What’s Good – February 1-7, 2023

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

Thursday, 2/1

Reefer Madness (Shea’s Smith Theater, 650 Main St, 6:30pm, Thu-Sat 7:30pm/Sun 3pm, $45, through 2/11)
A musical based on the overwrought 1930s cautionary film about the dangers of the devil’s lettuce.

Jared Fried (Helium, 30 Mississippi St, 8pm, Fri/Sat 7:30 & 10pm, $22)
Boston-turned-NYC comic Fried has appeared on Failosophy, Gotham Comedy Live, and doles out advice on the JTrain Podcast.

Elephante (Rec Room, 79 W Chippewa St, 8pm, $25, 18+)
Elephante has taken his poppy EDM to Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo, Chasing Summer, and more.

Bach & Brews (9th Ward, 341 Delaware Ave, 6:30pm, $15adv/$20)
Buffalo Chamber Players perform Bach’s Concerto for Violin in A Minor, Concerto for Violin in E Major, and Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor.

The Cousins Trio (Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St, 7pm, $13)
The trio blends spirituals, Latin jazz, bossa nova, and 60s/70s pop music.

Josh Gage & Allen Greystone Memorial (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 6pm)
The second annual celebration of the music of Gage and Greystone.

Karaoke Night (Milkie’s, 522 Elmwood Ave, 9pm)

Clone High (Max)
Lord & Miller’s historical-figures-in-high-school comedy returns for the second season of its revival.

Friday, 2/2

Find Your Beat (Shea’s 710, 710 Main St, 10am, $8)
Gaitrie Subryan’s autobiographical dance piece follows her journey from her Bronx childhood, to discovering her Indian roots, to a passion for both Bollywood and Afro-Caribbean dance.

Surfaced (Timeless Babez, 87 Allen St, 7pm, $15)
Hardcore show with Louisville’s Surfaced, Ontario’s 100% Pure, and local acts World On Fire, Deep Disdain, and Monomaniac.

Edalo (Mohawk Place, 47 E Mohawk St, 7pm, $10adv/$15)
With The Orchestrator, Nosium, Nnamba

Love and Valentines (Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St, 7pm, $12)
Chanteuse Dr. M performs romantic standards.

Mark Winsick (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 6pm)
This Buffalo Music Hall of Famer plays rock, blues, and Americana.

Live Band Karaoke (Rec Room, 79 W Chippewa St, 10pm, $8)
Sing your favorite emo songs in front of a live band.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Amazon)
Donald Glover and PEN15‘s Maya Erskine star as married assassains. Look for reviews here on Subject.

New Movies This Week

Agrylle (in wide release/Apple TV)
Director Matthew Vaughn reteams with Henry Cavill for a spy comedy, in which a novelist’s spy books seem to predict the future for a real spy organization. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, Dua Kipa, Ariana DeBose, John Cena, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Scrambled (in wide release)
Leah McKendrick wrote, directed, and stars in this comedy about a single woman in her mid 30s who decides to freeze her eggs. With Ego Nwodim, Andrew Santino, Clancy Brown, and June Diane Raphael.

The Tiger’s Apprentice (Paramount+)
A Chinese-American boy has to protect a phoenix egg in this animated film, featuring the voices of Henry Golding, Lucy Liu, and Bowen Yang.

Bosco (Peacock)
This thriller is based on the true story of Quawntay “Bosco” Adams (Aubrey Joseph), who broke out of jail with the help of a woman (Nikki Blonsky) he met through a personal ad. With Tyrese Gibson, Thomas Jane, and Vivica A. Fox.

Orion and the Dark (Netflix)
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman takes his most unexpected turn yet — adapting Emma Yarlett’s children’s book into an animated action comedy.

Saturday 2/3

Lotus Lives (UB Center For the Arts, 7:30pm, $30/$25 students)
This chamber opera tells the story of a Chinese-American woman exploring her grandmother’s feminist aspirations.

Valentine’s Dance (9th Ward, 341 Delaware Ave, 7:30pm-mid, $50)
The Gypsy Parlor presents this benefit for People, Inc. Foundation, featuring DJs, dancers, drag, and more. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and V-Day matchmaking.

