Weekly Feature



2016-12-07 / Entertainment

Holiday

thurs. 8

Christmas Is Comin’ Uptown — Presented by Paul Robeson Theatre under the direction of Reginald Kelly, Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8; 8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11 (audience talk-back with cast); 8 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17; and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 (audience talk-back with cast), at Shea’s 710 Main Theatre, formerly Studio Arena Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. www.sheas.org Holiday Party and Toy Drive — Presented by the Niagara Law Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. 286-8200, www.niagara.edu/cle A Christmas Carol — Presented by Starry Night Theatre and adapted and directed by L. Don Swartz. Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and continues at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; $. 743-1614, www.starrynighttheatre.com Christmas in the Village: A Very Uptown Christmas — Steve Balesteri’s third annual musical event will also feature Sara Elizabeth and Zainep “ZZ Abdelaal, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at The Meeting House, 5858 Main St., Williamsville; $ www.stevebalesteri.com Irish Christmas in America — Come celebrate the holidays with a little Irish flair, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo; $. 510-1887, www.ticketfly.com Holiday Concert — With the Vivace and Bravo Choirs of ABC Bel Canto, along with the Buffalo State Choirs, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Rockwell Hall of Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; $. buffalostatepac.org/tickets/buy-tickets A Christmas Carol — This 34th annual production will feature David C. Mitchell as Scrooge, along with Stephanie Bax, Michelle Holden, Noah Doktor, Shawn Calmes, Allison Barsi, Roger VanDette, David G. Poole, Jerry Hudson, Joyce Stilson and James Cichocki, under the direction of Neal Radice. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com

fri. 9

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights — 12th annual event will feature more than one million twinkling lights on a newly expanded drive-through route, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. The event will also feature six decorated buildings, live family entertainment, craft making and vendors. 649-3900, www.the-fairgrounds.com Williamsville Holiday Lights Walk — This 2- to 3-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Meet by the Wegmans bottle return, Essjay Road near Sheridan Drive. Optional: Social after hike inside Wegmans. Heavy snow

or ice will cancel. Call 691-6750. www.foothillstrailclub.org

fri. 9 & sat. 10

Classical Christmas — Join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus under the baton of Stefan Sanders in a festive celebration of timeless musical treasurers, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org

fri. 9-sun. 11

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever — In this hilarious Christmas tale presented by the Lancaster Regional Players and from the best-selling book, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant are faced with casting the Herman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville; $. 435-4919, www.lancasterregionalplayers.org

sat. 10

Breakfast with Santa — Bring the kids and grandkids for a fun morning of crafts, games and breakfast followed by a visit from Santa Claus, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst; $ - reservations required. 636-3055 Holidays Under the Dome — Enjoy a free concert of holiday music with the BPO in the historic setting of M&T Bank’s gold-domed downtown branch, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo. www.bpo.org Santa’s Workshop — Santa has quite a few places to visit after spending the day surrounded by poinsettias and his friends at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com Holiday Arts and Crafts Show — A holiday shopping tradition that offers a wide selection of unique and eclectic handcrafted items and collectibles from over 20 locally juried artisans and crafters, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., at West Ferry Street, Buffalo. www.facebook.com/uucb.artsandcraftsshow Deck the Halls — Annual holiday party at the Power Vista featuring a special guest appearance by Santa Claus, crafts and photos with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; Free. 286-6652, www.nypa.gov/niagara powervista A Christmas Story — The now holiday classic from 1983 features Peter Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, along with Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St, East Aurora; $. 652-1660, theauroratheatre.com Lunch with Santa — Children are invited to join Santa for lunch and tell him their Christmas wishes, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., N. Tonawanda; $ - Registration required. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org Santa on the Carrousel — Santa is coming to the Herschell Carrousel Museum to ride the carrousel with his friends. Enjoy an afternoon of activities, including games, crafts, snacks, carrousel rides and a special performance at 1 p.m. with Buffalo Suzuki Strings, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Herschell Carrousel

Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org Holiday Trunk Show — The Project 308 Gallery will present this fifth annual event that will feature 40 local vendors selling handmade gifts, including soap, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, ceramics and more, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the former NTC Ascension School, 69 Keil St., North Tonawanda; Free admission and parking. Holiday Market — Event will benefit Toys for Tots and will feature a “fun”draising afternoon of holiday shopping with vendors, tastings, samplings and giveaways, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Nashvilles II of Clarence, 8166 Main St., Clarence. buffalo.nashvillesny.com Santa Paws — All well-behaved dogs are invited to have their picture taken with Santa with Nickle City Photography, along with raffle items and refreshments, 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 775 Niagara Falls Blvd., just south of Sheridan Drive and across from Dairy Queen; $ (benefits Buffalo Pug and Small Breed Dog Rescue). Castle by Candlelight — Tour the French Castle decorated for the season and lit entirely by candles, meet historical characters and witness the firing of the grand “feu de joie,” 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Old Fort Niagara, Old Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; $. 745-7611, www.oldfortniagara.org All On a Starry Night — The Buffalo Choral Arts Society’s annual Christmas concerts with the 110-member community chorus under the direction of Marcia A. Giambrone, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo; $. www.buffalochoralarts.org A Grand and Glorious Christmas — The Buffalo Master Choral joins with the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus for an evening of music including Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” a “Hansel and Gretel” choral suite and a spirited sing-along, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Fourteen Holy Helpers R.C. Church, 1350 Indian Church Road, West Seneca; Donation. www.bnchoirs.org Johnny Dee’s Christmas Show — “A Tribute to Andy Williams,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Gigi’s Cucina Povera, 981 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo. 877-8788, www.gigiscucinapovera.com

