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It's not quite News of the Weird, but many of Buffalo's events this week come with unusual twists. For instance, YouTube stalwart Postmodern Jukebox has exploded thanks to leaping the bounds of musical genres, while 1987 cult classic "The Princess Bride" - starring a character named Prince Humperdinck - has carved out a place in cinematic lore. Toss in a blossoming regg…

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Why should adults have all the fun? Most of college, for students who attend shortly after high school, is spent under the legal drinking age. As an under-21-year-old, newfound freedoms such as a driver's license, a dorm room or an apartment can make the world feel like your oyster ... until 10 p.m rolls around. All of a sudden bouncers pop up everywhere, keeping you fr…

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Allentown art and music venue Pausa Art House celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The event also coincided with the debut of Buffalo State alumnus Paula Sciuk's exhibition, "Evanescence," a collection of photographs.

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The Colored Musicians Club turns 100 this year. And its going to roll up the rugs and hold a party. Make that a weeklong jazz party, all around the town. It's called the CMC Jazzfest. From July 24 to July 29, a total of 150 performers will be seen gigging around the city. Some events take place at the club, located at 145 Broadway, at the corner of Michigan Street. O…

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“The Consequence of Small Decisions” is a curious and bright selection of Cassandra Ott’s most recent series of hand-painted, abstract collages and mixed media work. Currently showing at Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.), Ott’s pieces utilize repetition and structure to visualize the winding, often invisible paths we take to arrive at a decision. Her method of meditativ…

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Critical Mass8 p.m. Jan. 21; $5Pausa is known for offering young talent a chance to shine, and Critical Mass is packed with regional “young lions” of jazz, among them saxophonist Kenny Kuriscak, guitarist Jared Tinkham, keyboardist Harry Graser, bassist Anthony Henry and drummer and Alec Dube.An Evening of Afro-Cuban Music7 and 9 p.m. Jan. 22; $15 reserved seating for 7 p.…

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For decades, Allentown has been the place for members of the arts community to do their one-stop shopping for nightlife entertainment. But until the opening of Pausa Art House in 2013, the majority of that nightlife involved late evenings that turned into early mornings, loud bars and lots of yelling in your companion’s ear in an effort to be heard over the band. Pausa fil…

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Jazz musicians are joining forces Friday at Pausa Art House for a good cause.The Magdalene Project, headed by Joanne Lorenzo, combs the streets of Niagara Falls, N.Y., for people in need. Among the folks they help are people who suffer from drug abuse, prostitution, domestic abuse, alcoholism and an inability to care for children. Working with local Christian churches, the…

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We have some old friends back in town this week that you won’t want to miss. Plus, the Imperial Court brings shopping to the bar, since you can’t bring the bar shopping. Lady Lush & The Vinyls, 8 p.m. Friday at Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) It was easy for LGBT Buffalo to fall in love with the six-piece, lounge-jazz slash soul-pop amalgam that is Lady Lush &…

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It’s nice to live in a city that has so many beer-related festivals that, after a while, you start to confuse one with another (sober or otherwise). Tonight’s outdoor Buffalo Brewfest—scheduled to shut down most of the Cobblestone District’s Illinois Street, starting at 5:30 p.m.—didn’t already happen. It’s not the Buffalo Brewers Festival (which toasted on June 20), nor …

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The early days of the chamber-folk group Tiny Rhymes were a bit of a learning process, met with certain levels of excitement and humbleness. “Our first couple shows were fun, but rough,” admits cellist/vocalist Katie Weissman. “A lot of the string parts were up in air for the first couple shows, so I would be improvising and trying connect with Sharon at the same time.” …

In the late 1980s, artist Rosemarie Bauer Sroka bought a small, decaying building in Allentown, rescuing it from demolition. She refurbished the building, turning it into studio space that she used for a number of years. The building, which Sroka eventually sold, saw different owners and uses before becoming Pausa Art House, an intimate, boutique-type venue showcasing live…

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Dragging backpacked belongings abroad isn’t cheap for even the most minimalistic vagabond, so how much do you think a weeklong European tour costs for a quartet of jazz musicians? Answer: A lot. That’s why Buffalo’s Gruvology has invited the likes of Bobby Militello, George Caldwell and others to join its fundraising show at 8 p.m. Saturday in Pausa Art House (19 Wadswort…

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Two exhibitions opening Friday in Buffalo Arts Studio (2495 Main St., Suite 500) explore the meaning of identity, each by strikingly different means. In Stacey Robinson’s show “Binary ConScience,” a collection of digital collages that fuse often disturbing images of black oppression and pop culture references with a brash, illustrative style, was motivated by the ideas of…

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Friday reveal: I never trained to be a professional kickboxer. I neglected to roll into high school parties in a khaki trench coat and Clash T-shirt; and though I absolutely considered it, failed to ever stand outside a woman’s home or employment and blast Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” out of a boombox hoisted over my head. I never did any of these things, yet John Cusac…