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The First World War, known until the Second as the Great War, the War to End All Wars, has long been a touchstone for war’s tragic violence: gruesome, never-ending trench combat; a generation of Europe’s youth slaughtered, maimed and disfigured; no Hitler and no Nazis to make the sacrifice seem worthwhile.

That’s the perspective behind Peter Jackson’s 2018 documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old,” an anti-war film showing the deadly effects of macro-political decisions on the ordinary foot soldier. But this is not the story told in “1917,” Sam Mendes’ white-knuckle tale of two British soldiers on a perilous one-day mission through enemy territory in the war-ravaged French countryside to save an otherwise doomed regiment of 1600 men.

Casting aside the comic book super-hero films that have taken over Hollywood of late, one could make the case that the war movie is the new Western, the historical adventure genre of choice.

Casting aside the comic book super-hero films that have taken over Hollywood of late, one could make the case that the war movie is the new Western, the historical adventure genre of choice. That’s an apt label for films such as “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “War Horse” (2011), “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016), “Jojo Rabbit” (2019), and now “1917,” all productions that focus on telling a personal story, one featuring the heroism and valor of the ordinary man, within the framework of the horrors of war.

The tale told by British director Mendes (“American Beauty” [1999], “Revolutionary Road” [2008]) is visually and narratively compelling, accomplished without flashbacks, pervaded by a quiet tension with horror-film overtones and complete with the requisite deadline—in this case, “dawn.” Along the way there are mutilated and putrefying bodies and carcasses, enormous rats, a trip-wire, a desolate homestead deserted except for a curious pail of fresh milk, a run-in with a downed German pilot, a challenging maze of underground bunkers that might or might not be abandoned, extraordinary physical challenges on the order of “Deliverance” (1972) and, of course, a footrace to the finish.

The physical journey is joined with two prominent—and needed—moments of respite from the tension and terror.

The physical journey is joined with two prominent—and needed—moments of respite from the tension and terror. One, filmed in the warm, red tones of a hearth, brings the surviving soldier to the basement hide-out of a young French woman and a starving infant (guess what happens to the fresh milk?). The other, following a baptism/cleansing in a raging river and a clambering over bloated corpses, features an exhausted company of men about to attack across the front line, soberly listening to a lone soldier singing several choruses of the 19th-century American (oddly) spiritual “Wayfaring Stranger.” Both these scenes could be described as sentimental, perhaps mawkishly so.

What makes “1917” unusual, and one of the reasons the film garnered 10 Academy Award nominations—just one fewer than “Joker”—is less the story and the adventure than the sparse, restrained way in which the protagonists, and their relationship, are presented. Remarkably, and thankfully, there’s no weighty back story to Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) or Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay), sparing the viewer the typical cloying  moments of didactic explanation for what they accomplish.

We learn early on that Blake has a brother with the threatened regiment, later that he’s a story-teller, and a naïve believer in the military, and that he grew up on a farm with a cherry orchard. That’s about it. We learn that Schofield once swapped his medal of honor for a jug of wine, that he’s a reluctant volunteer (for anything), that he’s been in combat and understands the existential risks, and there’s an inkling, never clarified, of an uncomfortable relationship to his family or at least a deep desire—unexplained—not to talk about home. Even his family photos are enigmatic: a spouse? his mother? sisters? daughters?

“1917” is inevitably a buddy film—two young men on a mission—but here, too, whatever bonding takes place is subtle, under-stated, and implied rather than announced; it’s a product of the dynamics of the story rather than any conscious coming-together. Mendes also shows admirable restraint in depicting the German enemy and, at the end of the film, in refusing to revel in the heroic or to reveal (in the manner of “Hacksaw Ridge”) how many lives were saved–or lost.

The CGI effects used to make “1917” (note the more than 100 Indian names listed under special effects in the credits), like the technological achievements of “They Shall Not Grow Old,” are admirable, while also at times intrusive and too effective: the mud and barbed wire seem too perfect; a burning French village appears surreal; the soldiers occasionally remind one of super heroes, as in a late scene where the soldier sprints in front of the trenches, bombs barely missing him.

“1917” is ultimately a film not about the past or the future, but about the present—the present on April 6, 1917. In focusing so precisely on these two men, on this particular day, it is both fascinatingly straightforward and deeply moving.

Starring: Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay, with cameo appearances by Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch

William Graebner is Emeritus Professor of History, State University of New York, Fredonia, where he taught courses on film and American culture. He is the author or co-author of 11 books and more than 50 scholarly articles, including essays on “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” and zombie films as they relate to the Holocaust. Dianne Bennett, the first woman to head a large U.S. law firm, is a retired U.S. tax lawyer.

Dianne and Bill were early and passionate attendees at the Toronto Film Festival, and today enjoy the film scenes of Los Angeles, Rome, London, and Buffalo, New York. They began reviewing films for the Rome-based website “TheAmerican/inItalia” in 2016, have maintained a blog on Rome for a decade, and published two alternative guidebooks to the Eternal City. They still can’t resist going to the movies, not to mention the ensuing discussions, sometimes heated, over a bottle of Arneis at the nearest wine bar.

​And that's just the beginning of our reviewing process. For one or two hours we discuss the film, as one of us takes notes. The notetaker transcribes the notes and prints two copies. Dianne or Bill (usually depending on who had the most compelling understanding of the film, or who was most taken with it) writes the first draft of the review--supposedly taking into account the views of the other--which is followed by 3, 4, or even 7 more drafts. At some point, sometimes days later, when we're both comfortable with the result (or accepting of it, anyway), it's done.

Trinity Episcopal Church (chapel- enter at the door with awning in the buiding on Delaware to the right of the courtyard)

Class consists of 4 hours of personal instruction and is for all ages and experience/skill levels. Students will work independently to on various exercises to increase their skills in regards

Class consists of 4 hours of personal instruction and is for all ages and experience/skill levels. Students will work independently to on various exercises to increase their skills in regards to perspective, color theory, measuring, mastering materials, oil paint, drawing, acrylic, printmaking and other aspects of 2 dimensional art. This is an ongoing class that will meet every week.

