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Buffalo Place's music schedule for Canalside to be released here at 5:45 p.m.

Check and the Gusto blog at 5:45 p.m. today for the Buffalo Place music schedule for Canalside shows this summer, including:

  • A weekly schedule, plus a full story
  • Video analysis from News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers
  • A photo gallery

Vicki Lawrence performance postponed

Vicki Lawrence's two performances scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 in the Riviera Theatre, have been postponed because of emergency appendix surgery.

The shows have been rescheduled for 2 and 8 p.m. July 25. Tickets will be honored for the new date. Call the Riviera box office at 692-2413 for more information.

Grants announced for Buffalo River events

Today, the Arts Services Initiative announced a request for proposals for a $64,500 grant program to encourage activity along the Buffalo River. According to a release, grants of up to $12,500 each are available to groups interested in organizing programming in Buffalo River Fest Park, Silo City, Mutual Riverfront Park, Father Conway Park and "the Buffalo River itself."

The money comes from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, which has enlisted ASI for at least three years to coordinate programming along the river. More info is online at

-Colin Dabkowski

'The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley' opening at TOY

The Theatre of Youth will present “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” beginning at 7 p.m. tonight in the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. The production will continue at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 2 (no performances May 26 and 27). Tickets are $24-$26. For information, call 884-4400, Ext. 301.

Here, TOY Artistic Director Meg Quinn discusses the play:

New York Times is impressed by BPO

By Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo ensemble, founded in 1934 and previously led by luminaries like Michael Tilson Thomas, Julius Rudel and Lukas Foss, came this year with a program suited to any concert-music connoisseur. JoAnn Falletta, the orchestra’s music director since 1999, paired two works that showed contrasting facets of life and art in the Soviet Union: “Morning Prayers,” by the contemporary Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, and the Russian composer Reinhold Glière’s Symphony No. 3 (“Ilya Muromets”).


Reviewer Steve Smith admires the BPO's performance at Carnegie Hall in a review printed in today's New York Times. The picture that runs with the review is a delight. The looks on the musicians' faces! You can sense their concentration.

That picture must have been taken through the cubbyhole in the Maestro Suite!

As was this picture by the photographer taking pictures for The News, Keith Bedford.


Kudos again to our orchestra for a job well done.

We made a noise in the world!

Live chat at noon: Miers on Music with The News' pop music critic

Replay Critics' Corner chat with Simon and Miers

Arts Editor Jeff Simon and Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers answer reader questions about music, movies, TV and more submitted via the chat console below.

Jazz artist John Pizzarelli to perform in Williamsville

Jazz artist John Pizzarelli will make a stop in Western New York as the guest artist for the Williamsville East Music Department's Legends of Jazz series.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. May 22 in Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road, Williamsville. Reserved seats are $15 and are available by calling 626-8425 or email

Michael Buble to perform at First Niagara Center

Crooner Michael Buble announces a stop on his latest tour on Sept. 24 in the First Niagara Center.

Tickets for the show are $57, $77 and $102 and go on sale at 10 a.m. May 17 through the center's box office, online at or charge by phone at (888) 223-6000.

For more information, visit

Thursday Theater Roundup

Gary Trainor and Delme Thomas star in "Potted Potter."

"Potted Potter," through Sunday in the 710 Main Theatre. ★★★★

From the review: "For this production, Clarkson and Turner’s show gets a magnificent treatment from Gary Trainor and Delme Thomas, a sort of Hogwarts-educated Abbott and Costello whose scripted hijinks come off as the inspired riffing of two very old and very good friends." --Colin Dabkowski

"Moonlight and Magnolias," through May 18 in the American Repertory Theatre of Western New York's home in the Church of the Ascension. ★★★

From the review: "Actors David Mitchell (Selznick), Todd Fuller (Fleming), and veteran Guy Wagner (Hecht) [are] at each other’s throats and physically manic for three acts. They’re loud and silly and frequently over-the-top on a Lauren Millman set. It all makes for an impressive rendering by [director Gail] Golden and the cast in a funny and occasionally crude piece." --Ted Hadley


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Christian Brandjes, Jose Rivera and Brian Mysliwy appear in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's production of "American Buffalo."

"American Buffalo," through May 19 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's Andrews Theatre. ★★★★

From the review: "[Director Chris] Cavanagh has insisted that the economical speech patterns, the fragmented or unfinished sentences, the pulsating unrelenting cadence, the “scatological buckshot,” as the famed Jack Kroll once described Mamet’s work, remain intact and non-stop and he has assembled just the cast to do that." --Ted Hadley

Kristen Tripp Kelley, Eileen Dugan and Sheila McCarthy star in the Kavinoky Theatre's production of "August: Osage County."

"August: Osage County," through May 19 in the Kavinoky Theatre. ★★★

From the review: "The Kavinoky has pulled off a fine production of Letts’ modern classic under the smart direction of Bob Waterhouse, a British-born man of the theater who clearly understands the peculiarly American sensibility and mood this play requires." --Colin Dabkowski


"Blood on the Cat's Neck," through May 19 in Torn Space Theatre. ★★★

From the review: "A tuned cast makes this chilling but tedious piece, sometimes subtitled, inexplicably, 'Marilyn Monroe vs. The Vampires,' work." --Ted Hadley

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Andrea Andolina and Matthew Nerber star in the New Phoenix Theatre and Subversive Theatre Collective's production of "On the Waterfront."

"On the Waterfront," through May 25 in the New Phoenix Theatre. ★★★½

From the review: "A cast of stalwarts makes this play work. Victor Morales excels as Johnny Friendly; there is no one better than this fine actor in these tough-guy roles. He’s joined by a parade of Subversive-New Phoenix veterans, attuned to these rough-edged stories." --Ted Hadley

Tina Rausa, Mary McMahon, Victoria Perez and Margaret Massman appear in Road Less Traveled Theatre's production of "The Clean House." Photo by Harry Scull Jr. / The Buffalo News.

"The Clean House," through May 12 in the Road Less Traveled Theatre. ★★★½

From the review: "Director Derek Campbell’s campy approach to the production is in perfect sync with the often tongue-in-cheek nature of Ruhl’s script, which blurs the traditional boundaries between time, place and character to make the piece feel like a living New Yorker cartoon, only funnier." --Colin Dabkowski

"'Swonderful: The New Gershwin Musical," through May 19 in MusicalFare Theatre. ★★★

From the review: "It’s a musical revue that you can actually sit through, if you aren’t itching to dance through, without asking yourself 'why' and 'when' – as in 'will it stop?' " --Ben Siegel

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