What’s Good – June 22-28, 2023

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

Thursday, 6/22

Measure For Measure (199 Lincoln Parkway, 7:15pm, FREE)
Shakespeare in Delware Park presents what might be the Bard’s darkest comedy, in which, “some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” Nightly (apart from Mondays) until 7/16. Seated not provided, guests are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Picnics welcome!

Dear Evan Hansen (Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St, Thu/Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 1pm & 6:30pm, $71-106)
This musical about a socially awkward teen who pretends to be close to a classmate who committed suicide to feel more important comes to Shea’s.

Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble (Thin Man Brewery, 166 Chandler St, 6-9:30pm, FREE)
The Jazz at Chandlerville series returns for its fifth year, presenting music in the Alley Patio that runs alongside Thin Man Brewery.

Michael Waite f. Mike Bjella & Harry South (PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth, 7-9:30pm, $15)
Guitarist and songwriter Waite plays a wide range of American roots music, and cut his teeth on a fifteen-year-long hotel lounge residency playing songs pulled from a request wheel!

Let’s Get Divorced (Netflix)
We’re intrigued by this Japanese comedy/drama about a politician and actress who both want a divorce, but find there’s a lot of outside pressure to stay together.

Friday, 6/23

BPO Opening Doors (Clement House, 786 Delaware Ave, 5:30-7:30pm, $30)
The Buffalo Philarmonic’s Diversity Council hosts this fundraiser and awards ceremony as part of their effort to promote diversity in the classical music world. With music by Vibrant Strings and Jukeboxx Band. 

I’m a Virgo (Amazon)
Boots Riley’s surrealist political comedy Sorry To Bother You was one of the best film debuts in recent memory, so we’ve been eagerly waiting for this follow-up, a 7-episode series about a 13-foot-tall teenage boy who falls in with a group of teen political activists. The cast includes Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), Mike Epps, and Walton Goggins. Look for reviews on Subject.   

New Movies This Week

No Hard Feelings (in wide release)
A shy teenage boy’s parents hire Jennifer Lawrence to bring him out of his shell.

The Perfect Find (Netflix)
Gabrielle Union, Keith Powers, Gina Torres, and D.B. Woodside star in this romantic comedy about a woman who makes a career change, only to fall for her new boss’ son.

God Is a Bullet (Quaker Crossing, Orchard Park)
Nick Cassavetes directs Jamie Foxx, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and January Jones in this thriller about a detective who takes revenge on a cult who kills his ex-wife and kidnaps his daughter.

Saturday 6/24

Ride for Roswell (Jarvis A Lot, UB North Campus, 6am-2pm, $22-$41)
This isn’t just one bike ride to benefit cancer research at Roswell Park, there are 9 different routes ranging from 5 to 100 miles. This year sees the return of the “Canada Route,” a 44-mile ride over the Peace Bridge and back over the Rainbow Bridge. Riders can book tickets in advance, as individuals or teams, and check in early on Thursday or Friday, as well as the morning of the ride.

Kickstock 2023 (Outer Harbor, 225 Fuhrmann Blvd, 11am-3:30pm, FREE)
This annual kickball festival is a benefit for SABAH, who provide adaptive recreation for the disabled.

South Buffalo Porchfest (All over South Buffalo, noon-5pm, FREE)
Dozens of bands are playing dozens of front porches all over South Buffalo. See their web site for a lost of who’s playing where.

Dyke Nyte (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 7pm, $20)
Not your average Pride party! Featuring live performances by Blaise Mercedes, the Glam Vamps, and some of Buffalo’s best drag performers.

Alicja-pop (Electric Avenue, 300 Ellicott Ave, 9pm, $10)
Memphis guitarist Alicja Trout’s latest project.

The Big Bounce (Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Rd, through July 2, $22-$41)
A ticket gets kids and adults alike a three-hour stay in “The Taj Mahal of bounce houses,” as this giant inflatable edifice promises fun for all. Check the inflatable web site for tickets and to navigate their schedule of which times children and adults can bounce separately or together.

Sunday 6/25

Kenmore Porchfest (All over Kenmore, 11am-6pm, FREE)
Dozens of bands are playing dozens of front porches all over Kenmore. See their web site for a list of who’s playing.

Eric Gales (Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave, 7pm, $38.50)
Gales has been singing the blues for 30 years. But 5 years sober, he’s newly rejuvenated, and touring behind his 18th album.

Joe Robinson (Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St, 7pm, $20)
Robinson was voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Best Guitarists.

Monday 6/26

One8Fifty Ride (Ship Canal Commons, Ship Canal Parkway, 6-10pm, FREE)
Slow Roll’s latest 10-mile community bike ride includes two stops to regroup and learn about different Buffalo neighborhoods. Volunteers are on hand to help riders of all skill levels. No motors, no unaccompanied minors.

My Morning Jacket (Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St, Lewiston, 6pm, $50-$231)
Jim James & company come to Artpark. 

Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters (Rec Room, 79 W Chippewa St, 6:30pm, $35)
The Oscar-winning actor has a long-running side gig playing Southern rock.

Montra w/Daisychain, Little Liar (Milkie’s, 522 Elmwood Ave, 7pm, $8)
Montra are a rock band from Florida, but don’t hold that against them.

Tuesday 6/27

Food Truck Tuesdays (Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St, 5-8pm
Dozens of food trucks from Buffalo and Rochester ply their wares, along with live music.

Wednesday 6/28

Hari Kondabolu (9th Ward, 341 Delaware Ave, 8pm, $28)
The acclaimed comedian, writer, and podcaster brings his political stand-up to Babeville.

Subject Board of Directors Meeting (5:15pm, 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.