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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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1. NYBP's third anniversary: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport. Free to attend. New York Beer Project is perhaps the Buffalo area's fastest-growing brewery, with expansion planned to Victor, and a bustling clientele at its sprawling Lockport base. NYBP and the Krupski family will celebrate three years in a slew of ways: A brunch with…

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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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Vegging out by binge-watching TV in the A.C. and soaking up outdoor concerts by the keg are time-honored summer entertainments, but sometimes the brain wants more. It craves the new, the unexpected, the inexplicable, the enlightening, the weird. And when that weird new enlightenment is delivered among the icons of a long-neglected industrial corridor, it can be transfor…

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If you've enjoyed The 10, Gusto's weekly series previewing many of the area's top events each weekend, as a resource for things to do in Buffalo, then this new series will fill in the gaps for weekday happenings. While Rockin' at the Knox, featuring Beck, sold out long before Monday's gig, there's plenty more on tap for a busy summer week in the Queen City. Canal Fest …

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Torn Space Theater, headquartered on Buffalo's East Side, has received the largest grant in its history. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has awarded Torn Space $310,000, which will be used by the theater company to finish the exterior renovation of its performance space in the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle. "The Wilson grant concludes stage one of th…

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It's not just magnolias and cherry trees that are finally blossoming in this delayed-onset Buffalo spring. Public art is blooming, too, and the first bright buds of a summerlong profusion of art are set to emerge this month with the commencement of three high-profile mural projects on Hertel Avenue and the East Side. As part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's busiest…

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Made Violent with Ugly Sun, Cold Fronts 7:30 p.m. in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. This Buffalo-born trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Joe White, guitarist Rob Romano and drummer Justin Acee has dragged its garage rock/punk hybrid around the country - and even as far as the UK - in the process becoming a juggernaut of…

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Who needs actors to put on a play? Certainly not Torn Space, the experimental theater company that acknowledges no boundaries, follows no rules and hews to no conventions except those of its own inscrutable design. To that end, the company this weekend will mount an original production called "Security," featuring about 10 actual security guards recruited from a small B…

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Caryl Churchill’s “Far Away” is a modern day Greek drama in all the best ways. Her spare dystopian tale of a society and world at war with themselves has echoes of Aeschylus and Euripides, still, after thousands of years, addressing issues of morality, hypocrisy and mortality. Even with those ancient echoes, “Far Away,” now onstage at Torn Space Theater, has a distinctl…

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Torn Space Theater's plan to expand into a space formerly occupied by a Sunoco station on Fillmore Avenue is moving ahead, with its proposal now before the city Planning Board. Below are some renderings of the proposed space, which will house a production and design studio and conference rooms: The project, designed by Natalie Tan of Integrated Environments + Archit…

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Young Jean Lee’s powerful and powerfully intimate play “The Shipment” is packed with angles, anger and comedic observation – so packed that it requires a nimble cast to deliver on its promise of meaningful provocation. Torn Space Theater and director Dan Shanahan found that cast. Together, Peter Johnson, Dudney Joseph, Greg Howze, Danica Riddick and Shabar Rouse expand th…

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Industrial grandeur bleeds uncomfortably into pastoral terror in Torn Space Theater’s latest site-specific theater piece, which opened Thursday night in a particularly creepy corner of Silo City, the defunct industrial complex that the company has helped transform into a cultural destination.Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola’s “They Kill Things,” spread across two buildings a…

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Often, the mark of great theatrical sound design is how little you notice it.In a traditional production, the sound designer succeeds by sending subliminal signals to the audience, which either amplify or complicate the emotional tenor of the characters or the narrative. But at Torn Space, about as nontraditional a theater company as you can imagine, sound is about to step…

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Since Halloween is creeping up, it's time to start embracing the weird and spooky attributes of this peculiar fall celebration. This week's 10 events in focus are united by a healthy dose of the bizarre, but differ enough to include big orange fruits, zombie-inspired costumes, pop-star relatives and guitarists in Mexican wrestling masks. Also, we made it this far without…