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January Morn

"Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold so forlorn.
Gray skies dip ever so low
left from yesterday's dusting of snow.
Yet in the heart of each tree
waiting for each who wait to see
new life as warm sun and breeze will blow,
like magic, unlock springs sap to flow,
buds, new leaves, then blooms will grow."
- Nelda Hartmann

ON THE MOVE From Celeste Lawson

Greetings, friends! Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! I am hoping that 2019 will be a wonderful year of renewal, prosperity, and plenty of blessings. As a country and community, this past year was one of tumult and stress between natural disasters, political upheavals, social media hacks, violence in the streets, and a swinging stock market that had most of us on edge much of the year. I am ready for some peace, goodwill, and recovery. I bet you are too! Fingers crossed that 2019 will be our year!

As I mentioned last month, I will be changing the format of “On the Move.” I will work to feature the work of some of the many cultural organizations and cultural leaders in our community. I did not do it this month, as I wanted to take a moment and remind you all of the impending change and to say if you have any ideas or suggestions about who may be a candidate to be included, please share that name and contact information and I will be glad to follow-up.

In the meantime, for January, there is a whole lot of stuff going on that is sure to excite and intrigue you. The list is long, so I won’t take up more space. Please take some time to support our arts and cultural community and remember to keep positive thoughts, good vibes, and prayers in the air for the men and women serving in our armed forces. Happy 2019! Enjoy!

Gabby’s Work and Yowler with Honey Coma: Thurs., Jan. 10, 8pm

Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY, 14202

Gabby’s World is the music and lyrical world-building project of Gabrielle Smith. Her songs are baroque, drawing from themes more in line with the romantic poets than with contemporary pop songwriters. Smith’s newest work emerges after an extended hiatus when she reevaluated her values and ideas about art. Beast on Beast is the first album under the name Gabby’s World.

Yowler is centered on the songwriting of Maryn Jones who spends most of her time fronting the rock band All Dogs and touring in the indie/psych-folk collective Saintseneca. Jones uses Yowler as an outlet to write and record songs. Her debut effort, The Offer, uses distant sounding guitars, synths, and bell-like vocals layered with wispy harmonies to paint a picture of somberness and self-reflection. Honey Coma is a local trio specializing in indie rock. Tickets: $12-$14. For info, call 852-3835.

Trivia Nite at the Site: Now and every 3rd Tuesday until Jan.15, 6pm-8:30pm

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14202

Trivia Nite participants have the chance to test their knowledge on a variety of subjects — Theodore and the other Roosevelts will also have a spot on the night’s agenda. You might find questions about Buffalo landmarks and presidential history. Current events, pop culture, and other topics are also included. Admission: $10. For more info, call 884-0095.

Verona Quartet: Tues., Jan.15, 8pm

Kleinhans Music Hall, 370 Pennsylvania Street, Buffalo, NY, 14201

Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble,” the Verona Quartet has quickly earned a stellar reputation as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music today for their “interpretive strength…robust characterization and commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald). Tickets: $30. For more info, call 885-5000.

Science After Hours: Get A Clue. Fri., Jan18, 6pm-10pm

Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY, 14211

The Museum’s murder mystery event is back with even more life-size board game fun! With more clues and witnesses positioned on all four floors, teams (2-10 people) will work together to determine “whodunit.” Admission includes the murder mystery game and one drink ticket. A cash bar (beer and wine), food for sale, and access to all of the Museum’s permanent exhibits and galleries is part of the event. Admission: $30. For more info, call 896-5200.

Kristen Smigielski Combo: Fri, Jan18

341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

Kristen Smigielski sings a diverse range of music, from jazz and pop to classical and contemporary. The Combo features Kristen on vocals, Buffalo musicians Donny Frauenhofer on keys, Ian Adelstein on guitar, Avery Weissman on bass, and John Smigielski on drums. Together, they have performed at many events, venues, and festivals across New York State. Now come see them at Asbury Hall! Tickets: $10. For show time and more info, call 852-3835.

The Wall, Sat., Jan.19, 8pm

Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY, 14120

“The Greatest Floyd Show on Earth,” THE WALL LIVE EXTRAVAGANZA, has a new look that immerses you in the expansive universe of Pink Floyd’s masterpiece with an array of numbers from The Wall, Alan Parker’s film, across the spectrum of the original show, and Pink Floyd’s iconic repertoire. Tickets: $39. For more info, call 692-2413.

Material Girls, Fri., Jan. 25, 8pm

Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY, 14120

A live concert experience featuring three pop diva icon tributes. The evening will showcase different tribute performers who will pay musical homage to Cher, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Admission: $20. For more info, call 692-2413.

