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The popularity of “Murder for Two” doesn’t really hinge on the murder. With this show, it’s all about the execution. That is, how well can a theater company pull off the manic antics of Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian’s smart musical homage that marries “Masterpiece Mystery” to the Marx Brothers? Well, in its summer production, MusicalFare kills it. The show require…

Festivals

1) Galbani Italian Heritage Festival, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 12-14, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 15 at Buffalo's Outer Harbor (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.). General admission is $5, and $2 for seniors; a four-day pass runs for $15. Admission is free between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Commentary: There's no denying that turning the annual Italian Festival from a Hertel A…

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Not until fireworks and fireflies, splash pads and swimming pools, Dilly Bars and saltwater taffy – and certainly, not until Buffalo United Artists Summer Camp spectacular hits the stage – has summer officially begun. This is the milestone we wait for, the spoof of spoofs, the shock of all awe, the ridiculous, rambunctious, calamitous display that’s hard to take serious…

There’s an urgent message being shared at Subversive Theatre right now, delivered right from the source. In “Slut: The Play,” this summer’s iteration of the company’s summer youth series, a cast of students from Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts shares the reality of enduring various kinds of abuse and disrespect. About how our current culture propagates an…

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It's time to brush up on your "Hamilton" lyrics as fans of the Broadway smash will have the chance to sing along with their favorite songs from the award-winning musical during a special event at Curtain Up! "Hamiltunes: An American Singalong" is a community karaoke where audience members are encouraged to sing along from their seats with some individuals and groups get…

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As parental fantasies go, there's a certain appeal to the idea of disinheriting an ungrateful child. Didn't mow the lawn like I asked? Disinherited. "Forgot" to clean up the dishes? Sorry, you are banished to Gowanda. And your share of what's left in my 401K will go to your sisters, who we like better anyway. Sure, it's a rash move. It's not without its consequenc…

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Picture director Steve Vaughan, wearing tall Wellington boots and covered head to toe in mud, clomping through a swamp in search of the perfect prop. This scene, which bore a striking resemblance to Shakespeare's famous tale of an unhinged King Lear wandering across the heath, played out early this spring in Vaughan's muddy Grand Island backyard. And while some might…

Food and Drink

Eat the World 6 to 9 p.m. at the International Institute of Buffalo (864 Delaware Ave.). Admission is $20 here and includes two drink tickets. International flavors will be the order of the day in the International Institute of Buffalo's backyard, with Ms. Judi's International Cravings, Falafel Bar, Lomo Lomo, Sweet Melody's and Lloyd among the food trucks lined up on …

Food and Drink

Father's Day Brunch options Does dad love water? On the waterfront, Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, has a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (steak, fresh oysters, crab legs and more), for $44.95 (adult) or $20.95 (child); a dinner is slotted for 5:30 p.m., too. Or consider a floating three-course lunch aboard the Grand Lady, part of a 90-minute narrated cru…

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Few things in this world are more powerful than a story well told. Stories shape our social interactions and our politics. They mold the way we view the world. Frighteningly enough, they need not be true to do so. The ancient Greeks knew all of this in their bones, which is why they spent more time than any ancient culture inventing, imagining, embellishing and, m…

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There is an acrobatic quality to well-done farce, as the performers hit their marks, verbally bounce off one another and fly so fast from one neatly strung gag to another you don't know where to look next. Such expertise is on fast-paced display in the culturally creaky but classically comic "Here Lies Jeremy Troy," a 1960s "boss is coming to dinner" bit of fluff design…

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BBQ and Blues Bash 5 to 9 p.m. at the Cobblestone District, Illinois Street near the KeyBank Center. Tickets $25 pre-sale here, $30 at the door, and $65 VIP, including food and drink specials. The 10th edition of the Cobblestone District's celebration of barbecue, live blues and beer raises money for the Gateway-Longview social services agency. Barbecue lineup: Babz BB…

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I didn’t think there was anything left to see in “Annie.” I thought I had the little orphan’s story pegged, as the perennial family classic that it is, the love letter to bygone Manhattan, the Christmas wish that hangs it hope on the new, brighter day just around the corner. The last time I saw the show on stage, maybe 15 years ago, I hadn’t absorbed the deft political …

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Torn Space Theater, headquartered on Buffalo's East Side, has received the largest grant in its history. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has awarded Torn Space $310,000, which will be used by the theater company to finish the exterior renovation of its performance space in the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle. "The Wilson grant concludes stage one of th…