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Peter Murphy to play the Town Ballroom

Goth legend Peter Murphy will perform a concert at 7 p.m. April 5 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.).

The former leader of gothic rock pioneers Bauhaus, known for the popular song "Bela Lugosi is Dead," Murphy's solo career spawned the modern rock hits "Cuts You Up," "All Night Long" and "Indigo Eyes." He was recently introduced to a young generation of filmgoers when he made a cameo appearance, fittingly as a goth-styled vampire, in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." 

Tickets for the all-ages show are $25 advance and $29 day-of and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Town Ballroom box office, online at and by calling (888) 223-6000. Note that Town Ballroom tickets can no longer be purchased at Tops locations.

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New Kids, Backstreet Boys plan HSBC concert

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Is the stage big enough for all of them? Former boy-band sensations New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys are all grown up now and taking over HSBC Arena for a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 28.

"NKOTBSB," as the combined supergroup is called, is expected to include original members Joey McIntyre, A.J. McLean, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Howie Dorough, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Littrell, Danny Wood and Nick Carter.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 and will cost $32, $52, $72 and $92 through, the HSBC Arena Box office and by calling (888) 223-6000.  A handbill policy is currently in effect.

Poet Patricia Smith reads at Canisius College tonight

One of the truly stellar talents in American poetry and spoken word performance visits Canisius College today for a full day of activities sponsored by the college's creative writing program.

Chicago native and former Boston Globe columnist Patricia Smith is a four-time National Poetry Slam individual champion and the author of five collections of poetry, including “Teahouse of the Almighty” (Coffee House Press, 2006), a National Poetry Series award winner and recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy and Paterson Poetry Prize, and “Blood Dazzler” (Coffee House, 2008), her acclaimed poetic chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurricane Katrina on the inhabitants of the Mississippi River Delta region.  "Blood Dazzler" was a 2008 National Book Award finalist.

Ms. Smith is currently working on “Fixed on a Furious Star,” a biography of African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman that is slated for publication later this year by Crown Publishing Group.

Smith will spend much of her day in classrooms speaking before and working with students, but will culminate her visit to Buffalo with a reading/performance in the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series tonight at 7 p.m. in the Marie Maday Theatre in Lyons Hall on the college's Main St. campus.

The reading and performance is free and open to the general public.

--R.D. Pohl

Burchfield on synethesia

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Charles Burchfield.

In reading the catalog for "Sensory Crossovers: Synesthesia in American Art," which opens on Saturday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, I came across a quote from Charles Burchfield in an essay by Burchfield Penney curator Nancy Weekly. It struck me as a fascinating look into what drove Burchfield as an artist.

This morning at work a portion of Wagner's "Love Death" from Tristan & Isolde commenced to sing itself in my head. I lost all consciousness of where I was -- Gradually it dissolved itself into a different & unheard of melody that was the embodiment of my passionate longing for solitude. I yearned to compose some music when all at once I realized my work -- which was to be a composer of colors with rhythms, which would compensate for my inability to compose sound with rhythm.

--Colin Dabkowski

Jeff Miers on Super Bowl XLV entertainment

Here's what The News' Jeff Miers had to say about Christina Aguilera's national anthem—fumble and all—and the Black Eyed Peas' halftime performance at Super Bowl XLV:

Local advertising professor on Super Bowl XLV commercials

Canisius College Professor of Advertising and Communication Studies John Dahlberg, PhD, said this year was a "pretty good year" for Super Bowl ads, with a handful of creative spots that likely caught their audience. Listen to more from Dahlberg here:

Some of the ads referenced by Dahlberg:



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Miers on Music live chat at noon

Thursday Theater Roundup

The theater scene is buzzing this week, with a head-spinning array of recommended shows running on local stages. Here's our weekly roundup of what to see:

Michele Marie Roberts, Marc Sacco, Steve Copps and Lisa Ludwig in "[title of show]" in MusicalFare Theatre.

"[title of show]" through March 6 in MusicalFare Theatre. From the review: "The layers of self-awareness here are at 'Inception' levels, sometimes nauseatingly so. But all is tempered by a heavy dose of humor ripped from the mouths of today's self-mocking, fake-accent-speaking, ironic youth. And it's hilarious." --Ben Siegel

Lisa Vitrano stars in "Bitch Bares All," her one-woman show, in Road Less Traveled Theatre. Photo by Sharon Cantillon / The Buffalo News

"Bitch Bares All," through Feb. 13 in Road Less Traveled Theatre. From the review (coming in tomorrow's Gusto): [Lisa] Vitrano is remarkable throughout this hour -- gliding here, darting there, a dozen or so characters portrayed -- but 'Bitch Bares All' may not, in truth, tell the whole story. By the very nature that is autobiography, there is too much information at moments, gaps at others (the author's -- playwright's -- prerogative). There will be, I think, much more to share. Vitrano is 'still here.' For this, with her, we rejoice." --Ted Hadley

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