Get ready for a "Summer Break" with Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice.
The popular stars from Nickelodeon television are touring together and returning to the area for a concert at 6:30 p.m. July 28 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
Tickets go on sale at noon April 6 and will cost $45 and $65 for reserved seats and $22.50 for the lawn. A lawn four-pack will be available for $68. Tickets will be sold through Livenation.com, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Country superstar Brad Paisley is the latest name to be added to the growing summer concert lineup at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
Paisley brings his "Beat the Summer" tour to the Darien Lake P.A.C. for a show at 7 p.m. July 12. Also on the bill are Chris Young, Lee Brice and the Henningsens.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 5 and will cost $45.50 and $65.50 reserved seating and $30.50 lawn. A lawn four-pack is $94. Tickets are available through Livenation.com, Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Renowned jazz pianist George Caldwell will celebrate the music of the late Dave Brubeck with a special engagement Wednesday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Caldwell and his quintet – Tim Clarke on trumpet, Cameron Kayne on contrabass and Darryl Washington on drums – will be joined by revered saxophonist Bobby Militello for the show. In addition to his own considerable work as a bandleader, Militello was Brubeck’s touring saxophonist and flutist from 1983 until the jazz giant’s death in December.
Much of the program will concentrate on tunes most commonly associated with Brubeck – among them, of course, the Paul Desmond chart “Take Five,” as well as Brubeck compositions like “Blue Rondo a la Turk” and “In Your Own Special Way.” Caldwell will also lead the group through a number of his own compositions and individualized arrangements of jazz standards.
The show boasts an early start time – 7 p.m. sharp – and will run until 9 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
In this video, GustoTV heads over to Jeff Miers' house where our pop music critic discusses Brubeck's life and music with Militello and Caldwell, who also perform a couple Brubeck tunes:
And News Arts Critic Colin Dabkowski has a roundup of what's new this week in movies, theater, art, music and dining:
The City of Buffalo, under pressure from arts organizations to deliver on its promise of funding for cultural and anti-violence groups, released its long-delayed funding application this week. The city has given groups until April 5 to apply for the funding. Here's a copy of the application, which lays out the city's requirements for applicants.
According to Arts Services Initiative Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk, the city did not send the application out to all eligible organziations. Kniazuk also said that the city will not employ the inordinately useful Cultural Data Project, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts specifically designed for situations like the current funding delay at City Hall and to depoliticize the cultural funding process.
ASI is sending the application out to all eligible groups today.
"So, there you have it," Kniazuk wrote in an email. "A two week turnaround for the organizations who were
lucky enough to find out about it."
From the review: "It is a treat to witness this production, another full-circle
collaboration that celebrates the connectedness between two sets of two
brothers, and two countries, that are joined, every few years or so, on
the stage. What a view." --Ben Siegel
Michael Blasdell, Luther Nelson, Maria Droz and Jimmy Janowski star in Buffalo United Artists "L'Imitation of Life."
From the review: "The latest Janowski-Warfield camp-tasia is perhaps the greatest achievement in
the eye-roll-inducing, pun-laden, innuendo-ridden brand of camp that BUA and
Janowski have been honing for much of the past two decades. I don’t think there
was a two-second stretch during the entire production during which the sold-out
opening night crowd did not sound like a particularly exasperated Hollywood
laugh track." --Colin Dabkowski
In Ireland, the name of Brendan Behan still conjures up a foggy image of the larger-than-life personality who commanded the attention of that country’s literary establishment before drinking himself to death at the age of 41.
On this side of the Atlantic, though, the name registers only with those who have happened across his more famous works. These are “The Hostage,” a play that revolves around the approaching execution of a teen member of the Irish Republican Army, produced last season by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, and “Borstal Boy,” Behan’s autobiographical book about the time he spent with British prisoners in a juvenile detention center.
For Vincent O’Neill, the co-founder and artistic director of the Irish Classical Theatre Company, now seemed like as good a time as any to bring Behan and his work back before American eyes. Last week, the Irish Classical opened its production of “Being Behan,” a three-hander by Jim Sheridan that explores the life and work of a man who often described himself as “a drinker with a writing problem.”
O’Neill invited Dublin playwright, author, screenwriter and director Peter Sheridan, Jim’s brother, to direct the play, which was originally written as a vehicle for O’Neill’s late brother Chris and actor Johnny Murphy.
literary response to the 21st century cultural dislocation rooted in big data
and its disruptive technologies is a "conceptual" poetics that brands
itself as "uncreative writing" and sees its principal mission in
terms of a kind of low-level guerilla warfare against intellectual property
rights, then another, perhaps more demonstrative poetics would be one that is
no less analytical in its approach to language and power, but identifies itself
as an active force of resistance, a non-algorithm in the prison-house of
That latter approach approximates the activist poetics of Amy King, who is the
featured reader of Just Buffalo Literary Center's "Big Night" event
this evening at 8 p.m. at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington
St. (near Mohawk St.) in Buffalo.
Among her generation of poet-critic activists and educators, King's work stands
out as perhaps the most self-reflexively lyrical and linguistically hypertropic
of the group: a poetry that grows out the critique of meaning, reference, and
the literary subject implicit in "language" writing, yet still
retains much of the grammatical immediacy of confessional poetry, along with
the idiomatic fluency of the New York School.
There are now 375 recordings in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. They run the gamut from turn of the century vaudeville ditties to mind-melting jazz performances. And with the announcement of this year's list, they also now include the biggest selling disco album of all time. Talk about covering all your bases.
The big news for fans of popular music is the announcement that Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence," the Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack, Big Brother & the Holding Company's "Cheap Thrills," the Wild Tchoupitoulas self-titled debut, the Ramones' first album, and Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" will all join the list of "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" recordings housed in the Registry.
It would be difficult to argue against the inclusion of any of these albums. However, I would suggest that Radiohead's "OK Computer," Genesis' "The Lamb Lies Down on Braodway," and at least one Frank Zappa album belong in there, too.