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Fresh off Canada's Thanksgiving holiday (it was Monday), a heartwarming Canadian export has arrived in Shea's Buffalo Theatre to share those grateful feelings. The hit musical "Come from Away" is set in Gander, Newfoundland, pop. about 12,000, where 38 commercial jets carrying nearly 7,000 passengers were forced to land when North American airspace was closed in the hou…

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Sports fans show their colors in many ways. Some fans paint their faces, some fans paint their garage doors, and some fans, like Buffalo artist A.J. Fries, make actual paintings. Starting Oct. 18 at the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Bills fans can get a look at "Superfan!," a dozen Fries paintings inspired by the museum's Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills it…

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The play "Superior Donuts" is a lot like its namesake, a superior doughnut: Inside its coarse exterior there lies a satisfying goodness, sprinkled with a nutty tidbits and leaving you wanting more. There is room to share Tracy Letts' wonderful play in Shea's 710 Theatre, where "Superior Donuts" is being presented again by Road Less Traveled Productions. RLTP had a hit w…

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The variety of music presented through the SUNY Buffalo State Music department's Faculty and Friends Guest Artist Series is a testament to how expansive the faculty's list of friends really is. Concerts include jazz, classical and chamber music, but there also is electronica, choral music and drumming. With 20 concerts to choose from, anything is possible. For instance,…

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Art can be emotionally and psychologically liberating, and in those rare cases, it also can physically free the the artist. Valentino Dixon will talk about how his art helped free him from prison after serving nearly 30 years for a crime he did not commit. Dixon's talk will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, in conjunction with the opening of…

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After two excellent opening acts had their say and the audience was settled back in their seats at KeyBank Center Thursday night, the arena began to fill with a semi-celestial sound seemingly coming from a tunnel far away or high above. But Bart Millard and the rest of the guys who make up MercyMe didn't descend from the rafters or on angel's wings. They just walked out…

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Niagara University is known for the talent that comes out of its theater department, but you don't have to wait until graduation to see its students in action. NU's 2019-20 season opens Oct. 3 with Max Frisch's pointed political allegory "The Firebugs." Frisch, who was Swiss, wrote the play in 1953 as a criticism of his country's legendary neutrality. He questions whether …

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There is only one "Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent," and it is only right that the comic periodical be celebrated upon reaching its 10th anniversary. More than 70 comics from the series will be on display for the next month at the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.) with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4. The Great …

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Think of it as an artists' Brigadoon: Once every year, an entire community of artistic expression appears in the rooms and hallways of a former high school in Medina (less than an hour north of Buffalo) for an experience known as "PLAY/GROUND." The creative explosion of immersive exhibits lasts only one weekend – this one. For the second time, more than two dozen artist…

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The Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn dance company, will present one public performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts drama theater on the UB North Campus. "Walking with 'Trane" is inspired by the late great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Local pianist, educator and composer George Caldwell is co-composer of the work and will acco…

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Oh, what a mouth on that girl Jazmine! Her boyfriend Omari is the one in trouble -- he's the one who shoved his teacher and might be expelled, or worse -- but Jazmine is the one dropping f-bombs and going crazy. It's a great scene, coming early in Dominique Morisseau's eloquent humanizing of the school-to-prison pipeline. Frankly, "Pipeline," now playing in the new Ujim…

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Playwright Neil Simon is feeling the love in Western New York this season with two of his comic classics being presented on local stages. "Rumors" is now on stage at the Lancaster Opera House and on Sept. 20 "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" will debut in Lockport at the Kenan Center's Taylor Theater. The Carriage House Players will present six performances of Simon's pop…

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The best thing about seeing a brand new play is the pleasure of discovery — finding out who the characters are, why they are together  and what is going to happen to them. In Alleyway's season opener, "Navigators," playwright Gordon Farrell charts that journey with an expert hand, and the payoff is a treat. Set on a New England lake, the action begins in a boathouse, wh…

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Expect more good luck than not on Friday the 13th at the monthly M&T Second Friday get-together at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. The weather still allows for the party to spill onto the front yard along Elmwood Avenue, where the Buffalo Brass Machine will be bringing the funk, hip-hop, NOLA jazz and more from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Exp…

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Author Joseph Heller will live forever for coining the phrase "Catch-22" with his bestselling antiwar novel of the same name, but the play he adapted from that novel does not enjoy the same cachet. Heller has only himself to blame. His book "Catch-22" is masterpiece of contradictions, satire and sincerity balanced on an intricate scaffolding of chicanery, horror and dea…