What’s Good – June 6-12, 2024

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

Thursday, 6/6

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.

AHA! Annual Hallwalls Auction (Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave, 7pm, $75 ($125 for two))
Celebrate and support 49 years of Buffalo’s Contemporary Arts Center with a live art auction at all price ranges, and food and drink from Moneybags Dumplings, Left Coast Taco, Fairy Cakes cupcakes, and Flying Bison Brewing.

Jiaoying Summers (Helium, 30 Mississpi St, 8pm, $33)
Summers is fresh off the Netflix Is a Joke festial, and her special Hot Girl Summers is streaming on Peacock and Prime.

Mr. Big (Riff City, 166 Chandler St, 7pm, $45-105)
Mr. Big had a hit in 1992 with “To Be With You,” and are back on a reunion tour.

Organ Fairchild (Fountain Plaza, 5pm, FREE)
Album release party, with Diyené.

Hanna PK & the Dynamic 88s (The Cave, 71 Military Rd, 7pm, $10)
$2 off for WNY Blues Society members.

Outside Agitators (PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St, 7pm, $15-19)
The trio of Andrew Nixon, Ed Croft, and Joe Goretti.

Tom Roberts (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 6pm)
Local blues/folk/country singer/guitarist.

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.

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)

We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
The BBC series about an all-Muslim-girl punk band returns after three years for a second season.

Friday, 6/7

Rafi Bastos (Helium, 30 Mississpi St, Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sat 10pm, $36)
This Jewish-Brazilian comic has done three Netflix specials and co-owns the largest comedy club in South America, and is now taking his act north. Limited $21 tickets.

Tropidelic (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 7pm, $22adv/$25)
This Cleveland-based six piece are in town on their King Flamingo tour. w/Quasi Kings, Tobyrap

Hot Club (PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St, 7pm, $15-19)
Local four-piece gypsy swing band.

Violent Way (The Cave, 71 Military Rd, 7pm, $18adv/$20)
w/Fuerze Bruta, Nervous Ticks & The Zipper Lips, Sweet Talker, Pilot Field

The Great Mistake (Mohawk Place, 47 E Mohawk St, 6pm, $10adv/$15)
w/Men in Gray Sweats, Incident Commander, Taken by Storm, Joe Pulaski III

The Twang Gang (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 7pm)

Last Conservative (Riff City, 166 Chandler St, 7pm, $8-13)
w/Theo Van Gogh, March Lions, Trevor Stribing.

Gimme Gimme Disco (Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa St, 8pm, $21)
A dance party spinning favorites from the ’70s.

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

Bad Boys: Ride or Die (in wide release)
We’re as surprised as anyone that this 1995 Will Smith/Martin Lawrence buddy cop movie has become a hot action franchise in the 2020s.

The Watchers (in wide release)
M. Night Shyamalan’s daughter Ishana gets into the family business, with this supernatural horror film about an artist (Dakota Fanning) who gets trapped in a forest with three strangers and a mysterious creature.

Love Mouli (in wide release)
A reclusive painter tries to find love through art, only to realize his imagination and reality are too different things. In Telugu w/subtitles.

Manamey (in wide release)
A playboy’s life is upended when a young boy enters his world. In Telugu w/subtitles.

Munjya (in wide release)
The fourth film in the Maddock Supernatural Universe centers on the legend of Munjya. In Hindi w/subtitles.

Satyabhama (in wide release)
An investigator confronts her haunted past during a high-stakes investigation of a disapperance. In Telugu w/subtitles.

Saturday 6/8

Pete Davidson (Fallsview Casino, 6380 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, 7pm, $100)
The SNL alum hits the casino circuit.

Confessions (Buffalo Improv House, 255 Great Arrow Ave #207, 7:30pm, $10adv/15)
A pre-soft opening of this show, in which Buffalo Improv House uses your anonymous secrets to inspire improve sketches.

Sapphic Dreamland (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 8pm, $20adv/$25)
The second annual Dyke Night Buffalo Pride Party includes beats by DJ Lisa Lux, alternative drag showcase with kings & queens, live music and pole dancing by Blaised and Confused and Topsy Curvy, and burlesque by the Glam Vamps.