sat. 10 & sun. 11

Christmas Arts & Crafts Show — The Main House at Knox Farm State Park will be decked out for the holidays with over 60 artists and crafters offering one-of-a-kind gifts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, enter through the wrought-iron gates off 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora; $, free admission for children under 10. www.friendsofknoxfarm.org

sun. 11

White Christmas — The 1954 Michael Curtiz classic holiday film features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at The Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St, East Aurora; $. 652-1660, www.theauroratheatre.com Jingle Bell Jam — Join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for their annual family tradition of holiday music, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert — Official lighting of the Albright-Knox’s traditional Christmas Tree and a concert of holiday favorites by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285

Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; $. 882-8700, www.albrightknox.org A Grand and Glorious Christmas — The Buffalo Master Choral joins with the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus for an evening of music including Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” a “Hansel and Gretel” choral suite and a spirited sing-along, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo; $. www.bnchoirs.org Love Came Down at Christmas — Join the Harmonia Chamber Singers for holiday music that embraces the Middle Ages, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst; Donation. www.harmoniacs.org American Legion Band of the Tonawandas Holiday Concert — The 85-member American Legion National Championship Band, conducted by Michael Shaw, will perform a special Christmas holiday concert program, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, with a pre-concert organ performance at 7 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

tues. 13

Kenny G: Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour — Celebrate the holidays with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org Home Alone — An 8-year-old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidently left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Chris Columbus directs Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern and Catherine O’Hara in the 1990 John Hughes comedy, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at The Screening Room, in the Boulevard Mall, 880 Alberta Drive, formerly the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Separate entrance outside the mall between Macy’s and JC Penney’s; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net

tues. 13-sun. 18

A Christmas Story, The Musical — Young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200 shot range model Air Rifle. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13-Thursday, Dec. 15; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www.sheas.org, www.ticketmaster.com

wed. 14

Holiday Celebrations on Ice — Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Event Center will be transformed into an ice rink, and the show will feature Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano and many others. Performances: 8 p.m. Dec. 14-16; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17; and 5 p.m. Dec. 18, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino’s Events Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls; $. 1-877-873-6322, www.senecaniagaracasino.com Scrooge — The 1951 holiday classic features Alastair Sim in the title role, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Screening Room, in the Boulevard Mall, 880 Alberta Drive, formerly the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Separate entrance outside the mall between Macy’s and JC Penney’s; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net

thurs. 15

White Christmas — The 1954 Michael Curtiz classic holiday film features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center,

67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org Pat Shea Holiday Concert — Join the noted performer as he presents a concert of all your holiday favorites, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

ongoing: now-Dec. 11

Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical — Dan Goggin’s musical presented by Rocking Horse Productions under the direction of Leigha Eichhorn. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

now-Dec. 18

The Betsy Carmichael Christmas Special — Join the fabulous Betsy Carmichael as she hosts an unforgettable Christmas special at The Bingo Palace. Presented by O’Connell & Company and based on a character created by Joey Bucheker and conceived and written by Mary Kate O’Connell and Bucheker, the production is under the direction of O’Connell. Each performance will also feature a special guest. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Dec. 18, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! — It’s the “worstest” day ever in Room 1 for everybody’s favorite first-grader, Junie B. Jones in Theatre of Youth’s production of the play based on Barbara Park’s series of books. Performances: 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, now through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org The Chimes: A Goblin Story — Road Less Traveled world-premiere adaption of a lesser-known Charles Dickens play (“The Chimes: A Goblin Story Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In”) adapted by John Hurley and starring Andrea Andolina, Gerry Maher, Lisa Vitrano, Nick Lama and Steve Brachmann, under the direction of Hurley. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, Dec. 18, at Road Less Traveled Theatre, 500 Pearl St., Buffalo; $. 629-3069, www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

now-Jan. 1

A Festival of Trees — Dazzling display of artificial evergreen trees, adorned with energy-efficient lights by local nonprofit groups. On display through Monday, Jan. 1, at the Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; Free. 286-6661, www.nypa.gov/niagarapowervista

now-Jan. 6

A Festival of Lights — Twenty-five years and still shining with 15 acres of spectacular Christmas lights and an angel’s-eye view from the top of the Basilica, 5-9 p.m. daily, through Friday, Jan. 6, at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road (off Route 18), Youngstown; $. 745-7498, www.fatimashrine.com

now-Jan. 8

Poinsettias — The entire family will enjoy beautiful poinsettias, vibrant colors and playful surprises, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

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