thurs. 16 Once On This Island Jr. — Presented by In Good Company Productions. Performance: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Miller Band Shell in Niawanda Park, Tonawanda. Bring a lawn chair. The Gingerbread Lady — The Neil Simon comedy presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre tells the story of Evy Meara, who was just released from a rehab clinic […]


thurs. 16 Triumphant Returns 2012 Concert Series — Stephen Price, organ scholar, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, corners of Church and Pearl streets, downtown Buffalo; Free. 855-0900, ext. 242, www.stpaulscathedral.org Faure’s Requiem — Join the Orchard Park Chorale under the baton of Kathleen Kennan-Takagi for a summer sing featuring soprano Nancy Schettler, tenor Jeffrey Thompson and […]


thurs. 16 Remembering Willowbrook — To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Willowbrook exposé, and the 25th anniversary of its closure, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has developed a “Remembering Willowbrook” exhibit, which will be traveling around the state from August through the end of 2012, on display now through Monday, Aug. 20 at the Museum of […]


thurs. 16 Queens & Brooklyn will be in the house as hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa perform their hits, including Push It, Let’s Talk About Sex, Whatta Man and Shoop, for the Thursday at the Harbor Concert Series at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf, Buffalo; Free. www.buffaloplace.com Ada, Oklahoma’s famous country singer and The Voice […]

Live Local in WNY

thurs. 16 Juicy Laramies — Part of the Music on Main concert series, 6 p.m., Apple Wood Cafe, 5385 Main St., Williamsville; Free. 630-5950, www.willvill.com Gimme Buffet — Part of the Music on Main concert series, 6 p.m., Glen Park Tavern, 5507 Main St., Williamsville; Free. 626-9333, www.willvill.com Eclectic Acoustic — Part of the Music on Main concert series, 6 […]

Special Events

thurs. 16 War of 1812 Candlelight Tour — The evening will include a theatrical presentation based on factual events throughout the historic home, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster; $. Reservations required, 741-7032. www.hullfamilyhome.org sat. 18 & sun. 19 New York State Fireman’s Championship Drill & Parade — Motorized competition […]


sat. 18 Scottish Festival and Highland Games — This celebration of everything Scottish takes place annually and will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and features traditional Highland games, dance, music (Stone Row, Step in Time, Celtic Circle, Poor Ould Goat, Lochside, Kindred and Mary Harper), pipe bands and more, at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage […]

Pathways plans monthly events

Pathways Christian Fellowship, 6387 Olean Road, will have used appliances and furniture for people in need available on the first Thursday and third Tuesday of each month. First-time visitors may take up to three items for free, and returnees may take one item for a small donation. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information, call 777-4007.

Sports briefs

The Buffalo Wings Travel Baseball program will be holding tryouts for their 2013 15U team at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo, and at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Amherst High School. Players may not turn 16 years old before May 1, 2013, in order to be eligible for the team. It is recommended […]

Local duo taking gamble on free poker

Dave Winnert was working construction in Phoenix a few years ago when he came across a poker league unlike anything he had seen back home in West Seneca. Games were being hosted by local bars and restaurants, and there were major prizes — think flat-screen TVs — to be won. Best of all, there was no buy-in. All games were […]