Introduction to Drawing is a 3 part series. This is class 1 of 3. This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing. Concepts covered will be line, shape,

Introduction to Drawing is a 3 part series. This is class 1 of 3. This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing. Concepts covered will be line, shape, proportion, positive and negative shapes, values, and texture. This class is a great starting point for very beginners. Exercises will focus on the basics of drawing what you see. Students will begin to develop their unique artistic perception. All materials provided for first time students

Join us for Trocaire on Tap, a weekly Trocaire Brewing program event series. Open to all beer enthusiasts, students and professionals who want learn about what is going on in

Join us for Trocaire on Tap, a weekly Trocaire Brewing program event series. Open to all beer enthusiasts, students and professionals who want learn about what is going on in the WNY craft beer and beverage scene. Meet and mingle with other beer enthusiasts, head brewers and brewing professionals, as well as local brewing organizations. Programming will change weekly and include panel discussions, meet and greet opportunities, tastings, demonstrations and more. Check out the website for details on each week.

24mar6:00 pm8:00 pmDemocracy in Action:American Politics and Community Today6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library Branch of Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

This Reading & Discussion Group encourages friends, colleagues, and strangers to “make time for thinking deeply about a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts

This Reading & Discussion Group encourages friends, colleagues, and strangers to “make time for thinking deeply about a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts for civic engagement, cultural understanding, and personal reflection.

Tuesdays ( 1 Friday) from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm • Tues., Feb. 25 – Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo, NY 14208 • Tues., Mar. 3 – Community Action Organization of WNY, 1423 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14211 • Tues., Mar. 10 – Mirabo Press, 11 Botsford Pl, Buffalo, NY 14216 • Friday, March 20 – Albright-Knox Northland – 612 Northland Ave., Buffalo, NY 14211 • Tues., Mar. 24 – Historic Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway at Michigan St., Buffalo, NY 14203 • Tues., Mar. 31 – Hallwalls – 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

24mar6:30 pm8:30 pmProfessional Mediumship ProgramMediumship Program 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Santosha Holistic Center

Introducing a program for professional development of intuitive readings, mediumship and spiritual counseling! Throughout this course, you will learn how to expand and deepen messages received from spirit that are

Introducing a program for professional development of intuitive readings, mediumship and spiritual counseling!

Throughout this course, you will learn how to expand and deepen messages received from spirit that are filled with accuracy, evidence, empowerment and healing.

We will meet the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm. Often the most important learning takes place in between classes, therefore there will be some homework assignments. This program includes one-on-one mentoring with Angie and opportunities for mini message days open to the public for practice. Level 1 is from October 8th until end of February. Level 2 starts in March and goes through the end of June.

HERE IS THE FLYER WITH DATES & INFO: http://goodkarmatown.com/Santosha Mediumship Dev Program with Angie.pdf

A “Santosha Certification” is an endorsement of your rigorously tested experience. It will assure your clients that you provide spiritually centered readings and counsel that are accurate, helpful, and for their highest spiritual growth.

Levels may be taken by anyone even if they aren’t seeking certification, however you must sign up for a complete level. Classes within levels aren’t offered separately. Certification is optional and requires completion of ALL classes of both levels of the program. Make-up classes will be offered periodically.

Register by contacting: Angie Hewett-Abt grangie26@yahoo.com OR call or text: 716-930-5011 Payment plans available upon request.

Rev. Angie Hewett-Abt, B.A., is a 2002 graduate of Fellowships of the Spirit’s School of Spiritual Healing and Prophecy. She received her degree in Human Services with a concentration in Counseling and Psychology in 2005. A practicing medium for over 30 years. Angie currently is the owner of the successful Santosha Holistic Center, located in Williamsville, NY, and has her own thriving mediumship and spiritual counseling practice, where for the past 17 years she has taught meditation and intuitive development. Prior to 2002 Angie worked as a customer relations manager in various industries for over 21 years.

24mar7:00 pm8:30 pmJS Bach Birthday Celebration featuring The Women of VivaldiCome hear some of Buffalo’s very finest singers - including Female Tenors and Basses - as we show you a fun, intimate side of Bach. 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Kleinhans Music Hall

JS Bach’s Birthday Bonanza! The Women of Vivaldi are delighted to make our Kleinhans Music Hall debut as part of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Centerstage Series presenting scenes from comic operas,

The Women of Vivaldi are delighted to make our Kleinhans Music Hall debut as part of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Centerstage Series presenting scenes from comic operas, a full cantata, and special selections from a birthday piece he composed. Come hear some of Buffalo’s very finest singers – including Female Tenors and Basses – as we show you a fun, intimate side of Bach. We are the only dedicated early music vocal group in WNY, and one of the few true all-female choirs in the country!

WOMEN OF VIVALDI FOR KLEINHANS CENTERSTAGE… BACH’S BIRTHDAY BONANZA! Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:00PM – 8:30PM Kleinhans Music Hall 3 Symphony Circle Buffalo, NY, 14201 tickets: $25 each/ $10 for students https://bpo.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F2I00000TTgKWUA1

Did you know Antonio Vivaldi composed the majority of his choral music for an all-female ensemble in Venice? With Female Tenors, Baritones and Basses?!? Let’s turn expectations on their heads for Early Music Month, and Women’s History Month! The Women of Vivaldi was founded in Buffalo, NY in 2018 by Suzanne Fatta under the auspices of The Camerata di Sant’ Antonio, to promote early music in the Buffalo/ Niagara area, and to support full all-female choirs around the nation. Based on the work of the world-famous Vivaldi’s Women ensemble (Oxford UK), as seen on the BBC and Sky Arts, our performances aim to re-create the sound world of Antonio Vivaldi’s Venice and Baroque Europe, featuring an all female ensemble with some of Buffalo’s finest singers… including Tenors and Basses!

