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This Weekend in the Queen City

By Kait Munro

July is almost over, but there are still more exciting events to come! Here’s a brief listing of what’s happenin’ this weekend. 
The Buffalo Infringement Festival ’09 will take place Thursday, July 23rd through Sunday, August 2nd. The festival features a variety of creative entertainment – dance performances, comics, theatre, visual arts, music and more – at numerous venues in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood. See art come alive at over 500 events during this 11-day festival. There are just too many to name here! For a complete listing of all the shows and the venue directory, please visit the Buffalo Infringement Festival Web site
On Friday, July 24th…


  • See photographs by KC Kratt at the opening reception for the exhibit, “Wallflowers,” at the Grant Street Gallery (216 Grant Street at Lafayette Avenue) from 6 PM until 8 PM.
  • Enjoy music by the Bohm Witman Project at Verbena (930 Maple Road) at 9 PM. 
  • Munch on campfire-fresh s’mores while enjoying stars and summer weather at the Tifft Nature Preserve (1200 Furhmann Boulevard) at 8:30 PM. The cost is $7 for non-members. To register, please call 716.896.5200 ext. 338. 
  • Watch a performance by Argentine Tango dancers and instructors Ana Padron and Deigo Blanco and view a short film at the Alt Theatre (255 Great Arrow Avenue) at 8 PM. The Buffalo Argentine Tango Society will host a dance party until midnight. 
  • Check out Terry Sullivan with Low Lamp Sessions at Shanghai Red’s (2 Templeton Terrace) at 7 PM. No cover charge!
  • Visit the “5th Annual Garden Mystique Exhibit” at the Artsphere Studio & Gallery (466 Amherst Street) from 6:30 until 9 PM, featuring botanical themes by artists in all media. 

On Saturday, July 25th…

  • Attend the “4th Annual Classic and Custom Car Show” at the Buffalo Central Terminal  (495 Paderewski Drive), featuring a special appearance by Byron Cherry, also known as “Coy Duke,” and “General Lee” from the TV series “Dukes of Hazard.” The car show starts at noon. 
  • Join Friends of the Broadway Market in celebrating Buffalo’s historic, public market at the “Broadway Market Community Day” from 10 AM until 4 PM. Several neighborhood organizations, Erie County and the City of Buffalo will provide information about the area and what makes it a unique part of Western New York. Lots of food and fun!
  • Experience history and jazz at the “4th Annual Queen City Jazz Festival.” This event will be held in front of the historic Colored Musicians Club (145 Broadway Street between Michigan Street and Elm Street) from 1 PM until 9 PM. The line-up of artists includes Larry Salter Big Band, Melissa Kate Project, Jenny May Quartet and more. 
  • View some of the city’s most beautiful homes and gardens at Garden Walk Buffalo, a free, self-guided tour of more than 300 gardens. 
  • Watch short, family-friendly animation films at “Squeaky Wheel’s 6th Annual Outdoor Animation Festival” at Days Park in Allentown, starting at dusk (around 9 PM). In case of rain, the screening will be held at Squeaky Wheel’s Micro-cinema (712 Main Street). 
  • See Folk musician Vance Gilbert in concert at the Buffalo State College Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall at 8 PM to benefit the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium. For tickets ($25), please call 716.574.0293.
  • Laugh for a good cause at “PAWS for Laughs,” a benefit for the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, at Rob’s Comedy House (1340 N. Forest Road inside Dandelion’s Restaurant) at 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal, which includes the show plus two cocktails. Proceeds will fund a spay/neuter program. 

On Sunday, July 26th…

  • Watch “Swimming with Lesbians,” a film that explores an upstate New York community’s efforts to create an LGBT historic archive and celebrate its own history, at the BUA Theatre (119 Chippewa Street) from 7 PM until 9 PM. To purchase tickets ($25), please call 716.983.9212 or 716.525.3962. This event is sponsored by embraceWNY to benefit Madeline Davis GLBT Archives of Western NY and Blue Sky Productions. 
Spread the word. Anyone can post an event on Buffalo Rising’s events calendar. Weekend events will be featured here every week, all summer long. 
Top image: Buffalonian4life, Nathan Mroz @ buffaloscenicprints.com
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