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More than 30 years ago, stand-up comedian Joel Hodgson created a unique comedy show for a St. Paul, Minn., television station. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured Hodgson and a pair of robots forced to watch old B-movies, with only their running commentary keeping them sane. MST3K became a cult TV show, moved to cable networks like Comedy Central and Syfy, and even pro…

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Better stock up on tater tots. "Napoleon Dynamite" is coming back to a local screen this fall with some special guests in tow. The cult indie classic, celebrating its 15-year anniversary in June, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Following the showing, film stars Jon Heder, who plays the awkward title char…

Music

It’s always interesting when you’re part of an enthusiastic audience, and such was the case for the Postmodern Jukebox (a.k.a. PMJ) concert at the Riviera Theatre on Tuesday night. The excitement generated onstage amped up the attending fan base,  which, to be frank, was already geeked for the show to begin with. For their “Welcome to the Twenties” tour, PMJ could hardl…

Festivals

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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Paying tribute to the work of legendary musicians is a taxing endeavor. It takes incredible skill and coordination, a commitment to exact replication, and the unwavering aspiration of awaking the artistic brilliance of a cherished act for its legions of adoring, sentimental fans. But until about past decade or so, this work often saddled the expertly trained artists inv…

Food and Drink

Eight days from Christmas, Buffalo will bustle with holiday parties that embrace the theme of ugly sweaters, which are playful, often funny and occasionally comfortable. A last-minute market at Thin Man and a secular party at Black Iron Bystro in Blasdell are further wise choices for the window of Monday through Thursday. 1. Ugliest Sweater Party, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thu…

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Magical picking, resonant vocals and deep gratitude were at the core of the sold-out Lindsey Buckingham concert Tuesday night at Riviera Theatre. As the season's first real snow accumulated along Webster Street, fans (apparently ardent and vocal super-fans all) were treated to the passion and heat of the masterful guitar artist – and band – at work. Buckingham's intense…

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Last time Bill Engvall was in the Buffalo area was just prior to the 2016 presidential election. Now he returns to North Tonawanda’s Riviera Theatre on Nov. 18, just after the hotly contested midterms. Despite the coincidental timing, Engvall promises audiences a hilarious break from all the national debate. “In my show, there is no politics,” Engvall said during a rece…

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High quality laughs are planned for the Buffalo area in mid-October. Here’s what we’re eyeing up this week: Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo has a full-lineup of shows this week, highlighted by stand-up comic Donnell Rawlings. Rawlings was one of the breakout stars of the critically acclaimed “Chappelle’s Show” and has appeared in countless movies and television shows, inc…

Festivals

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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It's never too early to start thinking about the holidays. Pianist Jim Brickman has just announced his return to the area with a concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 22 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). The new age-y musician and Christmas enthusiast will be taking his long-running seasonal tour on the road for the 22nd year running. Named for his 2017 album "…

Food and Drink

1) Runway 11.0, fashion shows at 3 and 8 p.m. April 21 in Buffalo State College's Campbell Student Union (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Admission is $10 for students, $15 for general public for the 3 p.m. slot, while general admission is $25 for the later time. Ticket information may be found here. Commentary: Organized fashion events are few and far between in Buffalo, but Runwa…

Comedy

Comedian Bill Engvall has announced a double header performance at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St.). The Texas-born entertainer may be best known as a member of the popular Blue Collar Comedy group, the six-year running troupe featuring fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy. Engvall's most recent stand-up sp…

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Veteran music star Travis Tritt has announced a performance at 3 p.m. April 22 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). The rebel country rock veteran will be performing an intimate solo-acoustic set at the historic North Tonawanda theater, spanning his nearly 30-year multi-platinum career of Southern rock-influenced country. His most recent release "Th…

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Scott Stapp is set to bring his solo tour back to the area for a show at 7:30 p.m. May 24 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). The former frontman to the multi-platinum stadium rockers Creed, the singer has continued to release his anthemic brand of post-grunge since going solo in 2005. His most recent solo offering "Proof of Life" was release in 20…