Buffalo Wine and Chocolate Festival, Sat., Jan. 26, Session 1- 1pm-4pm & Session 2- 5pm-8pm

Adam's Mark Hotel and Event Center, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, NY, 14202

This festival is a wine-lovers’ favorite! Indulge yourself with unlimited wine samples plus chocolates, great gourmet foods, gifts for the home and body, and much more. Admission tickets: $10-$35. For more info, call 845-5100.

5th Annual Larkinville Ice Festival, Sat., Jan.26, 11:30am – 4pm

745 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14210

A family event and neighborhood-wide celebration that includes a range of activities along with a vendor’s market on the heated boardwalk, horse drawn carriage rides, and specials from Larkin Square. The Filling Station, Hydraulic Hearth, Swan Street Diner, Buffalo Distilling Company, Flying Bison Brewing Company, and Larkin Center of Commerce will all be open for business! FREE.

Lumagination: The Magic of Air, Sat., Jan. 26 thru Sat, Feb. 23, 6pm-10pm

Lumagination Happy Hour, Fri., Feb. 1 thru Sat., Feb 23, 5pm-9pm

2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14218

The Botanical Gardens will be illuminated to excite imaginations, stimulate the senses, and entertain all ages! There many magical surprises in this exhibit – colorful and creative lighting, dancing silks, bouncing paper cranes, hot air balloons and kites of all sizes, metallic mobiles, cyclones of fabric, and so much more! You can also enjoy Lumagination Happy Hour. Casual drinks and food will be offered in the administration building, a space with an industrial but intimate feel and colorful lighting. Admission to Happy Hour is free; food and beverages from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens before or after attending Lumagination will be available for purchase. Admission: $6-$14. For more info, call 827-1584.

The McCartney Years, Sat., Jan. 2, 8pm

Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY, 14120

The McCartney Years is a live, period-true, technically stunning, and explosive concert that performs the music of Paul McCartney spanning two decades from The Beatles to Wings. Guaranteed that you will jump out of your seat to clap, sing, and dance to the music by one of the most prolific artists of all time in this authentic live concert experience. Tickets: $30. For more info, call 692-2413.

Art of Jazz: Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry, Sun., Jan. 27, 3pm

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14222

Beginning with his work with native Buffalonian Mel Lewis, Lovano’s ever-escalating career led to touring and recording with the major jazz musicians of the late twentieth century, including Herbie Hancock. His nearly thirty albums for Blue Note, 13 Grammy Award nominations, and a bevy of jazz awards trace his development into a universally admired artist, driven to expand the jazz tradition well into the 21st century. Tickets: $29. For more info, call 882-8700.

UB Art Galleries Opening Reception: Timeshare, Thurs., Jan. 31, 5pm-7pm

UB Art Galleries, 201 UB Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, 14260

Jillian Mayer’s practice continually explores how technology affects our lives, bodies, and identities through investigating the blurred lines between our physical and online worlds in regards to dependency and value. While growing up in Florida (a sea level state that stands to face global warming head on), Mayer has been inundated with a lifetime of hurricane seasons and alerts. In this exhibition, Mayer continues her exploration into survivalist and prepper subculture tendencies that stem from her personal experience as well as a general, global experience of environmental disaster. For more info, call 829-5074. FREE.

BCP at the AK: Schumann 1842, Thurs., Jan. 31, 7:30pm

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14222

The Buffalo Chamber Players will showcase music from1842, a very prolific year for Robert Schumann, witnessing the composer’s first forays into chamber music. While his wife, Clara, was concertizing in early 1842, Robert spent his time brooding and studying the string quartets of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. On Clara’s return in early April, Robert flew into a compositional frenzy that resulted in what musicologists refer to as his “Year of Chamber Music.” He wrote his quartet and quintet for piano and strings as well as several other chamber works. Admission: $20. For more info, call 882-8700.

Absolute Journey, Fri., Feb. 1, 8pm

Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY, 14120

Absolute Journey Tribute is one of the most acclaimed rising tribute acts in North America. Formed in Toronto, Canada in early 2014, the quintet proposes a faithful reproduction of the Steve Perry era of the San Francisco act, enriched with audience interactivity, projections, backdrops, and true-to-the-original costume changes. For more info, call 692-2413.

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Celeste Lawson is a long-time arts advocate, arts administrator, and artist in WNY. Over the years she has worked with arts organizations locally, statewide, and nationally including the National Endowment on the Arts, Americans for the Arts, NYS Council on the Arts, the NYS Council on the Humanities and the NY Foundation on the Arts.