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Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: LehrerDance, with multiple performances this weekend.

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 8 - 10

Within each LehrerDance performance is a striking balance between the incredible fluidity of motion and the outstanding exactness of the choreography. These two aspects of dance work together as equal partners to establish LehrerDance as one of Buffalo’s most talented dance companies. A graduate of UB, Jon Lehrer (the artistic director of LehrerDance) has strong ties to Buffalo. “Buffalo has some of the greatest artists in the country...specifically with dance, training in Buffalo is second to none. You can’t say that about other cities this size” Lehrer said. After a year of touring around the country, LehrerDance returns home to the UB Center for the Arts this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Oct 8th, 9th & 10th). The dancers will be performing LehrerDance favorites including “A Ritual Dynamic” and “Fused by 8”. They will also be presenting three world premiers. “An American Siddhartha: The Way Within” is a rock-opera style dance inspired by the novel by Herman Hesse. The music in this piece features classic rock music by Led Zeppelin, the Guess Who, and pianist Christopher O’Riley. “SuperZeros” is a comical piece about a family of not-so superheroes. “Hearth”, a piece performed to live music by Buffalo’s own Damien Simon, focuses on the beauty and strength of the female dancers in the company. Lynn Shapiro of Dance Magazine has described LehrerDance by saying “LehrerDance took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics.” Whether you have seen a LehrerDance performance before or not, make sure you attend one of these performances to see for yourself.

jill greenberg

8pm (Oct 8th & 9th) 3pm (Oct 10th). University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, 103 Center for the Arts (716-645-2787) $18 General/$15 Student. Tickets available at

Thursday, October 7

A Wake for Edgar Allen Poe

“Edgar Allan Poe is dead. He died in Baltimore the day before yesterday,” read Edgar Allan Poe’s obituary (by Rufus Griswold), “...Literary art lost one of its most brilliant, but erratic stars.” Poe died broke and delirious in the streets of Baltimore on October 7th, and never got the lavish, immortalizing funeral reserved for other literary giants. Hardly anyone attended his funeral, which only lasted a few minutes, and the reverend didn’t bother to give a sermon. This Thursday (October 7—tonight!) on the 161st anniversary of Poe’s death, Club Diablo will host a more fitting “re-do” wake for the controversial poet and author, with select readings from Buffalo-based theatre company Brazen-Faced Varlets, burlesque dancing by the Boom Boom Betties, and appearances by Mistress J Kiss and Cat Sinclair of Buffalo’s own Stripteasers. Before the party at Club Diablo, head to Rust-Belt Books for the “pre-wake,” with the Brazen-Faced Varlets performing a montage of some of Poe’s best work, including “The Raven” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” Nevermore: an exPOEration begins at 8pm and runs until Saturday, October 9. Thursday is pay what you can night, so pay your respects and give Poe the celebration he deserved. —jon wheelock

9:30pm. Club Diablo, 517 Washington St.

Friday, October 8

Old Chestnut Film Society

There are still a few honest, blue-collar Under the continued guidance of Grant Golden, the venerable Old Chestnut Film Society begins its 28th year with a second season of “The Debonairs,” a topic one year was clearly not enough to cover. Showcasing films featuring William Powell, Fred Astaire and Rex Harrison, the series opens this Friday (Oct. 8) with Libeled Lady. With a screwball plot that characteristically can’t be quickly synopsized (Powell is asked to romance two women as part of a plot to help newspaperman Spencer Tracy avoid a lawsuit), it was a favorite among gossipmongers of the day, as Powell’s co-stars were his Thin Man partner Myrna Loy and his real life fiancée Jean Harlow. The monthly series runs through May with Swing Time, The Ex-Mrs. Bradford, Storm in a Teacup, I Love You Again, You Were Never Lovelier, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and The Constant Husband. All screenings are from 16mm prints and include short subjects. —m. faust

7:30 pm. Philip Sheridan School Community Room, 3200 Elmwood Ave. (836-4757). Series tickets are $32, individual tickets $6.

Saturday, October 9


Deerhoof is probably your favorite band’s favorite band. Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips has gone on record praising the band’s brand of chopped up, bioploar indie rock, and even their current tour mates, Xiu Xiu, claim that Deerhoof’s music has changed their lives. Founding members Greg Saunier and Rob Fisk have been playing music together, under various aliases, since 1992. In 1997 they found a voice for their music in Japanese born singer Satomi Matsuzaki, who quickly adapted her tiny but beautiful vocal tones to Deerhoof’s sporadic and massive guitar based rhythms. In the past decade the band has managed to release an album every year, up to their latest release, 2008’s Offend Maggie. Now with an album in the post-production phase, Deerhoof are back on the road and spreading their music to the masses. Their songs “Milk Man” and “Blue Cash” appeared on the indie rock studded soundtrack for this year’s sleeper comedy hit The Kids Are Alright, staring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. In anticipation of their new, yet to be titled record, Deerhoof will release Hoofdriver, a split 7”with ambiguous rock band Physical Forms, next month. Xiu Xiu joins Deerhoof on tour to support their latest, ‘Hoof influenced record, Dear God, I Hate Myself, an appropriately titled, dark art-pop album. The two bands will appear at Mohawk Place on Friday (Oct. 9). —cory perla

8pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St..

