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Thursday Theater Roundup: Strong work at Ujima, BUA, Subversive and Torn Space


Jimmy Janowski stars a Buffalo United Artists production of "Blanche DuBois Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire."

"Blanche DuBois Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire," through April 27 in a Buffalo United Artists produciton in the Main Street Cabaret. ★★★

"A View from the Bridge," through May 3 in a Subversive Theatre production in the Manny Fried Playhouse. ★★★½

"The Trojan Women," through April 19 in a co-proudction of Ujima Theatre and Buffalo Public Theatre in TheatreLoft. ★★★

"Mud," through April 13 in Torn Space Theatre's Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library. ★★★

Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Dive House Union to play the Tralf in June

Revered New Orleans trad-jazz, Be-Bop and funk ensemble the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will play the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24th. The band is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its debut album, "Twenty Dozen". Buffalo's own soul-blues powerhouse Dive House Union will open the show. 

Tickets, priced $21 advance and $24 day-of-show, are on sale now at the Tralf Music Hall box office, through, and via 716-852-2860. 

- Jeff Miers 

A closer look: 'The Seduction of St. Thomas (After Caravaggio)' by The Lavender Hinge


Title: "The Seduction of St. Thomas (After Caravaggio)" // Artist: The Lavender Hinge (Lisa Z. Morgan and Eric Magnuson) // Inaugural exhibition in The Lavender Hinge Showroom, through July 11

The worlds of fashion and conceptual art merge seamlessly in the work of artists Lisa Z. Morgan and Eric Magnuson, working together in a collaborative project they call "The Lavender Hinge." A selection of their recent work, made of high-end fabric tailored to the size and shape of traditional paintings and modified with strategically placed slits and tailor's marks, goes on view Friday in their new gallery space in the Belesario building.

The piece above is based on Caravaggio's famous painting, "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas," in which the apostle pokes his finger into Christ's wounds to quell his doubts about his leader's divinity. In their minimalistic interpretation of Caravaggio's painting and the event it portrays, Magnuson and Morgan have stripped the painting of everything but its central element -- the wound itself.

The artists describe the gashes on their paintings as enlarged buttonholes of the kind you'd find on men's suit jackets. But that's just a convenient diving board at the edge of a vast sea of other meanings and interpretations.

In each new painting, according to a statement, the symbol "swiftly develops into a cipher with an expanding vocabulary, with each fabric employed creating a fresh interpretation." In this case, the symbol may represent anything from man's innate curiosity to more discomfiting connections evoked by the painting's title. It's up to the viewer to decide.

Here's Caravaggio's original:


--Colin Dabkowski

Boris brings its heavy psychedelia to the Tralf Music Hall in August


Boris - three people, six guitar necks! - will return to Buffalo for a show at the Tralf Music Hall on Friday, August 11th, at 8 p.m. The band will release "Noise," its first album in three years, in June, prior to hitting the road. You can listen to the first track from the forthcoming album here. Tickets for the August 8th show are priced $15 advance, and can be found here starting this Friday, April 11th, at 10 a.m. - Jeff Miers

Paul McCartney announces first concert dates of 2014, including shows in Albany and Pittsburgh


Paul McCartney has announced a handful of shows for this summer, his first full concert performances of 2014. They include dates in Albany and Pittsburgh, but as yet, nothing in Buffalo. Keep your fingers crossed! The dates and venue locations announced so far are: 

June 19 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center

June 26 - Louisville, KY - Yum! Center

July 5 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center

July 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center

- Jeff Miers


Bad Co. and Lynyrd Skynyrd will celebrate 40th anniversaries together at Darien Lake


(Bad Co., seen in this late 70s promotional image, share a bill with Lynyrd Skynyrd at Darien Lake in July.) 

Bad Co. and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team for a joint 40th anniversary tour this summer. The two bands will play Darien Lake PAC on Sunday, July 13th, at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 12th, through Ticket prices range from $34 for general admission on the lawn, to $117.65 for the reserved seats located closest to the stage.

- Jeff Miers 

Goo Goo Dolls drop live EP today

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The Goo Goo Dolls have released a 5-song live EP, comprised of material performed by the band last April, as part of the Warner Sound series "The Live Room." The group tackled four songs from its most recent effort, "Magnetic," at East West Studios in Los Angeles. The band also added ealrier hit "Slide" to the repertoire. "The Warner Sound Sessions Live" is available digitally here. 

The Goos arrive for a gig at the Bear's Den, Seneca Niagara Casino, on Saturday at 8 p.m. The band then returns for an exclusive engagement at the North Park Theatre (to be filmed for a planned DVD release) on April 29th. Fans will also have the opportunity to catch the Goos in our area later in the summer, when John Rzeznik, Robby Takac and co. team with Daughtry and the Plain White T's for an August 22nd appearance at the Darien Lake PAC

- Jeff Miers

Reflections on Saturday's Mary Moser Benefit at Town Ballroom


(David Miller and Richie English perform during Saturday's "Healing Mary Moser" benefit at the Town Ballroom.)


(Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip performs "Bobcaygeon" during Saturday's "Healing Mary Moser" benefit at the Town Ballroom.)

A full house - and then some - turned out for Saturday's "Healing Mary Moser" benefit at the Town Ballroom. The event - which sought to raise money to cover medical expenses for the Moser family, as Mary has been in a coma since July of 2013, after suffering a head injury during a fall - found members of the local music community gathering to show their love for Mary and her husband Bruce, prominent members of our music scene for the past three decades-plus. 

The music started at 7 p.m. and continued until past midnight. Highlights included an inspired solo set from the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie - which numbered amongst its slections a transcednent take on the Hip's "Bobcaygeon" - as well as a heart-rending song composed and performed in Mary's honor by David Miller of Dive House Union and composer/arranger/pianist Richie English.

Friends who were not able to make Saturday's benefit can visit this site for additional information.

- Jeff Miers


'The Best of Jethro Tull Performed by Ian Anderson' booked for UB's CFA

Ian Anderson - Alex Pavlou

Ian Anderson, mastermind and songwriter behind multi-platinum progressive rock legends Jethro Tull, will bring his band (guitarst Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O'Donnell) to UB's Center for the Arts on Tuesday, November 4th.

Anderson and co. will be performing the soon to be released "Homo Erraticus" album in its entirety, before delving into a set chronicling the history of Jethro Tull. 

Tickets (priced $69.50, $59.50, $49.50) go on sale Friday, April 11th, at 10 a.m., and will be available through and at the CFA box office. A "Homo Erraticus" teaser video is viewable here

- Jeff Miers

Blue Rodeo, Megadeth among new Artpark concerts

Blue Rodeo with 54-40, Megadeth and Ziggy Marley are among the new acts announced for the summer concert season at Artpark.

Added to the First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park lineup are Canadian favorites Blue Rodeo and 54-40 performing on July 1 (advance general admission tix are $7) and Megadeth on July 15 (advance general admission is $12).

New to the Coors Light Wednesday lineup are Ziggy Marley & Steel Pulse on June 25 (advance general admission is $6).

These acts join the recently announced O.A.R. with Phillip Phillips concert on July 2 (advance general admission is $11).

Tickets for all of those shows go on sale at 10 a.m. April 11 through the Artpark box office,, online at, and by phone at (888) 223-6000.

Front-of-stage (standing room) tickets are availabel for $27 for all Tuesday shows and $26 for Wednesday events.

Previously announced Artpark concerts are: Daryl Hall & John Oates (June 10), Widespread Panic (June 17), Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band (June 24), Boston (July 8), Arctic Monkeys (June 18) andSublime with Rome (July 9). Tickets for those shows are on sale now.



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