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The Weekend in WNY: Savor the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

You won't know how much you'll miss the Albright-Knox until it's gone (temporarily, at least).

At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Elmwood Avenue art gallery – an institution that has put Buffalo on the grid internationally – will close for two years to execute a major expansion project.

For those hungry for a bite of culture on the first Friday night of the month, or those who want to appreciate abstract ideas on a rainy Sunday, the destination will soon have to be somewhere else, at least until a space in the Northland corridor houses some AKAG installations early next year.

Cherish the cultural jewel while it's open, because two years is a long wait.

Albright-Knox closing weekend, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1285 Elmwood Ave. Cost is pay what you wish.

Extended hours and pay-as-you-wish admission entice on the gallery's closing weekend, which boasts everything from the litany of First Friday events to the highly rated, immersive exhibition, Anthony McCall's "Dark Rooms, Solid Light." Colin Dabkowski's review of McCall's show is a must-read before you go.

Look back at significant moments in the Albright-Knox's recent history, including the unveiling of expansion plans, the influence of Jeffrey Gundlach and popular summer concert Rockin' at the Knox.


Simple Plan, State Champs, doors at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $37.50 in advance.

Pop-punk band Simple Plan had backed Warped Tour for the majority of its history, which concluded this past summer with the Montreal rockers as the headliner, thrusting the band firmly into the zone of relevant nostalgia, a phrase we just made up.

The five-piece hasn't released new music individually since 2016, but their recent collaboration with tour buddies State Champs and We the Kings – entitled "Where I Belong" – will obviously be a significant moment during the show in Niagara Falls.


Presidential All-Black Affair, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center (101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $40 in advance.

Buffalo promoter MrDWilson, who owns the Oakk Room and runs Panoramic Magazine, returns the Presidential All-Black Affair for a 10th year, which doubles as his birthday. His milestones will be celebrated with three rooms dedicated to different genres of music: Room 1 features "turn up" and Top 40; Room 2 rolls with live music; while Room 3 touches on reggae, dance hall and soca (Trinidadian).

Toronto and Rochester DJs will be joined by a slew from Buffalo: DJ Eurowe, DJ Wire and DJ Iceberg, plus a live performance by Lindsay Niccs, who starred at Beau Fleuve in 2018. WBLK's Redd Roxx will handle the emcee duties.


Williamsville Wing Walk, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10 different village restaurants. All samples cost $1.

Oh, the alliteration. The Williamsville Business Association has lined up 10 participants to dole out samples of wing-inspired fare on Saturday, ranging from horseradish/honey mustard wings at Glen Park Tavern to chicken wing knish (stuffed dough that's either baked or fried) at Prosit to wing-inspired cookies from DiCamillo Bakery.

Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of WNY, now a program of FeedMore WNY. See the full food lineup in the Amherst Bee's story.


Buffalo Opera performs "Cinderella," 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at SUNY Buffalo State Performing Arts Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets are $30 in advance, with discounts available.

Buffalo Opera Unlimited's family-friendly performance of "Cinderella" is a departure from the Disney version; there's no fairy godmother, and the glass slipper is replaced by a bracelet. These changes shouldn't detract from the power of the age-old tale, which relays important lessons of kindness, bravery and the unpredictability of love.

Admission includes post-show crown-shaped cookies and a chance to pose with Cinderella herself.


Rufus Wainwright, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Cost is $40 in advance, $45 day of show.

Browsing through our photo archives, Rufus Wainwright's look has evolved significantly over his career. Pictured with Ben Folds at now-defunct Uncle Sam's Jam in Niagara Square in 2004, he's gawky, lanky and hipster; six years later, as Rockin' at the Knox headliner, Wainwright is suave, youthful and well-groomed.

His present look, however, is more grizzled – perhaps the product of a lengthy music career which has spanned eight albums – with a distinctive salt-and-pepper flow. His longtime fans in Buffalo will surely resonate with this transformation, but musically, the songwriter remains sharp as ever. Wainwright's gig was previewed in more detail in Mac McGuire's three can't-miss shows.


Black Sheep Halloween, 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at 367 Connecticut St. No cost to attend.

We can appreciate a strong, late Halloween party, and that's what West Side restaurant the Black Sheep has cooked up for Sunday night. Three Chord Bourbon will have samples to dole out, BEU band will perform and DJs Cutler, LoPro and Sike will take turns spinning.

Chef Steven Gedra has teased a complimentary snack menu that includes pastitsio (Greek lasagna) and lentil/pumpkin chili, which should be accommodating for most dietary sensitivities.

[Related: 9-plate dining review of the Black Sheep]


Shnow Gala, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the BFLO Store (4475 Transit Road, Clarence). General admission is $50 in advance.

Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins – known for one of the best quotes in local sports history – has been nicknamed the Shnowman since prep school because of his quirky tagline, "you already shnow" that both confused and intrigued the people around him.

While the mac and cheese soliloquy put Dawkins in the viral spotlight – drawing attention from national brand Kraft and local business Mooney's, which created a Shnow Mac in tribute – the Temple alum is hosting a formal charity event Friday in the former Sears of the Eastern Hills Mall.

Rooted in Love is the beneficiary of an event that includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, plus music supplied by DJ Aktive.


Soul Patch '90s Halloween, doors at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.). Tickets are $12 in advance. Fewer than 100 tickets remain.

Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley hauls his '90s cover band project, Soul Patch, for a Friday gig that will likely sell out in advance. XOXO Pop Band sandwiches the headliner with two sets, 9:45 until 10:30, then 1 a.m to 2:30, with Buckley and friends rocking from 11 until 12:45 a.m.

Costume contests and drink specials should make this party feel like Halloween extended.


Sold out: Taking Back Sunday at Buffalo RiverWorks, Friday show.


5 more quick-hitters for this weekend

Steven Page at Rapids Theatre
Day of the Dead at the Quarter
Dia De Los Muertos at Cantina Loco
Turkuaz at Town Ballroom
Horsefeathers Community Market opens


5 events to look forward to next week

Blue October in Town Ballroom
Christmas in the Country at Hamburg Fairgrounds
Hops 'N Rocks for Penn Dixie at Pearl Street Grill
EPIC's Celebrate Our Heroes at Rich's Atrium
Coles Buffalo's 85th anniversary party


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