It may be time to embrace the snowfall, but there are plenty of opportunities to find sanctuary in the warmth of indoor festivities. There is no yuletide fire quite like the one ignited by growing scene of Buffalo Arts. Here are nine events to put on your radar to make your December merry and bright.
1. Opening Reception: Self and Sustenance by Talia Ryan
Friday, December 6, 2019 5-7pm
Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Street
Find warmth this December within the debut gallery opening of Nazareth College alum and Buffalocal artist, Talia Ryan. Talia’s brings years of printmaking to this homecoming exhibition primarily exploring devotion and worship, sustenance and spiritualism, and the interiority of female experience. The work in this show, “Self and Sustenance,” takes cues from myth and internal reflection, architectural ruins, and the artists of the Vienna Secession. Mixed in with fantastic imagery are a lively selection of more outward-looking prints taking their subject matter from the artist’s hometown of Buffalo and the people who color her life there. Admission is free, cash bar is available.
2. A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 6, 2019 – Sunday, December 22, 2019
Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley
There cannot be a culture and arts event list without one that will bring out your best holiday cheer, and nothing shouts these morals more than the Dickins classic. As WNY’s longest-running theatrical presentation and the fifth longest running stage version of Dickins’ Masterpiece in the country, this will sure to give you a glimpse into a story that will cool down this winter humbug. Tickets are $40.00 for adults and $20.00 for students, and the tickets are selling fast. Be sure to get your tickets and make sure you catch a this showcase of this centuries-old tale.
3. Dinner Detective Murder Mystery
Saturday, December 7, 2019 6-9pm
The Dinner Detective, 10 Lafayette Square
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show is different from traditional murder mystery dinner shows in that non-costumed actors will be hidden throughout the audience pretending to be part of the crowd. This results in a much more social and interactive evening than other shows. Shows are set during the present day and take place in real time. Over the course of the night, costumed Detectives will uncover clues, interrogate audience members that may or may not be part of the show, and help everyone get closer to solving the mystery.
4. Pure Ink Poetry Slamtastic Diva Slam
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 6-9pm
The Gypsy Parlor, 376 Grant Street
Another year, another shot at glory. As some of Buffalo’s most powerful and incredible spectrum of poetic sisters in mic-checked arms will compete for a chance to represent Buffalo at the 2020 Woman of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS). Admission is $10 for both patrons and performers. Doors open at 6pm, Slam starts at 6:30pm.
5. Creative Morning Presents: Lori Schkufza
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 8:30 am – 10 am
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – Central Library
On December 13th animator Lori Schkufza will share her story at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – Central Library with breakfast from Paula’s Donuts during an exciting Creative Mornings experience. This regular monthly series features community and arts trailblazers. This discussion is open to the public with registration at eepurl.com.
6. Playlist | Artwork by Edreys Wajed
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 6-9pm
Flight Gallery Buffalo, 840 Seneca Street
Join Buffalo artist Edreys Wajed to celebrate opening night for his wonderful gallery of work. Edreys art spans through a spectrum of different forms from jewelry to portraits to illustrations to making music. He’s been featured in a variety of spaces from the Grain Silos set alongside Buffalo’s Outer Harbor waterfront, to the front cover of Foundling’s Press Latest poetry release Goodness Gracious by Nicholas Molbert to Buffalo’s freedom wall.
7. Lexi Bruce Book Launch
December 14, 2019 5:30-7:30pm
Buffalo Seminary (SEM), 205 Bidwell Parkway
Spend your early Saturday evening at the launch of Lexi Bruce’s debut novel, MORE THAN ANGER! There will be a reading, a short Q&A period, book signing, and light refreshments at Buffalo Seimnary, where a limited number of books will also be available for sale (cash only).
8. A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Friday, November 22, 2019 – December 15, 2019, Multiple Showtimes
Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main Street
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ delightful reminiscence of a magical snow-filled Christmas past allows us to enjoy the Holidays through the innocent eyes of a child. Vincent O’Neill stars as the grown Dylan, revisiting the dreamlike Christmas of his youth. Directed by ICTC Associate Director Chris Kelly, who last season warmed our hearts with his production of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, this production will be a wonderfully nostalgic look at that most magical of seasons. Tickets are 49.00 at the Box Office.
9. Jillian Hanesworth Presents… Freedom Writer Feat. Tamiko Renee
Saturday, December 21, 2019 6-9pm
Compass Performing Arts Center, 545 Elmwood Avenue
“Freedom Writer” is Jillian Hanesworth’s second live solo poetry show! Come out to hear your favorite poems, and some new unreleased pieces as well. In addition to hearing Jillian’s best poems, Tamiko Renee will bless the mic with both original songs, and covers of some of today’s classics. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Seating is limited, so don’t wait to get yours. This event is family friendly, however some sensitive subjects will be addressed through spoken word.