So we have officially reached that point in Buffalo winter where we feel like the cold weather is never going to end – but spring officially begins this month! With St. Patrick’s Day, Fat Tuesday, Easter, & Dyngus Day just around the corner, shake off your midwinter blues and get ready for spring at some of the culture and arts events we’ve picked out for you this month.
Friday, March 1, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Albright-Knox Auditorium, 1285 Elmwood Ave.
Whether you have seen Bollywood dance performed live before or not, you are in for a treat! Gaitrie Subryan, a choreographer, performer, and creator of Devi Bollywood Dance, has years of experience with this high-energy, intricate style of dance. Plus, the audience will get a chance to learn some moves & give Bollywood dancing a try themselves after Subryan’s performance. This performance is a part of the M&T First Fridays at the Gallery, so admission is completely free. Take some time before or after the performance to browse the gallery & check out all the other festivities taking place throughout the day. View of full schedule of the day’s events here.
2. Elevate: A Side-by-Side Exhibition
Friday, March 1, 5 – 9 pm
El Museo, 91 Allen St., Buffalo 14203
Looking for a way to combat that seasonal depression? This heart-warming exhibition might just do the trick! Come view works by art teachers from the Buffalo Public School district placed alongside work by their students and children. We love exhibits that highlight young artists’ work and gives them a space alongside pieces by adults, so we cannot recommend this show enough! Plus, celebrate the amazing artists of all ages at the awards ceremony beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. Check out more information about this exhibit here.
March 1 – 3, times vary
University Heights Community Laboratory, 9 West Northrup Place, 14214
Maybe you have fond memories of your senior prom – or maybe you can barely stomach remembering that you wore that outfit. “You & Me,” a semi-autobiographical piece by local playwright Madison Sedler, delves beneath the surface glitz and glamour of prom season to examine themes of friendship, relationships, and mental health. Don’t miss the debut performance of this play, presented by Buffalo Green Productions, a new theatre and writing services company staffed by and supporting young theatre professionals. $20 general admission; learn more and get tickets here.
Sunday, March 3, 4 – 6 pm
Hotel Henry, 444 Forest Ave.
The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry is one of the coolest new art spaces in town! We love wandering the winding hallways of this former psychiatric complex and happening upon the beautiful art pieces strewn all over the walls. Check out the Gallery on March 3 for a chance to meet some of the artists featured in the current exhibit and hear them speak about their work! Jody Hanson experiments with a variety of materials and forms in her work, while Joseph Piccillo is well-known for his stunning graphite drawings. This event is free and open to the public! Read more about the artists here.
Tuesday, March 5, 7 am – 5 pm
The Broadway Market, 999 Broadway St.
Some people call it Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) – here in Buffalo, many Polish-Americans call it Pączki Day! Pączki are a traditional Polish dessert (think a glazed- or sugar-coated, jelly-filled donut) and on Pączki Day, it is totally acceptable to eat as many of them as you want. Along with a variety of delicious, fresh-baked donuts, the Broadway Market will have fun cultural festivities throughout the day, including polka music, delicious food, and arts vendors. Admission to the market is free but bring cash to purchase food and other fun stuff. We’ll see you there!
6. Through the Thicket: New Work by Sarah Liddell
Friday, March 8, 7 – 10 pm
Duende at Silo City, 85 Silo City Row, Buffalo 14203
Old industrial spaces, drinks, and art – oh my! Duende at Silo City, one of our favorite cultural venues in Buffalo, is hosting a new exhibition of works by local artist Sarah Liddell. Fam, her pieces are so cool! Liddell works with embroidery and draws inspiration from nature to create intricate, beautiful pieces featuring fungi, foliage, and more. Grab a drink at the bar and have fun browsing the art! If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get to explore the silos a bit while you’re there. This event is free; purchases from the bar are not. Check out more info here!
7. Whatever Happened to Joe Magarac?
Wednesday, March 13, 6 – 8 pm
UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place
Whatever did happen to him? Joe Magarac was a fictional American folk hero who featured prominently in stories told by steel and industrial workers throughout what we know today as the Rust Belt. BuffFluxus, a local avant-garde performance group, will resuscitate the old legend along with, we imagine, other scenes from Buffalo’s rust-belt past. If you haven’t seen a BuffFluxus performance before, you are in for a TREAT. Come with an open mind and be prepared to leave wondering what in the world you just experienced – we promise you won’t regret it! Learn more here.
Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 – 8 pm
St. Gabriel’s RC Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma 14059
Learn how to dance polka for Dyngus Day, or any day of the year! This class will teach you all the basic steps you need to know to fake like you’re a pro. Polka is an upbeat, high-speed dance style, so make sure to bring a water bottle and get ready to sweat! The first class is on March 20 (there are two more classes on April 3 and 10) – sign up for one class for $15 couples/$10 single, or all three classes for $40 couples/$25 single. Afterwards, spend some time hanging out with your new polka partners – coffee and cookies are included in the class price! Learn more about the classes and registration info here.
Wednesday, March 20, 7 – 9:30 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle
Celebrate the first day of spring at Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series featuring internationally-renowned author Min Jin Lee! Lee’s second novel, Pachinko, was heralded as one of Buzzfeed’s “Most Exciting Books Coming in 2017,” one of the New York Times Book Review’s Top 10 of the Year, a finalist for the National Book Award, and on and on… in other words, this is one book you should definitely read! Lee will speak about her book and writing practice the audience will have the opportunity to ask whatever they like, so we recommend you read in advance or at least check out the Spark Notes! Tickets range from $10 for students to $100 for VIP; learn more and get your tickets today here.
10. Noir Essentials presents Stranger on a Train
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 pm
Eastern Hills Cinema, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville 14221
Come enjoy a noir classic on the big screen! Alfred Hitchcock’s Stranger on a Train debuted in 1951, but this thriller will leave you spooked. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name, this psychological thriller about murder, strangers, and chance encounters is a creepy, fascinating adventure. Don’t miss your chance to view this classic in theatres – tickets are only $7! Get your tickets in advance here.
Friday, March 22, 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
This show is not-to-be-missed for all you music fans out there. Tigue, a percussion trio from Brooklyn, will be featured in a special performance in the East Gallery at the Burchfield Penney. Their sound is energetic, haunting, fun, and super-danceable. Aside from being a spellbinding musical trio, the band is also dedicated to supporting their community through offering educational programs at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Come check out the trio and support their work – tickets are only $10 general admission, $5 students, and FREE for Burchfield Penney members! Learn more here.
Last but not least – don’t forget to break out your shamrock socks & “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” shirts at Buffalo’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Buffalo’s parade is celebrated as one of the largest in the country, so bring your friends, grab a beer, & wear allll the green!