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The Weekend in WNY: Salvage Super Bowl Sunday

Few Buffalonians have a vested interest in Super Bowl LIV. Sure, there's likely to be a gaggle of Chiefs fans huddled up at Casey's Black Rock, and certainly the eight Niners fans in the area will congregate somewhere (kidding!).

This doesn't mean football fans won't watch the spectacle, which features Shakira and J-Lo at halftime for those who couldn't care less about Sammy Watkins.

Once we rattle through five big events and a busy weekend in Kleinhans Music Hall, check out the gaggle of Super Bowl parties.

Barrel Jam, 2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at 42 North Brewing (25 Pine St., East Aurora). General admission is $45.

Barrel aging takes patience – often a month or two for beer – but the results are worth the wait. Oak, wood or bourbon barrels impart a totally different flavor (to liquor and wine, too), and 42 North has invited brewery pals from near and far to show off their limited-edition brews. 

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Lancaster Chillville Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 in downtown Lancaster (HQ at Central and West Main). Free.

Credit community groups, such as Rediscovering Lancaster, for holding events to trumpet what's best about their towns or villages.

On Saturday, visits from alpacas, free hot chocolate by Starbucks, a touch-a-truck event and a virtual roller coaster ride will highlight a family-friendly shindig.


Art of Jazz: Christian Sands with High Wire Trio, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at Mary Seaton Room in Kleinhans (3 Symphony Circle). $34 general admission, $20 for students.

Sunday marks the third day of tributes in Kleinhans, but five-time Grammy nominee Christian Sands' interpretation of jazz great Erroll Garner is a little different, at least in its genre and presenter, the Albright-Knox. The intimate venue works in this event's favor.


TAUK, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Tickets $15 in advance, $18 day of show.

This New York instrumental band has a postmodern feel – its most recent album, "Shapeshifter II: Outbreak," emulates the themes from "Blade Runner" and "Ex Machina," with elements of its funky style still evident. News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers says this is a live performance to relish.


Daniela.'s first anniversary, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., then 4 to close on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 387 Forest Ave. No charge to get in.

Daniela., a classy restaurant-bar on Forest that brought pinsa – an Italian style of pizza –to Buffalo, presents a full day of activities.

A brunch menu, complemented by a bottomless mimosa special, will be unveiled at the early session, while complimentary small appetizers and a lasagna special intrigue at night.

CONTINUED: Lumagination at the Botanical Gardens; a whole heap of good theater, with Theatre of Youth and Road Less Traveled leading the way.

[Photos: Smiles at Lumagination launch party 2020]



Music of the Eagles, 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 31 at Kleinhans (3 Symphony Circle). Few tickets left.

Savor the enduring rock of the Eagles thanks to tribute band Hotel California, which participates in this series with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday.

Respect: Tribute to Aretha Franklin, 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 1 at Kleinhans (3 Symphony Circle). $39-$89.

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will never be forgotten, and given her Buffalo-area ties and frequent performances here, the memories of her are dear. Three vocalists will help tell her story Saturday.


All are Sunday, Feb. 2, beginning at either 5 or 6 p.m.

PR Earthquake Relief Fund benefit at Pucho Olivencia (104 Maryland St.). Perk: Authentic Puerto Rican food – arroz con gandules and pernil (roast pork), the two national dishes – for purchase to aid in relief from the January natural disaster. Begins at 4 p.m.

Boomerang's (995 Niagara St.). Perk: Taco buffet at halftime.

Free Street Tavern (1469 Niagara St.). Perk: Casa di Pizza will provide free halftime pizza.

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The Original Warehouse (4360 S. Milestrip Road, Blasdell). Perk: Free halftime spread with new housemade boneless wings.

Misuta Chow's (521 Main St.). Perk: Free wings at halftime, endless s'mores bar.

FOOD DEAL TO KNOW: Feb. 2 is National Tater Tot Day, and Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.) is selling $1 orders of tater tots between noon and 5 p.m.


Buffalo Golden Gloves in RiverWorks
Humble Braggers at Mohawk Place
Brews for a Cause (WNY Heroes) at World of Beer
Oscar Showcase 2020 at North Park Theatre
Folkfaces with Charlie Coughlin at Sportsmen's

 CONTINUING: WNY Farm Show in Hamburg Fairgrounds, highlighted by Saturday's Lumberjack Classic.


Nghtmre in Town Ballroom
Buffalo Auto Show begins in Convention Center
KISS at KeyBank Center
Joey's Place 3-year anniversary on Hertel
• "Swan Lake" at Shea's Buffalo


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