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For many in Buffalo, the opportunity to sleep in (or nap after the Turkey Trot) and the promise of a hearty meal Thursday means a chance to let loose Wednesday night. That fact is not lost on bars, restaurants and clubs; Thanksgiving Eve is, as usual, absolutely loaded with parties, live music and general holiday revelry. Expats in town for the week have a lot to con…

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The Doobie Brothers, who recently surprised fans by announcing that its 50th anniversary tour would feature Michael McDonald, announced Monday that the tour would be stopping in Western New York. The Doobie Brothers will play at 7 p.m. July 21 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 via livenation.com or through Ticketmaster. …

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If you’re an expat returning home for the holidays, you’re in for a few surprises. Many new businesses and cultural establishments have opened since you’ve been gone, lending increased variety to the Buffalo-area experience. News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau and Music Critic Jeff Miers have pulled together a few places that weren’t part of the mix at Thanksgiving 2018 t…

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The Great Performances Series at SUNY Buffalo State brings two shows to the Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center stage this weekend. Kim Waters, master of the jazz saxophone, performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 22, accompanied by his daughter keyboardist Kayla Waters. Waters is a founding member of the Sax Pack and has built his reputation on compositions that blend R&B and jazz f…

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Ian McCuen, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $8. Hushed singer-songwriter Ian McCuen will be celebrating the release of his latest material within the Silo City walls. The melancholic folkie is readying the release of "Songs of Fleeting Permanence, Vol. III," the final installment of his three-volume, 33-track musical project. Born out of a six…

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Randall Goosby sat on the stairs Monday by the auditorium stage at the Buffalo International School, P.S. 45. As about 100 third-graders quietly filled a few rows of old wooden seats, Goosby made casual observations to children while they filed past, such as glancing at their feet and saying in admiration: Cool shoes. Whatever they were expecting, the chances are thi…

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Welcome to an edgy, throwback week for Buffalo events. Things that sparked raw emotion in the 1990s can have the same effect decades later, and not everything timeless has to be rainbows and sunshine. Fans of the iconic Martin Scorsese mob film "Goodfellas" will be thrilled to hear "The Irishman," another Scorsese mafia production with an overlapping cast, just debuted …

The music of prominent African-American composer Florence Price will be the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving service at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 24 in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. Along with Price’s "Communion Service in F Major," composed in 1936, this special musical service also will feature Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s 1833 cantata "For the Fes…

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For the first time in 18 years, the deafening roar of KISS 98.5-loving teens and preteens, pumped up with holiday excitement and passion for their pop idols, will not fill KeyBank Center in December. The Grinch has officially stolen KISSmas Bash. OK, there’s no grumpy, green, furry dude rubbing his hands with devilish glee as he steals KISSmas and dashes the hopes of ou…

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For his most recent return visit to Kleinhans Music Hall - where he served as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's music director for nearly a decade - Max Valdes led the orchestra through the lushly romantic orchestration of Richard Wagner and, with pianist Drew Petersen, a take on the ferocious keyboard virtuosity of Franz Liszt. The first half of the concert on Friday m…

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The Royal Arms. The Bon-Ton. The Revilot. The Statler Hilton Downtown Room. The Original Tralfamadore Cafe on Main and Fillmore. The Calumet Cafe. The Lounge of the Town Casino. Joe Rico's Milestones. Jan's. And now, at least for a while, we have to add to that list of great and gone Buffalo jazz clubs one of the most underrated of local jazz venues, the auditorium of t…

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Buffalo is awash in creative types, nestled in neighborhoods such as Allentown and Elmwood, but stretching all over Western New York. The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center – inside the former Niagara Falls High School – is a gem to the north, while the WNY Book Arts Center, proudly occupying the corner of Washington and East Mohawk, stands out as another downtown. The…

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There is only one Betsy Carmichael and there is only one chance this season to see her in her element, in O'Connell & Company's bonus show for November, "Betsy Carmichael's Bingo Palace." Born the daughter of a Buffalo bingo caller (according to her unofficial biography), Betsy grew up determined to spread bingo joy to all the world. With help from alter-ego Joey B…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes its former longtime music director Maximiano Valdes for two concerts celebrating works of European masters Wagner, Liszt and Sibelius. Max, as Buffalo knows him, and the musicians will be joined by pianist Drew Peterson for the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1. Concerts are at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15, preceded by complimentary coffee and…

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Dogs in Stereo, 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $7. Lo-fi Buffalo project Dogs in Stereo will be kicking off the weekend early as it readies the release of its latest EP at Mohawk Place. Guided by frontman Joe Cardina, the languid indie act will be performing selections from its new six-track effort "Idle." The musician offered taste of the EP back i…