This Weekend in the Queen City

Halloween weekend!  Halloween is the best.

Thursday, October 29

-Choco Logo invites you to benefit Heart of the City Neighborhoods at their headquarters, 141 Broadway Street.  $15 donation includes wine and chocolate tasting, tour of facility, and product samples.  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

-Girls Night, The Musical begins at Shea’s Smith Theatre.  Tickets available through Ticketmaster and all Ticketmaster outlets, call 1-800-745-3000, or visit Shea’s ticket office.  $45.  Runs through November 8th.

-Mode Restaurant invites you to their weekly stand-up comedy showcase featuring the top stand-up comedy talent in Buffalo hosted by yours truly.  9:30 PM.  

-Fight Like a Girl.  Various stores in the Elmwood Village including Lotions and Potions, Can Can Candy, Abrahams Jewelers, Homeward Bound, room, Annie Adams, Splash Panic, City Love Clothing, Anna Grace and Shoefly will be staying open until 9PM, donating 10 percent of all sales to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for breast cancer research and education.  Lotions and Potions will host a Chinese auction that includes Sabres tickets, autographed Ryan Miller items, food from Tastings, and hot chocolate and coffee from Chow Chocolate.

Friday, October 30

-Scholars at the Muse in the Schools presents Rachel Ablow’s The (Victorian) Truth of Torture.  Muse Restaurant in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  4 PM.  FREE, limited seating.

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-The Buffalo Sabres take on division rival Toronto Maple Leafs at HSBC Arena.  7:30 PM.

-Ghost Hunters own Brian Harnois leads a paranormal investigation a la the SyFy series Ghost Hunters at the Central Terminal and Iron Island Museum with other celebrity paranormal investigators.  $150.  4 PM – 2 AM.  Benefits the Central Terminal and Iron Island Museum.

-Lemonwilde, hailed as the “American Radiohead” by critics as well as drawing comparisons to other bands, will be playing The Loft, across from the Town Ballroom.  With Dali’s Ghost.  9 PM, $5.

-Kick Halloween off with a bang at the Town Ballroom with Lotus and their rocking modern electronica, and Tigersapien, a 4-piece ensemble electro act.  Town Ballroom, 681 Main Street.  Doors 8 PM, all ages.  Tickets here

-464 Gallery invites you to “October Happy to be here Hour” at their headquarters, 464 Amherst Street.  Speaking will be Dr. Mark Donnelly, Buffalo booster and photographer.  The second is Suzanne Taylor, known as the “Aud Braud.”  She will talk about Memorial Auditorium and show off the Aud calendar featuring Aud photos and famous events that took place inside.  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 

Saturday, October 31

-The Elmwood Village Association invites you to take part in their “Safe Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Spooktacular Sale.”  Look for shops with orange and black balloons; they will be providing candy to children under 10 years of age.  1 PM – 3 PM.

-Zombie Walk, Elmwood/Bidwell, 1PM to 4PM.  Guaranteed to scare the wits out of the above mentioned trick-or-treaters (same time / same street).

-The Town Ballroom invites you to attend “Buffalo’s Biggest Halloween Party 2009.”  $1000 costume contest prize money for best costume, scariest costume, and sexiest costume.  $15 advance, $20 day of.  21+.  9 PM.   

-Tickets go on sale for WWE’s Raw Live at HSBC Arena on December 27, 2009 through all Tickets.com and Tickets.com outlets, and through the HSBC ticket office.  Charge by phone (888) 223-6000.  Tickets are $62.50, $42.50, $32.50, $24.50, $17.50, plus a $2.50 facility fee.  9 AM. 

-The Olmsted Parks Association invites you to their Tree Care Workshop at the Parkside Lodge.  9 AM – 11 AM.  Call 838-1249 ext 15 to register.  FREE.

Sunday, November 1

-Bechs invites you to Bunka-no-Hi, Japanese for “Japanese Culture Day,” featuring Japanese and Western music and art.  Program includes a shakuhachi and taiko performance, also known as a “tea demonstration,” as well as music from the Hamburg High School Band who recently performed in Japan.  Also features an ikebana tea demonstration by the Buffalo Chapter of Ikebana International.  10 AM – 2 PM.  $10 for families, $5 for individuals.

-Artist Catherine Parker and musician Roland Martin team up to bring you a show that combines art and music celebrating nature at the Botanical Gardens.  Parker is the daughter of artist Charles Burchfield.  Soprano vocalist Cristen Gregory and cellist Bryan Eckenrode will accompany.  5:30 PM – 7 PM.  $12 adults, $10 Gardens members.

-The Buffalo Bills look to continue their winning streak to three games when they take on the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  1 PM. 

Monday, November 2 

-Edible Buffalo invites you to view the award-winning documentary Tableland at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center.  Tableland studies sustainable food production in the United States.  Following the film, taste food prepared by chefs and restaurants who choose regionally grown food for use in their kitchen.  $30 advance tickets, $35 at the door.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.   

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