Since Buffalo has a wealth of movie theaters specializing in out-of-date, second-run, international, quirky, and downright unknown independent films, suggesting a dinner (or lunch) and a movie doesn’t mean you’ve thrown in the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: The Bolshoi Ballet’s The Taming of the Shrew
Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St., Buffalo
Showtime: Sunday, Jan. 24 at 12:55 p.m.
Restaurant: Slavic Bazaar
1550 William S, Buffalo
Like all the finer things in life – stinky cheese, dry wines, and dark chocolate – ballet isn’t for everyone. It is certainly an acquired taste. But if you love it, you’re in luck – this weekend, the Amherst Theatre will be screening the Bolshoi Ballet’s 2016 performance of The Taming of the Shrew, a Shakespearean comedy.
The Bolshoi Ballet is in the top tier of ballet companies, having been founded the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. And while you think you may know The Taming of the Shrew, having read it in college or seen it performed on stage, this version cannot be matched. Jean-Christophe Maillot, a French choreographer, tailored this production to the Bolshoi dancers. For two hours you can indulge in the grace, strength, and energy of the human body as the dancers dance dances staged just for them.
The Slavic Bazaar might not look like much, and it certainly doesn’t cost much to eat there, so its simple lunch counter is just the place for a low-maintenance date. As the only Russian restaurant in Buffalo – and that’s stretching the definition of “restaurant” a bit – the Slavic Bazaar gives you that old-world feel, like a place your great-grandparents would’ve gone for a date.
The Bazaar is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, so stop by before the show for a cup of red borsch (under $3), $0.99 potato pancakes, or, if you’re feeling like a big spender, drop $4.99 on a Gypsy Pocket.
For some great recommendations about Slavic Bazaar, check out “Cold, Buffalo? Eat what Siberians Eat” from Buffalo.com.
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