Stryper (Town Ballroom, 681 S. Main St, 7pm, $34.50, 16+, 12+ w/parent)
The first big Christian metal band, Stryper made it big in the 80s, broke up in the 90s, and then reuinted in the 00s and are here on their To Hell with the Amps unplugged tour. w/Jim Crean

Punk Rock Prom (Mohawk Place, 47 E Mohawk St, 6pm, $10adv/$12)
Featuring BastardBastardBastard, The Living Braindead, Wyatt Coin, Broken Locker, Part-Time Genius

Anthems: Charli 2.0 (Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St, 8pm-2am, $15)
This queer-centered dance party celebrates Charli XCX and other indie sleaze and electroclash. DJ sets by bws, Trinity Dive, and Elmwood Opera. Drag performances by Ruby George, Mx. Ology, Electra Lightz, Neleh Slay, Microplastique, and Vageena George.

Dare to Dream (Shea’s Buffalo, 650 Main St, 11am/2pm/6pm, $29-42)
Three performances from the Performing Arts Dance Academy

Self Love Yoga (442 Connecticut St, 1-2pm, $5)
Nourish your soul with this Pride Month pop-up class, with gentle movement, intentional breathing, and empowering affirmations.

Jon Lehning & Harry Graser (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 1-2pm)
This sax and piano duo cover a wide variety of musical styles.

La Marimba Buffalo (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 6pm)
Authentic Mexican and Central American music on marimba and drums.

Matt Michaud Trio (PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St, 7pm, $15-17.50)
The trio plays tribute to Blue Note jazz/funk artists Soulive.

Mary Ramsey & Friends (The Cave, 71 Military Rd, 7pm, $10)

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

Sunday 6/9

Laps of Love (901 Fuhrmann Blvd, 11am for 1-mile, noon for 5k)
This race to benefit cerebral palsy includes 5k runs and 1 mile walks for kids, adults, and a wheelchair/stroller race at each distance. More info at http://www.makelemonaide.org/

Journey to Planet Neptune (Iron Works, 49 Illinois St, 6pm, $20)
A live band tribute to Pharrell and The Neptunes.

Kasador (Mohawk Place, 47 E Mohawk St, 6pm, $15adv/$18)
w/Cami + the Fringe, Hywater, Kira Zappy

D.R.U.G.S. (Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa St, 6pm, $33, 16+)
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows. w/Savage Hands, Downswing, The Requiem

Leaking Head (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 1-4pm)
Jazz club Duende shakes things up with an afternoon punk show. w/Wolfenstein, Verming Host

Alfie & the Omegas (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 4-6pm)
And the minute the punk show is done, Duende goes immediately back to jazz.

F.L.U.I.D. (Duende, 85 Silo City Row, 6pm-midnight)
Just to cover all the bases, Duende turns the club over to electronic music, featuring Miosi Little Italy, Dirty Wifi, and dj imissedmimi.

The Mallet Brothers Band (The Cave, 71 Military Rd, 4pm, $15)
Maine Americana/country band.

Monday 6/10

Artie Awards (Shea’s 710, 710 Main St, 7:30pm, $20)
Buffalo’s 33rd annual theater awards benefit the Immunodeficiency Clinic at ECMC. Only bar seating still available.

The Bunny The Bear (Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa St, 6pm, $21-39, 16+, under 16/guardian)

Tuesday 6/11

MJ The Musical (Shea’s Buffalo, 650 Main St, Tue-Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2/8pm, Sun 1/6:30pm, $110-241)
Michael Jackson looks back on his early life (and performs all the hits) while preparing for the Dangerous tour..

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Riff City, 166 Chandler St, 7pm, $30-90)
Keeping the 2000s’ swing music trend alive.

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 6/12

Buffalo’s Funniest (Helium, 30 Mississpi St, 7pm, $15, 18+)
The preliminary round of the Funniest Person Competition. Winners determined by audience vote, and will go on to the Semifinals at the end of July.

Rookie Knights (Hot Mama’s Canteen, 12 Military Rd, 8pm, FREE)
A welcoming space for new and emerging drag kings and alt performers to put on a show. Featuring performances by Looky Lou, Microplastique, Gendroid, Onyxx, and Mael Gray. With host Freddie Hercury and judge Justin TimberFake.

Starjuice (Mohawk Place, 47 E Mohawk St, 7pm, $10)
Tour kickoff w/Mary Shelley, Fruitfly, Milo Duhn

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