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The dancers of the University at Buffalo's Zodiaque Dance Company celebrate their 46th anniversary with a lavish spring program of pieces created specifically for them by guest choreographers. Performances will be in the Drama Theatre of the UB Center for the Arts on the North Campus at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8. Several professional choreographer…

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When the great Frida Kahlo died in 1954, The New York Times described her as "wife of Diego Rivera, the noted painter" before saying that Kahlo was 44, had suffered with cancer for several years and then, finally, "She also was a painter." For women artists, recognition has long been a struggle. In recent years, however, the struggle itself is getting more recognition. …

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Meteor showers usually peak for a couple of nights, when the Earth's orbit takes us through their path, so it makes sense that audiences will have only three chances this weekend to see Steve Martin's unusual take on relationships in "Meteor Showers." Belissima Productions is presenting the absurd comedy at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Theater Loft space…

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When she was in her mid-40s, Alice Eve Cohen had her life turned upside-down by an unexpected pregnancy, a condition that was compounded by a supreme level of incompetence on the part of the medical profession that put both her and her baby in danger. Once the dust settled and her physical and personal conditions got back on track – albeit a different track from the one sh…

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Frankly, if MusicalFare invited us out for an evening of music by pianist extraordinaire George Caldwell and the rest of his quartet – bassist Sabu Adeyola, guitarist Mike Moser and an incredible Rodney Harper on drums – the night would be well spent. Hearing them with performers Zoe Scruggs and Ember Tate, both starring as blues legend Alberta Hunter? Well, now you're rea…

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Despite its plot-spoiling title, Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" remains a classic in American theater. The story of Willy Loman's shattered American dream comes back to life beginning Jan. 31 in the Ellicott Creek Playhouse (55 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda), with a production by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild. Dawn Marcolini Newton directs Miller's Pulitzer Pr…

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If Subversive Theatre Collective felt obligated to provide comprehensive trigger warnings to the audience for "Mercury Fur," its programs would have the heft of a paperback copy of Stephen King's "The Stand" (1,141 pages for the one in my bookcase). So, going for the Reader's Digest version of things most likely to offend in playwright Philip Ridley's dystopian horror stor…

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The kids in Room 207 get a comically sharp lesson in "You don't know what you've got till it's gone" when "Miss Nelson Is Missing" comes to the Allendale Theatre starting Jan. 25. The latest production from Theatre of Youth will strike notes of recognition in everyone, whether or not they have read (and who hasn't?) the popular books by Harry Allard that inspired the play.…

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While enjoying "The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women," I couldn't help wondering if the Brazen-Faced Varlets ever considered naming their own company the Emma Goldman Theatre Brigade — the fictional theater troupe in Carolyn Gage's riotous reimagining of the fate of Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. In other words, this play is a natural for the Varlets —and t…

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During periods of loss — those first few days, weeks, months —  reality can be so painful that our minds, bodies and spirits sometimes betray us, playing tricks to escape what we don't want to know. Like, waking up wondering if it was all a dream. Crying when a small moment triggers a memory. Returning over and over to places of comfort and safety. Those are the places …

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Just a reminder that the Albright-Knox, which has shuttered its main Elmwood Avenue galleries until 2022 for construction, is opening its new Northland exhibition and activity space (612 Northland Ave.), with a free open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17. More activities are on  Jan. 18, which will have "pay-what-you-wish" admission. The first show in the venue, a repurpos…

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Act II of Buffalo's theater season hits its stride this week with so many shows opening it will be hard not to find one to love. Here's a look at what's opening this week by date. Alleyway Theatre For mystery and suspense, head down the alley – and we mean Alleyway Theatre. Regular Alleyway audiences will find something a little different on this visit. Starting with …

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An eclectic collection of works by six artists is filling the Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center with light, color, inspiration, imagination and, to counter the grayness of the season, a bit of fun. "The Winter Exhibition" in the architectural landmark opens with a free public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Resource: Art curators …

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To help set the mood for a production of "The Bridges of Madison County," Kavinoky Theatre director Loraine O'Donnell and the show's romantic leads, Steve Copps and Michelle Marie Benzin, journeyed to the great state of Iowa to caucus with those now-famous covered bridges. We can see how it all worked out starting Jan. 10, when the musical adaptation of Robert James Waller…