What’s Good 9/1-7

Our weekly guide to what’s going on around Buffalo and in the world of pop culture

Buffalo Bookstore Week (through 9/4)
Shop local and support your local independent bookstore, each of which across the city are offering a chance to win tickets to the BABEL series of author lectures at Kleinhans over the next several months, including Elizabeth Kolbert, Omar El Akkad, Anthony Doerr, and Isabel Wilkerson.

Thursday, 9/1

House Party f. Gradient, Chenvinzo (Allen St. Hardware, 245 Allen St., $5, 21+)
Subject Radio’s own DJ Gradient spins a night of dance and house music.

Friday 9/2

Salsa Night (Canalside Roller Rink, 44 Prime St., 6pm)
Skate along to a salsa DJ and enjoy drink specials at Canalside.

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Amazon Prime)
This big-budget prequel hopes three Hobbit movies didn’t exhaust our enthusiasm for all things Middle Earth, as the series explores Sauron’s rise to power, centuries before Bilbo Baggins’ time.

New Movies This Weekend

Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. (Regal Elmwood Center, AMC Market Arcade 8, AMC Maple Ridge 8, Regal Walden Galleria, Regal Transit Center)
Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown star as a couple who have to rebuild their megachurch in the wake of a scandal, in this Sundance fave from first-time writer-director Adamma Ebo.

Saturday 9/3

DJ Gradient (Soho Buffalo, 64 W. Chippewa St.)
Subject Radio’s own DJ Gradient spins a night of dance and house music.

Tiger Sex, Governess, The Cheats, Candy Cavity, The Rumours, Pure Heel (Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.)
Garage rockers Tiger Sex are the headliners, but the real draw is a sendoff for Buffalo’s own Governess, playing their final show tonight.

Saturday/Sunday 9/3-4

National Buffalo Wing Festival (Highmark Stadium, One Bills Drive, Orchard Park; 12-9 Sat, 12-7 Sun, $20 per day, under 8 free, food tickets not included)
The 20th annual event moves to its biggest venue yet, as the Ralph hosts numerous vendors from around the country offering over 100 different styles of chicken wing, alongside live music, a wing-eating contest, and something called “bobbing for wings.” We’re afraid to ask.

Wednesday 9/7

Staind (Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls, $55-$125)
The veteran metal band returns on their first tour in five years.

Thursday 9/8

Last Podcast On the Left (Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, 8pm)
The horror/comedy podcast records a live episode at the classiest venue in town, as part of their “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” tour.