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This Week in Buffalo: Moving forward from the Super Bowl

We promise this week's Buffalo events will be more entertaining than the Super Bowl, the rather dull, low-scoring affair in which the Bills' bitter adversary continued its (rather sketchy) dynasty. It won't take much to trump it, and yes, it was agonizing to write that last sentence.

Although there's not much scheduled for Monday - go outside and enjoy the sun and the heat wave - the rest of the week perks up significantly with theater, art, food events, shows and more. See what's ahead.

"Cats," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 through Thursday, Feb. 7 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). Production runs through Feb. 10. Tickets begin at $32 here.

Even if you don't love sometimes friendly, often indifferent felines, take the time to appreciate Andrew Lloyd Webber's next-level score, highlighted by "Memory," one of the most recognizable show tunes in the history of musical theater. "Cats," which debuted in 1981, has been modernized through sound and choreography to connect with a younger generation.

The musical's run is short in Buffalo (reminiscent of the attention span of the pets?), but the T.S. Eliot-inspired production is truly a classic, one both adults and kids can cherish. Also, the first 100 kids in attendance receive complimentary cat ears (fake, not real).


A Mid Winter's Draw, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Asbury Hall in Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Cost is $5 to get in, and prints begin at $39.

One of Buffalo's most interactive art events rolls in Wednesday, as Hallwalls presents two sessions of live art, where attendees can watch local maestros at work, then bid on their finished products.

While art director Ed Cardoni admits the scene becomes a little chaotic, the frenzy is pure excitement over artistic creation. Find out the 36 artists who'll draw here, and know that a cash bar and music from DJ Underground will create a further buzz.

[Related: Smiles from a similar art event, Art Off the Wall in Carnegie Art Center]


Sweet Charity, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Buffalo Grand Hotel (120 Church St.). Admission is $75 here, or $150 for the all-access package.

The annual fundraiser for the Food Bank of WNY is luxury for your stomach, as hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, chocolate, liquor and coffee from local and regional vendors are all included in the ticket price. The basket raffles are elite, too, especially if you're a Buffalo sports fan.

See the attending breweries and wineries on the Facebook event page, then peek back at Smiles from Sweet Charity in 2018 and 2017.


Catch up on very good local theater: It's been a strong season for Buffalo theater, with several reviews receiving either 3.5 or 4 stars. As a tribute to Colin Dabkowski's former "Thursday Theater Roundup," where he rounded up theater on Thursdays, here are a few plays to keep an eye on.

Subversive Theatre's "Tales of the Driven." Read The News' review, see time and ticket details.

O'Connell & Company's "Love Letters." Read The News' review, see time and ticket details.

Paul Robeson Theatre's "Native Son." Read The News' review, see time and ticket details.


"Humble and Human" gallery opening, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.). Free to attend. A member's opening begins at 5 p.m.

As the longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills, philanthropic Ralph C. Wilson Jr. remains a beloved figure beyond the sports community after his death, and his legacy of generosity will be recognized through art.

In addition to works from its own collection, the Albright-Knox has curated pieces from Wilson's native Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Arts specifically, to present a dynamite exhibition featuring the brilliance of Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh and Morisot. The Albright Knox expands on "Humble and Human" here.

[Related: How Ralph Wilson's $1 billion legacy is shaping WNY, Detroit]


Old Pink happy hour in Flying Bison, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at Flying Bison Brewing Co. (840 Seneca St.). No cost to attend.

The beauty of legendary late-night dive bar the Pink (technically Allen Street Bar & Grill, but no one calls it that) and Flying Bison working together is the former's underrated food - notably steak sandwiches and grilled bologna - will be accessible in a new location that's perhaps more approachable for some Buffalonians.

Two personalities from the Pink - DJ Eric and bartender Sean - will make the short trek east, while the art angle is a Flight Gallery opening by Seneca Street Drawings' Nancy J. Parisi, also a Buffalo News contributor.

[Related: Guide to Buffalo's favorite dive bars | Pink's steak sandwich is local food royalty]


Aspire's Winterval, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $25 general admission here or $20 for kids ages 5 to 10.

Two hours of open curling and skating, a full dinner buffet and unlimited coffee and hot chocolate (for your stomach's sake, probably enjoy the first before the other two) are key to Aspire of WNY's family-friendly fundraiser. A cash bar and a basket raffle are there to satisfy adults, too.

Aspire of WNY supports area residents, both adults and children, with developmental disabilities.


Type Relevant, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Cost is $5 at the door.

Buffalo hip-hop collective Type Relevant will bathe Mohawk Place in warm beats Thursday, with Teapot, Ooze Gang, Shaun and B, and DJ Shuteyes all part of the lineup. Even though Type Relevant's crew has evolved over the last 16 years, the group is one of few in its genre with true staying power. Enjoy an evening of hip-hop downtown for a remarkably affordable price.


Sold out: Stuffed banana pepper dinner at Coles, on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Continuing: Lumination exhibition at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. Here are Smiles from the Lumagination launch party, a sneak peek at the lights and a little bit about who's behind the effort.


5 events to look forward to this weekend

Art of Brick opens in Museum of Science
LOTUS in Town Ballroom
Winter Hop Fest with OFW Brewing/Gene McCarthy's
Sugar City Soul Night in Milkie's
Cupid's Undie Run in Thin Man Brewery


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