What’s Good 12/2-7

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

Friday, 12/2

Super American w/Young Culture, Freak the Mighty, Marquee Grand (Rec Room, 79 W Chippewa, doors 6pm)
Local pop-punk band Super American, backed by Albany’s even poppier Young Culture, rap-rockers Freak the Mighty, and local alternative group Marquee Grand.

New Movies This Week:

Violent Night (in wide release)
With a can’t-miss title and tagline (“You Better Watch Out”), seeing David Harbour’s burned-out Santa brawl his way through a Christmas Eve hostage situation promises to be a sleigh’s worth of trashy fun.

Emancipation (in wide release)
Will Smith stars in the true story of a man who escaped slavery, joined the Union army, and posed for a still-famous photo of his back, crisscrossed with scars from a lifetime of whippings, that shocked the nation and helped rally Americans to win the Civil War and end slavery. Is there enough story there for a 2-hour movie? We trust director Antoine Fuqua. (And if you miss it in theaters, it premiers on Apple TV on 12/9)

Bones and All (Elmwood Center, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Transit Center, Walden Galleria)
Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet star in this gruesome love story about a young couple on the run who are united by their uncontrollable urges to eat human flesh. This premiered last week while we were on vacation, but we didn’t want you to miss it!

Saturday, 12/3

The Nutcracker Ballet (Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. 7pm, Sunday 1pm)
This production of the classic holiday story boasts spectacular production value and, “a mix of tradition and wonder”—The Buffalo News

Downtown Tree Lighting (Rotary Rink, 20 Fountain Plaza)
Who needs Rockefeller Center? Buffalo has its own Christmas Tree lighting in front of a centrally-located ice rink. Including fireworks show, ice skating, and a visit from St. Nick.

Monday, 12/5

His Dark Materials (HBO)
After a two-year hiatus, this adaptation of Philip Pullman’s classic fantasy trilogy returns for an eight-episode third season, adapting the events of the third book, The Amber Spyglass, in which Lyra (Dafne Keen) and Will (Amir Wilson) have to save both their worlds from a coming interdimensional war.

Wednesday 12/7

Thievery Corporation (Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., doors 7pm)
This electronic duo made their name in the early 2000s with a mixture of dub, acid jazz, and Indian, Brazilian, and Middle Eastern music.