The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
The historic 85-year-old Riviera Theatre welcomes moviegoers to experience the show-stopping splendor of an original 1920s movie palace, boasting no less than 1,150 seats and myriad perching possibilities for taking in a roster of Streisand's most beloved films. Beginning June 30 with What's Up, Doc? and concluding with The Way We Were on September 1, the film series presents nine of Babs's best flicks for ultimate fan perusal and trivia-night upsets at Fran Drescher's house. Bask beneath the crystal-laden chandelier on July 21 and August 11 to chortle along to Barbra's portrayal of famed comedienne Fannie Brice in both Funny Girl and Funny Lady respectively, and mark your calendar for July 7, when A Star is Born examines Streisand's brief foray into celestial midwifery. Pummel your senses in The Main Event (July 28), extend greetings to Hello, Dolly! (August 4), witness the charged banter during The Owl and the Pussycat (August 18), and don cloudless glasses during On a Clear Day You Can See Forever(August 25).
Despite spending most of their 125-plus-year history as a minor-league organization, the Bisons began play as a major-league club from 1879–85. All told, nearly 3,000 players and managers have donned the Bisons uniform, including 20 who have been immortalized in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Currently, the Bisons compete every summer for an International League title, as well as the Thruway Cup—a regional- and bragging rights–based trophy chased by the Bisons, the Rochester Red Wings, and the Syracuse Chiefs. The Bisons have done half of their competing since 1988 at Coca-Cola Field, which boasts the largest video board in the minors and an infield kept moist by hoses that spray water and not soda as the field’s name would suggest.
Dipson Theatres celebrates a reputation as a regional movie institution with a network of 9 locations lighting 46 silver screens across Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though the company now spreads across the northeast United States, it began in the small city of Batavia, NY, in 1939?a time when movies were called ?picture shows,? Roosevelt was in the White House, and everybody could only see in black and white. Today that tradition underlies the cinematic experience as patrons chomp popcorn and sip sodas, marveling at modern 3-D visual adventures, summer action movies, family-friendly features, or even indie art flicks and footage from world-renowned opera performances.
It's fitting that Alleyway Theatre makes its home in a renovated bus depot—the venue is a destination for local talent. The company focuses on Buffalo artists, frequently staging world premieres and fostering the work of homegrown playwrights. Freshly penned plays and acclaimed shorts entertain audiences in the historic venue, which sports the curved walls, stainless steel trimmings, and distinctive mustache of the Art Moderne architectural style.
Neglia Ballet Artists pirouettes into the hearts of ballet lovers and causal audiences alike with masterfully executed contemporary and traditional ballet pieces. The company's "An Evening of Mixed Repertoire" illuminates the Performing Arts Center with classic and modern showcase dances ranging from a Balanchine piece to an ultramodern robot pas de deux. Heralded last year by Buffalo News reviewer Steve Sucato as “…arguably the finest [production] mounted by a local dance organization in the past decade…,” this year's mixed repertoire will ensnare audiences with the hoofing talents of resident artists as well as national and international guest dancers and choreographers.