This Week in Buffalo: South Buffalo Night, Prince vs. Bowie Dance Party


Live at Larkin’s South Buffalo Night

5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend.

When done right, community celebrations can be lively gatherings bursting with pride. Through its six previous seasons, Live at Larkin’s South Buffalo Night has been among the most popular of each summer, with congressman Brian Higgins and his Exchange Street Band leading the musical charge.

South Buffalo’s own Crikwater joins the fray this year in what should be a well-attended, Irish-friendly night of music and revelry. See the season’s full schedule here.

[Related: Smiles at South Buffalo Night in 2017, 2016 and 2015]

*****

National Comedy Center opens

Events from Aug. 1-5 at 203 W. 2nd St., Jamestown, as well as Reg Lenna Center for the Arts (116 E. 3rd St., Jamestown) ; full schedule at the National Comedy Center’s site. Prices vary, too.

The News features writer Tim O’Shei wrote more than 2,000 words about the National Comedy Center project, engineered by Journey Gunderson over the last eight years, that will come to fruition this week.

Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Dan Aykroyd, Lewis Black and more comedians are among the celebrities slotted to perform across the five days, while the high-tech tour of the comedy center tailors the experience for attendees.

From pipe dream to game-changer: Jamestown's National Comedy Center is days from reality

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Prince vs. Bowie Dance Party

9 p.m. Aug. 2 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.); part of the Buffalo Infringement Festival. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance since this event is a probable sell-out.

If the Cure vs. the Smiths dance party draws a major crowd annually, then what would you expect from a Prince vs. Bowie party along the same lines? Bedlam, probably, with a dose of nostalgia; at least that’s how it’s been for the first two iterations. Prince and David Bowie died within four months of each other in 2016, an absolutely brutal stretch for music fans across the globe.

This dance party is one of the chief events in the annual Buffalo Infringement Festival, for which you can find a schedule here.

The inaugural Prince vs. Bowie Dance Party was held in Mohawk Place in 2016. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

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Eden Corn Festival

Begins 3 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2 at the American Legion Post 880 grounds (Legion Drive in Eden), runs through Aug. 5. Free to attend, and many attractions are free.

There are events literally every hour at the Eden Corn Festival, which, as you might suspect, celebrates the sweet corn harvest. On Thursday alone, midway rides, an extensive chicken barbecue, two championship baseball games, karaoke and chainsaw sculpture demonstration (!!) are featured in Eden.

The festival runs through Aug. 5, so keep it in consideration for a weekend trip, too. The corn won’t be sweet forever.

*****

Dark Star Orchestra

5 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $5 and available at the gate or at Consumer’s Beverages locations, where a free drink ticket is included.

One of the best-known tribute bands on tour, Dark Star Orchestra has emulated the Grateful Dead for more than 20 years. The next visitor to Canalside is a big switch from Father John Misty and Ludacris of last week, but has won the affections of the Deadheads.

Look back at when Dark Star Orchestra played Canalside Live last summer in the Smiles gallery to the right.

*****

Pizza night with WestSide Tilth Farm

3 to 7 p.m. July 31 at 246 Normal Ave. Pizzas are $14 apiece, or two pizzas and two salad kits can be packaged for $42.

There’s little debate that $14 is a steep price for a small pizza, but consider these facts: The money supports an urban farm on Buffalo’s West Side, the vast majority of the pie’s ingredients come directly from the surrounding crops, and the RoccBox ovens provide a nice char on the crust while leaving the inside fairly chewy.

Read Andrew Galarneau’s article on the farm’s pizza project, then see a gallery of the scene last Tuesday.

The Cherry Pie pizza ($14) from WestSide Tilth Farm. (Ben Tsujimoto/Buffalo News)

*****

“Much Ado About Nothing”

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays for Shakespeare in Delaware Park, through Aug. 19 behind the rose garden. Free to attend, although donations are encouraged.

If innuendo is your thing, then a trip to Shakespeare Hill might be in your future. The second play of Shakespeare in the Park’s season is “Much Ado About Nothing,” and News contributing reviewer Ben Siegel tells it like it is, including a thought-provoking line that says “apparently 40 is the new 16.”

Gather friends, blankets, wine, cheese and other snacks – and prepare to not find a close parking spot – for an affordable outing in Delaware Park.

*****

Billy Bob Thornton

8 p.m. July 31 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). General admission is $29.50 in advance and may be purchased here; cost rises to $35 at the door.

Former “Matlock” star Billy Bob Thornton has toured for more than a decade with his band the Boxmasters, and the group has recently collaborated with producer-engineer Geoff Emerick, who worked extensively on several Beatles albums, on soon-to-be-released “Speck.”

Before you indulge in some of “Bud” Thornton’s new music on Tuesday, read more background from News contributor Michael Farrell.

From the big screen to concert stage: Billy Bob Thornton rocks out

*****

Music and Art Festival of the Tonawandas

July 31 through Aug. 4 in venues in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, with presenters Project 308 Gallery, River Art Gallery, Partners in Art and more. Prices vary and locations vary by the day.

The meat of the festivities occurs this weekend, with the annual Oliver Street Art Festival a featured part of the Art Walk of the Tonawandas.

Leading up to Friday, though, the highlights are a farm-to-table artisans block party and dinner with Webster’s Bistro on Tuesday, a free performance by The Who cover band Who Are You on Wednesday at Gateway Harbor in NT and then a Food Truck Thursday on the Tonawanda side of Gateway Harbor. Full details here.

[Related: Smiles at the 2017 Oliver Street Art Festival]

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Reminder: Kingdom Bound runs through Aug. 4 at Darien Lake. See Smiles from Sunday, plus a preview of the Christian music festival.

Plan Ahead for the Weekend

*The Descendents in RiverWorks
*Dierks Bentley at Darien Lake
*Oliver Street Art Festival in North Tonawanda
*Bark Bash at Knox Farm
*Run716’s 15K at Flying Bison Brewing

Email: btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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