Cultured Date Night: Oscar Nominated Short Films & The Black Sheep

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Patatas Bravas at The Black Sheep / Step Out Buffalo

Since Buffalo has a wealth of movie theaters specializing in out-of-date, second-run, international, quirky, and downright unknown independent films, suggesting a dinner and a movie doesn’t mean you’ve thrown in the towel. It means you spent time looking for a way to break the Netflix and chill cycle. It means you can snuggle up during the movie, then go out after to have deep conversations about the mise-en-scène.

So for each week(end) of the month, Step Out Buffalo has made a new kind of pairing – not of the wine and cheese or meat and beer varieties. A cool movie plus a creative restaurant choice means serious props to you. Here’s our pick for this week!



Film: Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animated

Eastern Hills Cinema Dipson Theatre

4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville

Showtimes: Friday Jan. 29 – Thursday Feb. 4, 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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Restaurant: The Black Sheep

367 Connecticut St., Buffalo

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Snowy weekends call for major movie-and-series-watching binges, so if you’re a little over drawn-out documentaries or films (ahem, Making a Murderer) this weekend will be your much-needed refreshment.

You likely already have your major Oscar picks locked and loaded, but have you truly explored the lesser-known nominees? To solve that problem, the Eastern Hills Dipson Theatre will be showing the Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films.

The five bite sized films are “Bear Story” by Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala, “Prologue” by Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton, “Sanjay’s Super Team” by Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle, “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” by Konstantin Bronzit, and “World of Tomorrow” by Don Hertzfeldt.

In keeping with the small tastes of short films, a trip to The Black Sheep on Buffalo’s West Side will be a test of your sharing abilities as you indulge in Modern European and Americans shared plates or tapas.   

You could certainly order from the Large Plate menu, but it’s a whole lot more fun to switch it up and order small plates, exploring your palate. There are plates for cheese-lovers and meat-lovers, as well as fried clams, some intriguing mixes of cheese and veggies, and some good ole’ pierogis.

For more great info on our restaurant pick check out Buffalo Spree’s review of The Black Sheep.


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Emma Janicki-Gechoff
Author: Emma Janicki-Gechoff

When Emma is not supplementing her income by musing on Buffalo's resurgence, she serves in a lively first grade classroom on the East Side as an Americorps member. She recently graduated from UB, where she likely spent more time trying to find a parking spot than in classes. Emma spends her evenings playing fetch with her Russian novelist kitten, Fyodor, and listening to her partner practice trombone in the living room. Emma's best Buffalo days always involve dusty bookshops, quirky films, and live music in intimate settings.

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