Saturday, October 9

Sound & Style

Ever feel the urge to have fun and multi-task on a Saturday night? On Saturday (Oct. 9) at Club W you can experience local fashion, music, and “date night” fun all in one place, thanks to Holly Hue Clothing. Holly Hue Clothing has been featured in various fashion shows such as the Buffalo State produced Runway Fashion Show. The popularity of that event inspired Holly Hue to create her own unique show. She explained that her goal is to “revamp and keep people’s attention on the already thriving Buffalo fashion scene as well as showcase local designers and musicians.” Holly Hue said that the reason the fashion scene in Buffalo has been growing during the past few years is “the number of young people moving to Buffalo who have voiced a need and a want for fashion events.” By using the traditional fashion show format, Sound & Style will incorporate dynamic music from local bands alongside local designs. The models will be walking down a runway that is built around the stage to encourage this interaction between sound, style and the audience. To make the event even more distinct, Holly Hue presents complimentary sweet baked treats, temporary tattoos, a cotton candy machine and a photo booth. The four local designers featured are Katie Gariepy, Omi by Angel of Saione, Shana Feeley, and Holly Hue herself. Bands include the Fated Grey, Inlite, Arctic Death, and DJ Drapes and the notorious Transmission Dance Party will be the house DJ. Tickets at Splash Panic (818 Elmwood Ave.) —jill greenberg

8pm. Club W, 199 Delaware Ave. (716-840-9552). $12/$15. 18+

Saturday, October 9

Blevin Blectum w/Ric Royer

Having become quietly legendary since her start nearly 10 years ago as half of the genre defining and award winning IDM/performance art duo Blectum from Blechdom, BLevin BLectum (aka Bevin Kelley) has released four solo albums that consistently challenge the collective notion of electronic music. Her way of splicing bubbly percussion, gritty computer-talk and stretched out found sounds with playful and trance-like melodies continually push electro to it’s limits while seemingly giving an example of IDM at its most artful. Now, before you start thinking that this show will consist of watching someone onstage play around with their laptop, it’s important to understand that Blevin is also a noted multimedia composer and performance artist. She utilizes costumes, homemade lights and props and has recently been involved in live music/word/video collaboration with opener and Buffalo native, Ric Royer. Above all else, you’ll experience a show in the truest meaning of the word. Starting things off will be local performance/media artist, Al Larsen and a special appearance by UVB-76, a rare team-up of local electro upstarts Sherri Miller and Mario Falzone. Soundlab is the place and Saturday (Oct. 9) is the date. Don’t miss your chance to witness a current snapshot of electronic music at its most ambitious. —eric kendall

9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 /

Sunday, October 10

Far East Movement (FM)

This Asian American foursome of rappers/producers/songwriters have hit gold with their latest single “Like a G6” (featuring the Cataracs & Dev), with a chorus so hooky radio listeners have been addicted to it regardless of whether or not they understand the lyrics. I’m assuming by “G6” they’re talking about the high-speed aircraft and not the Pontiac sedan, but really, it could be either. I’m going with aircraft, ‘cuz of how “now I’m feelin’ so fly like a G6,” but on the other hand, I’m also “sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6,” which would indicate I’m in a car. No matter, the song is #1 on iTunes (downloadable ringtone, anyone?), #6 on the Billboard charts, and rising there every day (in fact, has probably already risen). Far East Movement (aka FM) comes to Pure Nightclub on Sunday (Oct.10) with their self-described “Free Wired” music and style, which they say means they are free to “’geek out 25 hours a day, 8 days a week.” But they look and sound far from geeky with their signature shades and skinny ties and seriously infectious songs. They are also obviously good, shrewd arrangers: picking the Cataracs and Dev to guest on this breakout track was a stroke of either luck or genius. Could be a one hit wonder, who knows, but in that case be sure to head down to Chippewa to see them. It’s a chance to see a huge crowd pleaser in a nightclub atmosphere—k. o’day

10pm. Pure Nightclub, 75 West Chippewa St. (853-5555)

Wednesday, October 13

Amico / Davis Duo

Buffalo-based jam band moe’s reputation is far reaching, for their progressive style of jam music that is always mixing various styles of rock music. Now Buffalo gets to see .moe drummer Vinnie Amico in a new setting, paired up with Ronnie Davis. Davis or, as he is more familiarly known, LeeRon Zydeco of the Hot Tamales, is a Buffalo music hall of fame inductee and professional musician, who currently teaches as an adjunct professor at SUNY Empire State College and has the ability to play a variety of musical genres. Not only playing Zydeco with the Hot Tamales, Davis also specializes in acid soul and jazz. as well as having the ability to play a range of instruments from his standard keys to clarinet to synthesizers. Amico/Davis will be an interesting blend of Amico’s cool jam beats and Davis’ various stylings to create a unique blend of acid jazz, roots rock, and organ soul. Davis will also have the ability to surprise with all the tools in his pocket, from his musical prowess to his desire of improv. The Amico/Davis Duo debuts on Wednesday night (Oct. 13) at Nietzsche’s, a first time pairing that should make for a memorable night. Buffalo saxophonist/guitarist John Allen will join the duo as special guest. —pat dowd

9 pm. Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St. $5. 21+