As Halloween season comes to an end, let’s remember that October isn’t the only month filled with magic to entice your art-loving selves. We present to you ,11 magical culture and arts events for the 11th month.
1. Abstract Abstractions – A solo photo exhibit by Michael Amrose
Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St
Friday, November 1, 2019 5-7pm
We’re starting off November out on a Friday night offering a menagerie of awesome arts events. One of the first of many to kick this inaugural weekend off is “Abstract Abstractions”, a solo exhibit featuring the work of award-winning artist, Michael Amrose. A sure-to-be marvelous opening reception, this will be a great event for those on their way through Allentown’s First Friday Walks. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments and a cash bar.
2. She Kills Monsters
The Subversive Theatre Collective, 255 Great Arrow Ave
Friday, October 25, 2019 – Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:30pm
A battle of good and evil, set to capture and weaponize the spirit of our imagination, She Kills Monsters is without a doubt a can’t miss event. An odyssey of oddities and an adventure filled with enough clever quips and powerful motions to keep any lucky patron in ecstatic suspense. This is a wonderful production directed by Drew McCabe with an all-star cast featuring Emily Yancey and Jamie Nablo with Ryan Kaminski, Rick Lattimer, David Moran, Stefanie Warnick, Sofia Matlasz, Mara Westerling-Morris, Jaimee Harmon, and Bekki Sliwa. Not to mention the puppets by Michele Costa & Gail Argetsinger and epic fight choreography by Jessica Stuber. Tickets are $30.75 for General Admission, and $25.75 for Members, Students, and Seniors (65 and older).
3. Cellino v. Barnes: Injury Attorneys, Injured Hearts
Alleyway Theatre 1 Curtain Up Alley
Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Sunday, November 3, 2019
A comedic play written and performed by homecoming artistes, Mike B. Breene and David Rafaeiledes and directed by Hayley Huntley. Friday’s showing is already sold out, but there are still seats available to see this one-of-a-kind tribute to the end of an era, the break-up of the century, Cellino v. Barnes: Injury Attorneys, Injured Hearts. Doors at 6:30pm / 7:00pm Show; 8:30pm doors open again for a second showing / 9:00pm, second showing starts. It’s $20.00 in advance / $25.00 for the day of show. Seats are selling out fast, so be sure to get your tickets before it’s too late.
4. RLTP Longform Improv Jam!
November 3, 2019 7:30 – 9pm
Road Less Traveled Productions, 450 Main St
Join improv extraordinaires Marisa & Kevin at Road Less Traveled Theater for yet another riveting installment of long-form improv jam! Improvisers of all experience levels (18+) are welcomed to join RLTP for this absolutely free event. It’s simple, just show up, put your name in the bucket, and be chosen at random to hop up on stage and do some open scenes. Prior to the jam, there will be a warmup led by Marisa starting at 6:45pm to get you all loose and readied for the JAM. Please post in the event comments on their facebook page if you plan to attend this warmup. Whether you’re planning to give the improvisational arts a try, or just want to sit and watch the fun, spend a lazy Sunday in the embrace of a unique brand of immersive performance.
6. Buddy Wakefield in 9th Ward at Babeville
Monday, November 4, 2019 8-10pm
Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave
Although Mondays can be tough for a many of us, get ready because the first Monday of November will be one for the books. Three-time world champion spoken word artist, and Righteous Babe recording artist, Buddy Wakefield, returns to the 9th Ward at Babeville.
Wakefield is currently on a world tour celebrating the release of his first book of new work in eight years, A Choir of Honest Killers. He was the first author released on Write Bloody Publishing, is a three-time world champion spoken word artist, and the most toured performance poet in history. When not on tour for his day job, poetry, he lives in Los Angeles, California, as a free agent pursuing acting and screenwriting for both television and film.
Tickets are $10 advance, so don’t miss the chance before they sell out. Come on down and be lost in the words from Buddy Wakefield instead of lost in the daily routine and make this Monday one to remember.
