Entertainment is a personal, subjective experience that varies to an unbelievable extent. The "Gladiator" quote, "Are you not entertained?" is actually far deeper than what Russell Crowe likely intended.
As the week warms up, so does the range of events, with a short run of Disney On Ice and a rare stained glass event leading the way into the busiest weekend of the year (so far).
Since Buzz Lightyear can fly, it must feel like he's stooping when he skates around the ice with his jet pack on. But he's doing it for you!
Classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, a who's who of princesses and more modern stars like Moana will all be twirling, grinning and posing for Disney On Ice.
[Related: A mom reviews Disney On Ice, 2016]
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Stare at stained glass for a while, and something different will catch your eye each time, especially on a sunny day. The reflection of light, brilliant hues of color and almost intimidating fragility of something invaluable all captivate.
This is the first time in recent memory the Buffalo-based Stained Glass Association of America has been featured at the History Museum, with executive director Megan McElfresh discussing Buffalo's history with the treasure. It's first come, first served and there are no tickets, so get there early.
[Related: Stained glass restored in Williamsville]
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G. Love and Special Sauce, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St., Suite 203). Tickets are $35 in advance.
For whatever reason, G. Love seems to love frigid Januarys in the Buffalo area. Even though he just released a solo album, "The Juice," G. Love continues to roll with his two bandmates – Jeffrey "Houseman" Clemens and Jim "Jimi Jazz" Prescott – to perform a mellow blend of blues and hip-hop.
[Related: Smiles at G. Love's 2018 visit, too]
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BN360 kickoff, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Explore & More Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum (130 Main St.). Free for members, $25 for nonmembers.
BN360, the young professional branch of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, presents a networking event at a cool downtown destination: the Explore & More Children's Museum, which is more adult-friendly than its name would suggest.
The appetizers are complimentary, but the bar is cash.
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Two talks to consider
Talk the Talk with Bruce Adams on Richard Huntington, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Hallwalls (341 Delaware Ave.). Free to attend.
Accomplished Buffalo painter-professor Bruce Adams will share a wealth of insights on the excellence of Richard Huntington, a fellow painter (and former Buffalo News art critic) with whom he's shared a workspace for 26 years.
This ongoing Hallwalls series is fascinating and intimate; Adams will also discuss memorable debates and critiques the two have exchanged.
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The Fun History of Buffalo's Waterfront, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at JAM Parkside (301 Parkside Ave.). Cost is $5.
Buffalo historian Steve Cichon, who highlights a different part of local lore a few times each week on BuffaloNews.com, hosts the talk series.
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Two solid beer events
Buffalo Beer Goddesses' post-holiday party, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Strikes Lanes (50 Michael Road, West Seneca). There's a cost to bowl.
One tidbit that isn't well known: West Seneca bowling alley Strikers has an exceptional list of drafts and bottles. It's a perfect location for this Beer Goddesses event, which doubles as a Secret Ninkasi beer exchange. To participate, attendees are asked to bring a wrapped, 22-ounce beer.
Rusty Buffalo's five-year anniversary party, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 270 Center Road, West Seneca. Free to attend.
Five years have blown by for Rusty Buffalo – we have photos of when the West Seneca bar opened in 2015 – and the pub will throw a party to celebrate the milestone. Domestic bottles will be $2, while a complimentary spread of hors d'oeuvres and wings.
[Related: A look into the character of Rusty Buffalo]
Grab bag for more events this week
• Thursday Night Terrors' "Prince of Darkness"
SOLD OUT: Louis C.K. at Rob's Comedy Playhouse
5 events to look forward to this weekend
• Buffalo Soup-Fest in RiverWorks
• Buffalo Groundhog Day at Flying Bison
• Larkinville Ice Festival in Larkin Square
• Niagara Wine and Beer Fest at Kenan Arena
• Lumagination launch party at Botanical Gardens