Weekly Feature



2013-12-04 / Entertainment

Holiday

thurs. 5

A Christmas Carol — Presented by the Ghostlight Theatre and directed by and featuring L. Don Swartz as Ebenezer Scrooge. The cast of 30 also features Mark Woomer, Michael Swartz, Carl Tamburlin, DJ Swartz and Jed Woomer. Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and continues at 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15, at the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; $. 743-1614, www.starrynighttheatre.com

Silent Night ... Jingle Bells ... Noel — These songs and more will be heard as the community celebrates the holiday season with Universal Mind, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Museum of DisABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Buffalo; Free. 629-3626

thurs. 5-sun. 8

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the Sha Na Na Rocking Christmas Tour, Thursday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 8; check the website for performance times, at the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca; $. 945-9300, www.senecaalleganycasino.com or www.ticketmaster.com

fri. 6

Madeline’s Christmas — The resilient Madeline leads her friends on new adventures in this production presented by the Theatre of Youth. The play is filled with special effects, self-washing floating dishes, little girls on real flying carpets, a friendly runaway mouse, and a shimmering Eiffel Tower. Opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and continues at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

And a Merry Canisius to You! — The Canisius College Chorale, led by Frank Scinta, will serenade you with all of your favorite holiday tunes starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center, Main and Eastwood streets, Buffalo. 885-2536

Festival of Lights and Carols — It’s worth the drive to see, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston; Free. 754-7489

The Freudig Singers — Have your pie — and eat it, too, when this local favorite group holds its annual holiday concert and pie reception at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora; Donation. 472-0009, freudigsingers.org

Friends of Harmony Christmas Benefit Concert — Performance benefits the Food Bank of WNY, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Sacred Heart School, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville; Freewill offering. 573-5911

A Caroling Christmas — Presented by the Buffalo Choral Arts Society, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Saints Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg; $. 775-7664, www.buffalochoralarts.org

Holiday Tapestry of International Carols — Presented by the Cheektowaga Community Chorus, Andrea Shurtliffe, artistic director, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Infant of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga; $. 863-9670, cheektowagachorus.com

fri. 6 & sat. 7

You can hear all of your holiday favorites during your Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Classic Christmas concert, featuring works by Corelli and Bach and selections from Amahl and the Night Visitors, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with Ron Spigelman conducting the BPO, BPO Chorus and the Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Duo, at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org

Holiday Treasures Gala Sale — Second annual event features Christmas decor, vintage and new jewelry, clothing, hats, gloves and scarves, toys and games, household items, and also a large selection of vintage and gently used items, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 130 Kosciuszko St., between Sycamore and Broadway, behind St. Adalbert’s Church.

fri. 6-sun. 8

Classical Ballet of WNY (aka the Lockport City Ballet) will dance their rendition of The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Lockport High School Visual and Performing Arts Center, 250 Lincoln Ave., Lockport; $. 631-1582 or 434-4940

2013 Holiday Open Studios & Galleries — During the weekend, local arts studios, galleries and even some private residences will open their doors, providing an opportunity to experience the diversity and excitement generated by more than 100 local artists and artisans, and featuring 17 locations, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8. Group venues this year include the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, the American Red Cross, 1045 Gallery for the Arts, and the Elmwood Village Association office. For other locations, visit www.artistsinbuffalo.org.

fri. 6-sun. 15

Enjoy the Mystery Company’s version of that perennial holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 6 and 13; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 8 and 15; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

Babes in Toyland — The Towne Players present the play by Victor Herbert, re-adapted by Ken Holamon and directed by Tim Kordela. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 13, 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15 at the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan-Parkside Drive, Tonawanda; $. 693-9641, www.towneplayers.com

sat. 7

Holiday in the Village — Presented by the Williamsville Business Association and featuring family-friendly events all day, including free photos with Santa (11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Water Mill); storytelling (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Williamsville Library); see fire trucks (11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Williamsville Fire Department Open House); free horse-drawn hay rides (noon-2 p.m. at the Water Mill); Village Tree Lighting (6 p.m. at Village Hall); and more, Saturday, Dec. 7, at and around the Water Mill, Spring Street, Williamsville. www.willvill.com

