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Colbie Caillat to perform at UB

Grammy winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, known for such likable pop songs as "I Do" and "Fallin' for You," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. She'll be joined by guest  Andy Grammer.

Tickets are $29 general and $26 for groups and are available through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, call 645-2787 or visit

Jeff Dunham returns to HSBC Arena

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings his "Controlled Chaos" show to HSBC Arena for a show at 8 p.m. Dec. 30. The comedian will be joined by Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut and a bevy or new characters.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 through the arena box office, online at or by phone at (888) 223-6000. For more information, visit

Social Distortion to play the Town Ballroom

Southern California punk rock icons Social Distortion, joined by Chuck Ragan and Suedehead, will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.).

Tickets are $35 advance, $38 day of show (with a limit of eight tickets per person/order) and go on sale at noon on Aug. 26 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (888) 223-6000.

For more information, visit or call 852-3900.

Introducing Ogre

On Friday, 464 Gallery will open an exhibition featuring the work of an artist known as Ogre. In preparation for that show, check out this time-lapse video featuring a mural created by Ogre along with local artist Chuck Tingley.

--Colin Dabkowski

Callahan's 'Consummation of Dirk' wins Starcherone Prize

Starcherone Books, the Buffalo-based publisher of innovative prose fiction founded by writer/editor Ted Pelton that earlier this year became an editorially-independent imprint of Ann Arbor, Michigan based Dzanc Books, has announced the results of its eighth annual Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction.

The winner is "The Consummation of Dirk," a collection of short stories by Jonathan Callahan, a Hawaii native currently living in Fukuoka, Japan. He will receive a $1,500 cash award and publication of his manuscript in Starcherone Books’ 2012-13 season.  

The manuscript was selected from among five finalists by Zachary Mason, author of "The Lost Books of The Odyssey," the critically acclaimed novel that was the winner of the fourth annual Starcherone Prize in 2006-07. Mason's novel was later republished in a slightly altered form by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2010, and subsequently was selected as one of The New York Times' Notable Books of last year.

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Review video chat with Miers, Popiolkowski

News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers and Joe Popiolkowski hosted a traditional live chat before shifting in front of the camera to answer your questions. Review both below.

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Spike Lee to speak at Buffalo State

Filmmaker Spike Lee will visit Buffalo to speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 as part of the Buffalo State Leadership Lecture Series in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (1300 Elmwood Ave.).

Lee will discuss his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, author and educator.

Tickets are $5 for Buffalo State students (limit two per ID) and go on sale at 9 a.m. Aug. 29. Remaining tickets go on sale to the public for $20 ($15 Buffalo State faculty and staff) on Sept. 6. Tickets are available through the box office (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) and the Campbell Student Union box office (open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday).

For more information, call 878-3407.

An evening with Chris Robinson

Spend an evening with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood when its performs at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.).

Tickets are $21 advance and $24 day of show and go on sale at noon Aug. 19 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (888) 223-6000.

For more information, call 852-3900 or visit

Former Governor Richardson to speak at Canisius

Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico, will speak at Canisius College at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Montante Cultural Center (2001 Main St.).

Richardson's talk, "A Look at Politics in America and the Race to 2012," is part of the William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Politcal Science Lecture Series. The event is free. For more information, call 888-2790 or visit

'Heads on Wheels' today at the Central Wharf

You may have heard of "Heads Will Roll," a play recently performed by the Subversive Theatre Collective as part of the Infringement Festival. Now turn your attention to the Theatre of Youth's "Heads on Wheels," a play by TOY Artistic Director Meg Quinn about bike helmet safety. A free performance of the play gets going at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Buffalo's Central Wharf. Here's a teaster clip from the show produced by the theater:

--Colin Dabkowski

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