Come meet real historical figures like Anna del Basso, Paulina dal Tenor and the other famous low-voiced singers from the past through The Women of Vivaldi! The WoV are proud members of Early Music America.

Kleinhans Music Hall is bringing back its “Centerstage” concert series after a successful launch during its inaugural season last year. The 3-event series gives audiences an up-close-and-personal concert experience, with the performer in the middle of Kleinhans’ main stage, and the audience seated onstage surrounding them. Limited tickets will be available to each event. Kleinhans has launched this concert series to not just break the “fourth wall” between performer and audience, but obliterate it. In the “Centerstage” series, the performers will be in the middle of Kleinhans’ main stage, with the audience seated onstage surrounding the performer.

Founder Suzanne Fatta, a Baritone, sings Bass with Vivaldi’s Women UK and is thankful to that group for pioneering the research, visibility and performance of Female Tenors, Baritones and Basses in the Western canon. The WoV do not discriminate based on vocal range… this ain’t your Grandma’s treble choir! Suzanne has dedicated her performance, research, and lecturing careers to celebrating very low female voices, and ending the suppression and oppression of their place in the Western classical canon. She has given Lecture-Recitals for National Opera Week and Forest Lawn Cemetery on the subject, published academic articles in English and French, and presented at the Feminist Theory & Music Conference (2013) on the suppression of the Low Female Voice.

We are eternally grateful to Maestra JoAnn Falletta of the BPO for her personal and music support of the ensemble: “The extraordinary musicianship of Suzanne Fatta brings Vivaldi’s 18th century world to blazing life! The opportunity to hear Vivaldi’s works as he intended them – for his chorus of women – is amazing, and the voices of Suzanne and her colleagues will transport you to the drama, intrigue and incomparable beauty of Venice, La Serenissima, the brilliant heart of the music world at that time.” JoAnn Falletta

Your favorite deal in WNY is back! Join us every Wednesday from 5-close (dine-in only) when our delicious 10 oz. burgers are only $8!!!

Your favorite deal in WNY is back! Join us every Wednesday from 5-close (dine-in only) when our delicious 10 oz. burgers are only $8!!!

Are you a ceramics artist and need a place to work? If so, we have the place for you. Every wednesday evening from 6PM-10PM we have our ceramic studio open

Are you a ceramics artist and need a place to work? If so, we have the place for you. Every wednesday evening from 6PM-10PM we have our ceramic studio open to the public for a small fee. This Fee comes with 10lbs of clay and 4 hours of time on the wheel. All artists must be able to throw on a wheel already. There will be one instructor on site working but they will not be there for personal instruction but to answer and questions you might have. All work will be held on QCFA premises for you so that you can return to trim, fire and glaze your pieces. All firing, storage and glazes are included in the price. More clay is available on site for $1.00 per pound.

Looking for A Part Time Job? Come Join the Fleet Feet Team! We’ll be holding open interviews for FIT Specialists! No appointment needed! Simply bring your resume to Fleet Feet Buffalo, and

We’ll be holding open interviews for FIT Specialists! No appointment needed! Simply bring your resume to Fleet Feet Buffalo, and be prepared to interview for the position!

26mar3:00 pm8:00 pmBook Sale to support KenTon Friends of the Library3:00 pm - 8:00 pm Kenmore Middle School

Kenmore Middle School 155 Delaware Road Kenmore, NY 14217 Please join the KenTon Friends of the Library for our Spring 2020 Book Sale! Thursday, March 26 from 3-8pm. Friday, March 27 from 4-8pm Saturday,

Please join the KenTon Friends of the Library for our Spring 2020 Book Sale! Thursday, March 26 from 3-8pm. Friday, March 27 from 4-8pm Saturday, March 28 from 9am-2pm

Special pricing on: Special pricing! Cookbooks, crafts, how-to, and fiction trade paperbacks: 50 cents. Pocket paperbacks: 5/$1!

$10 admission fee from 3-5pm on Thursdays only. Free admission for the rest of the sale. Credit cards are accepted.

Learn about the impact of cleaners on health and how to select and make safer cleaning products. Participants will receive a recipe booklet and some safer cleaning supplies. Presented by

Learn about the impact of cleaners on health and how to select and make safer cleaning products. Participants will receive a recipe booklet and some safer cleaning supplies. Presented by the UB Environmental Health Study for Western New York.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. Register online or by calling the library at (716) 873-2842.

Nutrition: Wednesday, April 8th from 6:00- 7:30pm Pesticides/Safer Lawn Care: Wednesday, April 22nd from 6:00- 7:30pm

26mar(mar 26)6:30 pm30apr(apr 30)8:00 pmBeekeeping 1016:30 pm - (april 30) 8:00 pm Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

This course is a great introduction to beekeeping and the honey bee. Whether you are interested in becoming a hobbyist beekeeper, learning about pollinators and the importance of pollination,

This course is a great introduction to beekeeping and the honey bee. Whether you are interested in becoming a hobbyist beekeeper, learning about pollinators and the importance of pollination, or just have an interest in bees this class has something for everyone.

26mar(mar 26)6:30 pm25(mar 25)8:00 pmBuffalo Lafayette Optimist Club Community Meeting6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (25) Lafayette Brewing Co.

The Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club invites the community to join them every first and third Thursday of the month in the Mezzanine Room of the Lafayette Brewing Company, 391 Washington

The Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club invites the community to join them every first and third Thursday of the month in the Mezzanine Room of the Lafayette Brewing Company, 391 Washington St., 6:30 p.m., to learn more about the organization’s work in the community and bring their great ideas for civic events for the betterment of our city’s youth. Join us!

