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Shea's Performing Arts Center is taking the first steps toward putting up a five-story addition to its primary theater to make it more accessible by adding two new elevators, expanded concessions and more office space. The organization that operates Shea's Buffalo Theatre wants to put the structure on a parking lot at 439 Pearl St., just south of the theater building an…

This weekend’s comedy lineup features a little drag, but offers plenty of options. Here’s our picks for March 7-9: Veteran comedian Christopher Titus comes to Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo for five shows March 7-9. Titus is acclaimed for his raw, emotional and biographical comedy, whether it’s onstage or when he produced and starred in his highly praised television show…

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There are lots of options for live comedy this weekend to help you close out February with big laughs. Here are our picks for the week: Helium Comedy Club in downtown Buffalo will host Los Angeles comedian Samuel J. Comroe for six headlining shows Feb. 21-23. After a breakthrough performance on the TBS show “Conan,” Comroe has appeared on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywo…

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The beginning of February brings another packed week of comedy for local fans. Here are three shows we have our eye on this weekend: To say Sebastian Maniscalco is popular around these parts would be an understatement. The comic has four headlining shows planned for Shea’s Performing Arts Center Feb. 1 and 2, and at this point, you will be lucky to find single seats to …

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The last week of January will prove to be major for local comedy fans, as several big acts will take the stages in several venues. Here’s what’s going on: Jerry Seinfeld returns to Buffalo with two sold-out shows at at 7 and 9 p.m. Jan. 26 in Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Seinfeld is one of the most successful and popular comedians in history, thanks in part to his cre…

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Hozier's latest batch of tour dates will include a local stop at 8 p.m. March 10 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). The Irish soul-rocker returned earlier this fall with the EP "Nina Cried Power," the first collection of new music from the musician since dropping his hugely successful debut in 2014. The four-track release features a collaboration with gospel icon…

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Americana troubadour John Prine is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. June 21 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). The sly folk singer will be taking the Theatre District stage to perform selections from his easygoing new record "The Tree of Forgiveness," his first collection of new original music since 2005's "Fair & Square." The album features contributions and g…

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Mariah Carey's just-announced "Caution World Tour" will include an unexpected stop in Buffalo's Theatre District for a show at 7:30 p.m. March 23 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). The chart-topping pop superstar will be hitting the road for an intimate, 22-date itinerary to support her 15th studio album "Caution," which is set to drop on Nov. 16. The record's fi…

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The Lipke Foundation, which awards an annual grant to competing high schools that win Outstanding Musical Production in the annual Kenny Awards competition, will double its Kenny Awards grant to $10,000 at its 2019 ceremony, Shea's Performing Arts Center announced Wednesday. The 26th annual Kenny Awards is scheduled for May 11 at Shea's. The awards recognize and promote…

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Comedy superstar Jerry Seinfeld will return to Buffalo at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). A frequent visitor to the theater district over the years, the beloved comedian continues to stay busy with his ongoing web-turned-Netflix talk show series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." The show's 10th season debuted on the streaming service in July. …

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Princess Jasmine ate saucy chicken wings at Allentown bar-restaurant Gabriel’s Gate next to her arch-nemesis Jafar, who preferred the beef on weck. It sounds like the beginning of a way-too-specific joke. But Lissa deGuzman and Jonathan Weir, respective Jasmine and Jafar in "Aladdin," which finishes up its Buffalo stop on the tour Aug. 19 in Shea’s Buffalo Theatre (646 …

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Over the past four decades, I've reviewed concerts of almost every kind for The Buffalo News – from rockers like Van Halen to country legends like Johnny Cash. I reviewed blues master BB King, night club crooner Tony Bennett, soul shouter James Brown and many, many others. But I never thought I'd find myself reviewing a Yanni show. An editor asked me to do it, and I …

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Elvis Costello & the Imposters has announced a return to Buffalo at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Previously seen gracing the Shea's stage just last fall while on his “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers" tour, the iconic British musician and his current backing band for much of the 2000s will return on the 20-date “Look Now And T…

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Shen Yun, one of the most brazen pieces of religious propaganda currently touring North America, is back in town and stranger than ever. After yet another blitzkrieg marketing campaign complete with misleading commercials, posters in countless shop windows, print ads, billboards and door-hangers, the religious infomercial for the Chinese sect known as Falun Gong is runn…

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The annual Shea's Black-Tie Gala began with a cocktail hour in Shea's Buffalo Theatre before moving to the stage to enjoy dinner- the pinnacle of the evening was a special production held in Shea's 710 Theatre, on Friday, April 20, 2018.