What’s Good – May 18-24, 2023

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

Friday, 5/19

Kevin Hart (Fallsview Casino, 6380 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls Canada, 9pm, $140)
America’s most popular stand-up brings his latest show Reality Check, to the other side of the falls.

Queen City Roller Girls Championship (RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St, 7-10pm, $12 student/$15/$20 front row)
The Lake Effect Furies duke it out against the Ann Arbor Roller Derby for the QCRD Cup Championship, in RiverWorks’ custom-built roller derby arena.

Friday Night Fights (Forbes Theater, 500 Pearl St, 6-10pm, $30)
Stick N Move Boxing hasn’t announced the title card yet, but the first fight starts at 7.

tick, tick… BOOM! (Shea’s 710 Theater, 710 Main St, 7:30pm, students $15/$35)
Jonathan Larson’s pre-Rent rock musical comes to Shea’s for three weekends (7:30 Fridays, 8pm Saturdays, 2pm Sundays), as the directorial debut of Buffalo actor Louis Colaiacovo.

Pan-Am Weekend (Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, All Day, FREE)
The Museum celebrates the 122nd anniversary of the Pan-American Exposition, which brought the whole world to Buffalo in 1901 (and saw the assassination of President William McKinley and the inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt.)

ComedySportz (Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Rd, Amherst, 7-9pm, $12 student/$15)
Two teams compete for laughs in this all-ages improv show.

New Movies This Week
Fast X (in wide release)Vin Diesel’s incomparable action series reaches its inevitable end (although X is billed as both the end of the series and the first half of a two-parter, although we’d bet our whitewalls that won’t end up being the last film either), as Jason Momoa vows revenge against the Family, and lots of people crash cars into things as a result. Other movies came out this week, but this one pushed them all out of theaters in Buffalo. You’ll have to catch up on Paul Schraeder’s Master Gardener on your own time.

Saturday 5/20

The Gaslight Anthem (Outer Harbor, 825 Fuhrmann Blvd, 6:30pm, $20)
The New Jersey band is on tour for the first time in four years, and comes to town as part of the Seneca Casino Outer Harbor Concert Series.

Boom Days 2023! (Duende, 20 Buffalo River Pl, 2:30-9:30pm, $10)
This annual celebration of spring includes performances by the Barroom Buzzards, Captain Tom & the Hooligans, and Yellow Jack, plus a parade through Silo City with The Brass Machine, and a fireworks display at sunset.

Buffalo Bungalows Tour (Colvin & Tillinghast, 1 Tillinghast Place, 11am-12:30pm, students $7/$14)
Buffalo’s rich architectural history includes many Crafstman-style bungalows, and this walking tour of tree-lined Tillinghast Place shows off classic examples of the style, including the last home in the city built by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Buffalo Porchfest (Elmwood Village, 1-6pm, FREE)
One of the hallmarks of Buffalo’s bungalows is the cozy enclosed porch, and Porchfest turns those into stages with a grassroots music festival held all over Elmwood Village.

Porchfest Afterparty w/Farrow (Jack Rabbit, 1010 Elmwood Ave, 10pm, $5)
If a day of outdoor music isn’t enough, finish off Porchfest indoors with local rock and soul outfit Farrow’s high-energy live show.

Sunday 5/21

Pretend It’s A Boat (9th Ward, 341 Delaware Ave, 8pm, $12)
Billed as “A Mega Serious Poetry Show,” longtime comedy partners Amber Tambllyn and Derrick Brown revive the show they toured with through 2008-2015, full of darkly humorous poetry and their unpredictable stage banter.

Buffalo Wing Walk (King of Wings Mural, 853 Jefferson Ave, 11am, $49)
Sure you’ve walked for charity, but now it’s time to walk for something really important — finding out who has the best wings in town! This self-guided event gives participants a 3-mile route through the Fruit Belt and Allentown, with a scorecard and two free wings at each of several local restaurants (and more food and drink available for purchase), including Anchor Bar, Highly Flavored Foods, Lenox Grill, Mambo Wings, Teton Kitchen, and Tikka House.

City Murals by Bike (Public Espresso, 391 Washington St, 10-11:30am, $7)
The last few years has seen a rise in public art in Buffalo, and in group bike rides around the city. So why not combine them, with this bike tour through downtown, Allentown, and the Medical Campus, to view some of the city’s finest murals.

Monday 5/22

Scajaquada Corridor Bike Ride (Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, 6:30pm, FREE)
This week’s Monday night community bike ride starts with Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural treasure and moves along the Scajaquada for a 10-mile round trip.

Tuesday 5/21

No Pressure w/Koyo, Illusion, Fleshwater (Rec Room, 79 W Chippewa St, 6pm, $25)
A night of down-to-earth pop punk.

Wednesday 5/22

Whitney Peyton & Mega Ran (Stamps, 98 Main St. Tonawanda, 7pm, $20)
Rappers Whitney Peyton and Mega Ran put on a show with openers Tim the Truth, TheRealDeeZ, B-Hazz, and ParaDIM3.

Artisans & Flea (500 Seneca St. Parking Lot, all day, $5)
Local creators and curators put their wares on display, in a massive marketplace that includes music, food trucks, a cocktail garden, and adoptable dogs & cats from the City Animal Shelter.