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Daughtry kicks off its tour in Buffalo

Daughtry will begin the first leg of its "Break the Spell 2012 Tour" with a show beginning at 7:30 p.m. March 20 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). "Break the Spell" is the band's multi-platinum third album.

Tickets are $30.50, $40.50 and $50.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, call 847-1410.

WYRK announces 13th annual Taste of Country

Eric Church, Joe Nichols and the Eli Young Band are among the acts performing for the 13th annual  WYRK Taste of Country to be held June 1 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). More acts will be announced.

Tickets are $25, $49 and $75 (with a special $25 family section available) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 20) through the box office and online at

Out there: Kala Stein at Genesee Community College art gallery

A detail of "Convivium," a work by Kala Stein, on view at Genesee Community College in Batavia.

Visitors to the Burchfield Penney Art Center may recall a long, eye-catching sculptural piece by the local artist Kala Stein in the 2009 "Art in Craft Media" exhibition. The work, a collection of porcelain half-chalices that stretched more than 30 feet across the gallery, was essentially the centerpiece of the show.

Now, the work is on display amid four new pieces by Stein and a collection of student work in the Rosalie "Roz" Steiner Art Gallery in Genesee Community College's Center for the Arts. The show opens today and runs through Feb. 27, with an opening reception slated for Thursday at 1 p.m.

--Colin Dabkowski

Wynton Marsalis on Martin Luther King

Today, famed jazz composer and trumpeter Wynton Maralis made his debut as a cultural correspondent and commentator on "CBS This Morning." It was an auspicious one:

--Colin Dabkowski

Sass Jordan performs in the Seneca Niagara Casino

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Sass Jordan performs tonight in the Seneca Niagara Casino Bear's Den in Niagara Falls   Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

Montreal-born Sass Jordan might not have reaped the commercial rewards granted to Alanis Morissette and Alannah Myles, but she clearly paved the way for them both with her edgy blend of hard rock and heavy soul. It’s no accident that Jordan was cast in a production of the Off-Broadway Janis Joplin tribute "Love, Janis" -- she’s got pipes, is not afraid to use them and never lets her raucous rock drift too far from a bluesy base. 

Jordan’s "From Dusk ’till Dawn" is a few years old now, but the singer is still touring behind it, seemingly buoyed by the warm reception the album was afforded upon release, particularly in Canada. Jordan and band perform at 8 p.m. today (Jan. 14) in the Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls. Tickets start at $35 (box office, Ticketmaster).

-- Jeff Miers

'Ray' turns 20: The Lemonheads perform tonight

The Lemonheads"It’s A Shame About Ray" turns 20 this year. If you’re like me, you’d probably prefer not to dwell on that fact for too long. It’s a sad cliche, yes, but saying "it feels like just yesterday" is appropriate because it does, particularly when you listen to Evan Dando’s blend of pop and punk on that now-classic record and realize that it doesn’t sound a bit dated.

Dando has reunited the Lemonheads to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "It’s A Shame About Ray." He, Juliana Hatfield and David Ryan will perform the album in its entirety beginning at 8 p.m. today (Jan. 14) in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). That means you’ll be hearing classics like "Confetti," "My Drug Buddy," "Alison’s Starting to Happen" and "Bit Part" in all their ragged glory, as well as select favorites from the rest of the band’s catalog. If you wanna party like it’s 1992, check for tickets, priced $18 advance, $22 day of show. 

-- Jeff Miers

Silent is Golden: silent movies aplenty at area theaters

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Buffalo Film Seminars opens with "The Phantom Carriage" Tuesday in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre.

You won’t hear this phrase much around here, but it’s a great time to be a fan of silent movies. For starters, the universally acclaimed modern silent movie "The Artist" finally opens here today (Jan. 13) in the Eastern Hills Cinema.

Then at 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 15), Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.) hosts a free screening of "The Black Pirate," a 1926 swashbuckler starring the great Douglas Fairbanks. To really set the mood, house organist Bruce Woody will perform the film’s score on the Wurlitzer organ.

And when the Buffalo Film Seminars opens its new semester on Tuesday (Jan. 17), it will again be with a silent movie: Victor Sjorstom’s 1921 film, "The Phantom Carriage." BFS shows movies at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre (639 Main St.) starting with an intro by Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson; stick around afterward for a discussion. Here’s the rest of the BFS schedule: Jan. 24, "The Public Enemy" (1931); Jan. 31, "King Kong" (1933); Feb. 7, "To Be or Not to Be" (1942); Feb. 14, "Senso" (1954); Feb. 21, "Paths of Glory" (1957); Feb. 28, "12 Angry Men" (1957); March 6, "The Music Room" (1958); March 20, "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976); March 27, "The Killer" (1989); April 3, "Red" (1994); April 10, "Thin Red Line" (1998); April 17, "City of God" (2003); and April 24, "The Dark Knight" (2008).