The first Optimist Club was founded in 1911 in Buffalo, New York, at the Lafayette Hotel. Since that time, the international service organization has grown to almost 3,000 clubs and over 80,000 members in more than 20 countries. Although the organization built its foundation here, there has not been an active chapter in the city in more than 20 years. That all changed in the fall of 2018, however, with the establishment of the Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club. Anyone interested in joining the Optimist Club is invited to attend the regular bimonthly meetings, held the first and third Thursdays of every month. The group meets in the Mezzanine Room of the Lafayette Brewing Co., 391 Washington St. inside the Hotel Lafayette.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations, with over 80,000 adult and youth members in almost 3,000 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through community service programs. Each club is autonomous and run by members in their community. Optimists conduct 65,000 community service projects each year, spending $78 million in their communities. Annually, six million kids are positively affected by Optimist programs.    To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.

For more information, please contact buffalolafayetteoptimists@gmail.com, visit our website at buffalolafayetteoptimist.club, or find us on Facebook.

26mar7:00 pm10:00 pmSlow Art: The Drawing a Blank Nonsites | Works by Lee CannarozzoOpening Reception on March 26th at Mirabo Press7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Mirabo Press

Slow Art: The Drawing A Blank Nonsites Works by Lee Cannarozzo Opening Reception: Thursday, March 26th, 2020, 7-10 p.m. Mirabo Press: 11 Botsford Place, Buffalo, NY 14216 Gallery Hours: by appointment, contact leecanna@buffalo.edu Join us

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 26th, 2020, 7-10 p.m. Mirabo Press: 11 Botsford Place, Buffalo, NY 14216 Gallery Hours: by appointment, contact leecanna@buffalo.edu

Join us for the opening reception of an exhibition of locally grown and handmade flax-based paper and canvas works derived from the land art project Drawing A Blank. This series of “nonsites”, or works of art connected to a specific site, is the culmination of a two-year project by Lee Cannarozzo that explores the various connections between the Western art tradition, monocular perspective, and agriculture.

About the artist: Lee Cannarozzo received his BA in Art History from The University of Nevada Las Vegas and is currently pursuing a M.F.A in Studio Art at The University at Buffalo.

Cannarozzo is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator who utilizes a variety of methodologies and media to create his work. From curatorial installations, performative actions, and land-based works of art to traditional mark making, his output is heavily dependent upon the subjects of his inquiry. Those subjects, which generally come about through historic site-specific research, are primarily concerned with the resonance of various social, legal, and ecological histories upon contemporary life. Lee Cannarozzo’s website: http://www.leecannarozzo.com/

About Mirabo Press: Mirabo Press is a printmaking studio founded by Bob Fleming, Rachel Shelton, and Mizin Shin. We offer limited edition printmaking by contract to individuals and galleries, working to expand the local art scene by collaborating with both regional and national artists. These collaborative opportunities allow for advancement of the medium and we are happy to work with artists both inexperienced and well versed in print media.

Equipped for intaglio, monotype, relief, and screen printing, Mirabo Press also provides educational and community programming. Workshops for small groups designed to give individual attention cover a range of processes, and local educational institutions are welcome to bring students to the studio to learn about this democratic and socially formative medium. Mirabo Website: www.mirabopress.com

27mar4:30 pm6:30 pmHoly Ghost Lutheran School Lenten Fish Fry and Bake SaleFresh fish fry every Friday in March!4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Fresh made to order Lenten fish fry every Friday in March!!! Your choice of breaded or beer battered haddock. Includes french fries, homemade macaroni salad, homemade coleslaw, dinner roll and

Your choice of breaded or beer battered haddock. Includes french fries, homemade macaroni salad, homemade coleslaw, dinner roll and tartar sauce. $11.00 full order/ $7.00 half Childrens chicken fingers/fries $7.00

Dine in or Take out options Complimentary coffee and tea included. Other beverages available for purchase.

A variety of homemade baked goods will also be for sale!! Cash or credit accepted All proceeds benefit Holy Ghost Lutheran School PTL

27mar6:00 pm8:30 pmHands-On Cooking Class: Protein Packed Brunch! 100% Gluten Free.100% Gluten Free Hands-On Cooking Class at Tops Cooking School6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Andrea as she teaches you how to make versatile recipes to host your next brunch, in this 100% gluten-free hands-on cooking class! Menu: Turkey Quiche with Savory Almond Crust, Peanut

Join Andrea as she teaches you how to make versatile recipes to host your next brunch, in this 100% gluten-free hands-on cooking class!

Menu: Turkey Quiche with Savory Almond Crust, Peanut Butter and Banana Bread Muffins, Sesame Soy Peas, and Coffee Passion Fruit Yogurt Bowl

Whiskey Daredevils are America's finest country punkabilly band, and they roar into Revolution Gallery on Friday night, March 27th! Doors at 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm - $10. at the

Whiskey Daredevils are America’s finest country punkabilly band, and they roar into Revolution Gallery on Friday night, March 27th! Doors at 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm – $10. at the door

On March 27, the Performing Arts Center welcomes acclaimed violinist Damien Escobar on his "Elements of Love Tour". The NCAACP Image Award nominee and Billboard chart topping artist first got

On March 27, the Performing Arts Center welcomes acclaimed violinist Damien Escobar on his “Elements of Love Tour”. The NCAACP Image Award nominee and Billboard chart topping artist first got national recognition performing with his brother in the group “Nuttin but Stringz” on NBC’s Americas Got Talent. He released his first solo album “Sensual Melodies” in 2013 and made appearances on “The Today Show” and Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” tour. And after the release of his second album “Boundless,” Damien has gone on to inspire change and spread positivity through his music by sharing uplifting messages and telling unfiltered personal stories to sold out shows across the country.

