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MusicalFare cabaret space opens tonight with tribute to Louis Prima and Keely Smith

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Debbie Pappas and Norm Sham will perform a tribute to Louis Prima in MusicalFare Theatre's new cabaret space.

MusicalFare Theatre will hold a soft opening tonight for its newly completed Premier Center Cabaret tonight with Norm Sham and Debbie Pappas' tribute to the music of Louis Prima and Keely Smith. The show runs at 8 p.m. tonight, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20.

The theater's renovation includes an expanded lobby and bar area in addition to the performance space. Here's a shot of it during a the opening of "Tommy":

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On April 11, Christina Rausa opens a three-day run of "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman show based on the life of Emily Dickenson. The space's official opening will coincide with the opening of MusicalFare's production of "Adrift in Macao" on April 23.

--Colin Dabkowski

Dirty Smile wins local round of Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands

Following the final four round of the local edition of Hard Rock Rising's Battle of the Bands, held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls on Thursday evening, regional act Dirty Smile has been determined as the winner.

The band now has the opportunity to move on to the nationwide top 25 competition, the winner of which will be determined by a panel of music industry judges. Fans can vote for Dirty Smile between April 28th and May 7th, here.

- Jeff Miers

Jewish Repertory sets auditions

Auditions for the 2014-15 Jewish Repertory Theatre season will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 6 in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville). Actors should bring a head shot and résumé, and prepare a 2-minute contemporary monologue and one joke. Call 204-2084 for information and appointment.

Live chat at noon: Miers on Music

Saturday's 'Healing Mary Moser Benefit' at Town Ballroom to be headlined by Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip


Mary Moser & Bruce Moser

(Mary & Bruce Moser, snapped at Home of the Hits, way back when. Mary is holding a  copy of Roxy Music's 'Stranded" album. Bruce is holding a copy of something by the Canadian pop-metal band Loverboy. Any questions?)

Here's the full schedule for Saturday's Healing Mary Moser benefit at the Town Ballroom.  My Soundcheck column on the event is right here. You can learn more about the event, and purchase tickets, over here

- Jeff Miers

Healing Mary Moser

The Town Ballroom, Saturday, April 5th

7:00 - 7:15 Gretchen Schulz

7:15 - 7:30 Alex Pulec

7:30 - 7:45 Ellen's Degenerates

7:45 - 8:00 Randall & The Late Night Scandals

8:00 - 8:15 Gord Downie

8:15 - 8:30 Vinnie DeRosa

8:30 - 8:45 Pauline And The Perils

8:45- 9:00 The Good

9:00 - 9:15 The Vores

9:15 - 9:30 Peter Elkas

9:30 - 9:45 Paige Cora

9:45 - 10:15 Jefferson Grizzard

10:15 - 10:30 Terry Sullivan

10:30 - 10:45 David Miller And Richie English

10:45 - 11:00 Doctor Z And The Brothers Blue

11:00 - 11:15 Cowboys of Scotland

11:15 - 11:30 After Hours

11:30 - 11:45 Bulletproof Claudia


Lance Olsen and Shane Jones to read at launch of Buffalo Small Press Book Fair tonight

'Progressive' fiction writers Lance Olsen and Shane Jones will the featured readers at tonight's debut event of the 2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair beginning 8 p.m. at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street ( at Mohawk Street) in Buffalo.  The event, which is co-sponsored by Medaille College's The Write Thing Reading Series, is free and open to the public.

Olsen is the author of over twenty books of metamodernist fiction and non-fiction, 'anti-textbooks'  and hyperfiction, including the recent novel "Theories of Forgetting" (Fiction Collective Two, 2014), story collection "How to Unfeel the Dead: New & Selected Fictions" (Teksteditions, 2014) and nonfiction collection "There" (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2014).  He teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.

Jones, a native of Albany, NY, is a fiction writer and poet best known for his debut novel "Light Boxes" (Penguin, 2010), a fantasia about a small New England town in which a group of balloonists wage war against the endless month of February.  The Baltimore-based small press Publishing Genius originally published the book in 2009 in an edition of 600, before Jones sold filmmaker Spike Jonze movie rights to the book (the project has subsequently been dropped), and Penguin Books stepped in to reissue the novel in the U.S. and Europe.

His other novels include "The Failure Six" (Fugue State Press, 2010),  "Daniel Fights a Hurricane" (Penguin, 2012), and the soon-to-be-released "Crystal Eaters" (Two Dollar Radio Press), from which he plans to read tonight.

--R.D. Pohl

Thursday Theater Roundup: 'Robin Hood,' 'Mud' and 'Trojan Women'

Patrick Moltane, Willie Judson, and Bonnie Jean Taylor appear in Torn Space Theater's production of "Mud." 

"Robin Hood," through April 6 in Theatre of Youth's Allendale Theatre. ★★★½

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

"The Trojan Women," through April 19 in TheatreLoft. ★★★

Bloody Beetroots to play Town Ballroom in June


Electronic Dance Music sensation the Bloody Beetroots - nom de plume for mastermind Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo - will play the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 5th. Rifio is touring behind a new Bloody Beetroots album, "Hide," and has been garnering acclaim for his ability to break down genre barriers within EDM, by bringing elements of punk, pop, rock and soul to the party. The new album features collaborations with the likes of Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, and Chromeo.

Tickets for the Bloody Betroots June 5th appearance go on sale Friday, April 4th, at 10 a.m., through, at the town Ballroom box office, or by calling 1-877-987-6487. They're price $25 advance, $30 day-of-show. - Jeff Miers

'Lion King' cast gives surprise performance on a plane

In this video that's in the midst of going viral, the Australian cast members of "The Lion King" surprise their fellow passengers with a rendition of "The Circle of Life." It's almost definitely a Disney viral advertising stunt, but a beautiful moment nonetheless.

--Colin Dabkowski 


Final round of Hard Rock Cafe's Hard Rock Rising set for Thursday

Four finalists in the Hard Rock Cafe's Hard Rock Rising conetest will do battle at the regional final round, set for Thursday evening (April 3rd) at 8 p.m., at the Hard Rock Cafe, 333 Prospect St. in Niagara Falls.

The winners of the preliminary rounds are Crashfuse, Dirty Smile, Clark Rabbitt and the Indestructibles. The winner will move on to compete globally for an opportunity to perform at this summer's Hard Rock Live in Rome festival. 

Additional information on the contest and the qualifying bands is available here

- Jeff Miers

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