Breakfast With Santa — Presented by the Buffalo Audubon Society and featuring crafts and storytelling for kids, nature walk and talks, along with breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java; $. 585-457-3228, www.buffaloaudubon.org

Santa on the Carrousel — Come join Old St. Nick on the carrousel, just make sure you’re on the nice list, 11 a.m. lunch, noon-3 p.m. activities, Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $ (reservations and prepayment required for lunch). 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

A Vocalis Christmas — Relax to the sweet sounds of an intimate choral Christmas with the Vocalis Chamber Choir, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, 220 North St. (Elmwood Avenue at North), Buffalo; $. www.vocalischamberchoir.org

A Family Christmas Concert — Join the Buffalo Master Chorale and the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus as they lift their voices for a concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca; Free. 674-2374, www.buffalomasterchorale.org

Friends of Reinstein Holiday Party — The Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve will celebrate the beauty of winter at their annual holiday gathering, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required, and new members are welcome. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

A Christmas Chaos — Encore Experience presents this hilarious holiday hullabaloo at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14, at Christ Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst; $. 406-8942

O Come Emmanuel — A Festival Chorus Christmas Concert presented by the Festival Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Zion Lutheran Church, 9535 Clarence Center Road, Clarence Center; Freewill offering. wnyfestivalchorus.org

Amherst Street Holiday Walk — 464 Gallery will be joining forces with more than 15 other local businesses to bring you a festive afternoon of shopping, eating, art and fun on Amherst Street in Buffalo, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Open studios tour upstairs at Studio 464 (464 E. Amherst St., Buffalo) will feature art from Alicia Malik, Christina Laing, CJ Szatkowski, David Tarsa, Joseph Stanek, Ryan Mis, Thomas Webb and Tina Waters, in conjunction with the city-wide Holiday Open Studios and Galleries tours; Free. 983-2112, www.464Gallery.com

Tuba Christmas Concert — 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in front of Macy’s in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Amherst; Free. Open rehearsal at 4:30 p.m. 633-1600, www.shopeasternhills.com

Holiday Jingle Mingle — Join Mari McNeil Jazz for holiday favorites, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. 675-0204

St. Nick Nite — Event features food, gift baskets to raffle, 50/50, music and family fun, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Kenmore; $. www.bsacramentchurch.com

How the Grinch Stole Christmas — Event features “Grinch” Day-costumed characters, exhibits and more and free showing of the film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at The Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St., East Aurora; Free. 652-1660, www.theauroratheatre.com

Small Works, Great Gifts: Holiday Art Show — This show will feature fine art and crafts in multiple mediums and styles, including paintings, prints, mixed-media, drawing, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and more, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at McGee Art Gallery, 10931 Main St., Clarence. 481-8737, www.mcgeeartgallery.com

Aron Bott — Christmas with Elvis and Legends by Aron, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Ernie Weber’s Beef N Ale, 3167 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. 826-7843

Ugly Sweaters in the Square — Join FM 106.5 WYRK as they present a fun-filler afternoon in Lafayette Square. Live music by Strictly Hip and Big Leg Emma, BW’s Barbecue and beer, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Lafayette Square, Buffalo; $. www.wyrk.com

2013 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration — Event officially opens Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza, Main at Chippewa Streets at 5 p.m., with free ice skating, and at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Buffalo Place, officials will count down the lighting of the tree and Santa Claus will light a fireworks display over Fountain Plaza.

sat. 7 & sun. 8

The impeccably trained young dancers of the Buffalo City Ballet will present their version of The Nutcracker at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Buffalo Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave., Buffalo; $. www.buffalocityballet.org.

The American Academy of Ballet presents The Nutcracker, featuring Daniel Ulbricht and Misa Kuranga, at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the UB Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre, UB North Campus, Amherst; $. 645-2787, www.ubcfa.org or www.tickets.com

Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market — Come to the 19th annual event, where you can find unique gifts and crafts, and featuring more than 150 premier juried artisans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. 649-3900, www.the-fairgrounds.com

Aurora Historical Society Christmas Sale — The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Millard Fillmore House Museum, 24 Shearer Ave., East Aurora; $. www.aurorahistoricalsociety.com

Christmas Cottages in the Country — Part of the Lewiston Tour of Homes, visit five Christmas cottages, and dessert sampling and cocktail reception, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8. Visit www.lewistonhometour.com for locations.

sun. 8

Pet Photos with Santa — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 40 Embry Place, off of Walden Avenue, just east of Central Avenue; $.

