9 Culture and Arts Events to Ring in the New Year This January

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Bianca L. McGraw performing / Photo courtesy of Bianca L. McGraw

As 2020 rolls in and the holiday season fades, the magic of winter finds its way through nine culture and art events happening this January. What better way to kickstart the New Year than through everything from book launches, to art gallery openings, to Shakespearean concertos. This is the month for turning this new year into another gear with some exceptional showcases going on all around Buffalo. 

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1. Nekosatsu – Cast Party Opening Reception

Pine Apple Company, 65 Allen Street

Friday, January 3, 2020, 6-10PM

Kicking off the first weekend of 2020 is the always charming and colorful Allentown First Friday Gallery Walks. Local artist, Nekosatsu, who is a self-proclaimed “Toy Artist” will display his unique resin “bootlegs” of vintage action figures.  The artwork will be a neon grandstand bridging the gap between past, present and future through the artistry in pop culture nostalgia. Toys and other artwork will be for sale, as well as drinks and snacks. Donations accepted. Learn more about the event here.

 

2. Poetic Café’s Grand Opening and Showcase

Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue

Friday, January 10, 2020, 5-10PM

The Poetic Café is having their Grand Opening and Showcase at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in the Collections Room on January 10th from 5pm to 11pm. A one-of-a kind event hosted by artist, illustrator and poetic juggernaut, Bianca L. McGraw includes a tea bar, crochet cookie corner, Journal Juice Bar and Performance Bar. Enjoy an evening of poetry, music, comedy, and art. This grand opening is a part of M&T sponsored Second Fridays at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

  • Tea Bar: a selection of tea leaves, herbs, and spices for participants to select for their own personal “TakeMeHome” tea bag to brew later.
  • Journal Juice Bar will have a selection of decorative covers, binders, and papers for participants to select for their own personal TakeMeHome writing journal.
  • Crochet Cookie Corner will give participants an opportunity to select a crochet fortune cookie and write their own poem or fortune on the cookie’s paper.
  • Performance Bar will showcase various forms of poetry through timed performances. Participants are encouraged to sign up and read, perform, tell jokes, and/or sing.

Learn more about the event here.

 

3. Art Opening Reception – Vibraciones Latinas – a Collaboration

Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Street

Friday, January 15, 2020 6-10PM

As part of another fabulous opening night with Pausa’s Art Exhibitions, Vibraciones Latinas is a collaborative work by: Patty Angrisano Ossa; Barbara Gian; Cindy Rossi Angrisano; Dorothy Curry; and Paulina Mery-Aguirre. This opening reception and exhibition is free and open to the public. 

Learn more about the event here.

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4. Public Opening for “Open House”

612 Northland Avenue

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 5-7 PM

From a collaborative effort of the Albright-Knox Members and Albright-Knox Northland neighbors, all are invited to join in for a Members’ and Neighbors’ Opening for “Open House: Domestic Thresholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor.” This exhibition will feature an array of projects exploring how people build connections to others both inside and outside the walls of  structures we call home.

Opening performances will feature Buffalo music staples, Curtis Lovell and DJ Starsėėd. Come and groove along to a rhythm inspired by Heather Hart’s work, provoking love, healing, and revolutionary thought.

RSVP online or contact 716.270.8247 or send an email to membership@albrightknox.org. Learn more about the event here.

 

5. Goodness Gracious: Book Launch, Reading, And Reception

Buffalo Arts Studio, Suite# 500, Tri-Main Building 2495 Main Street

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6-8PM

Join Foundlings Press for the official launch of the 2018 Wallace Award Winning poetry chapbook, Goodness Gracious and the work’s masterful author, Nicholas Molbert.

The event will include a brief reading as well as a pop-up exhibition of original work by Buffalo Arts Studio artist Edreys Wajed, who also served as the guest book artist/illustrator for Goodness Gracious. The event is free and open to the public, with the possibility of copies of the work for sale. This will also be followed by an after party at the Central Park Grill next door, from 8 until close.  

Learn more about the event here.

 

6. Factory For Murders

Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley

Thursday Jan 16, 2020 – Saturday Feb 8, 2020

Written by Scott McCrea and directed by Neal Radice is the world premiere of 2018 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition Winner. “Imagine discovering London’s darkest secret! Jack The Ripper is terrorizing London and, while Scotland Yard seems to be helpless, one detective discovers a truth better kept unknown… forever.” Tickets are $38 for adult, and $25 for students. Come and enjoy this theatrical spin woven from one the greatest mysteries in investigative reporting.

Learn more about the event here.

 

7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle

Friday, January 17, 2020-Sunday, January 20, 2020

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Irish Classical Theatre present a very special collaborative production of Shakespeare’s warmhearted comedy with Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant score. Four young lovers discover the course of true love runs anything but smooth, as supernatural creatures conspire to reveal what fools we mortals be, and draw us all into the collective dream of romance and merriment.

Learn more about the event here.

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8. 3rd Sundays All Arts Space Hot Mama’s Canteen

Hot Mama’s Canteen, 12 Military Road

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 8:15-11:15PM

Another installment of one of Buffalo’s newest and hottest open mics. Every artist and art-form that the building can support is welcome to perform, collaborate, & generate beauty. Come check out this unique forum and experience. Free and open to all. 

Learn more about the event here.

 

9. God of Vengeance

The Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Avenue

Jewish Repertory Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road in Amherst, NY

Monday, January 20, 2020, 7 PM

The Kavinoky Theatre and the Jewish Repertory Theatre present the last night of production entitled “God of Vengeance”. A set of 10-minute offbeat, humorous play readings, ranging from “the saucy to the sanguine to the sentimental,” all centered around the theme of the holiday season. The production was created by Sholem Asch and is translated by Los Angeles playwright Steve Fife.

An English translation of the Yiddish play that inspired the Broadway hit, “INDECENT”, will also be presented by the Kavinoky Theatre in collaboration with JRT, March 6 – 29, 2020. This event will also feature the JCC’s Yiddish Club performing a 10-minute excerpt of the play in Yiddish. Readings are directed by Adam Yellen. Free and Open to the public with suggested donations to help support the theatre. 

Learn more about the event here.

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