Weekly Feature



2017-12-13 / Entertainment

Holiday

thurs. 14

The Nutcracker — With the New York City Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 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

Make Your Own Holiday Slime — Girls grades K-12 are welcome to attend and learn what Girl Scouts mean and to make some holiday-themed slime, 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Lancaster Public Library, 5466 Broadway, Lancaster; Free. 935-6079, www.gswny.org

Phil Sims Quartet: Xmas Jazz — 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St., Buffalo; $ (cash-only cover charge). 697-9075, www.pausaarthouse.com

fri. 15

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas — The Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist delivers the sound and spirit of the season with carols, classics and original songs on his 21st holiday tour, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

Festival of Light Sabers — Congregation Shir Shalom will transform the Festival of Lights (Hanukkah) into a Festival of Light Sabers. Costumed “Star Wars” characters will join the 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, service, at 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville. Traditional songs and festive food will add to the experience. Winter clothing will be collected for local community service agencies. 633-8877

Norman Brown: A Joyous Christmas — With the Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz guitarist and singers, along with Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Buffalo State College Performance Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; $. 878-3005, www.buffalostatepac.org

Lockport Community Band Christmas Concert — With the (716) Trombone Ensemble, and sing-along, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at St. John the Baptist Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport; Free. 433-8118, www.lockportcommunityband.org

Big Band Christmas Dance — With Ladies First Jazz and on a wooden dance floor, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst; $.

Holiday Happening — Event will feature crafts, food for sale, gift shop, music and caroling led by student groups, free hot chocolate and popcorn, Getzville Fire Department bon fire, Amherst Police Department, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst (behind the Audubon Library); Free.

Christmas Decoration Trolley Ride of the Historic Iron Island Neighborhood — Tours are at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and assemble at the Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St., Buffalo. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served; $. 892-3084

Katie Ann Grossi: Children’s Christmas CD Launch Party — Part of Project Joy, a string of Christmas concerts benefiting brain cancer research at Roswell Park, Grossi will be releasing a Christmas CD featuring holiday songs performed by her piano and voice students, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Start with Sleep, 1211 Hertel Ave., Buffalo. 235-1505

fri. 15 & sat. 16

Last-Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace — WNY Book Art Center presents this 10th annual event that will feature 40-plus local vendors, letterpress holiday card workshop and more, 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo. 348-1430, www.wnybookarts.org

fri. 15-sun. 17

John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops — The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for WNY’s No. 1 holiday tradition, with Mike Randall narrating “The Polar Express,” and jazz singer Katy Miner, Buffalo Girlchoir, and Celtic folk trio, Normal Street Entrance, all featured on the program, 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15; 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org

The Night Before Christmas — Produced by the Lancaster Opera House, directed by David Bondrow, and featuring a cast of almost 20, the production tells the story of a brother and sister who get caught up in a fun-filled adventure with a colorful cast of Christmas characters. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15; 11 a.m., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16; and 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

sat. 16

Kenny Rogers, The Gambler’s Last Deal: Christmas & Hits — Rogers will perform Christmas favorites, selections from his 2015 album, “Once Again It’s Christmas,” and his well-known hits, with opener Linda Davis, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at UB’s Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; $ (box office; www.ticketfly.com; charge, 1-877-987-6487, 645-2787, www.ubcfa.org

Carolcade — Forty-fifth annual caroling, hot chocolate, donuts, song sheets and a visit from Santa Claus on historic Main Street in East Aurora, between Olean and Riley streets, 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16; Free. 652-8444

Castle by Candlelight Tours — Experience the holiday spirit in the company of 18th century-style merrymakers at this event that will feature music, crafts, demonstrations and more that will make the French Castle brim with festivities, 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Old Fort Niagara, Old Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; $. 745-7611, www.oldfortniagara.org

Holiday Bazaar — Featuring more than 50 vendors, crafters, basket raffle silent auction, and complementary child care while you shop, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the William-Emslie YMCA, 585 William St., Buffalo.

Mr. Max — Part of Jingle Falls USA, Mr. Max will perform an outdoor concert, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Sheraton at the Falls, 300 3rd St., Niagara Falls. FallsStreet.com

Caroling at the Farm — With guest singers, Ladies First, a barbershop quartet, and refreshments will be served after the program, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Sanborn Historical Society Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, Route 31; Free but donations accepted.

Santa on the Carrousel — Stop to ride the carousel with Santa. Be a part of the Carrousel Museum’s holiday season at their brand new Candy Cane Carnival. Games, snacks and crafts for kids will be featured, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $ - Registration and prepayment are required. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

Holiday Marketplace — Part of Jingle Falls USA, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, inside the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls, N.Y. www.FallsStreet.com

Free Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides — Part of Jingle Falls USA, 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Old Falls Street, USA, a three-block destination in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y. www.FallsStreet.com

Gloria: A Very Vivaldi Christmas Concert — The Alden-Area Ecumenical Choir will perform the very popular Vivaldi “Gloria” with piano, harpsichord and a string quartet, along with a Christmas carol medley and other music of the season, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, National Catholic Church, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster; Freewill offering to benefit local not-for-profit organizations.