-- Toni Ruberto

Cell phones, concerts and horror stories

CellnoIt is fascinating to read coverage of the cell phone that went off at the New York Philharmonic during Mahler's moving Ninth Symphony -- and stopped the show. (Here it is in the Wall Street Journal.)

The phone, set to the Marimba setting, just kept ringing and ringing and ringing. We all know that sound! I know it, that is for sure. That is the sound that wakes me up in the morning. And they are figuring that is what it was, an alarm, because it just kept marimba-ing, throughout the symphony's slow movement.

That is beautiful, sublime music, that Mahler. It is terrible to think of the audience being drawn out of its trance by this marimba noise. No wonder Music Director Alan Gilbert, on the podium, began looking over his shoulder in, well, alarm.

We have all witnessed electronic interruptions on some scale at concerts or at church or somewhere else where, at some moments, interruption is unthinkable. But this is the first time I have heard of it stopping the show. Gilbert reached the point where he just had to stop the orchestra.

The story has a happy ending -- they picked the symphony up again, got back to where they were, and all was well. But it is worrisome. You do not want to have to worry about interruptions like this, is the point. It stops you from freeing your mind to concentrate on the music.

Granted, I am a classical music nerd, but electronic devices in the concert hall have always worried me. Including my own. Especially my own!

Every time I go to any concert, first I put my iPhone on Airplane Mode, which is supposed to ensure that it will not ring. But my husband, Howard, says: "That only lessens the chances it will go off." So I go to Settings, and I turn the ring volume way down. So even if it did ring, which it is not supposed to, the ring would be so faint, and muffled by all the massive amount of other stuff in my purse, that with luck few people would hear it. After that I turn the phone off.

And then -- and then! -- I proceed to check the darn thing a half a dozen times before the concert starts, just to make sure.

Having taken these precautions I reserve the right to play the therapeutic game of listing the Worst Electronic Interruptions I Have Been Victimized By. 

This is not a particular instance but at almost every Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert, you do hear some kind of phone going off, maybe some tone that signals the hour or something. It is practically guaranteed that you will hear that at some point during every concert. That is annoying.

Even worse are the people who take out their iPhones, or whatever, on purpose and fuss with them, even when the devices are silent. I ran up against a terrible case of this at Slee Hall, during a tremendous two-piano recital by Robert Levin and his wife, Ya-Fei Chuang. That was, yikes, in 2008! I blogged about it then and reading back on it I get mad all over again.

But the worst instance -- the worst! -- I have ever experienced was -- Are you ready for this?

Ready or not, here goes. It was when I went the Regal Theatres to see the Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier." This opera has one of the most breathtaking endings of all time -- this very famous, incredibly beautiful trio. Listening to it is like going into a dream.

Isn't that beautiful? That clip is conducted by former BPO music director Semyon Bychkov.

Anyway, so there I am listening, just entranced.

And what happens is, a cell phone goes off right behind me. And the guy answers it! And he starts to talk. "I'm at the opera," he goes. "Yeah, it's almost over..." Etc.

Can you believe that?? It got to the point I was in absolute shock. I turned around and put my finger to my lips.

And the guy got mad at me! He talked louder!

The whole situation was just unbelievable and needless to say it ended badly. It completely ruined the experience for me, too. I have not been back to a Met broadcast after that, I have to say. I mean, how could I ever relax? I would always be worrying about something like this happening again. And unfortunately I think we will continue to have to worry about it happening. It is getting to the point that people cannot even walk down the street without horsing with their iPhones. So do not see this situation getting any better.

Well, at least we can gripe. Have you experienced any electronic disturbances at a concert? If so, by all means, speak up.

It is therapeutic!

-- Mary Kunz Goldman


Miers on Music chat at noon today

Creative Forecast: Second Friday at Burchfield Penney focuses on "Weather Event"

"Fireflies and Lightning," a painting by Charles E. Burchfield, is part of an exhibit on display in the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

 "How ’bout this weather we’re having?"

To most of us, it’s a dreaded piece of small talk. But to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, it’s the stuff of art. Tonight, for its latest free "Second Friday" event, the museum is putting the spotlight on its current exhibition "Weather Event," which features the climate-based painting of Charles Burchfield paired with information compiled by climatologist and Buffalo State College professor Stephen Vermette.

Tonight’s program, which kicks off at 5:30, includes a presentation from Kevin Williams, director of Buffalo State’s Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium, who will discuss Burchfield’s use of constellations and other celestial objects in his work. The evening also will feature a performance by Buffalo band Honey Girl and the Horseshoe Falls, who will play songs from its new album "Oh Lake Erie."

For more information, call 878-6011 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski

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