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Andre Rieu to perform in HSBC Arena

Andrerieu Andre Rieu, the "king of waltz," will perform in HSBC Arena on Nov. 21.

Billed as "An Evening with Andre Rieu," the elegant event will feature the maestro conducting his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as playing his Stradivarius violin. “My main goal, every concert, is for people to have an unforgettable night,” Rieu says in a press release. “I like to talk to my audience, interact with them and look them in the eyes. People can expect a colorful concert, with beautiful melodies, waltzes, surprises, balloons, the tenors and our lovely sopranos from South Africa and Australia.”

Tickets are $141.50, $101.50, $77.50 and $47.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. April 30 through the HSBC Arena box office, online at or charge by phone at 888-223-6000.



Chris Abani: "Terror is a state of complete understanding..."

It's been more than a week since Nigerian born novelist and poet Chris Abani delivered the concluding talk in the 2010-2011 BABEL Lecture Series, but his ideas continue to resonate throughout this community.

Abani, who spoke last Friday night at Kleinhans Music Hall, may not have been the most widely known international author to appear in the four-year history of the lecture series, but the impact of his presentation ranks with that of any literary figure to appear in this city in recent memory in terms of its ability to point the way forward to a new kind of literature of witness and ethical engagement for the 21st century.

As Abani's readers long have known, you don't have to dig very far into almost anything the award-winning 44-year-old author has written to realize you're in the company of a richly inventive and lyrical thinker with a profound commitment to literature as a form of ethical inquiry and an extraordinary capacity to re-contextualize the African post-colonial experience in 21st century narrative terms.

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Dwele in the Tralf

R&B artist Dwele will head to the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) for a performance at 8 p.m. June 1.

Tickets are $29 in advance and $33 day of show and go on sale April 26 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, call 852-2860 or visit

Chuck Tingley's 'Art is Dead' at 464 Gallery


"Art is Dead," a mixed-media work by Chuck Tingley.

When it comes to overt political messages, Chuck Tingley is apparently not messing around. The piece above is the title work in Tingley's solo exhibition "Art Is Dead," which opens today in 464 Gallery. It gets to the heart of Tingley's style, which mixes street influences with his illustrative style of draughtsmanship to communicate potentially controversial messages.

"Street Smarts," a mixed media work by Chuck Tingley.

In addition to a traditional hanging of mixed media works on the walls of 464, Tingley's exhibition will extend into Blink Gallery, an adjoining art space. Here's Marcus Wise, the director of 464, on the Blink segment of the show:

"Tingley has created an installation where urban street life and traditional art gallery collide. Next door to 464, Blink Gallery at first glance appears to be vandalized with paintings stolen and statues broken. At a closer look, Tingley shows the underlying messages of where art stands in our culture. The walls are covered in the outcry of consumerism, the translation from underground to commercial art, government budgets and cuts, advertisements, and technology. In these and others works, the artist suggests that a revolution is needed to awaken a dying society in America."

The show runs through April 28.

--Colin Dabkowski

"Muster in the Meadow" at Forest Lawn

"Muster in the Meadow," a Civil War commemorative event, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 29 on the grounds of Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Ave.

The free family event offers authentic educational and entertaining activities such as Union and Confederate encampments, a parade, historic exhibits, demonstrations and food. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

Miers on Music live chat begins at noon

'Chicago Tonight' features Milton Rogovin

This video, from Chicago television station WWTV, takes a look at the life and work of the late Milton Rogovin. Check it out:

--Colin Dabkowski


Thursday Theater Roundup

Time again for the Thursday Theater Roundup, wherein our reviewers extoll the virtues of the best productions now running on the Western New York theater scene. It's (relatively) slim pickings this week, as theaters across town prepare for a spate of openings over the next two weeks, but these two productions come highly recommended:


"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," through May 15 in MusicalFare Theatre. From the review (coming tomorrow): "'Spelling Bee' as the show is affectionately known among its legions of cult followers, began its life as a piece of sketch comedy about quirky bee contestants. Without obscuring its DIY charm, Finn, Sheinkin and others built it out into something much greater, a show that combines Finn's gorgeous flights of musical fancy with a thoroughly contemporary sense of humor and a genuine sympathy for the plight of 12-year-old weirdos, dorks and overachievers everywhere. The result is a piece that not only reduces audiences to riotous laughter, but which accesses and soothes that part of our psyche that never quite overcame those lingering insecurities of adolescence." --Colin Dabkowski

"World's Finest," through April 23 in Alleyway Theatre. From the review: "Gray's plays have been on the Alleyway stage many times: his 'Louisiana Trilogy' -- 'Scrapbooks,' 'Can't Dance, Too Wet to Plow' and 'Remembering the Future' -- was produced there in 1990 and a year rarely passes when the successful 'Buffalo Quickies,' an evening of original one-acts, doesn't include an entry by Gray on its program. Well, he's back, this time with a play in two acts titled 'World's Finest,' an insightful, sweet slice-of-life tale that turns dark and chaotic in a trice."--Ted Hadley

Alice Cooper, Great Big Sea to Rock the Harbor

HEAVEN Features Cooper Wippert Two new shows for the Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor concert series at the Erie Canal Harbor Wharf have been announced by Buffalo Place. Alice Cooper will perform at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 and Great Big Sea, joined by guest Martin Sexton, will perform at 6 p.m. Aug. 27.

Tickets are $10 advance, $20 day of show and go on sale at 10 a.m. April 22 through or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. For more information call 856-3150 or visit

Previously announced "Rocks the Harbor" concerts are Dark Star Orchestra and Soulive on June 24 and Elvis Costello & The Imposters on June 25.

Photo by Bill Wippert/Buffalo News 

Come One, Come All

I'll be in this neighborhood chatting tomorrow -- Thursday at 3 p.m. So by all means, join me and we'll talk about whatever you want. Buffalo's radio follies, Roger Ebert, and movies in Buffalo are just some things I've been able to write about lately. There's more there, to put it mildly. But the best part is finding out what's on your minds. Hope you're there.

--Jeff Simon

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