MAKE A SPLASH WITH YOUR DASH INTO THE NIAGARA RIVER! The I.M. Freeze Flash is a charity dash into the Niagara River to support United Way: Families. United Way Families supports

The I.M. Freeze Flash is a charity dash into the Niagara River to support United Way: Families. United Way Families supports the 41% of families in our community who struggle to meet their basic needs and surrounds them with the resources they need to not only survive but to thrive.

A minimum fundraiser of $25 is all it takes to secure your place in the frigid Niagara River. Costumes are encouraged. The first 50 participants to raise $100 will receive a pair of Buffalo Bandits tickets.

Prizes will be awarded at the after-party in the following categories: -Top Fundraising Organization -Top Fundraising Union Organization -Top Fundraising Individuals -Best Costume

28mar9:30 am11:00 amON LINE/ ZOOM - Intuitive DevelopmentIntuitive Development 9:30 am - 11:00 am Santosha Holistic Center

with Angie Hewett-Abt Join us & learn how to develop your natural intuitive abilities & learn to use them in your everyday life & to do readings for others

with Angie Hewett-Abt Join us & learn how to develop your natural intuitive abilities & learn to use them in your everyday life & to do readings for others if desired. All are welcome. This week learn how to connect with your spirit guides directly and receive messages from them & know who they are.

We will send you a link to connect to zoom. https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=15144659&appointmentType=13266664

We are all born with a connection to our intuition. Thru lessons, Discussion & interactive exercises Angie will help you remember what you already know. Each class begins with meditation, followed by a different lesson and interactive activity 25 per class.

28mar(mar 28)10:00 am26apr(apr 26)4:30 pmSpring Flower exhibit and 4-H Mini FarmWelcome Spring with Fresh Scents and Fuzzy Friends!10:00 am - (april 26) 4:30 pm Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

March 28 - April 26 presented by M&T Bank 10am-4:30pm $12.50 Adults $11 Seniors (62 ) $11 Students (13 with ID) $7 Kids 3-12 Members and kids under 2 are always Free! Don’t miss WNY’s favorite spring

March 28 – April 26 presented by M&T Bank 10am-4:30pm $12.50 Adults $11 Seniors (62 ) $11 Students (13 with ID) $7 Kids 3-12 Members and kids under 2 are always Free!

Don’t miss WNY’s favorite spring tradition! With over 22,000 bulbs on display, our Gardens will be filled with all the spring plants you love. The 4-H Mini Farm that will host a fuzzy cast of characters!

By popular demand, Swing Buffalo is bringing back Lindy in the Buff, a Lindy Hop workshop weekend with the incredibly talented Rafal Pustelny and Jessica Miltenberger from NYC! The Beginner/Intermediate track

By popular demand, Swing Buffalo is bringing back Lindy in the Buff, a Lindy Hop workshop weekend with the incredibly talented Rafal Pustelny and Jessica Miltenberger from NYC! The Beginner/Intermediate track is focused on fundamentals. You are working on becoming more comfortable on the social floor, stringing moves together, so you will be able to say, “Yes! I am a Lindy Hopper!”

The Intermediate Plus/Advanced track is geared towards dancers who may have already been doing Lindy Hop for several years. You’re comfortable with more than just the basics and like to play around with new moves and even create your own. You’re looking for classes that are challenging, fun, and that will help take your Lindy Hop to the next level.

The weekend includes 8 hours of class and a Saturday night dance with live music! There is so much in this workshop weekend that’s going to make you BuffaLove the Lindy Hop!

Whether you’ve already been dancing Lindy Hop for years, or are new to the dance, Lindy in the Buff will give you a chance to be part of an international phenomenon.

28mar(mar 28)10:00 am29(mar 29)4:00 pmMaple Festival & Pancake BreakfastFamily-friendly, hands-on exploration of all things maple sugar!10:00 am - 4:00 pm (29) Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Maple Festival offers a pancake breakfast (served 10 am to 12 pm), locally produced maple goods for sale, a special maple sugaring history exhibit, hands-on tree tapping station, maple science

Maple Festival offers a pancake breakfast (served 10 am to 12 pm), locally produced maple goods for sale, a special maple sugaring history exhibit, hands-on tree tapping station, maple science demonstrations, a traditional sugar shack and sugar arch in our Historic Village, historic cooking and sugaring demonstrations by costumed historic interpreters, heritage craft demonstrations – and more!

Through professional guidance you will create a finished mug that can be used daily. Your mug will be complete with finished trimmed base, handle and glaze. over 3 session you

Through professional guidance you will create a finished mug that can be used daily. Your mug will be complete with finished trimmed base, handle and glaze. over 3 session you will gain experience in throwing that will culminate in a finished piece. This class is appropriate for the first time students. Often in Ceramics it takes you multiple attempts to achieve the desired goal. Due to this you will make multiple cylinders as practice before attempting a finished mug. Class #1 you will learn to throw a cylinder and practice for making your handle. Class # 2 will include trimming the pieces as well attaching your handle. Final class you will glaze your pieces chosen from our palette of over 30 glaze combinations to suit your taste. 10lbs of clay and glazes are included in the class fee.If you would like to attempt to make more than 3 mugs, more clay is available for purchase at that time. Feel free to contact us at 716-222-1920

28mar11:00 am3:00 pmApril Showers Craft & Vendor FairGift showcase11:00 am - 3:00 pm Polish Falcons Club

Come on out to support your local small businesses. We have some fabulous and unique crafters as well as some of your favorite vendors too! Looking for something a little

Come on out to support your local small businesses. We have some fabulous and unique crafters as well as some of your favorite vendors too! Looking for something a little different? We have psychic readings and $1/min massages available and a cash bar starting at 1pm. FREE ADMISSION. 11AM-3PM. You don’t need to be present to win the Basket Raffle. Bring donations for The Buffalo Animal Shelter for extra tickets. To book a table contact Maria eventpreneurpro@gmail.com

Kelsey Sorensen received a life saving Total Pancreatectomy with Islet AutoTransplantation on Dec. 2, 2019. Kelsey's Pancreas, Spleen, Appendix, and Gallbladder were removed. Show your life saving

Kelsey Sorensen received a life saving Total Pancreatectomy with Islet AutoTransplantation on Dec. 2, 2019. Kelsey’s Pancreas, Spleen, Appendix, and Gallbladder were removed. Show your life saving support by attending this benefit in Kelsey’s honor. 100% of funds raised assist with transplant related expenses.

