With another winter rolling along, February is here to spread love and warmth through its uplifting seasonal soirees. The heart of St. Valentine is canvased all over these occasions. This month is bringing everything from brand-new art exhibitions to theatrical productions. While not all of the events involve the topic of love, they’re the perfect way for you and a loved one to enjoy some time together. Plus, in attending one of these events, you can show appreciation to those who have put their hearts into creating these events. This way, everyone gets a little bit of that lovin’ feelin’ this month and who doesn’t want that?
1. 10 Year Anniversary Show
The Crucible Art Collective, 334 Connecticut Street
When: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 6-10pm
This February kicks off on a fun-filled Saturday night commemorating a decade in the Tattoo arts. We are celebrating 10 years of Taylor Heald’s inkwell mastery with an art exhibition. This multimedia show will display works of his from over the years. Please come and share in this celebrate this momentous occasion, have a few drinks, enjoy some fabulous artwork and send him into his next decade of tattoo artistry.
This event is free and open to the public.
2. Love Notes: A Group Show
Pine Apple Company, 65 Allen Street
When: Friday, February 7, 2020 6-10pm
Actually open until January 31st, artists are encouraged to send over their love/anti love themed artwork to display on Pine Apple Co.’s gallery wall for the month of February. An event embedded in the theme of this time of the year: love! Love! Love! The event will be open as part of Allentown’s First Friday Gallery Walk.
3. Art Opening Reception: Pattern Recognition by Katherine Goewey
Sugar City, 1239 Niagara Street
When: Friday, February 7, 2020, 6-9 pm
If you’re not in the Allentown district for their First Fridays Gallery Walk; not to worry! There are plenty of art exhibitions all over the Queen City, including Katherine Goewey’s latest showing, entitled “Pattern Recognition.” Although the opening reception is on the 7th, the exhibit itself will be available before and after that date running from February 3-29. The artist uses a multitude of material from rope and thread to plywood to create her works.
4. Saturday Morning Cartoons
Pine Apple Company, 65 Allen Street
When: Saturday, February 8, 2019 11AM -3pm
Heading back to Allentown and more specifically to the folks over at Pine Apple Co., we’re paying homage to a time that helped shape many artists- Saturday morning! The first Saturday of every month Pine Apple Co. hosts an open drawing event where people are welcome to come break out their art supplies while watching their favorite cartoons from past and present. They might even break out the cereal!
5. The Antipodes (Final Weekend Showings)
Road Less Traveled Productions
When: February 6-9, 2020, 7:30 pm TR,F, S & 2pm on Sunday
In its closing weekend, The Antipodes is surely a unique take on the chaotic experience of writers. From RLTP’s website, the creation of this show is explained as : “Once upon a time, a group of writers gathered around a conference table in pursuit of the perfect untold tale: a story so epic, so truthful that it could change the world. From personal anecdotes to universal lore, from the mundane to the bizarre, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker takes us down the rabbit hole of our own mythologizing in a fevered brainstorming session that ultimately questions not only what stories are left to tell, but why tell stories at all? The Antipodes is a darkly humorous and incisive look at the absurdity of the human condition and our relentless need to order our disordered world.”
Admission is $39.00, $25.00 for students and ONLY $5.00 for students on Thursday!
6. Revealing the Extraordinary Impact of Trees on our World
Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue
When: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6-7:30pm
This presentation and the larger discussion will address the ecological significance, environmental value, and climate change impact of trees joined by Dr. Mark A. Bradford and Dr. Robert J. Warren II. The event is sponsored by the SUNY Buffalo State Friends of the MGH Arboretum and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. This event is free and open to the public. With the continued wreckage of climate change and the impact of increased deforestation over the past few years, this is an important event for those who quite don’t know the true impact of trees on our ecosystem.
7. Second Stage Writers
Grindhaus Café, 160 Allen Street
When: Friday, February 14, 2020, 7-8PM
With a break in January, Buffalo’s fantastic open mic returns for a brand-new year. Second Stage also breaks its cardinal rule of no return features with returning poets, Lynn Cielsielski and Josh Smith as well as a first-time feature, Herb Kauderer. As always, there will be four 3-minute open mic slots between the feature sets. So come on down, order some amazing tea, or a delicious vegan BLT and join hosts Max Stephen and Dr. Scott Williams with this timely ring in of Valentine’s Day. And there is no better way to commemorate than by the showing our love for poetry.
8. Peach & Rise: Cupid’s Rejects – Readings and Dance Party
Thin Man Brewery, 166 Chandler Street
When: Saturday, February 15, 2020 8pm-12am
The day after Valentine’s, Peach Mag and Rise Collaborative are excited to present Cupid’s Rejects, an anti-Valentine’s Day party with comedy, music, dancing and more. The evening will include a literary spin on Dear Diary, where Buffalonians get on stage to read awkward journal entries, poems, stories, and letters from their adolescence, as well as music by DJ Lil Gab. Booze and favorites from Thin Man’s menu will be available for sale at the event. Singles and couples are both welcome! Tickets are $10.
9. Medaille College Presents Write Thing Reading Series: Bianca L. McGraw
Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle
When: Thursday, February 20, 2020 7pm
Join Medaille Campus Thursday for an insightful and enlightening experience, as renowned poet and visual artist Bianca L. McGraw shares her experiences and knowledge of the arts. The event is free and open to the public.
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
When: Wednesday, Febuary 26, 2020, 7pm
For the 16th time since February 2012, Hallwalls presents its twice-yearly drawing rally. Invited artists will draw live in two 45-minute rounds, with a silent auction of all drawings following each round. With opening bids set at an affordable $39, guests will have opportunities to win prizes.
Participating artists include:
Jozef Bajus, Obsidian Bellis, Kristin Brandt, Tricia Butski, Caitlin Cass, Emily Churco, Justin Dahl, Kevin Delgado, Steven Duval, David Feaman, Patrick Foran, AJ Fries, Fotini Galanes, Joey Goergen, Maximilian Goldfarb, Bobby Griffiths, Pat Kewley, Iris Kirkwood, Andy Krzystek, Erin Long, Bill Maggio, Alicia Malik, Wendy Caldwell Maloney, Thomas Matyas, Ruby Merritt, MJ Myers, Tony Nash, Cindi O’Mara, Alicia Paolucci, Nancy J. Parisi, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Jennifer Ryan, Matt SaGurney, Chuck Tingley, John Van Houten, and Edreys Wajed
Bidding time is 7:15pm sharp, admission is $5.00 at the door, with a cash bar and bountiful tunes by ABCDJ.
Sugar City, 1239 Niagara Street
When: Friday, February 28-March 1, 2020, 2pm & 7pm
In the final weekend of February Green Buffalo Productions, a local theatre company started by a group of young professionals will be producing their first full feature play, Liquidation. Set in Manny’s mind, which greatly resembles a closeout furniture store, we follow as he slips in and out of daydreams, memories, and reality. His interactions with his old friend, Lane, his sister, Alexis, his college roommate, Trapper, and his girlfriend, Jazz, explore his relationship with relationships. Where do we find love and does that love have to come all from one place? Written by Samantha Marchant , with a cast of incredible emerging actors, this original production is surely to be an incredible experience for all.
Admission is $25.00 and if this production is anything like the past GBP events, audiences are in for a true cultural treat!