Jessica Audiffred (Town Ballroom, 681 S. Main St, 8pm, $24.50, 18+)
Mexico City-based bass & trap artist arrives on her Mad House World Tour. With Versa, Youth in Circles.

Amateur Hockey Club (Mohawk Place, 47 E Mohawk St, 7pm, $11adv/$14)
With Pretty Good State University, Letter to Elise, Before Manhattan

Hearts & Hand Grenades (Rec Room, 79 W Chippewa St, 6pm, $20, 18+)
with Donny Alberts & the Impurity.

Mainbreaker (Area 54, 3234 Main St, 7pm)
Hardcore show with Mainbreaker, Pure Heel, K Hole, and Spit Sisters.

Wes & Derek Lewis (Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St, 6:30pm, $12)
The buffalo native saxophonist and pianist stage a Jazz Homecoming, with help from drummer John Bacon Jr, bassist Sabu Adeyola, and saxophonist Dave Schiavone.

Henrique Carvalho (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 1-2pm)
Brazilian guitar virtuoso Carvalho performs the US premiere of Sergio Assad’s “South Loop.”

Divi Romē Band (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 6-8pm)
Afrobeats, reggae, and afri-jazz.

Houses of the Holy (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 8pm, $15adv/$20)
Led Zeppelin tribute act.

Sunday 2/4

Matt Bellassai (Helium, 30 Mississippi St, 8pm, Fri/Sat 7:30 & 10pm, $22)
Matt’s a busy man, between touring, hosting Bitchin’ Baking for IGTV, his podcast Unhappy Hour, his Facebook series To Be Honest, his weekly newsletter This Is Gay Culture, and his web series Whine About It.

Mohd Rafi (Kleinhan’s Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, 6pm, $50/$30 students)
A performance celebrating Rafi Sahab’s leagcy of heartfelt romance and soulful melodies. Featuring Shahid Rafi, Neelanjana Ray, Mohammed Salamat, Priyanka Mitra, Prakhar Ghosh, Sammy M, and Gautami R.

Jay Sharptet Quartet (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 4-6pm)
This local quartet plays Miles Davis-inspired originals.

Remember the Titans (Shea’s 710, 710 Main St, 2pm, FREE)
Denzel Washington’s inspirational sports movie is part of Shea’s Free Family Film Series.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (9pm HBO)
Larry David’s Hall-of-Fame cringe comedy returns for a twelfth and final season.

Monday 2/5

Pure Ink Poetry Slam (Lorna C. Hill Theater, 429 Plymouth Ave, 6-8pm, $10/$5 for poets)

Tuesday 2/6

Dan Bern (9th Ward, 341 Delaware Ave, 7pm, $20adv/$25)
This longtime alt-folkie has appeared in everything from Walk Hard to The Stinky & Dirty Show. w/Nick Cory Young

BoomBox (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 7pm, $20adv/$25)
Electronic rock duo BoomBox bring heavy organic grooves and soulful beats. With Tep No.

The Steam Donkeys (Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St, 6-8:30pm)

Rustbelt Comedy Showcase (Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St, 9pm, FREE)

Open Mic Night (Milkie’s, 522 Elmwood Ave, 6-9pm)

Dragula Viewing Party & Drag Show (Milkie’s, 522 Elmwood Ave, 9pm; $10)

Wednesday 2/7

The Mid-Week Vibe (9th Ward, 341 Delaware Ave, 7pm, $30)
This month’s vibe features comedy from Yolanda Smilez, an acoustic performance by Edryce Hasan, and a Tony! Toni! Tone! tribute by Harper Sinclair, plus free pizza and wings from Bozzy’s while supplies last.

Michael Palascak (Helium, 30 Mississippi St, 8pm, $22)
The Late Night Last Week podcast called Palascak 2018’s Stand-Up of the Year, and he was a finalist on Last Comic Standing.

Brains & Grains: Buffalo Trivia (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 6-8pm, $10)
See how your knowledge of the Queen City stacks up, on the first Wednesday of every month.

Greensky Bluegrass (Town Ballroom, 681 S. Main St, 6:30pm, $30, 12+)

Comedy Open Mic (Milkie’s, 522 Elmwood Ave, 9pm)

Abbott Elementary (9pm ABC)
The Last Good Network Sitcom returns for season 3, fresh off some well-deserved Emmys.