Join us at the Main Transit Fire Department located at 6777 Main St. Williamsville. A vast array of Basket Raffle items, Silent Auction items, 50/50 every hour, games for all ages, and entertainment by local magicians.

28mar1:00 pm4:00 pmAsbury Pointe Retirement Community Informational Seminar1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Asbury Pointe Retirement Community

Learn why Asbury Pointe Retirement Community offers exactly what seniors are looking for at a FREE and informative seminar. Tour Asbury Pointe, including the beautifully appointed apartments featuring such amenities

Learn why Asbury Pointe Retirement Community offers exactly what seniors are looking for at a FREE and informative seminar. Tour Asbury Pointe, including the beautifully appointed apartments featuring such amenities as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and custom cupboards, speak to current residents, get answers to your questions and enjoy delicious refreshments. Additional seminar dates for 2020 will be announced at a later date.

Please join us for an evening of fantastic cuisine, live entertainment, auctions and excitement as we raise community awareness for Epilepsy! We are excited to welcome our emcee for the

Please join us for an evening of fantastic cuisine, live entertainment, auctions and excitement as we raise community awareness for Epilepsy! We are excited to welcome our emcee for the evening, MaryAlice Demler of WGRZ-TV and live music from the band Business Time! This is an event you don’t want to miss! Tickets are now available! Lavender Gala attendees will receive 15% off accommodations when booking directly through the hotel.

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $5 Student with ID, Free for Members CALL 716-878-6011 FOR MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT "imaginative, resourceful, witty, defiant...haven't been so deeply moved by a new piece in ages." - Steve

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $5 Student with ID, Free for Members CALL 716-878-6011 FOR MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT

“imaginative, resourceful, witty, defiant…haven’t been so deeply moved by a new piece in ages.” – Steve Smith, National Sawdust

”The whole experience was quite disorientating but very emotionally charged, leaving me with an unsettled feeling that is difficult to describe. During the performance, I was mesmerised by the humour and humanity of the film’s expressive subjects.” – Kate Bradley, Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century

“[The work] of a woman considering herself and women like her to a degree I have never seen on stage before.” – Tamzin Elliott, San Francisco Classical Voice

“Contralto” is a one-hour work for video, strings, and percussion that exists in between the spaces of experimental music and documentary. The piece features a cast of transgender women speaking, singing, and performing vocal exercises accompanied by a dense and varied musical score that includes a variety of conventional and “non-musical” approaches to sound-making.

When a transgender man begins taking testosterone it causes his vocal cords to thicken and his voice deepens and drops into the so-called “masculine range.” It is not widely known, however, that trans women’s voices are unaffected by higher levels of estrogen in the body. Being a woman with a “male voice” creates a variety of difficult situations for trans women including prolonged and intensified dysphoria and higher risk of harassment and violence due to possibly exposing someone as trans unintentionally.

“Contralto” – defined in musical terms as “the lowest female singing voice” – uses the sound of trans women’s voices to explore transfeminine identity from the inside and examines the intimate and peculiar relationship between gender and sound.

“Contralto” stars Julie Ashkin, Alexandra Brandon, Alyssa Green, Anna McCormick, Dreia Spies, Sarang Umarji, and Josie Zanfordino and was premiered at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY on November 30, 2017. The musical score was performed by Erik Carlson (violin), Wendy Richman (viola), T.J. Borden (cello), James Ilgenfritz (contrabass), Tim Feeney, Greg Stuart, and Ashley Tini (percussion).

ALICE (Copenhagen) BWA Gallery of Contemporary Art (Wroclaw) Cornell Cinema (Ithaca) Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles) Edition Festival (Stockholm) Handwerker Gallery (Ithaca) Inkonst (Malmö) ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn) McGill University (Montreal) MOCA Tucson (Tucson, AZ) Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles) OBEY Convention (Halifax, NS) Plaza Theatre (Atlanta) Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR) Radius Gallery (Santa Cruz) Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK) send receive Festival (Winnipeg) La Sobilla (Verona) Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox Theatre (Toronto)

Made possible by support from: Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant New York Foundation for the Arts Shelley Pinz Professional Development Grant

28mar8:00 pm11:30 pmSwing Buffalo Presents The Gregory Street Vagabonds!8:00 pm - 11:30 pm Buffalo Irish Center

Saturday Night Dance Featuring The Gregory Street Vagabonds! Gregory Street Vagabonds are a mix of Lindy Hop dancers and musicians who’ve come together to take part in the jubilant and

Gregory Street Vagabonds are a mix of Lindy Hop dancers and musicians who’ve come together to take part in the jubilant and energetic musical styles of swing and jazz from the 1930’s and 1940’s. They play original arrangements of classic songs from the Swing Era, as well as classic arrangements adapted for our unique instrumentation. GSV have performed around Rochester at local music venues such as Iron Smoke Distillery, the Little Theatre Cafe, and Abilene, at dances for Groove Juice Swing, the RIT and University of Rochester Swing Dance clubs, as well as at the North Vintage Village Festival of the Arts and the Rochester Fringe Festival.

29mar9:30 am3:30 pmThe Great Batavia Train Show9:30 am - 3:30 pm Richard C. Call Arena at Genesee Comunity College

All forms of model railroad and train-related merchandise will be available. Items offered include all scales of model trains, historic railroad items, books, DVD’s and toys. Modeling demonstrations, and

All forms of model railroad and train-related merchandise will be available. Items offered include all scales of model trains, historic railroad items, books, DVD’s and toys. Modeling demonstrations, and a limited number of portable layouts, will be part of the fun. Free parking.

