Following the equinox, it’s the spookiest, yet one of the most beloved times of the year. As sweater weather creeps in and the leaves on the trees start to brighten with the colors of autumn, October is shaping up to be a month for more than just pumpkin spiced goodies and fall festivals. Yep, we said it. The Buffalo art scene takes hold this October with events that will be sure to make this month a memorable one.
1. Book Release Party: Manning Up
Sugar City, 1239 Niagara Street
Wednesday, October 2, 7-9pm
Starting this October off with a hitch is writer, editor, and Just Buffalo teaching artist Bee Walsh’s widely anticipated YA in-verse novel from West 44 Books: Manning Up! According to Just Buffalo’s Literary Events Page, “It attempts to fill the vacuum of young adult literature for young men with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, in the hopes of moving us in the direction of raising and educating children the same way.” To read more of what’s sure to be captivating work, there will be copies of her book available for purchase. There will also be opening readings by the young poets from Just Buffalo, along with music by Michael Heubusch. Refreshments are provided and the event is free and open to the public.
2. First Friday at the Intersection ft. Katharyn Ketter-Franklin
The Intersection Cafe, 100 Elmwood Ave
Friday, October 4, 5-8 PM
Another kick-off worth exploring is this month’s First Friday Gallery Walk, with one of the featured gallery’s at the always warm and welcoming, Intersection Cafe. This unique exhibit for the Friday Gallery Walk features the work of 28 year-old Canisius College alum Katy and her recent works, the Hierarchy of Angels; exploring androgynous reinterpretations of angels. So come on down and show some support and love for a member from one of Buffalo’s emerging visual artist community.
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave
Friday, October 4, 7-10pm
And after a stroll through Allentown’s First Friday Gallery Walk, finish this night off with an absolute, can’t miss celebration of two cities and the literary arts communities they represent. Peach Mag, whom just last month co-hosted the Writers for Migrant Families Reading at the WNY Book Arts Center, is now having another unique event as they team up with Brooklyn-based magazine and press, Triangle House. Buffalo will welcome visiting writers Elissa Washuta, Monika Woods, and Rachel Rabbit White from New York City as they share the stage with local writers Julia Beck, Julianne Neely, and Rachelle Toarmino, as well as featured visual artist Cassie Rose. Like all of Peach Mag’s wonderfully groundbreaking events, this event is free and open to the public. The event starts at 7, doors open at 7:30.
4. Knock Knock, Jesus Calling
Rust Belt Bookstor, 415 Grant St
Saturday, September 20 – October 6, 8-9:30pm
On it’s final weekend run, the world premier production of the 2018 Fendrick Theatre Fund winner, Knock Knock, Jesus Calling is a work of storytelling worth the admission. Presented by Brazen-Faced Valets, the production is written and performed by Heather Fangsrud, directed by Lara D. Haberberger, with Assistant Director/Stage Manager Stefanie Jean Warnick. The production brings us the story of growing up gay in an extremely religious household. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com or call 598-1585 .
Ujima Theater, 429 Pymouth Ave
Friday, September 20 – Sunday, October 13, 7-10pm
Written by Dominique Morriseau, Pipeline tells the story of Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. The play is directed by Lorna C. Hill and stars Shanntina Moore, Jerai Kahdim, Mary Moebius, Phil Davis, Johnny Rowe, and Samantha Cruz. Showings include Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm. General Admission is 30.00, 25.00 for Senior Citizens, and 15.00 for Students and Veterans.
6. BABEL 2019-2020: N. Scott Momaday
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Cir
Wednesday October 16, 7-8pm
As October draws upon us so does the start of one of Buffalo’s premier literary phenomenas: BABEL. The internationally renowned series kicks off with prolific Native American literary icon N. Scott Momaday as he discusses a life of triumph and journey and his latest novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning master work House Made of Dawn. After each event, all ticket holders can enjoy an interview-style Q&A moderated by Artistic Director Barbara Cole and can get their book signed by the author. VIP tickets 100.00, General admission, 40.00, 35.00 for library card holders, 10.00 for students. MORE INFO
7. Live French Theatre in Buffalo: La Chute
Buffalo State College, Flexible Theatre, Donald Savage Theater and Communications Building, 1300 Elmwood Ave
Thursday, October 17, 6:30-9:30pm
An annual event brought together from the folks at Alliance Française de Buffalo, this year’s French theatrical performance is ‘The Fall’ by Albert Camus. This play is in French and performed by Compagnie Caravague, direct from Paris, France. Don’t worry, there will be English subtitles. MORE INFO
8. Artwork by Bethany Krull & Chance Lobley
Starlight Studio & Art Gallery, 340 Delaware Ave
Friday, October 25, 6-9pm
Presented by Starlight Studio & Art Gallery and curated by Kyle Butler comes a side by side exhibition featuring the work of Bethany Krull and Chance Lobley. This showing is free and open to the public. Feel immersed in a gallery of work to kick off this Halloween Weekend. MORE INFO
9. Green Buffalo Productions Presents the 2nd Annual Spooky One Act Play Festival
University Heights Community Laboratory, 9 W. Northrup Pl
Friday, October 25-Saturday, October 26, 2019
You cannot mention any events in October without mentioning the ones that can do more than go bump in the night. And there is no better way to cap off this October than with a theatrical series of short plays paying homage to the weekend of ol’ hallows eve. Green Buffalo Productions is bringing back their Spooky One-Act Play Festival this October with a fresh program of Halloween-themed plays that will feature local playwrights, actors, and directors. Each of the six plays selected for the festival will see the stage for the first time under Green Buffalo’s production. They were selected from a pool of submissions from over 20 new and experienced WNY playwrights and will be directed by GBP veterans Leyla Gentil, Zack Hatrick, and Emma Tryon.
Tickets for the 2nd annual Spooky One-Acts Play Festival are $15 per person and can be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets, starting October 1, 2019. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door while they last. Buying your tickets ahead of time is the best way to ensure you get a great seat. Spooky Raffle Baskets will be available for purchase. Cash & Venmo accepted!