Our weekly guide to what’s going on around Buffalo and in the world of pop culture
Brad Williams (Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St., Thu 8pm, Fri 7:30 & 10pm, Sat 7:30 & 10pm)
The late Robin Williams praised this energetic comic as “Prozac with a head.”
Buku w/G-REX (IronWorks, 49 Illinois St.)
This Pittsburgh-based EDM DJ has grown to be a regional favorite between stints on the festival circuit.
Live Band Karaoke (Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa St., 10pm-2am)
This week is “Emo/pop-punk edition” as you can belt out favorites in front of a live band.
New Movies This Week:
The Banshees of Inisherin (Amherst Theater, Regal Transit Center)
In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh and stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson re-team for another black comedy, this time about two friends who have an abrupt falling out during the Irish Civil War. Won Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival, and Best Actor for Farrell.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (in wide release)
The Marvel franchise mourns Chadwick Boseman and meditates on grief while also moving the action forward in a satisfying blend of somber and spectacle from Ryan Coogler.
One Piece Film: Red (in wide release)
The fifteenth and highest-grossing entry in this Japanese manga series is getting a wide release in the US. The plot involves pirates, a pop singer whose songs have magical effects, a World Government who consider her a threat, and a labyrinthine plot sure to appeal to your inner ADD-addled 13-year-old.
Black Lips (Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.)
These favorites from the 2000s garage rock revival are touring behind a new album, Apocalypse Love.
Netflix is updating this classic surrealist children’s show, which was equally popular among toddlers and college students who enjoy recreational pharmaceuticals.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.)
These influential, mostly instrumental post-rock Canadians broke up in 2003, but reunited in 2011 and have been going strong despite several mishaps — they were mistaken for terrorists by the FBI while on tour in 2003, and were forced to release their latest album, All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling ahead of schedule after it leaked to 4chan.
UB Distinguished Speakers Series: Marie Yovanovitch (UB Center for the Arts)
The former US ambassador to Ukraine gives a timely talk drawing from her 33 years as a diplomat.
The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)
The Mindy Kaling-produced college comedy returns for a sophomore season.
Subject Board of Directors Meeting (5:45pm, 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. You can also join our Discord channel to learn more about the site and pitch an article, radio show, or podcast, or otherwise get involved.