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Arts beat: 'Horrors!' It's 'Cellino v. Barnes!' Plus music of history and a comedy salon

Would injury attorneys Cellino & Barnes go to bat for people chomped by a man-eating plant? This is the weekend to find out, when the comic legal pseudo-bio "Cellino v. Barnes" and the sci-fi horticultural musical "Little Shop of Horrors" arrive for limited runs in Buffalo's Theater District.

The lawyers land first, in the form of Mike B. Breen and David Rafailedes, who co-wrote the show about the bickering barristers and who portray the pair onstage. The show opens at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Alleyway's Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St. Anyone who arrives dressed as either Cellino or Barnes for the Halloween show will get a free 888-8888 poster.

Performances continue Nov. 1 at 2 with shows at 7 and 9 p.m. and conclude Nov. 3 with one show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, available through alleyway.com.

A few doors to the north, Audrey 2 will put down roots on Nov. 1 for a two-day stay at Shea's 710 Main theater, courtesy of Starring Buffalo, an arts group that casts its productions with performers based in New York City with Western New York actors and students in local college and high school theater programs.

"Little Shop of Horrors" will star Broadway performers Matt Doyle, Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Brandon Espinoza, while Buffalo's own Dudney Joseph Jr. will lend his sonorous voice to Audrey. A chorus of students from Newfane, Fredonia and Lockport high schools will be joined by dancers from the University at Buffalo's Zodiaque Dance Company.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Tickets are $45; $25 for students, through sheas.org.

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Buffalo's own opera company, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, presents Rossini's musical retelling of the original fairy tale of "Cinderella," with performances at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center (1300 Elmwood Ave., on the SUNY Buffalo State campus).

Don't expect Disney-style cartoon magic, the company advises. This Cinderella has a stepfather and gets advice from a philosopher. Also, her shoes are the regular sort -- what is special is her bracelet.

Some of us consider it a bonus that the opera will be sung in English, while still including surtitles for those who like to read and listen at the same time. Robert Duerr will conduct. Tickets are $30; $25 for seniors and $10 for students, available at the Rockwell box office or by calling 878-3005.

The world through art

A show of new works by acclaimed local artist an illustrator Raymond Bonilla opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Meibohm Fine Arts (478 Main St., East Aurora). "Epilogos Privados / Private Epilogues" is a collection of 30 recent works by Bonilla. The oil paintings and studies reflect Bonilla's interest in being a "visual journalist," representing the human condition through both figurative and abstract works.

The show will be up through Nov. 30; for regular gallery hours go to meibohmfinearts.com.

Soup's on!

Something funny is going on in downtown Buffalo and it includes food. Presented by the Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art and hosted by artist Kyla Kegler, the event will be held on Sunday in a loft space in the Burns Building at 25 Huron St.

Guests at the special Sunday Soup Salon will have a chance to nosh at a soup and bread bar starting at 5 p.m. before Ana Vafai (also known as Little Cake) starts singing at 6 p.m.

Performer and playwright Lindsey Griffith, a recent arrival to Buffalo, will "do a new thing" at around 6:30 p.m., according to the BICA, followed by Berlin-based dancer and stand-up stylist Jessy Layne Tuddenham.

The event is free but donations will be collected and appreciated.

It happened here

History is written by the winners, the saying goes, but songs are sung by everyone. Now we have a chance to hear our musical story at the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court (Elmwood Avenue at Nottingham), from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6.

Folk singer and songwriter Tyler Bagwell will perform "Low Bridge, Everybody Down: Buffalo's Story in Song," while telling of the events that shaped the city as it grew from village to the gateway to the West.

The Buffalo that was burned by the British in the War of 1813 went on to become the inland port of the Erie Canal. A president was assassinated here; another was sworn into office. Escaped slaves passed through route to Canada, rowdies caroused on the waterfront and a future U.S. president served as a hangman here.

The event is included with museum admission: $10; $5 for seniors and those under 21; $2.50 for children 7-12 and, as always, free for members of the military and their families.

100 years of the vote

The women of the Artemis Quartet have two upcoming performances of their tribute concert "Nineteen," which recognizes a century of women having the vote in the United States. Amy Glidden, Caroline Gilbert, Loren Silvertrust and Eva Here, all also musicians with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Ciminelli Recital Hall in Rockwell Hall (third floor), 1300 Elmwood Ave.

The concert includes music by Howard Hanson, George Gershwin, Ruth Seeger, Caroline Shaw and Caroline Mallonee. Tickets are $10 (box office).

The concert will be repeated under the auspices of the Friends of Vienna at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Unity Church (1243 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $14; $5 for students (cash or check only). A reception with the musicians will follow this performance.

Double celebration

The Jewish Community Center at 787 Delaware Ave. will host a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 to dedicate its new Levy and Daniel Families Art Gallery in the Holland Family Building. There will also be a reception for the opening of the gallery's first exhibit, featuring works by the South Towns Camera Club. The event is free and open to all; the gallery will be open regularly during the center's business hours.

Curtains up again

Road Less Traveled Productions presents its second show of the season beginning Nov. 1 in its downtown theater at 456 Main St. The crime drama "Interrogation Room" by Job Elston won the Artie Award for Best New Play in 2004 and has been revisited by the playwright "with fresh insight," according to RLTP. Performances continue through Nov. 24, with a talk-back discussion following the Nov. 17 show; tickets are $39 at roadlesstraveledproductions.org.

Buffalo United Artists also has an opening Nov. 1, with the ensemble piece "The Boys Upstairs," about the comic adventures of a group of young men in modern-day Manhattan. The Village Voice described the show as "Sex and the City meets Boys in the Band," all fueled by style, scandal and specialty cocktails. Performances are in Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (off Main Street), through Nov. 23. Tickets are $25, $20 for students, at buffalounitedartists.org.

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