Friends of Harmony Christmas Show — The Friends of Harmony barbershop chorus and quartets present its annual Christmas show, along with performers from the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 868-9447, www.friendsofharmony.com

Breakfast With Santa — Celebrate the holiday spirit with Santa and the zoo animals. Tickets include a buffet breakfast, family-friendly activities, zoo admission and a visit with Santa. There will be two seatings: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo; $ - pre-paid tickets required. 837-3900, www.buffalozoo.org

Breakfast With Santa! — Guess who’s coming to Brighton Place Library? Santa will be there for a yummy breakfast, and there will be a holiday-themed craft before visiting with Old St. Nick. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda. 332-4375, www.brightonplacelibrary.org

Make Creature Christmas Ornaments — Make some holiday ornaments of various creatures from nature using tongue depressors, popsicle sticks, felt and fun foam cutouts. Spruce up your decorations for the upcoming season, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java; $. Pre-registration is required. (585) 457-3228

sun. 17

Kenny G - The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour — This concert featuring the Grammy Award-winning saxophonist will be a night filled with festive spirit and contemporary classics, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

CCSO Holiday Concert — Join the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra for its annual holiday concert with the Cheektowaga Chorale under the baton of Nick DelBello, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at St. John Gaulbert’s Church, 83 Gaulbert Ave., Cheektowaga; Free. www.cheektowagasymphony.com

It’s a Wonderful Life — The 1946 holiday classic was directed by Frank Capra and features Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St., Hamburg; $. 649-2295, www.hamburgpalace.com

Christmas with Katie Ann — Part of Project Joy, a string of Christmas concerts benefiting brain cancer research at Roswell Park, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Lord of Life Child Development Center, 1025 Borden Road, Depew. 668-8000

Advent Lessons & Carols — With the Fourteen Holy Helpers Church Choir, with Patrick B. Barrett, director, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1345 Indian Church Road, corner of Union Road, West Seneca; Freewill offering. 674-2374

Breakfast With Santa — Celebrate the holiday spirit with Santa and the zoo animals. Tickets include a buffet breakfast, family-friendly activities, zoo admission and a visit with Santa. There will be two seatings: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo; $ - pre-paid tickets required. 837-3900, www.buffalozoo.org

The Kerfuffle Before Christmas — Sponsored by Buffalo’s Alternative 107.7 FM and featuring alternative rockers Cold War Kids, New York City-based indie pop band AJR, and West Hollywood ’80s influenced Lovelytheband, 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo; $. 342-2292, www.buffaloriverworks.com

mon. 18

Christmas Caroling with Katie Ann — Part of Project Joy, a string of Christmas concerts benefiting brain cancer research at Roswell Park, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at Spot Coffee Kenmore, 1 Delaware Road, Kenmore. 424-0262

wed. 20

Christmas Sing-along with Nan Hoffman — The entire family is invited to come sing-along with Hoffman, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Newstead Public Library, 33 Main St., Akron; Free. 542-2327

Holiday Jazz at Gigi’s — Vocalist Janice Mitchell and pianist Jim Beishline will perform jazz-infused arrangements of Christmas and holiday songs, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Gigi’s Cucina Povera, 981 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo. 877-8788, gigiscucinapovera.com

A Classical Christmas — Come join the Amherst Chamber Ensembles Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Thomas Witakowski in pieces by Bach, Corelli, Lyadov and more, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., just north of Longmeadow Road, Amherst; $. 649-6071, www.acemusic.org

thurs. 21

Pat Shea: Christmas With Family and Friends — Shea returns to the Lancaster Opera House with some special friends to perform a concert filled with all of your holiday favorites, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

Fresh Holiday Arrangement — Make-it-take-it workshop, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

The Hip-Hop Toy Drive — With donations and proceeds to be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, and featuring Lil Ging and Rizzo, Ya Boy Twan, BSTEZ, 9Strategy, Parliament City, Tmurdah, Dmas and more, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Stamps Bar, 98 Main St., Tonawanda; $. 694-3475

ongoing: now-Dec. 17

A Charlie Brown Christmas — Presented by Theatre of Youth, the production is based on the story written by Charles M. Schulz and the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Families will enjoy Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang live on stage. Performances: 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 17 (added performances: 6 p.m. Dec. 16), at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus — Presented by Starry Night Theatre and based on actual events, the play is adapted from the 1991 film of the same name, and features Christopher Fire, Vanessa Stipkovits, Greg Blarr, Carla Kwasniak and Madison Swartz, under the direction of L. Don Swartz and DJ Swartz. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; $. 743-1614, www.starrynighttheatre.com

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever — In this hilarious Christmas story, Grace and Bob Bradley struggle to produce their church Christmas pageant after the bossy grand dame of the congregation (Betsy Ross) breaks her leg just before rehearsals begin, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16; and 3 p.m. Dec. 17, at the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater, 433 Locust St., Lockport; $. kenancenter.org

The Christmas Trip — By Connie Stofko and Kathleen Weber, presented by the Towne Players and directed by Kathleen Weber. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda; $. 837-7370

now-Dec. 23

A Christmas Carol — In the early 1980s, Alleyway Theatre Artistic Director Neil Radice founded “A Christmas Carol” as an annual event, and this is the season’s 35th year of presenting the holiday classic. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Saturday, Dec. 23, at the Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com

Gingerbread Wonderland — Part of Jingle Falls USA, enjoy activities and visits from Santa, Fridays-Sundays, through Saturday, Dec. 23, at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St, Niagara Falls, NY. FallsStreet.com

now-Jan. 7

Poinsettias — The entire family will enjoy beautiful poinsettias, vibrant colors and playful surprises, through Jan. 7 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

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