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'The Florestine Collection' screens tonight in Squeaky Wheel

A still from "The Florestine Collection," a film by the late artist Helen Hill, will be screened Nov. 18 in Squeaky Wheel. 

On a January morning in 2007, filmmaker Helen Hill was shot and killed in her home in New Orleans, the victim of a random act of violence that New Orleaneans and artists across the country are still trying to make sense of. When Hill died, she was working on a film called "The Florestine Collection," inspired by the artist’s discovery of 100 handmade dresses in a trash pile one Mardi Gras day.
  The film, which has been completed by Hill’s husband, Paul Gailiunas and other friends and colleagues, will screen at 7 tonight (Nov. 18) in Squeaky Wheel (712 Main St.). After the film screening, Buffalo musician and artist Damien Weber will perform "Like Ghosts," a video
album "compiled from vintage Polish cartoon footage" and accompanied by Weber’s band Heart Parts.
  For more information on the event, call 884-7172 or visit
 -- Colin Dabkowski

Through Sunday at the CFA: 'It Goes Like it Goes'

David Shire's "It Goes Like it Goes" runs through Sunday in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts.

David Shire, the accomplished musical theater composer, returns to his native Western New York on Wednesday to attend the world premiere of “It Goes Like It Goes,”a compilation musical based on Shire’s songs.

The show, conceived by University at Buffalo associate professor Nathan R. Matthews and performed by UB students, opens at 7p.m. Wednesday and runs through Sunday. It features songs from across Shire’s career, including the Academy Award-winning title number from“Norma Rae,” along with selections from his musicals “Baby”and“Big.”

The production features a full orchestra, new sets and lighting and is co-directed by Matthews and Terry Berliner, a New York City-based choreographer and director who served as resident director for the Broadway companyof “The Lion King” among other credits.

Tickets are $24 general or $10 for students and seniors, with more information available at 645-2787 or

--Colin Dabkowski

Miers on Music live chat at noon Friday

Mysliwy appears in Mighty Taco spots

Plenty of Western New Yorkers got worked up when Buffalo-booster Alec Baldwin appeared in a series of television ads for Wegmans. But I'm just as excited about this development:

Brian Mysliwy, whose virtuoso performance in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's production of "La Bete" will linger in theatergoers' minds for years to come, has been featured (along with a guest appearance from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery) in some quirky ads for Mighty Taco, the beloved local dispensary of "Mexicanesque" fare. Here they are:

--Colin Dabkowski

Cool yule freebie


The Gusto Blog promises to make you aware of Christmas freebies as they appear.

For starters, from Belgium comes this dandy free Christmas album from Stella Artois beer. Just download it free and there you go! I am listening to it right now. Christmas music can never start too early for me!

It starts with this suave Belgian man with an Andre Rieu sort of accent explaining how Stella Artois meant "Christmas star" and the beer was originally intended as a holiday brew. You see this hilarious model, pictured above.

Then you swing into a cute "Deck the Halls" and after that, a raunched-up jazz version of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker." And it goes from there.

May we point out how the graphics, showing a vinyl record playing on an ice turntable, is proof of the enduring elegance of vinyl.

Anyway, lots of fun -- and free.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman


Tonight at Torn Space Theater: 'The Outlaw Show'

The cast of Torn Space Theater's "The Outlaw Show."

The Outlaw Show,” a madcap performance piece conceived by the ambitious Buffalo troupe Real Dream Cabaret, has had an uncommonly long research and development phase. The Cabaret started work on the performance back in 2006, launching investigations into various mildly to wildly unlawful activities as well as into the annals of Buffalo’s criminal history.

The video-infused show will debut Thursday in Torn Space Theatre (612 Fillmore Ave.) in the troupe’s latest collaboration with the avant-garde theater company. According to a release, the show features “a familiar line up of infamous mobsters, molls, comic book supervillains, hippies and scofflaws from across history. Thrown together after death into an inter-dimensional holding zone, the Limbo Lounge, the outlaws are forced to perform in an interminable talent show.”

Tickets are $15 for students or $20 general admission. No one under 18 will be admitted. The show runs at 8 p. m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 11. For more information, call 812-5733 or visit

--Colin Dabkowski

Rain returns to Shea's

Rain -- A Tribute to the Beatles returns to Buffalo for five performances from Feb. 17 to 19 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 17; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 18; and 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

Tickets are $30-$50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 21 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, call 847-1410 or visit

The Fresh Beat Band to perform locally

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and star of the TV series of the same name, announces a show at 7 p.m. March 16 in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst.

Tickets are $26.50 and $36.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, call 645-2787 (ARTS) or visit

Yanni to perform at Shea's

Contemporary composer Yanni will head to Buffalo for "An Evening with Yanni" on May 18 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.).

Tickets are $44.50, $54.50, $69.50, $89.50 and $125 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, call 847-1410 or visit

Critics' Corner video chat with Simon, Miers

News Arts Editor Jeff Simon and Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers answered your questions about books, movies, television, music and more.

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