The Freudig Singers — Have your pie — and eat it, too, when this local favorite group holds its annual holiday concert and pie reception at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 317 Leroy Ave., East Aurora; Donation. 472-0009, freudigsingers.org

A Vocalis Christmas — Relax to the sweet sounds of an intimate choral Christmas with the Vocalis Chamber Choir, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Our Lady of Help of Christians Catholic Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga; $. www.vocalischamberchoir.org

A Family Christmas Concert — Join the Buffalo Master Chorale and the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus, as they lift their voices for a concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence; $. 674-2374, www.buffalomasterchorale.org

A Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra holiday concert that the whole family can enjoy, Jingle Bells Jam will offer less serious fare and will include caroling for the audience under the baton of Ron Spigelman, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 885-5000, www.bpo.org

A holiday classic, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis features Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis’ show that highlights the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850. www.sheas.org or www.ticketmaster.com

Take Time for Tradition — Steven Thomas conducts the Amherst Symphony Orchestra with Cristen Gregory, soprano, and the Williamsville North Choirs, with pre-concert event with the Williamsville North Choirs, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway, Snyder; Free. A pre-concert event starts the same evening at 6:15 p.m. www.amherstsymphony.com

It WAS A Wonderful Life — Fifth annual Sunday In The Cemetery Concert and Lecture Series with Joseph Demerly’s play narrated by John Lay, the first person to be interred in Forest Lawn. Performances: 2 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Dec. 29, at Forest Lawn’s historic Chapel, 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 885-1600, www.forest-lawn.com

A Caroling Christmas — Presented by the Buffalo Choral Arts Society, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Saint Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo; $. 775-SONG (7664), www.buffalochoralarts.org

Holiday Open Studio and Galleries Tour — Gifted Exhibition on view and open studios tour upstairs at Studio 464 featuring art from Alicia Malik, Christina Laing, CJ Szatkowski, David Tarsa, Joseph Stanek, Ryan Mis, Thomas Webb and Tina Waters, in conjunction with the city-wide Holiday Open Studios and Galleries tours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 464 Gallery, 464 E. Amherst St., Buffalo; Free. 983-2112, www.464Gallery.com

Holiday Pet Expo — Third annual event will offer pet-related products and services from local businesses, giveaways, along with information from animal rescue and shelters, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the JCPenney concourse near Honey Hill Pet Center. Pet owners and pets are asked to enter through either the Cinema entrance or the Orvis and Dave & Buster’s entrance. All “Paw Pass” proceeds will benefit the participating pet rescue and non-for-profit organizations; $.

Celebrations of the Heart — 26th annual holiday concert with Nan Hoffman with Joe Tumino, Kathy DeLoughry, Tom DeLoughry and Mary Bieger, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Kenmore Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. 773-5315

tues. 10

Colm Wilkinson, who originated the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and the West End, will bring his fine Irish tenor to local audiences for “Colm Wilkinson: Broadway, Christmas and Beyond,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the UB Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; $. 645-2787, www.ubcfa.org, or www.tickets.com

wed. 11

Buffalo Niagara Concert Band Christmas Concert — Presented by the National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, and conducted by Amy J. Steiner, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Shrine Basilica at 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston; Free. 754-7489

David Koz and Friends including Keiko Matsui, Oleta Adams and Jonathan Butler, as they bring their family-friendly, high-energy Christmas tour to town at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

Trailer Park Boys’ Dear Santa Claus Tour, with Ricky Julian, Bubbles, Randy and Mr. Lahey, will drive through town with a performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the UB Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; $. 645-2787, www.ubcfa.org, or www.tickets.com

wed. 11-sun. 15

Enjoy the sounds of the season with Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 and Thursday, Dec. 12; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel’s Seneca Events Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls; $. 1-877-873-6322, www.senecaniagaracasino.com

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