29mar10:00 am3:00 pmThe Healing Power of Plants-CANCELEDExplore the Healing Power of Plants for the Mind, Body, and Spirit10:00 am - 3:00 pm Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Healing Power of Plants on March 29 is Canceled and will be rescheduled. The COVID-19 situation is a rapidly evolving and the health and safety of all visitors, staff,

The COVID-19 situation is a rapidly evolving and the health and safety of all visitors, staff, volunteers and our extended community is extremely important.

In order to reduce the number of individuals gathering at one time at the Botanical Gardens, the Healing Power of Plants on March 29 is Cancelled and will be rescheduled.

The Healing Power of Plants encourages visitors to explore the healing power of plants for mind, body, and spirit. From 10:00am-3:00pm this event is an opportunity to explore the many healing properties of plants and the natural world. Several plant and health centered community partners will be visiting the Botanical Gardens to share information and provide demonstrations.

Event partners (listed below) will be stationed throughout the Botanical Gardens and visitors are encouraged to explore the on-site Medicinal Garden that will be the highlight of the event. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by generous support from Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health and D’Youville School of Pharmacy. The Botanical Gardens’ horticultural staff will be interacting with attendees and will be available to answer plant questions. Select medicinal plants will also be available for sale.

This event is included with admission to the Botanical Gardens and is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Catholic Health

Celebrate Spring’s long-awaited arrival at the NYBP Spring Champagne and Jazz Brunch! Enjoy the Sounds of the Season from our delightful jazz trio playing in the upstairs Loft, and enjoy

Celebrate Spring’s long-awaited arrival at the NYBP Spring Champagne and Jazz Brunch! Enjoy the Sounds of the Season from our delightful jazz trio playing in the upstairs Loft, and enjoy a glass of complimentary champagne with each NYC-style brunch purchase. Cheers!

join us for a nice, relaxing guided meditation. After each person in attendance will re dive an intuitive message (reading) $15 Register at www.santoshaholisticcenter.com Walk Ins Welcome

join us for a nice, relaxing guided meditation. After each person in attendance will re dive an intuitive message (reading) $15

29mar11:00 am12:00 pmMeditation and Messages with Angie or KatyGuided Meditation 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Santosha Holistic Center

Join Angie Hewett-Abt or Katy Abrams for a nice relaxing guided meditation experience. Each person can receive a healing if desired. After Angie will give Messages (readings) to each

Join Angie Hewett-Abt or Katy Abrams for a nice relaxing guided meditation experience. Each person can receive a healing if desired. After Angie will give Messages (readings) to each person in attendance. $15 Walk ins welcome

Join Ten Lives Club for our 19th Annual Furball! 100 Theme Baskets, Special Raffles, Buy-it-Now, 50/50 and more! Food available for purchase, Cash Bar. They will be holding a bottle

Join Ten Lives Club for our 19th Annual Furball! 100 Theme Baskets, Special Raffles, Buy-it-Now, 50/50 and more! Food available for purchase, Cash Bar.

They will be holding a bottle and can drive during this event, so please collect your clean recyclables and bring them with you!

The Southtowns Youth Orchestra will present their 33rd season spring concert on Sunday, March 29, at 3:00 PM in the Orchard Park Middle School Auditorium. Students from over a dozen

The Southtowns Youth Orchestra will present their 33rd season spring concert on Sunday, March 29, at 3:00 PM in the Orchard Park Middle School Auditorium. Students from over a dozen area school districts (grades 7-12) comprise the orchestra. The program will feature Dustin Hobin as soloist performing the Koussevitsky Concerto for Double Bass Also featured will be guest conductor Bryan Eckenrode.

The Southtowns Youth Orchestra is directed by William Staebell (co-founder of the orchestra since its inception) and has grown considerably over the years. Many of SYO’s former members have become professional musicians, teachers and college professors in music. Many of those in other occupations have continued to participate in community organizations such as Orchard Park Symphony, Cheektowaga Symphony, Amherst Symphony and other music groups locally and around the country. The orchestra offers three scholarships annually to its participants. A manager and board of directors meet quarterly to offer guidance and support to the organization.

Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults. For more information about the orchestra, please visit www.thesouthtownsyouthorchestra.com

29mar3:00 pm5:30 pmThe Tierney Sutton Band – JazzBuffalo Premier Jazz Concert9-Time Grammy Nominee Jazz Vocalist3:00 pm - 5:30 pm Flickinger Performaning Arts Center at Nichols School

The celebrated Tierney Sutton Band, helmed by nine-time GRAMMY® nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, has consistently topped the US jazz charts and garnered critical success thanks to their creative arrangements and

The celebrated Tierney Sutton Band, helmed by nine-time GRAMMY® nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, has consistently topped the US jazz charts and garnered critical success thanks to their creative arrangements and rich and thematic discography. Most recently, the much-acclaimed “Sting Variations” album. After 20-plus years and countless performances in some of the finest venues and festivals in the world, the Tierney Sutton Band has set their sights on the wide-ranging panorama of film music with “ScreenPlay.”

“ScreenPlay” spans the first century of American film music. The band gained firsthand experience in this idiom in 2016 when they were tapped by legendary director Clint Eastwood to score his hit film, Sully. The arrangements and Sutton’s readings of the songs are pure Tierney Sutton Band at the height of its powers, subtly illuminating and revolutionizing each classic, as well as introducing a few lesser-known gems.

