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Cosmo Vittelli is in trouble and its his own fault. The strip club owner has finally paid off a seven-year debt and to celebrate he takes three of the girls and goes to a casino. By the end of the night, he's $23,000 back in the hole and can't see his way out. When filmmaker John Cassavetes told Cosmo's story more than 40 years ago in "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," …

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Two Buffalo-born theater experiences debut this weekend in the heart of the city's historic East Side. One brings in some of the community's newest arrivals, the other is built around its geologic roots. Together, "Manmade Earth" and "Light/Station" combine to form the conclusion of Torn Space Theater's 2018 Response Festival. "Manmade Earth" has been midwifed by the th…

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Buffalo Booze & Brews Music Festival, noon Aug. 4, Buffalo Distilling Company & Flying Bison Brewing Company (860 and 840 Seneca St.), $10. Between the weekly Live at Larkin series, an upcoming Beatles Rooftop Tribute and countless lunch-time accompaniment sets for the business district's many employees, Larkinville continues to make a push to be the go-to local…

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The Tins, 8 p.m. June 1 at Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.), $12. Reliable indie-pop act the Tins is back and ready to celebrate its latest release at the Cobblestone hot spot. The follow-up to last year's wonderful change-of-pace EP "City Lies," the trio's self-titled (and rumored best) new record will finally see the light of day after a three-year …

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In The Valley Below, 7 p.m. July 14, Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), $15-$18. Sultry electro-pop duo In The Valley Below, which has made Buffalo a regular spot while on tour, will be back in town for its latest local gig. The Echo Park, Calif., band has been getting some major mileage out of its breakout single "Peaches," the lead-off track to its debut 2013 releas…

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On Friday, we previewed the major Dyngus Day events for Monday, but to simplify your aims for the Polish extravaganza, here's the 2015 Dyngus Day bucket list. 1) Eat a Polish food you can't pronounce Explanation: Maybe that's golabki (cabbage roll filled with meat), czarnina (duck blood soup) or barszcz (red beet-based or white sauerkraut thickened with wheat flour). Or …

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In the first scene of the second act of Torn Space Theatre’s confounding production of “Lulu” that opened Thursday night in the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library, an elderly man in full leather gear steps onto the stage, raises his arms like Arturo Toscanini and conducts what might be described as a short sexual opera. Our geriatric leather daddy, played with di…

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Torn Space Theater specializes in nightmares. And its latest living fever dream, Matthew Clinton Sekellick’s disconcerting and often electrically charged adaptation of the noir film “Detour,” is effective enough to make you wake up in a cold sweat. The play, running through Sunday as part of the Buffalo Infringement Festival, is the result of Torn Space’s inaugural compe…