The phrase “film festival” may be in the local air rather more this week than most of the year, but if you’re not movied out make room for the Black Maria Film + Video Festival, a traveling program that is in it’s 29th year but visiting Buffalo for the first time. Named after the world’s first motion studio, built in 1893 and operated by Thomas Edison (it’s pictured here), the BMFF annually presents a roster of short films that, in the words of Festival Director John Columbus, preserve Edison’s “pioneering and adventuresome spirit of innovation.” Columbus, who will be present to host the screening, curates a different program for each screening location, but to scan the pool of possibilities visit www.blackmariafilmfestival.org.
8pm. Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St. (884-7172 / squeakywheel.org). $6, or $4 for SW members.