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Buffalo Reading Invasion set for Monday evening along Bidwell Parkway

The First Annual Buffalo Reading Invasion--a midsummer gathering that event organizer Geoff Schutte describes as "a way to celebrate our city’s passion for reading, celebrate our beautiful public spaces, and celebrate the power of our community"--is set for this Monday evening (July 23) between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Bidwell Parkway, in both directions off of Elmwood Avenue.  The event is free and open to the public, which is invited to attend and show its support for reading and literacy as transformative forces in our culture and community.

Schutte, a high school teacher at Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo, recommends bringing a book, a chair, and several friends or family members for an hour of quiet reading and friendship under the trees on Bidwell.   Nearby Talking Leaves Books on Elmwood has announced that one of its employees has agreed to run a story hour for the littlest children (and the not-so little ones who still enjoy being read to) in a special area under a tree on the west side of Elmwood set up for the group.

For more information about the Buffalo Reading Invasion, visit The Buffalo Reading Invasion Blog or the Buffalo Reading Invasion page on Facebook.  If you have a specific question (or questions) about the nature of the event, e-mail organizer Geoff Schutte (

--R.D. Pohl         


Mike Watt heads to Mohawk Place

Punk rock icon Mike Watt is coming.

Mike Watt and the Secondmen perform Oct. 19 in  Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.); doors open at 7 p.m.

 Tickets are $15 go on sale at noon July 20 at the Town Ballroom box office and Ticketmaster. They will also be available at the door on the day of the show for $18.

Replay Critics' Corner chat with Simon, Kunz Goldman

We have one of our favorite guest stars for Critic's Corner today at 1 p.m. -- Mary Kunz Goldman, our classical critic, Buzz columnist and all-around wit. So please come join us.
All subjects are welcome, and we do mean all. Whatever's on your mind, we'll try to put it into our minds too.
--Jeff Simon


Clannad performs at UBCFA

The Grammy Award-winning Irish band Clannad visits the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 on the band's first North American tour in 18 years. The tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band -- siblings Moya, Ciaran and Pol Brennan, along with uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan.

Tickets are $59.50, $49.50, $39.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. July 20 through the UBCFA box office and Ticketmaster.


WWE Smackdown returns to First Niagara Center

The WWE returns to Buffalo with "Smackdown" at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the First Niagara Center.

The event features Randy Orton vs. Alberto del Rio vs. Sheamus in a  "No DQ Triple Threat Match" for the World Heavyweight Championship along with appearances by Daniel Bryan, Kane, Christian, Brodus Clay, Sin Cara, Ryban and the Divas.

Tickets are $17.50, $27.50, $37.50, $57.50 and $97.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. July 28 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (888) 223-6000.


Rapids Theatre to host the Sheepdogs

Canadian rockers the Sheepdogs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.

Tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show and are on sale through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, visit

Mary Chapin Carpenter to perform at the Riviera Theatre

Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

Tickets are $35-$40 reserved seating and go on sale at 10 a.m. July 20 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at 692-2413.

From Times reader to Margaret Sullivan, a cry for justice

JoannIt is fun reading the comments on the New York Times' story about how Margaret Sullivan, our editor-in-chief, is going to be the New York Times' next Public Editor.

One comment in the middle of all of them caught the capricious attention of The Gusto Blog. It is a million comments down, so we will cut and paste.

Laurence Glavin, Methuen, MA., wrote on July 16 at 4:48 p.m.:

This is great. The Times's Arts section has had a propensity to claim that Marin Alsop is the first woman to become the Music Director of a major symphony orchestra. Since Margaret Sullivan's most recent gig was in Buffalo, NY, she knows that JoAnn Falletta has been Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic since 1999, some 8 years earlier than Marin Alsop's appointment.

That is JoAnn Falletta pictured at left, in a photo we love taken in May by Buffalo News photographer Sharon Cantillon.

Marin Alsop, meanwhile, is music director of the Baltimore Symphony.

Anyway. Thank you, Laurence Glavin, of Methuen, Mass.!

It is nice to know that at least one New York Times reader has his priorities straight.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

News, notes and tidbits from Warped Tour

Our Joseph Popiolkowski, Jason Silverstein and Nick Agro are out at Warped Tour today out at Darien Lake.

They'll be periodically filing updates throughout the day. Check out Jeff Miers' preview of the event.

Members of three bands — Lostprophets, Every Time I Die and Polar Bear Club — describe their Vans Warped Tour experience.:

5:09 p.m.: Joe says there were a lot of "Let's go Buff-a-lo!" chants during ETID's set.

3:52 p.m.: ETID wrapping up set now. Here's the view from backstage. Loud. --Joe


3:33 p.m.: Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die. --Joe


2:50 p.m.: (See pic below) From left, Tracy Fischer, Barb Buckley, Lily Fischer and Harper Fischer. The Fischers are cousins of Keith and Jordan Buckley, members of Every Time I Die. Barb is their mom. They are cooking up chicken wing sauce backstage and frying wings later today. They do this every year at the Buffalo stop when ETID plays. Michael Buckley, their dad, brought 300 pounds of wings to feed everyone on the tour. --Joe


2:10 p.m.: The Constellations from Atlanta just finished their set on the House of Marley stage. They dedicated one of their "Gospel" songs to the girl who died at the tour stop in Toronto on Sunday. --Joe


1:47 p.m.: Here is the view looking north with the amphitheater lawn behind me. It was warm out, but the heavy breeze is helping keep everyone cool. --Joe


1:39 p.m.: London folk punk act Skinny Lister just wrapped up it's half hour set on the Kia Rio stage. With accordion and upright bass, the five piece was clearly channeling the Pogues and other Celtic acts. Their up-tempo songs had the crowd bouncing up and down. --Joe


1:23 p.m.: Joe notes Buffalo's own Every Time I Die will play at 3:25 p.m. on the Kia Rio stage.

12:45 p.m.: Here's a copy of the complete schedule for the 10 stages, just sent in by Joe:


Infringement Festival schedule now online

Later this week, look for my Gusto story on the upcoming Infringement Festival, which runs in an estimated 72 venues from July 26 to Aug. 5. In the meantime, check out the festival's full (and very much subject-to-change) schedule, just posted at

--Colin Dabkowski

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