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And now for something completely different. I promise you: You have never seen anything like “The Toxic Avenger,” not from Second Generation Theatre at least. In their promotions for the comic book comedy, the show comes across as nerdy, sci-fi with a humorous twist. That’ll be cute, you might think. In director Doug Weyand’s hands, it’s all of that turned up to volume …

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Some of the best moments in "Oh My God!" occur early in the Anat Gov's comic one-act play, when Ella, a psychologist, is trying to figure out who her mysterious new client is. The guy kind of appears out of nowhere in her office (the well-appointed stage of Jewish Repertory Theatre) and won't say his real name. When asked, he gives a little smile and tells her, "I am who I…

Family

You've got your pumpkins, picked your apples and made the traditional stops to the Great Pumpkin Farm, Pumpkinville or the MAiZE in Wheatfield. What else is there to do to get you in the Halloween spirit? Plenty. From ghost walks and tours, to a seance, horror movies and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on screen and stage, here is a sampling of other holiday happenings. …

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Band members of the Afro-Semitic Experience put their differences front and center in performances that celebrate their shared love of music, and that love will be on display in two Buffalo performances this week. The group will be part of the service at 7 p.m. Friday at Temple Beth Zion, 804 Delaware Ave., and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday it will perform in the Montante Cultu…

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TED Talks are firmly in Buffalo's vernacular; it's rare that you'll receive a blank stare when TEDxBuffalo is mentioned. The beauty of these 18-minute presentations is their brevity; our ever-dwindling attention spans can cope, and if one topic is too dull, there's an entirely different idea ready to be delivered by the next speaker. People with a passion for ideas a…

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Dec. 13, 1963 — Oct. 12, 2019 In December 2014, Timothy Patrick Finnegan played a dozen characters in the Buffalo United Artists one-man show, "Santa Claus is Coming Out," including Santa's smooth-talking agent and a young boy who wants a doll for Christmas. "No matter the role, he is always his low-key and unfailingly affable self, a tack that works extraordinarily …

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From 1971 until 2003, Peter Falk’s characterization of rumpled but shrewd Lt. Frank Columbo captivated the imaginations of television viewers. In fact, "Colombo" is one of the most beloved television characters of all time. Interestingly, Peter Falk was not the first actor to play Columbo. The invention of writers William Link and Richard Levenson, the Columbo charac…

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While Buffalo has a reputation as a drinking culture, it doesn't turn up its nose at family-friendly events. Seasonal destinations - the Great Pumpkin Farm, Kelkenberg Farm, Pumpkinville, Mayer Bros. and Becker Farms, among others - are easier to fit into schedules, but well-organized specific events have the same, if not more allure. Entertaining kids is easy work t…

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Fresh off Canada's Thanksgiving holiday (it was Monday), a heartwarming Canadian export has arrived in Shea's Buffalo Theatre to share those grateful feelings. The hit musical "Come from Away" is set in Gander, Newfoundland, pop. about 12,000, where 38 commercial jets carrying nearly 7,000 passengers were forced to land when North American airspace was closed in the hou…

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Sports fans show their colors in many ways. Some fans paint their faces, some fans paint their garage doors, and some fans, like Buffalo artist A.J. Fries, make actual paintings. Starting Oct. 18 at the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Bills fans can get a look at "Superfan!," a dozen Fries paintings inspired by the museum's Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills it…

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Often, we stress ourselves out by trying to be perfect. Life can be challenging and scary, and we sometimes add to the pressure by worrying about getting everything absolutely right. Many of us could benefit, it seems, from friendship with an easygoing, hipster cat who teaches valuable life lessons about chilling out and just enjoying the rock 'n' roll jam that life can be…

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The play "Superior Donuts" is a lot like its namesake, a superior doughnut: Inside its coarse exterior there lies a satisfying goodness, sprinkled with a nutty tidbits and leaving you wanting more. There is room to share Tracy Letts' wonderful play in Shea's 710 Theatre, where "Superior Donuts" is being presented again by Road Less Traveled Productions. RLTP had a hit w…

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O’Connell & Company, the venerable little theater company headed by Mary Kate O’Connell, has moved from its longtime home at the Park School in Snyder to a new theater at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons, formerly Philip Sheridan School (3200 Elmwood Ave.). They have inaugurated the space with the big, brash and wacky 2007 Mel Brooks musical, “Young Frankenstein.” This i…

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It's another busy opening weekend throughout the local theater scene. On Oct. 10, O'Connell & Company presents the regional premiere of "Young Frankenstein." The show, based on the classic Mel Brooks comedy, will run through Oct. 27 in the theater company's new home at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons (3200 Elmwood Ave.). Also on Oct. 10, Road Less Traveled Production…

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The variety of music presented through the SUNY Buffalo State Music department's Faculty and Friends Guest Artist Series is a testament to how expansive the faculty's list of friends really is. Concerts include jazz, classical and chamber music, but there also is electronica, choral music and drumming. With 20 concerts to choose from, anything is possible. For instance,…