subversive's world-premiere production, written and directed by theater member Kurt Schneiderman, is a story of speaking out against authority, Shakespearean Era town drama and the power of theater to effect change. There's even a priest with a dark past. It sounds anything but boring, frankly.

[Related: Review of Subversive's "Fahrenheit 451" from 2018]

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Lumagination, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily in the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.). Admission is $14 for the general public, $12 for members, with discounts available. Runs on specific dates through Feb. 23.

One of the Botanical Gardens' most prolific annual exhibits is now full speed ahead. Check out Mark Mulville's terrific first-look gallery before absorbing the scenery and sounds yourself.

The News' Mark Sommer lends more detail about the Luminated Landscapes project and the purpose of the "Magic of Air" exhibit. Stay tuned for Thursday's newsletter for details on Lumagination's weekly happy hours.

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Update: Due to a Monday surge, Coles' dinner has sold out. Second update, Jan. 30: The dinner has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Coles' stuffed banana pepper dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 1104 Elmwood Ave. Cost is $35 and must be purchased by 8 p.m. Jan. 29 here.

Many Buffalo restaurants are recognized for their interpretations of classic Buffalo foods - wings and beef on weck, particularly.

But Coles, the longstanding bar-restaurant on Elmwood, has taken a slightly different route, complementing their strong and diverse burger menu by becoming a go-to for stuffed banana peppers, the piping hot, gooey, spicy appetizer that pairs well with almost anything, except for probably toaster strudels.

Owner Mike Shatzel has organized a banana pepper dinner for Wednesday, with ticket sales ending Tuesday night. Find the four-course menu on the Facebook event page.

5 events to look forward to this weekend

Buffalo's Biggest '80s Bash
Marble + Rye, Westside Tilth Super Bowl party
Casino for a Cause in KeyBank Center
Beau Fleuve Arts and Beats in Imagine Event Center
For the Love of Allentown

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