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Virtual experiences: A pub crawl, Old Fort Niagara, theater and music

Here's a quick look at the some of the latest virtual experiences from Buffalo-area bars, theater groups and attractions.

Virtual pub crawl. Five Buffalo bars are hosting a virtual pub crawl starting at 5 p.m. May 21. Colter Bay, Ballyhoo, Lucky Day, Casa Azul and Billy Club are collaborating on this Instagram live event. Each business has a 15-minute segment to discuss topics like favorite drinks, specials, Buffalo's restaurant industry and more. It starts on the Colter Bay Instagram (@ColterBayBuffalo) and will move on Instagram from bar to bar.

"Table Reads with a Twist," O'Connell & Company. This free Zoom event is a weekly table reading of theater works, followed by a Q&A about themes of the show. It's at 7 p.m. Thursdays in May and is directed by Daniel Lendzian, O’Connell & Company board trustee and chair of OCC's Education Committee. Information is updated with the Zoom code on OCC's facebook page. At 7:30 p.m. May 20, the company is hosting another Zoom event, "Gentlemen Prefer DIVAs! The Silver Screen Quarantine Edition!"

Faces of the Fort at Old Fort Niagara. Old Fort Niagara always has been our link to the past through tours, events and educational programs. Now it’s offering a free series of distance-learning videos we can watch via Zoom. “Faces of the Fort,” offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through May, tells stories of six people who lived at the fort between 1750 and 1815. While the series is targeted to school-aged children, it’s great for all ages. Sessions include a short video (5 to 6 minutes) and a Q&A. Robert Emerson, executive director of the Old Fort Niagara Association, will introduce each session and participate in some Q&A sessions. Full details are on the Events page at

"A Night In with MusicalFare." The theater company recently presented its first "night in" livestreaming musical event. It went over so well that MusicalFare is turning it into a monthly series, continuing a collaboration with the Town of Amherst, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Daemen College and Amherst restaurants. The idea is to present a night of entertainment for people to enjoy from home, while encouraging takeout to support Amherst restaurants. The second livestream performance is "Thank You or the Music: A C-"Abba"-Ret Live" at 7:30 p.m. May 21 from the Premiere Cabaret. The celebration of Abba hits is performed by Amy Jakiel, Kelly Copps, Phil Faugia, Steve Copps and Brian McMahon. Purchase your digital pass via the MusicalFare website at $10 per household. You will be emailed a link before the show begins. Tickets benefit MusicalFare Theatre and Second Generation Theatre.

"Passage," Torn Space Theater. The performance-based group is presenting another unique arts event. "Passage," called an "auditory experience for remote audiences," is a modification of a soundtrack originally used by Torn Space as the soundtrack for a boat ride exclusive for Premier ticket holders of the site-specific production “Stations” in 2018. Space sound designer Justin Rowland modified his work for listeners to enjoy whenever they want and it is intended to be experienced in a “beautiful setting of the listener’s choice.” “Passage” will be available to stream online from May 22 to 31. Reserve your ticket for the time of your choice; you will be emailed a web link and password one hour before showtime. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. In addition to Rowland, “Passage" is performed by Diane Gaidry and directed by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola. See the available times and order your tickets online.

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