Our weekly guide to what’s going on around Buffalo and in the world of pop culture.
Snarky Puppy (Town Ballroom, 681 Main St, 7pm)
Instrumental jazz fusion band from Texas
A road rage incident between Steven Yeun and Ali Wong escalates until the two are mortal enemies in this comedy that, “finds the pathos in pettiness.”
First Friday Gallery Walk (Allentown, 5pm-1am)
A long list of Allentown businesses and art galleries stay open past midnight in a celebration of the neighborhood.
Papadosio w/Space Junk (Town Ballroom, 681 Main St, 7pm)
Papadosio sets themselves apart from the rest of the jam band circuit by playing prog-influenced “livetronica.”
The Well w/Firebreather (Rec Room, 79 W, Chippewa St, 6pm, $15, 16+)
Austin Texas “heavy psych rock/proto-metal power trio.”
The Legacy of J Dilla (FX, 10pm)
The New York Times presents a documentary about the influential hip-hop producer who died at 32 of lupus.
Tiny Beautiful Things (Hulu)
Kathryn Hahn is getting good reviews (as usual) as a writer who reluctantly becomes a popular advice columnist (if not quite as popular as our own Real Talk).
Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key return for season two, as a bickering couple who get sucked into a magical land where everything is a musical.
New Movies This Week
The Super Mario Bros. Movie (in wide release)
It’s-a here! The long-awaited video game adaptation is getting pretty good reviews, which largely agree that, while it’s not Parasite, it’s as good as any adaptation of a video game about jumping on turtles has any right to be.
Air (in wide release)
Ben Affleck (who also directs) and Matt Damon reunite to tell the story of how Nike took a chance on a rookie phenom named Michael Jordan. Sadly, they blew their chance to call the movie We Bought a Shoe.
Paint (Elmwood Center, Transit Center, Walden Galleria)
Owen Wilson plays a Bob Ross-esque painter who loses his TV show to a younger, more talented rival.
What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears (Amherst Theatre)
Documentary about the classic rock band, who headlined Woodstock and beat out Abbey Road for a Grammy, but fell apart and alienated their fans when they toured behind the Iron Curtain at the behest of the State Department.
Spyro Gyra (Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave, 7pm, $50)
This Buffalo-based jazz fusion band has been touring the world for a remarkable 49 years, and over 10,000 shows, and are back home after taking a break for the pandemic.
Buffalo’s Best Kielbasa Contest (Flying Bison Brewing Co, 840 Seneca St, noon, FREE)
There will be plenty of food and drink on hand as judges determine the best Polish sausage in town, in a variety of categories. With music by Those Idiots starting at 1pm.
Shrek Rave (The Rapids Theater, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls, 9pm, $20)
We really can’t endorse any combination of going to Niagara Falls for a Shrek-themed rave whose slogan is “It’s dumb just come have fun,” but we’re also astonished such a thing exists
Dyngus Day (Everywhere. Literally everywhere.)
Every corner of Buffalo is celebrating this local favorite holiday celebrating Polish heritage.
Leah & Andrew Rudick (Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St., 8pm, $22)
These siblings are both touring stand-ups; Leah created web series Made to Order, indie film Sweet Parents, and appeared on HBO’s High Maintenance. Andrew is a regular on SiriusXM and has appeared on Design Fails.
Holy Ghost Tabernacle Choir (Mohawk Place, 47 East Mohawk St., 7pm, $15)”
This Savannah, GA band plays “heavy outsider music,” identifying with society’s outcasts.
Single Drunk Female (Freeform/Hulu, 10pm)
Sofia Black D’Elia stars are an alcoholic who’s forced to move back in with her mother (Ally Sheedy) and confront the roots of her addiction — but hear us out, it’s a comedy! Season two starts tonight.
Florida Man (Netflix)
Edgar Ramirez (Carlos, Zero Dark Thirty, The Bourne Ultimatum) stars as a Philly ex-cop who has to go home to Florida to find a mobster’s runaway girlfriend, and gets entangled in family drama with his father (Anthony LaPaglia)..
Napoleon Dynamite Live! (UB Center For the Arts, 7:30pm, $38)
UB hosts a screening of the endearing 2004 indie film, followed by a discussion with cast members Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico). VIP tickets available that include a meet and greet with the cast and a poster.