What’s Good – May 23-29, 2024

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

Thursday, 5/23

Yoonmi Nam: Among Other Things (UB Center For the Arts Gallery, first floor, through 6/21)
Nam deconstructs everyday objects and reconsiders them as scupture.

Wuon-Gean Ho: The Heart’s Sight (UB Center For the Arts Gallery, second floor, through 6/21)
A broad selection of Ho’s work from the past 15 years, including prints, books, and short films.

Emulsified 10: The Animated Frame (Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave, 7pm)
The latest installment of this film series presents groundbreaking animated shorts through the entire history of the medium. The 1-hour program includes Boogie Doodle (Norman McClaren, 1941), 66 (Robert Breer, 1966), Anemic Cinema (Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, 1926), 70 (Breer, 1970), 69 (Breer, 1969), The Rubber Stamp Film (Joanna Priestley, 1983), Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggeling, 1924), Mosaic (McLaren, 1965), Gulls & Buoys (Breer, 1972).

Vibrant Stringz (Albright-Knox Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave, 5:30-7:30pm, FREE)
This Buffalo-born trio of sibling string players are classically trained, but perform R&B, pop, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, and more.

Trae Crowder (Helium, 30 Mississippi St, 8pm, $39)
Crowder came to fame with his viral Liberal Redneck videos in 2016, and now hosts the podcasts WellRED, Evening Skews, and Puttin’ On Airs.

The Improv Mixer (Amy’s Place, 3234 Main St, 7:30pm, $5 suggested)
Buffalo Improv House hosts this informal meetup, where everyone’s invited to join in the performance alongside veteran improv comics.

Alex McArthur Quartet (PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St, 6:30pm, $16-19)
The dynamic jazz vocalist performs, backed by John Bacon (drums), George Caldwell (piano), and Joe Goehle (bass).

Whitford Klyma Band (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 6-8pm)

Y2K Party (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 6:30pm, $15adv/$20, 18+)
Party like it’s 1999 and dance to the best music from the ’90s and ’00s.

Poetry Open Mic & Game Night (26 Allen St, 6pm)
Co-hosted by Sara Ali and Meg Specksgoor

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

Friday, 5/24

Mojo Brookzz (Helium, 30 Mississippi St, Fri/Sat 7:30/10pm, Sun 7pm, $32)
Brookzz has over 2 million followers online since breaking through with online sugar daddy persona “Mr. James”.

Vertigo Child (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 6pm, $15adv/$20, 18+)
The Buffalo-born, Nashville-based pop/rock artist returns home to release their latest album, Love Isn’t Blind.

Five Round Bout (Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St, 7pm, $15)
The debut show from a new band. w/Milo Duhn, Philip Stephen.

Brazil 716 (PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St, 6:30pm, $16-19)
Instrumental choro-samba with a modern twist.

Bob Dylan Birthday Show (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 8-10pm)
Celebrate Bob’s 83rd birthday, as Sam Marabella and His Band performs Dylan tunes from all of the seven decades the Nobel Laureate has been writing songs.

Live Band Karaoke (Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa St, 10pm, $8)
Belt out your favorites in front of a live band.

New Movies This Week

Furiosa (in wide release)
Anya Taylor-Joy takes over for Charlize Theron in this prequel to the greatest movie ever made, Mad Max: Fury Road. Like it’s predecessor, it demands to be seen on the big screen.

Sight (in wide release)
Biopic about Ming Wang, a Chinese-American immigrant who becomes a renowned eye surgeon.

Hit Man (Netflix)
A part time police department staffer (Glen Powell) gets roped into going undercover as a hitman in this action-comedy from Richard Linklater.

Atlas (Netflix)
J.Lo has to capture a renegade robot to save humanity from A.I. With Simu Liu, Sterling K. Brown.

The Garfield Movie (in wide release)
Do kids even know who Garfield is, let alone like him well enough to justify yet another big-screen adaptation?

Love Me (Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave)
Vaishnavi Chaitanya and Ashish star in this new horror movie from Arun Bhimavarapu. In Telugu w/subtitles

Turbo (Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave)
A Jeep driver gets into trouble and has to move to a new city, where he finds even more trouble. In Malayalam w/subtitles

Saturday 5/25

Buffalo Improv Student Showcase (Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave, 7:30pm, $5adv/$10)
Buffalo Improv’s Level One and Level Two classes perform their end-of-semester showcase.

High School Musical Theatre Awards (Shea’s Buffalo, 650 Main St, 7pm, $10)
The best high-school performers of the year are honored.

Tsuruda (Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St, 8:30pm, $19.50)
w/Great Dane, Antipode, Clex.

Savannah Dexter (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 7pm, $25adv/$30, 18+)
Up-and-coming country diva known for fire-and-ice duets with husband Brabo Gator. w/Never Ben.

Stephen & Titus, Guitars (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 1-2pm)

Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 6-8pm)

Celtic Sessions (Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St, 4:40pm, FREE)

Sunday 5/26

Mantra (Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave, 7pm, $55adv/$70)
Pioneering rock band from Nepal. For some wonderful reason, $175 VIP tickets also include a ride on the Maid of the Mist on Monday afternoon.

Rhianna vs Beyoncé (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 4pm, $25adv/$30, 18+)
A slew of pop singers perform the hits from pop’s two greatest reigning talents. Lineup includes Megan Brown, Kenyada Davis, Lisa enise, Jetaun Louie, Blaise Mercedes, Lala Woods, and host Yolanda Smith, backed by band Universal Phunk.

Delta Sleep (Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa St, 6:30pm, $33, 16+, under 16 w/guardian)
w/Macseal, Spilly Cave, MAKEITSTOP

John Bacon Jazz (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 4-6pm)

Babe Lewis (Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St)

Monday 5/27

Furgos (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 7pm, $20)

Tuesday 5/28

Khruangbin (Albright-Knox Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave, 6pm)
World music-influenced psychedelic trio.

Gareth Pearson (9th Ward, 341 Delaware Ave, 7pm, $15adv/$20)
“The Welsh Tornado” applies fast and furious fingerpicking to country, folk, and bluegrass.

Youth Fountain (Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St)
w/Action/Adventure, Carpool.

Open Mic (Cucina @ Hotel Richardson, 444 Forest Ave, 6-8pm)
This weekly open mic features music, poetry, and comedy. Register at jkonze@douglasdev.com.

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 5/29

Story Songs of the 70s (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 7pm, $15adv/$20, 18+)
Tom DiMenna & Friends perform the Me Decade’s best story songs, made famous by Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, and more.

Lemon Bucket Orchestra (Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St)
w/Captain Tom & the Hooligans

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