What’s Good 9/8-15

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

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.

Friday 9/9

Pride Skate (Canalside Roller Rink, 44 Prime St., 6pm)
Canalside celebrates the LGBT+ community with this week’s themed skate night.

Subject Board of Directors Meeting (Google Meet, 8:30pm)
Subject is run by a non-profit, Subject Student-Run Media, and our biweekly board of directors meetings are open to the public. Join in and see how the sausage gets made, or voice your input about the site.

Saturday 9/10

Fire In the Sky (North Park Theater, 1428 Hertel Ave., 9:30pm)
Director Rob Lieberman will be on hand for a Q&A after this screening of his 1993 alien abduction movie, based on real-life accounts (although the poster’s claim to be “based on the true story” may be a stretch). Sponsored by the UB Media Study department where Lieberman got his start, the screening is a benefit for Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo’s irreplaceable media arts center, which hosts screenings, events, classes, and has filmmaking equipment available for rent.

Music Is Art Festival (Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., 11am-midnight, FREE)
Performances on 20 stages including live music, DJs, and dancers, plus video installations, glass blowers, and crafts of all kinds.

The Grand Tour (Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., 10am, $40)
This three-hour open air bus tour takes passengers through Buffalo’s history, including Lake Erie’s harbor defenses, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin house, Delaware Park, and the Linwood Historic District.

Queen City AIA Architecture 5K (Pearl Street Grill, 76 Pearl St., 10am-noon, $25)
If you’d rather see Buffalo’s historic buildings on foot, this 5K’s route is designed to highlight some of the city’s many architectural treasures.

Birding For Beginners (Golden Hill State Park, 9691 Lower Lake Rd., Niagara Falls, 7:30-9:30am, call 716.638.7721 to register)
This one’s for early birds in every sense, as a nature walk through the park teaches the basics of bird identification.

Sunday 9/11

Subject organizational meeting (In front of Lockwood Library, 1pm)
Get involved! This very website is having the first organizational meeting of the semester, for anyone interesting in writing, DJing, podcasting, running our social media, or otherwise getting involved! Editor-in-Chief Owen Bryant will be on hand to teach you the secret handshake.

Tuesday 9/13

Courtney Barnett w/We Don’t Ride Llamas (Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave., $30, doors 8pm)
A can’t-miss show, as Australia’s best import brings her witty lyrics and deadpan delivery to this beautifully restored church. Even the songs she talks her way through are unaccountably catchy. 

Alice Cooper (Shea’s Buffalo, 650 Main St., $32.50-$100)
Well into his 70s, the theatrical hard rocker is still going, and we appreciate the irony of a man who may or may not have bitten the head off of a bat onstage now playing the classiest venue in town.
Clerks III (Regal Elmwood Center; Regal Walden Galleria; Regal Transit Center)

Kevin Smith is no stranger to self-referential storytelling (his two Jay & Silent Bob movies), or movies about moviemaking (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), so it seems inevitable that in revisiting his 1994 debut about slackers working in a convenience store, he combines both — after one of the titular clerks has a near-fatal heart attack similar to the one Smith himself had in 2018, he recruits his best friend to make a movie… about their lives as slackers working in a convenience store.

Thursday 9/15

Old 97s w/Vandoliers (Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa St., doors 6:30)
The veteran alt-country group is tournig behind Twelfth, which is their twenty-first album.

Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova (Shea’s Buffalo, 650 Main St., doors 8:00)
Two RuPaul’s Drag Race veterans (Mattel won All Stars in 2018 and was named one of “The Most Powerful Drag Queens in America” by New York magazine; Zamolodchikova was the All Stars runner up the year before), host The Trixie & Katya Show on Viceland, and are now bringing their show on the road.

Vampire Academy (Peacock)
Since there’s always room for a second-best vampire show on TV behind What We Do In the Shadows, Peacock is adapting Richelle Mead’s bestselling series about two young women preparing to enter “royal vampire society.” Cast includes Every Witch Way’s Daniela Nieves, Degrassi alumni André Dae Kim, and J. August Richards bringing some vampire cred from his time on Angel.