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The Buffalist: Aug 31 – Sep 6


M. Gustave: I’m not angry with Serge. You can’t blame someone for their basic lack of moral fiber. He’s a frightened, little, yellow-bellied coward. It’s not his fault, is it?

Zero: I don’t know. It depends.

M. Gustave: Well, you can say that about most anything, “it depends”. Of course, it depends.

The Grand Budapest Hotel -Wes Anderson



5.  Ratatat @ The Rapids Theatre (Sep 3)

I know it’s a bit out of Buffalo, but if you have even a passing interest in electronic music you should check out Ratatat at the Rapids Theatre.  With 5 studio albums under their belt (including 2015’s well received Magnifique), Evan Mast and Mike Stroud are not afraid to push their music in interesting directions.  Deftly toeing the line at times between a little bit of punk and a bit of hip hop as well as their raison dêtre experimental electronica, Ratatat is basically perfect music for cruising through the city on a hot day.  They also have a pretty damn good and weird sense of humor.  Give them a listen and it’s hard to not be hooked.

4. BFLO Harbor Kayak @ Canalside 

Contrary to what the national media of hucksters looking for an easy laugh at our expense say, Buffalo has a summer that extends well into September.  There are still plenty of opportunities to get out and go on summer adventures.  If you haven’t had a chance yet, the best way to explore the historic Buffalo River and the Canalside Harbor is via kayak.  If you do not have your own kayak, I recommend checking out BFLO Harbor Kayak to get hooked up for your trip.  They aren’t cheap really at 20 bucks an hour, but if you have the scratch then it is absolutely worth it.  You can also do kayak tours by appointment which I bet is a blast as well.  Enjoy the summer while you can!

3. Tuesday Night Flicks ft. Grand Budapest Hotel @ Canalside (Sep 1)

Considered by some to be Wes Anderson’s finest work, The Grand Budapest Hotel is certainly his most adult-oriented feature.  It’s particularly violent, especially for a Wes Anderson movie.  It also has the most “colorful” language of his movies as well.  The Grand Budapest Hotel however is at times one of his funniest and heartfelt movies and one of my personal favorites (they are all pretty damn good).  Canalside Tuesday Night Flicks (click that link and see how packed and fun it looks) is a fantastic way to enjoy a great movie in our harbor with your fellow Buffalonians, but make sure to get down there early to snag an Adirondack chair in time for the 8:30 PM show.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll be starting at Food Truck Tuesday at Larkin first and then heading over to Canalside in time for the show.  That’s a damn great night if you ask me.    

2. The Albrights @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Sep 4)

As a part of the excellent M&T Bank-sponsored Free Fridays, Buffalo favorites The Albrights will fittingly be playing the Albright-Knox Art Gallery this week. The show is $5, or free for Albright Knox members. Admission to the gallery is free from 10am to 10pm, while the band goes on at 8:30. It is a phenomenal opportunity to check out the gallery if you have not done so already and a just-as-great opportunity to check back in if you haven’t been in a while. Check it out!

1.  Visit the Darwin Martin House


In case you didn’t know, we happen to have one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest architectural achievements right here in Buffalo.  Don’t know who Frank Lloyd Wright is?  Put Law and Order: SVU on mute for a second and read.  Just kidding, I know you’re busy. In fact, this place had been all but abandoned until the early 90’s when restoration began in earnest, so you really can’t be blamed for not knowing much about it since the City of Buffalo ignored it for decades.    

This needs to be a destination in your regular rotation for when people come in from out of town.  It was good enough for Mick Jagger, so it ought to be good enough for your relatives flying in from Ft. Lauderdale.  Get off your butts and show them why Buffalo is one of the most unique architectural destinations in the country.  Bonus points for being able to talk smartly about educated topics about Buffalo when out of town and someone talks smack about our city.  Check the tour schedule here and enjoy one of the best treasures Buffalo has to offer.


Hot Takes:  Gangstagrass @ Buffalo Ironworks (Sep 5), Summer Beach Party @ Buffalo Riverworks (Sep 6), Slyfest @ Griffis Sculpture Park (Sep 5), Steve-O @ Helium Comedy Club (Sep 3-6).

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

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Enrico Rava at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

This Sunday (February 26) the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will be hosting a performance of Trumpeter Enrico Rava and his band Enrico Rava Tribe in a rare North American appearance.  Mr. Rava is an international jazz icon as well as one of the most acclaimed Italian jazz musicians in history.  The Guardian refers to the 72-year-old as “one of Miles Davis’s most imaginative inheritors while Jazzwise has called his most recent ECM recordings as “among the best jazz albums of the last decade.”  Enrico Rava Tribe also features the remarkable young trombonist Gianluca Petrella as well as pianist Giovanni Guidi, bassist Gabriele Evangelista, and drummer Fabrizio Sferra.  Rava will only be touring four cities in the United States; besides Buffalo, these places include New York, Portland, and San Francisco.  The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Gallery’s Auditorium with a pre-concert discussion called “Fresh Sounds of Europe” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton beginning at 2 p.m.  The concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Christi and Bruce Reinoso. 

Tickets cost $25 for Albright-Knox Art Gallery Members/$29 for non-members and can be purchased at the Gallery’s Admission Desk or online at

For more information visit

-daniel whitney

Sunday: Sarah Paul—Little Miss Cleveland and The Flaming Sunset #4

When was the last time you experienced some good old-fashioned performance art? The city-wide exhibition Beyond/In Western New York kicks off this weekend and it is jam packed with exhibits, artist talks, and performances. You should check out performance art because it’s exciting, unpredictable, live, and your experience is part of the art. One show that shouldn’t be missed is Sarah Paul’s Little Miss Cleveland and the Flaming Sunset #4, part of the Beyond/In Western New York opening at the Albright Knox on Sunday (Sept. 26). Paul will be embodying her character (Little Miss Cleveland) by singing to the sun as it sets at 7:15pm. This performance relates to Paul’s video installation inside the Albright-Knox, which is a collaboration between herself and her sister, Suzannah Paul. The video installation is titled Little Miss Cleveland and the Flaming Sunset #3, and features audio of Sarah as the character. Living and working in Cleveland, Ohio, the flaming smokestacks that are part of the landscape inspired Sarah and Suzannah to create this installation. As explained in Sarah’s artist statement, her artwork addresses “the pursuit of an elusive and ultimately constructed ideal…the concept of gender fluidity.” Through her performances she seeks to “seduce and jar the audience…to feel both discomfort and compassion.”—jill greenberg

7:15pm. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. (882-8700 / FREE

Action Abstraction at the AKAG

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AKAG curator Douglas Dreishspoon on the Action Abstraction show, which opens next weekend.

B-52s at Rockin’ at the Knox

Weather predictions of showers for Saturday night proved wrong and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery was jammed packed for their Rockin’ at the Knox annual fundraiser concert. This years headliner was the whacky “new wave” party band of the eighties, The B-52s, and the band’s stage energy was as high as a beehive hairdo.

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