Our weekly guide to what’s going on around Buffalo and in the world of pop culture.
Amateur Hockey Club (Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa St, 6pm, $15)
Sorry Canadians, not an actual hockey club. This Buffalo band’s draws on the alternative rock sound of the 1990s. With Oscar’s Cash, Tokyo Monsters, and We Were Blank.
New Movies This Week
Magic Mike’s Last Dance (in wide release)
Salma Hayek joins frequently-shirtless Channing Tatum in the third Magic Mike film, which Steven Soderbergh returns to direct. As in previous entry Magic Mike XXL, Tatum’s Mike wants to get out of the male stripping game, but can’t resist coming back for one more big score.
Your Place or Mine (Netflix)
Romantic comedy vets Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher play best friends who swap houses for a week, leaving Kutcher to care for Witherspoon’s daughter. With Tig Notaro, Steve Zahn, and The Afterparty’s Zoë Chao.
Somebody I Used to Know (Amazon)
Dave Franco wrote and directed this romantic comedy in which Alison Brie returns to her hometown and gets back together with her ex (as one does in romantic comedies), but questions her choices up to that point when she meets a young woman who reminds her of her younger self. With Amy Sedaris, Haley Joel Osment, and The Afterparty’s Zoë Chao.
Cupid’s Undie Run (Pearl Street Grill, 76 Pearl St., 12-4pm, $40)
A 1-mile run is plenty when you’re running in cold weather in your underwear, as people will be doing in related runs around the country. Proceeds go to fight neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors on the body’s nerves. There’s drinking and dancing before the run and after.
Winter Fest (Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St, 11am-4pm, FREE)
Not to be confused with SpringFest, this annual event includes ice skating, curling, food, drink, and 75 local gift vendors plying their wares.
Blouses of the Holy (The Cave, 71 Military Rd, 8pm)
This 17th annual Led Zeppelin tribute features 5-6 bands playing Zep covers alongside a light show.
Puppy Bowl XIX (Animal Planet/TBS/HBO Max/Discovery+, 2pm)
It’s been a long couple of years, and we could all use a few hours of puppies frolicking. A broad swath of the cable/streaming landscape has joined forces to give us just that.
Super Bowl LVII (Fox, 6:30pm)
A televised football game with limited appeal in the Buffalo area.
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (UB Center for the Arts, 7:30pm, $29)
These two Canadian fiddle players were each stars of Celtic traditional music even before they got together, and since 2015 they’ve been recording and performing together, as well as with such luminaries as Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma, Shania Twain, and The Chieftans.
Subject Board of Directors Meeting (9pm, Google Meet)
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Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu)Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) and Shameik Moore (Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse) lead this biopic series about the influential Staten Island hip-hop collective. The third and final starts tonight with the group on the verge of a breakthrough.
John Waters (Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave, 8pm, $40)
Waters, the gleefully vulgar director who gave us Pink Flamingoes, Hairspray, and earned the nickname “The Pope of Trash,” was supposed to visit Babeland back in December, “to reinfect the lunatic fringe with holiday jeer.” Proving that his trademark brand of filth can’t be stopped by several feet of snow, only slowed down, he’s rescheduled the show as “A John Waters Christmas in February.” $110 “Group Therapy VIP” tickets also include a post-show Q&A with Waters, an autographed poster, and a socially-distanced selfie.
Star Trek: Picard (Paramount+)
The modern Trek series that’s leaned hardest on nostalgia goes all in for its final season, bringing back the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as a new enemy begins hunting down Picard’s old friends. Watch for weekly episode reviews here on Subject.