Mary Halvorson, who brings her ensemble Reverse Blue to the Albright-Knox Art of Jazz series on Jan. 29, studied with master saxophonist, educator and music-philosopher Anthony Braxton. Which explains a lot. Braxton is the man behind “The Tri-Axium Writings,” a collection of on-point intellectual musings which, according to his web site’s explanation,  posits the…

What caused Beethoven's deafness? How was it treated? And what effect did it have on his music and his character? On Jan. 26, in a multimedia event, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's "Know the Score" series will probe these and other centuries-old questions. In a new collaboration, the musicians will be joined by two UB medical professors. Linda Pessar, director…

With rumors swirling all weekend, the hearts of local music fans skipped beat this morning with the announcement that The 1975's just announced tour a will include a back-to-back stop at 8 p.m. May 30 and 31 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). The ethereal Manchester synth-poppers were one of 2016's breakthrough artists with the release of their sophom…

Open Mic Night. 9 p.m. Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Come to Buffalo's longest running open-mic night at one of Buffalo's most iconic venues. 886-8539. nietzsches.com. Free. Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy. Hands on, educational experience for families eager to learn more about the guitar. Sci…

Although it's shrunk from seven to five shows, the annual Country Megaticket concert series will still bring plenty of firepower to Darien Lake this summer. Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are back on the bill after missing the series last year, while Florida-Georgia Line and Jason Aldean return for another summer in Darien. Here's the full schedule of…

“I hear a lot about ‘ladies nights’ happening in Buffalo, but I wanted to do something more inclusive, so the Trans/Queer/Non-binary community could be involved,” said promoter Sara Ali, who has been booking once-a-month gigs at the Gypsy Parlor (376 Grant St.) for the past year. Ali took matters into her own hands, and hatched the plan for “Ladies Night @ the…

The 10-year anniversary of the Every Time I Die tour documentary will be celebrated with a special screening and visit from two of the band members and director. Directed by frequent band collaborator Doug Spangenburg, 2007's "Sh*T Happens" captured the Buffalo hardcore-heroes during their banner two-year period in the mid-2000s, kicked off by the release of the group'…

The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Niagara Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Galls St., Niagara Falls. Explore all things fishing related at this massive expo. 278-2100. ccfny.com. $10 "Grounded." 2 p.m. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. One-woman story of a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot who is grounded and re-trained to fly remote controlled…

The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Niagara Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. Enjoy everything fishing at this expansive show. 278-2100. ccfny.com. $10 "42nd Street." 2 and 8 p.m. at Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Broadway touring production of classic musical.  847-1410. sheas.org. $25-$65. "Groun…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Irish Classical Theatre are teaming up for a production, with music, of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus." It's a mad romp. The performance Friday drew a good-sized crowd, all ages. You could tell it would be quite the event, and it was. Vince O'Neill plays Antonio Salieri, and PJ Tighe portrays Mozart. Both seem to relish their …

JAZZ David Murray, Volume 3 (6 discs), Mal Waldron Volume 2 (11 discs), Max Roach, Volume 2 (6 discs), Muhal Richard Abrams (9 discs), all recorded on the Black Saint/Soul Note labels. Something treasurable is happening here. It all goes back to a singular figure. His name was Giovanni Bonandrini. Many, if not most, of the jazz records the Italian and his company …

1) EXPO Souped Up Soup Challenge, 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at EXPO Market (617 Main St.). Tickets are $12, which you can purchase here, and include the chance to taste 12 different soups. Commentary: EXPO Market houses myriad restaurants - sandwich specialists Bobby Alfman's, health-focused Newbury Street, black rice-wielding Sun Roll, versatile GBGB and Osteria 166 offshoot…

EDM star Datsik stopped in the Town Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, for his Ninja Nation Tour. See the smiling faces of fans in attendance.

Steve Trevino 7:30 and 10 p.m. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. Famed comic and star of his own Netflix special. 853-1211. $20-$28. "Grounded." 7:30 p.m. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. A one-woman show about a F-16 fighter pilot who is grounded and retrained to fly drones in the Middle East. 829-7668. kavinokytheatre.com. $38-$42. "Dial M For Murder." 7:30 …