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Activity is slowly picking up at the new AMC Theatre in downtown Buffalo two months after it opened – and before the bar even starts up. But the theater still has some structural issues with its exterior facade that will require some repairs. The Market Arcade 8 kicked off to great fanfare in mid-August – about two years after originally hoped – and traffic has been …

Art

1) Christmas in the Country, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center (5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg). Tickets are $10 at the door; children 12 years and younger get in for free. Commentary: Apparently, there exists a publication - Sunshine Artist - that ranks art-and-crafts markets across the cou…

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Four days before opening night of “The Three Musketeers,” the most ambitious collaboration Buffalo theaters have produced in recent memory, the pressure is starting to seem real. Inside Shea’s 710 Theatre, Kenneth Shaw’s set gleams like a Renaissance jungle gym under the lighting design of Chris Cavanagh, who stands behind a control panel running through sound cues sugg…

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"Fiddler on the Roof" is a perfect musical. The story of Tevye, a Jewish milkman living with his wife, Golde and their five daughters in the tiny Russian town of Anatevka, is as engaging as it is timeless. The characters are vivid and real. The show’s exquisite songs by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock are beautifully integrated into Joseph Stein’s perfectly structured book.…

Festivals

If this past weekend's Halloween parties around Buffalo weren't enough to satisfy your thirst for scantily clad superheroes or goblin fuel (a generic name for domestic beer), then there remain plenty of opportunities this week to wear a costume or explore an alter-ego. The strong options for Monday through Thursday, with the 10 - published Thursday morning - laying out …

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In the first scene of "Speed-the-Plow," Bobby Gould has just been promoted to head of production at a Hollywood studio and is settling into a brand-new office. He is awash in the heady aroma of power and possibilities, and in this new show from Road Less Traveled Productions, the scene gets an added verisimilitude from the venue itself, the company's relocated and just-ope…

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The marquee is up, the bar is in, the seats are arranged and the stage is set for the debut of the new Road Less Traveled Theater. Again. This time, founder Scott Behrend said, Road Less Traveled Productions could be settling in for keeps. “We plan to stay here for a while, I hope at least until my daughter (she’s a toddler) finishes college,” Behrend joked as he pre…

Health and Fitness

Jessica Levesque is a new star in Buffalo and her mother couldn’t be happier. It’s one of the things Aimee Levesque envisioned almost three years ago when she created Inclusive Theater of WNY. The nonprofit theater group formed to reimagine society through original scripts, ongoing writing groups, acting workshops and production training open to all. Levesque soug…

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Leave it to the Brazen-Faced Varlets to find the perfect all-American prelude to the "Hamilton" juggernaut arriving in town next month. Their energetic production of Lauren Gunderson's "The Taming" gives Buffalo audiences a different sort of lesson in U.S. history, dissecting today's fractured and factional politics without musical numbers or taking sides, but with plen…

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For all the jabs taken at musical theater—that it’s overwrought, laborious, self-indulgent—few laugh as earnestly at it as those who perform it. This makes the trip to “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits,” the spoof revue now at MusicalFare’s Premier Cabaret, all the more delicious. If you ever rolled your eyes at a dramatic interpretation, or felt your mouth agape, in …

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An impressive number of Buffalo-area events has already sold out this week, with Johnny Marr, Hospice Harvest Fest Ruby Gala, the Hallowine Murder Mystery on the Niagara Wine Trail and all three Goo Goo Dolls shows filled to the brim. Don't fear, though, or just fear a little because it's the Halloween season. There's plenty to do this weekend in the Buffalo area. 1)…

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Sometimes a regional production can downsize a big Broadway show in a way that improves it. That’s the case with Second Generation Theatre’s staging of "Big Fish," the 2013 musical adapted from the novel by Daniel Wallace and the screenplay by John August, with book by August and songs by Andrew Lippa. This is the story of Edward Bloom, an Alabama traveling salesman who…

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This weekend's live presentation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in SUNY Buffalo's Rockwell Hall is not a typical college musical. Or Broadway musical. Or high school musical. Or typical anything. "Hunchback" is the first production of a new arts group called Starring Buffalo, created by four Williamsville East graduates who want to build more connections between stage…

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Local Restaurant Week, which runs from Oct. 15-21, steals the headlines for the top weekday event in Buffalo, as it's something that everyone with a stomach and taste buds ought to enjoy. Lunch and dinner specials for $20.18, $30.18 and up - and vary by restaurant - are serious, limited-time deals that are worth further investigation. One midweek concert has already sol…

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Tradition can be toxic. A large and growing body of Jewish literature and drama attests to this inconvenient fact of modern life, from Chaim Potok's heartbreaking book "My Name is Asher Lev" to the plaintive songs of "Fiddler on the Roof." Shirl Solomon, a Philadelphia-based novelist and playwright, makes a minor contribution to this canon with "The Strudel Lady," pl…