6. Exhibit X Fiction: Joanna Scott
Wednesday, November 7, 2019 7-8pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave
This monthly reading series curated by Christina Milletti and Dimitri Anastasopoulos is happening at Hallwalls as we enter National Novel Writing Month. This month’s feature will be Joanna Scott, the author of twelve books, including the novels Arrogance, Tourmaline, and Careers for Women, and two collections of short fiction, Various Antidotes and Everybody Loves Somebody. Her many awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her novel, The Manikin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and her stories have been included in Pushcart Prize anthologies and Best American Stories. She is the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English and the Director of the Literary Arts Programs at the University at Rochester.
7. My Life in the Basement
Thursday, November 8, 2019 – Friday, November 16, 2019
Alleyway Cabaret Theatre, 672 Main St.
Written by and starring Buffalo’s own John “Circ” Kane, directed by Joyce Stilson, is a one-man comedy tour-de-force to embed your memory. Tickets are $25.00 for Adults and $18.00 for students. Come out and continue exploring one of the most exciting months of Buffalo’s theatre season.
8. Babel: Valeria Luiselli
Wednesday, November 14, 2019 7-10pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Cir
The second installment in Just Buffalo Literary Center’s world-renowned BABEL series welcomes Valeria Luiselli. Nominated for a National Book Award, Luiselli is an acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of the essay collection “Sidewalks”; the novels “Faces in the Crowd” and “The Story of My Teeth”; “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions”; and “Lost Children Archive”. She is the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award and has twice been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. She recently received the prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant.
Tickets are $40.00 for GA, $35.00 for GA with the library card discount and $100.00 for VIP and Reception. Be sure to get your tickets, before they are no more. Join in what will be a superb night.
9. Entropy: PoetExpo
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 1-6pm
Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave
If you’re looking for an affair to put the “lit” in literary: look no further. In its 3rd year, PoetExpo has a new MC with local poet Meghann Boltz at helm. There will be a wonderfully diverse group of featured readers and performers; an assortment of vendors, from local presses to performance poetry collectives; a discussion panel of local wordsmiths; a mini workshop from Papercraft Miracles; a tarot reading; a journal bar where attendees can make unique custom journals from upcycled materials; headshot photography; a showcase of Just Buffalo Writing Center’s wonderfully talented youth; followed by an after party at The Hotel Henry! Come join us for this one-of-a-kind weekend and give your fall something to be thankful for with this cornucopia of arts and poetics.
10. Opening: Punctures: Eniola Dawodu & Kite
Saturday, November 22, 2019 – Saturday, December 21, 2019 6-9pm
Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, 617 Main St
The second exhibition of Punctures features two works placed in conversation: Kite’s multi-media installation and performance Everything I Say Is True (2017), which considers concepts of truth in relation to Oglala Lakota knowledge systems. Eniola Dawodu’s IRAN SI IRAN (2019), funded by the Creative Arts Initiative, is a newly commissioned textile work which reassembles a fragmented chorus of ancestral African women’s strategic radical overtures toward autonomy and cultural sovereignty. This event is free and open to the public.
11. Manmade Earth
Sunday, November 23, 2019 – December 1, 2019 Various Times
Torn Space Theatre, 612 Main St
The 600 HIGHWAYMEN co-production returns to Buffalo following its NYC Premiere. In Manmade Earth, eight teenagers from the Congo, Egypt, Malaysia, Somalia, Syria, Tanzania, and the United States — each with a unique path into this country — come together to create a new landscape on stage. With an abundance of materials, including cardboard, ladders, buckets, and wood, Manmade Earth binds the audience and performers in an experiment of communal construction. An investigation of permanence, stability, guts, and endurance, this new work from Obie Award–winning 600 HIGHWAYMEN asks what can we build from here and where will we go next? Tickets are $30.00.
12. Manifestation: Opening Reception
Friday, November 29, 2019 5:30-7:30pm
Sugar City, 1239 Niagara St
A gallery of sculptured works by local artist Abagail Walter will open at the end of the month. Free and open to the public, this will be an excellent close to an excellent month of celebrating the arts.