Mr. Conrad’s Happy Hour. 5 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Piano rock and low priced drinks at happy hour. 312-9279. Free. Friday Night Heavy. 11 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Stop in for an assortment of heavy bands in a new ongoing concert series. 312-9279 buffalosmohawkplace.com $3. Joe Machi. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. “…

Ben Madoff had a good year at work. So, instead of stashing the unexpected windfall from his engineering job in his 401K or investing it in the stock market, the 36-year-old Toledo, Ohio native decided to fulfill a long-held dream: He bought a 3,000 square-foot warehouse in Larkinville to house Buffalo's growing community of circus artists and performers. "This …

To watch Misa Kuranaga and Daniel Ulbricht together on stage is a true thing of beauty. Kuranaga, principal dance with Boston Ballet, and Ulbricht, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, reunite for what has become a holiday tradition, reprising their roles in the timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” for three performances at the University at Buffalo Center…

Halloween may be over but Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet kept its blood-curdling spirit alive Thursday night at UB’s Center for the Arts with their critically-acclaimed ballet production of Dracula (1998) as part of the Center’s M&T Bank Dance Series. Murder, mayhem, love and lust mixed with a modicum of levity, made for a tantalizingly frightening and enterta…

When Anthony Bannon, executive director at Burchfield Penney Art Center, was looking to expand the dance programming at the museum, he didn’t have to look far to find the right person to help him make that happen. Bannon tapped Jon Lehrer, artistic director of Buffalo’s Lehrer Dance to curate local dance artist performances at the museum. For his third such effort, Leh…

SHERMAN OAKS, CALIF. – She just got the turndown from George Clooney, but Marguerite Derricks is beaming. Sunbeaming, to play off the nickname Debbie Allen assigned decades ago to her “beautiful and youthful and energetic” platinum-haired protégé, who was fresh out of Buffalo and hoping to build a long dance career. That happened. It happened so well that tod…

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Lehrer Dance’s performance Saturday night at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre felt like the release of a decade’s worth of pent-up dance energy. It exploded in waves of choreographic creativity and skillful dancing. The jam-packed program of vibrant, often relentlessly athletic dance, all choreograp…

In celebration of its 10th anniversary season, Lehrer Dance, Buffalo’s globetrotting professional dance company, returns to  the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Mainstage Theater on Oct. 1 to open the center’s 2016-17 M&T Bank Dance Series. Led by former Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago star and UB grad Jon Lehrer, the company has evolved from a barely known…

One of the world’s oldest dance forms, Indian classical dance has survived for the past 3,000 years by adhering to its traditions. One important tradition is dance students honoring their guru (teacher) in performance. Graduates and alumni of Buffalo’s Natya School of Indian Classical Dance will pay homage to their guru, Tejaswini Rao, in “Abhinandanam,” an evening…

One of the world’s oldest dance forms, Indian classical dance has survived for the past 3,000 years by adhering to its traditions. One important tradition is dance students honoring their guru (teacher) in performance. Graduates and alumni of Buffalo’s Natya School of Indian Classical Dance will pay homage to their guru, Tejaswini Rao, in “Abhinandanam,” an evening…

National Live Creative Day is a newly minted national holiday. Make it a good one. Wear a splashy hat. Pack a creative lunch. Do a chalk drawing. Pick up a cheap notebook and start a bullet journal. Then, think big. Buffalo is a creative town.  The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has art classes. ("Paint Like Picasso," anyone?) Michael's Crafts or JoAnn Fabrics have clas…

The minstrel boy to the war has gone. Twenty years ago, “Riverdance” took Irish music and dance and made it thunder with military precision. The drums, pipes, fiddles, rock star lighting, clouds of smoke and dry ice, and leather-clad dancers took the world by storm. They spawned a number of knock-off acts, all loud and successful. It also led to more high-wattage fiddl…

The title of “The Yeats Project” implies something workmanlike and studious, while the reality of “The Yeats Project” on the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s stage is the exact opposite. The show literally has wings. Through an inspired collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater, the spiritual voice of Yeats’ vision of Ireland comes vividly to lif…

Proof of the adage “Good things come to those who wait,” Thursday night’s long-awaited performance by Richmond Ballet and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in “The Rite of Spring” at UB Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre had everything: excitement, drama, pathos, thrilling music and exceptional dancing. The production, postponed due to 2014’s “snow-poc…