Our weekly guide to what’s going on around Buffalo and in the world of pop culture
Star Trek: Prodigy (Paramount+)
This delightful kid-friendly iteration of the venerable sci-fi franchise returns for as second season.
Kevin Hart (KeyBank Center, 1 Seymour Knox Plaza, 8pm)
The biggest stand-up going brings his act to KeyBank.
Kevin James (Kleinhans Music Hall, 1 Symphony Circle, 8pm)
Not sure how we ended up with two A-list standups named Kevin in town on the same night, but comedy fans can choose only one!
Babushka! (Alleyway Theater, One Curtain Up Alley)
Two actors improvise an entire one-hour play based on an audience suggestion, in this longtime Buffalo Infringement Festival favorite, returning to the Alleyway tonight and tomorrow, and then for a few days in November and December (10/28, 10/29, 11/25, 11/26, 12/30, 12/31)
Big Mouth (Netflix)
Nick Kroll’s vulgar, heartfelt coming-of-age comedy returns for a sixth season.
Movies This Week:
Tár (Apple TV+)
Todd Field’s first film in 16 years is described as, “an exceptionally detailed portrait of a promethean artist eventually hoisted on her own petard.” Cate Blanchett stars as a renowned composer, conductor, and owner of said petard.
Call Jane (Regal Transit Center, Regal Walden Galleria)
Elizabeth Banks stars in this unfortunately timely indie drama about a 1960s housewife who has to go to great lengths to end a lifethreatening pregnancy.
Till (in wide release)
The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black child who was tortured and killed by a white supremacist mob after being falsely accused of accosting a white woman, and whose killers went free, is still shocking 67 years later. Chinonye Chukwu’s film stars Danielle Deadwyler as Till’s mother Mamie, who devoted her life to civil rights activism after her son’s murder.
Stars At Noon (Hulu)
A24’s latest “elevated horror” updates Denis Johnson’s romantic thriller from the Nicaraguan Revolution to the present-day pandemic. Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn star alongside Benny Safdie, Danny Ramirez, and John C. Reilly.
Prey For the Devil (in wide release)
And for fans of regular ol’ non-elevated horror, there’s the latest from The Last Exorcism’s Daniel Stamm, returning to a theme, as in a world where demonic possession is on the rise, and the Catholic Church builds an army of exorcist priests, a nun (Jacqueline Byers) breaks tradition and learns to perform exorcisms to do battle with a demon she believes tormented her mother.
MOE. w/Aqueous (Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.)
Two generations of Buffalo jam bands team up, as MOE. returns home, and Aqueous tours behind a new live album.
Witches Ball (The Statler, 107 Delaware Ave., 7pm-1am, $40-$150)
Bring your costume, for this Halloween-themed night out including DJs, live music, drag queens, actors, psychics, and more.
Halloween Boo’zin Bar Crawl (VENU, 75 W. Chippewa St., $10, 1pm)
This bar crawl includes Halloween-themed drink specials at VENU, Bottoms Up, 67 West, The Cowboy, and more. First 300 people to hit every bar on the list get a t-shirt. Register on their Facebook page.
Styles P (Showplace Theater, 1065 Grant St.)
Triple threat Styles P was a writer and producer for Ruff Ryders, while also spitting high-speed verses with his group Lox and on his own. He brings his energetic solo show to the Showplace this weekend.
The White Lotus (HBO)
This six-episode series from creator Mike White (School of Rock, Enlightened) follows the staff and ultra-wealthy guests at a Hawaiian resort. The cast includes Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Molly Shannon, and Steve Zahn, and could be a worth successor to service industry comedy Party Down.