Our weekly guide to what’s going on around Buffalo and in the world of pop culture
New Movies This Week:
Halloween Ends (in wide release)
Director David Gordon Green continues his strange career arc from acclaimed indie dramas like All the Real Girls, to stoner comedies like Pineapple Express, to devoting himself full-time to reviving horror franchises. This, his third and final Halloween, brings back Jamie Lee Curtis to face implacable masked killer Michael Myers once last time before Green turns his attention to reviving The Exorcist in 2023.
Shakespeare only mentions Romeo’s pre-Juliet love interest, Rosaline, in passing, but this spoof casts Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart) as a vengeful ex trying to break up the star-crossed lovers (Kyle Allen and Isabela Merced) and get her man back. Bradley Whitford and Minnie Driver co-star.
The Crystal Method (Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., doors 8pm)
This electronic duo pioneered the trip hop genre in the ‘90s, and while Ken Jordan retired from music in 2017, Scott Kirkland is keeping the project going on his own, and still puts on a terrific live set.
Moving Targets w/Starjuice, Garfrankel, Stress Dolls (Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.)
These late 80s punks broke up in 1994, but resumed touring and recording 3 years ago. They hit Mohawk Place with some younger bands in their wake.
Quicksand w/Shiner, Spotlights (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St., $25, doors 7pm)
Another reunion tour, as this classic post-hardcore band broke up in 1995, and then reunited 22 years later and got back to work, putting out two more albums in the last 5 years. With fellow post-hardcore reunion tourers Shiner, and younger band (and husband-and-wife team) Spotlights.
Documentary Now! (IFC, 10pm / Amazon next-day)
Bill Hader and Fred Armisen’s delightful, overly-specific spoofs of documentaries returns. This season starts with a two-part episode gently poking fun at Burden of Dreams, a real-life doc about the grueling, chaotic filming of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo. Future targets this season include My Octopus Teacher, The September Issue, When We Were Kings, and the films of Agnés Varda.
American Horror Story: New York City (FX/Hulu)
The anthology series returns for its eleventh season, with a cast that includes Billie Lourd, Kal Penn, Zachary Quinto, Russell Tovey, and NYC theater legends Patti LuPone, and Sandra Bernhard. The story takes place across two time periods, and a brief teaser trailer suggests some S&M is involved, but beyond that we know very little. Although as journalists, we feel we should point out that New York is still the safest large city in America.
Subject Board of Directors Meeting (5:30pm, Google Meet)Subject is student-run and managed by a non-profit. Our board meetings are open to the public, in case you want to make suggestions or see how the sausage gets made.
GWAR w/Nekrogoblikon, Crobot (Rapits Theater, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls, $30 doors 6pm)
Is it worth a trip to Niagara Falls to see GWAR? It’s worth a trip through Hell to see GWAR. This metal band puts on an insane, blood–splattered live show while dressed as alien monsters, and we have utterly failed as a web site and as a society if we can’t convince you to go see them.