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Dreams of speed, style and luxury make the annual auto show an alluring event. Last year brought a $200,000 Lamborghini to the convention center, while a beastly Humvee will be on display this year. With four days and a charity preview gala, there's no shortage of opportunity. Read Matt Glynn's five things to know about the auto show. Buffalo Auto Show opens, 11 a.m.…

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The Art of Jazz series is alive and kicking, albeit in a new venue, having left the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Elmwood campus while it's closed for construction and resurfacing in Kleinhans Music Hall’s Mary Seaton Room. The first concert there was a showcase for the amazing pianist Christian Sands who, along with bassist Alex Claffy and drummer Rodney Green, took the …

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It was always going to work better as symbolism than as music. The pairing of international pop stars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez for the Super Bowl LIV halftime show at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami can be seen as a badly needed celebration of the diversity that is at the core of this country’s greatest collective accomplishments. The two Latina superstars – J-Lo grew up i…

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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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Like millions of other Americans, John Piccillo was blown away by the Beatles when he saw them perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964. Just 7 years old at the time, Piccillo was still suffering from a deep sadness brought on by the assassination of his hero, President John F. Kennedy, less than three months earlier. Watching John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo…

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Too Many Zooz, 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $20. Brass house trio Too Many Zooz is bringing its must-see live show to the Cobblestone District. The former New York City subway buskers turned viral YouTube phenomenon is credited for coining its own genre – brass house – a mashup of jazz, funk, EDM and world rhythms. After sharing a collectio…

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Valentine's Day is going to be big for Justin Bieber fans. That's the day they'll be able to buy his fifth studio album, "Changes" (via RBMG/Def Jam Recordings) and tickets for its accompanying tour that includes a Buffalo date on Aug. 24 at KeyBank Center. Opening will be Kehlani and Jaden Smith. We've known for a while that Bieber would be back this summer, but now…

Festivals

Soup-Fest, Larkinville Ice Festival, Groundhog Day and the rest of last weekend's event bonanza are now behind us. It's time to exhale. This week's lineup touches several different areas – from more chances to relish the Botanical Gardens' Lumagination exhibition to events based on mindfulness, hay bale tossing and "brass house." It's all a little offbeat, frankly, b…

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Saturday night’s concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra led off with a delightful cello concerto by Franz Joseph Haydn and featured, as the finale, one of the most remarkable pieces of music ever written. There’s more than one story about how and why Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created a Requiem, but there should be no doubt that the result – no matter how the music …

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's just announced 2020-21 season is stuffed to the brim with classics, new works, pops programs and returning favorites. On the surface, the lineup appears to be doing what any competitive orchestra in a market like ours should be doing – offering a little bit of something for everyone and walking the tightrope between the wholly artist…

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Deborah Dugan was hired as the first female CEO of the Recording Academy last August after the retirement of former CEO Neil Portnow. Six months later, she’s out of a job and appearing on talk shows explaining her recent legal complaint alleging that the Academy is a “boy’s club” given to corrupt voting practices, and that Portnow was offered a $750,000 consulting contr…

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The whole nation got a taste of Buffalo on Thursday night. This has nothing to do with chicken wings, beef on weck, or any of the other clichés routinely trotted out whenever our town gets mentioned by the mainstream media. (Can you blame them? Half the time, we do it to ourselves.) No, this was no Travel Channel-concocted view of our supposedly burgeoning downtown, but…

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Rock for the Cure, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $20-$25. Canadian music icon Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low, the Do-Good Assassins) has been tabbed to headline this year's Rock for the Cure benefit concert. A longtime favorite of local music fans, Hawkins has been making a habit of selling out the Town Ballroom on Thanksgiving Eve with the …

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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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Walter Kemp III, musician and music director at the Historic Colored Musicians Club has never been one to mince words. And he wasn’t about to start during a press conference announcing that CMC and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center were awarded the Cullen Foundation Collaborative Opportunities grant. “This allows Buffalo to cross over the Main Street divide," Kemp said …