Wanting to dig ever deeper into the material, The Band explores some of the most beloved songs in movie and screenplay history. A podcast and other behind-the-scenes material that explores the songs and the films that made them so iconic accompanies the music. In June of 2019, the compilation ScreenPlay album was released worldwide to wide-acclaimed. Now, the Tierney Sutton Band receives its 9th straight Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

The members of the Tierney Sutton Band is unique in that they have been together for 20 plus years. The band features Tierney Sutton, vocals, Christian Jacob, piano, Trey Henry, bass, Kevin Axt, bass, and Ray Brinker, drums. Their longevity has produced creative chemistry resulting in receiving a GRAMMY® nomination for each consecutive album.

29mar7:00 pm9:00 pmLiminal Space Ensemble - Celebrating Women's History Month(Sub) Liminal Messages Concert 17:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Buffalo’s new music collective Liminal Space Ensemble presents the first concert of the series (Sub)Liminal Messages, a project funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the

Buffalo’s new music collective Liminal Space Ensemble presents the first concert of the series (Sub)Liminal Messages, a project funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Arts Services Initiative. The program features the work of all-female composers including Eve Beglarian, Asha Srinivasan, Jessie Montgomery, Ursula Mamlock, Hannah Lash, and Caroline Mallonée. Artists include Nicole Murray (flute), Sean Crawford (clarinet), Hope Wilk (harp), Juan Herrera (percussion), Evan Courtin (violin), Isabella Costanza (viola), Katie Weissman (cello), Emani Barber (bass)

30mar3:00 pm5:00 pmSURPRISING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WELL BEING THROUGH THE END OF LIFE3:00 pm - 5:00 pm D'Youville Academic Center 6th Floor

Illness and dying cannot be fully encompassed by the problem-based model of medicine. Beyond symptoms and suffering, dying is a profound personal experience for the individual as well as for

Illness and dying cannot be fully encompassed by the problem-based model of medicine. Beyond symptoms and suffering, dying is a profound personal experience for the individual as well as for his or her family. The concept of “personhood” and the conceptual framework of human development will be presented as tools for understanding the nature of suffering and nature of opportunity associated with the time of human life we call “dying.”

Ira Byock, M.D., FAAHPM is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He is founder and chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring at Providence St. Joseph Health. Author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible.

What's GBP Comedy Queen? Green Buffalo Productions is on the lookout for the 15 funniest women in Buffalo and Rochester to be the funniest women in Western New York! Our favorite

What’s GBP Comedy Queen? Green Buffalo Productions is on the lookout for the 15 funniest women in Buffalo and Rochester to be the funniest women in Western New York! Our favorite Buffalo comic, Rachael Tschari, will be hosting this new event at Perks Horsefeathers this coming March! Comics will be judged by the GBP panel: Leyla Gentil, Ellen Scherer, and Madison Sedlor.

PRIZES The winner will be crowned GBP Queen of Comedy and will go home with $100 cash! The audience favorite will be crowned GBP Duchess of Jokes! WANNA PERFORM? Follow the link to pay your signup fee.

THE BASIC BITCH: $10 FOR A 5-MINUTE SET AND A FREE DRINK ​THE EXTRA BITCH: $15 FOR A 5-MINUTE SET, A FREE DRINK, AND A RECORDING OF THE SHOW AUDIENCE ADMISSION: $15

Class consists of 4 hours of personal instruction and is for all ages and experience/skill levels. Students will work independently to on various exercises to increase their skills in regards

Class consists of 4 hours of personal instruction and is for all ages and experience/skill levels. Students will work independently to on various exercises to increase their skills in regards to perspective, color theory, measuring, mastering materials, oil paint, drawing, acrylic, printmaking and other aspects of 2 dimensional art. This is an ongoing class that will meet every week.

Introduction to Drawing is a 3 part series. This is class 1 of 3. This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing. Concepts covered will be line, shape,

Introduction to Drawing is a 3 part series. This is class 1 of 3. This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing. Concepts covered will be line, shape, proportion, positive and negative shapes, values, and texture. This class is a great starting point for very beginners. Exercises will focus on the basics of drawing what you see. Students will begin to develop their unique artistic perception. All materials provided for first time students

Join us for Trocaire on Tap, a weekly Trocaire Brewing program event series. Open to all beer enthusiasts, students and professionals who want learn about what is going on in

Join us for Trocaire on Tap, a weekly Trocaire Brewing program event series. Open to all beer enthusiasts, students and professionals who want learn about what is going on in the WNY craft beer and beverage scene. Meet and mingle with other beer enthusiasts, head brewers and brewing professionals, as well as local brewing organizations. Programming will change weekly and include panel discussions, meet and greet opportunities, tastings, demonstrations and more. Check out the website for details on each week.

31mar6:00 pm8:00 pmDemocracy in Action:American Politics and Community Today6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library Branch of Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

This Reading & Discussion Group encourages friends, colleagues, and strangers to “make time for thinking deeply about a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts

This Reading & Discussion Group encourages friends, colleagues, and strangers to “make time for thinking deeply about a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts for civic engagement, cultural understanding, and personal reflection.

Tuesdays ( 1 Friday) from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm • Tues., Feb. 25 – Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo, NY 14208 • Tues., Mar. 3 – Community Action Organization of WNY, 1423 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14211 • Tues., Mar. 10 – Mirabo Press, 11 Botsford Pl, Buffalo, NY 14216 • Friday, March 20 – Albright-Knox Northland – 612 Northland Ave., Buffalo, NY 14211 • Tues., Mar. 24 – Historic Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway at Michigan St., Buffalo, NY 14203 • Tues., Mar. 31 – Hallwalls – 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

Craft with local artist Miss Kathleen to make painted rock & pebble birds and their spring environments using twigs and decorative branches. All materials provided. This program is for adults. Registration

Craft with local artist Miss Kathleen to make painted rock & pebble birds and their spring environments using twigs and decorative branches. All materials provided. This program is for adults.

Registration is required and space is limited. Register online or by calling the library at (716) 873-2842.

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