Share this article

print logo
Gusto

For his newest movie, filmmaker Peter McGennis (“Buffalo Bushido,” “Queen City”) wanted to focus on the children in Buffalo. So he spent time over five years on "Bubble Girl," which he made mostly at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center where he followed the same young cast fighting to overcome illness with the help of an imaginary friend. The 60-minute film is ulti…

Gusto

Folkfaces, 7 p.m. July 11, Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.), $12. Local Americana favorites Folkfaces will be celebrating the release of its latest album at the Amherst Street musical landmark. The follow-up to 2017's genre-sprawling collection "How Long?," "Fat Ol' Rat" finds the quartet picking up right where it left off, delivering foot stompin' cuts of roots …

Art

Memorial Day was absolutely gorgeous in Buffalo, which benefited everything from town parades to the beaches, each overflowing with attendance on the first summery day of the year. (Take that, other rainy weekends in May). Even though it's a shorter-than-usual scope for This Week in Buffalo - just Tuesday through Thursday - plenty of events are packed into those three d…

Gusto

Is this the most contentious Oscars in recent Academy Awards history? Consider: the Kevin Hart controversy, the quickly reversed decision to not air four awards during the telecast, and nominations for the entertaining but hardly stellar likes of “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” — to say nothing of the short-lived Best Popular Film award. (Remember that?) But there …

Gusto

The Buffalo cinema scene is thriving. That fact is clear when studying the fall calendar of film screenings and festivals. It isn't just packed with events - it is packed with quality. This was not always the case. In fact, just a few years ago it would have been difficult to call the area's loose collection of one-off film screenings and scattershot series a “scene.” B…

Gusto

Area filmmaker Hope Muehlbauer started making her first feature film when she was 16. For its premiere on July 14 in the North Park Theatre, she gave her horror film an "R" rating. That means she wouldn't have been able to see her own movie without her parents - and she sees the humor in that. “I did find it funny that I wouldn’t have been able to see it at 16 withou…

Gusto

It's one of the oldest complaints about the Oscars: "What are these movies? I never heard of them.I certainly never saw them." It's gotten worse in the last couple of decades when so much of Hollywood's biggest and most expensive hoo-ha has been supplanted on Oscar night by smaller, less-expensive independent films. A serious answer to the complaint is here beginning th…

Gusto

As superheroes and sci-fi heroes continue to dominate movie screens during the summer, many local fan events are filling up the calendar featuring celebrity guests, costumes and even baseball. “Flash Gordon,” 7 p.m. May 18 at the North Park Theatre. The 1980 sci-fi pulp film with the classic Queen soundtrack returns with a special screening at the North Park Theatre (14…

Featured

The Buffalo-made film noir “The American Side” has its world premiere at 7 p.m. April 22 in the North Park Theatre. The indie mystery, filmed here in 2013, features a tangled plot involving a missing Nikola Tesla design, and has starring roles for iconic local backdrops including the mansion rooms of the Buffalo Club and Kleinhans Music Hall’s curving facade. The film, w…

Featured

The Buffalo-made film noir “The American Side” has its world premiere at 7 p.m. April 22 in the North Park Theatre. The indie mystery, filmed here in 2013, features a tangled plot involving a missing Nikola Tesla design, and has starring roles for iconic local backdrops including the mansion rooms of the Buffalo Club and Kleinhans Music Hall’s curving facade. The film, w…

Art

1) Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day parade, noon to 5 p.m. March 19, begins at the Valley Community Association (93 Leddy St.). Free to watch the parade and to enjoy the festivities. Commentary: Maybe it's the route that winds through the Valley and Old First Ward neighborhoods, which lends a historic feel to Saturday's parade and lends a strong sense of authenticity. M…

Featured

If you're a "Star Wars" fan who likes to dress up for the movies - in costume that is - then head to the North Park Theatre this weekend. The North Park (1428 Hertel Ave.) is showing "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" from March 18 through 24 and is hosting a costume contest at two of the screenings. Dress up as your favorite "Star Wars" character - classic or mo…

Art

The Witches Ball in the Hotel @ the Lafayette would usually stake its claim as No. 1 in Halloween's The 10 but alas, it's sold out. Don't fret, though; turn your fiendish frown into a sinister smile, as several other spooky events are slated for Western New York. Here's The 10, with special-edition spookiness levels (number/10 indicates creepiness): 1) Halloween parties …

Featured

The North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.) is going full measure on its spooky lineup this Halloween season. With humorous takes on the genre like “Beetlejuice” and “Gremlins” already in the bag, and a screening of “Shaun of the Dead” still in the queue (Oct. 30-31), the revamped movie house has been filling its schedule with a collection of frights with laughs films for th…

Featured

Since the renovated North Park Theatre reopened its doors earlier this year, the North Buffalo movie house has been showing a fantastic and eclectic selection of films, both new and old. From the cult local film “Buffalo 66” to a wide selection of animated Japanese fantasy flicks, buzzing indie dramas to throwback blockbusters, Hertel Avenue has become the go-to spot for o…