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103 Center for the Arts (281.89 mi)
Buffalo, New York 14260-6000
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(716) 645-2787
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Hours 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Leanne Powers
· January 17, 2018
I attended a show geared for Children last evening. First off the address provided does not match GPS. How would New visitors expect to find the venue? Not everyone is familiar with the campus.
Once... we arrived it was a freezing cold night and parking was several lots away. My 5 year old was bundled but it was dark, slippery, unsafe and an excessively long walk in dangerous temperatures. No assistance w crossing etc.
Once we arrived there was no security check at all. In this day and age that makes no sense. It’s pure laziness and inviting trouble. Large bags of all sorts being carried in and no one checking them. The staff seemed more concerned with stopping parents from bringing snacks in the theater than ensuring someone didn’t come in with a loaded weapon.
If the center for the arts wishes to host events for small children they should have the decency to provide well lit, close dedicated parking. If they are unable to do so then patrons should be given the option of valet.
Also one of the cast characters was loudly describing in the VIP meet and greet after the show to her friends how she needed to “get the hell away from all these children”. Not exactly a great thing for a child to hear from the mouth of someone who smiled and danced for them on stage minutes before. And indicative of the lack of respect the establishment generates from hired acts.
Overall a poor job. I much prefer Shea’s where there is great parking & Security. Until UB can start providing basic services like safe parking and security they should refrain from offering shows for kids.
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Judy Hurwitz
· June 5, 2017
We were there for our granddaughters dance recital over the weekend which is always a wonderful show in a wonderful auditorium. The Center for the Arts is a beautiful place, but unfortunately, it is g...etting harder every year for us to get to our seats using the stairs. Too bad there isn't a ramp on the outside aisles to make it easier to get to and from your seat. See More
Sarah Judd Phelps
· April 6, 2017
The auditorium is gorgeous with almost no bad seats. The sound system for the performance of the Russian National Ballet's Swan Lake was absolutely deplorable. Tchaikovsky must have been rolling in hi...s grave! They may have provided their own tape but the speakers were screechy and I had to stick my fingers in my ears! The dancing was absolutely beautiful, though. Also, the parking is awful with a 25 minute wait to exit the lots. It needs to be reconfigured or have campus cops directing traffic when they have a performance. See More
Rick Nitsche
· September 29, 2016
I love the Center of the Arts @ UB! Last night I saw Brian Wilson and company put on an amazing show with the entire staged full of widely talented musicians. I was fortunate to have third row seats w...hich allowed me see the reactions of the band as they got a look at the theater full of appreciative fans. Amazement came over their faces as they looked up to the balcony! Dare I say the place was full of Good Vibrations! I look forward to my next show at this fabulous venue. See More
Jennifer Brady
· June 18, 2016
It's a really nice venue but for a dance recital where you have infants up through 100 year old grandparents, it's really difficult to figure out how to handle the elevator situation and even worse wh...en the staff just stares when you are struggling or admonishes those who are bringing small siblings to the recital (reprimanding them prior to the show about lap children who cannot physically hold down a seat or lecturing parents who had no choice but to bring in a stroller for an infant). I think communication for the dance recitals could be a lot better with the studios about how to handle the mix that recitals have. My 96 year old grandmother nearly fell down the stairs while coming down with her cane and we didn't even realize that an elevator might have been available, nor was the staff proactive about it. The handicap entrance wasn't even being staffed when we entered. UB can do a lot better than this. See More
Mike Woods
· December 19, 2016
Nice venue. Logistically speaking they should have people directing traffic in the parking lot and inside the venue. I was recently there for a sold out event where there was another function going on... at the same time. The function was taking place in front of the area to enter the theater so they literally had 95% of the access area blocked off. This createf confusion and there was no staff to direct people. Before and after the event the weather was rainy and horrible. There should have been people there to direct the flow of traffic. See More
Michael Wing
· June 25, 2017
Amherst High holds their graduation � there every year ... other than poor lighting for iPhone pictures, it's a great place.
Jacqueline Parry
· May 20, 2017
Overall I like the venue. The theater is nice. Handicap parking is quite a distance from the front doors. Once inside the venue there is a lack of signage and or staff directions to events. Once at th...e theater entrance within the building, there were many staff directing patrons. See More
Richard Jones
· December 18, 2016
The facility is very nice. Just be ready for problems if you're ADA required or long in th legs. Leg room in the seating is lacking (spacing if the rows is very much 1970s requirements) and no hand ...rails going down the main room aisles. Venue offers good sound and views but that is all. See More
Nicholas Orticelli
· January 16, 2017
On Monday January 9th of 2017 I won a free ticket to first State of The State Address. I wasn't going to go because I have fundamental differences with Cuomo and his administration. As I sat through t...he seminar, I decided that I couldn't listen to the lies any longer. I non threateningly got out of my seat and informed Cuomo that he and Byron Brown were under Federal Investigation. As I calmly walked out, I was followed out by a group of men calling me obscene names amongst other things I can't write here. No big deal, but as I got out into the parking lot, I was stopped and detained by 2 State Police Officers and one Campus officer. They said that I didn't commit a crime, nor was I suspected of committing a crime, but said that I'd be arrested if I didn't give them my State Identification. I didn't commit any crimes and I simply stood up, walked out and used my 1st Amendment Rights as I walked out. I would like to pursue accountability because this wasn't right. It was also very cold outside and I didn't have a jacket. See More
Laura Antoniou
· February 27, 2017
Very small , bar setup was not very nice . Wine selection was aweful ...Not allowed to have refreshments in the theater . Theater was half empty yet staff would not allow people to move to nicer seat...s even halfway through the performance. On the positive side Visibility from most seats including balcony was good and parking convenient See More
Kelly Joseph Asher
· February 3, 2017
The opening act, Forrest Shaw warmed the audience up and Jim Jeffries kept us going for over two hours. His material was fresh, especially the stuff he was making up as he went along. If you are a p...olitically correct, sensitive, easily offended individual his hilariously irreverent comedy is not for you. For the rest of us, get ready to laugh until your sides hurt. See More
Joann Hoefler
· June 25, 2017
It is a beautiful building! It was used for my grandson's graduation from Amhurst high school! Very nice setting and event!
Ann K Lupo
· December 4, 2016
Absolutely appalling lack of ADA compliance in this venue! I noticed some similar comments, but nothing has been done. Mobility challenged or people in wheelchairs have NO access to the balcony. There... are STAIRS on every level. Regular chairs are brought out and placed where there are terrible sight lines for those seeking accommodations. One must wait for an usher, or go seek one out to be taken and monitored in the only elevator on the premises, which doesn't even reach all floors. This is appalling in the 21st century! Handicapped parking is located ACROSS THE STREET and the handicapped accessible entrance is sometimes lacks personnel. UB, remedy this situation, you should be ashamed! See More
Rocco William Russo
· March 1, 2017
Not necessarily a bad venue on its own, but a horrible place for any sort of concert with energy. Is standing prohibited? Everyone stays seated. Also no drinks allowed inside. Don't bother unless you ...just want to sit there and listen. Boring. See More
James J. Allen
· October 4, 2016
Seeing Trombone Shorty up close and personal given the venue was incredible. I love his show at Jazzfests with thousands of spectators but in the Center for the Arts the experience so much more intens...e and enjoyable. The passion and enthusiasm of the band was breathtaking! Excellent!!! See More
HL Gulas-Karaszewski
· November 16, 2016
My son, my husband, my best friend, and I saw Simply Three and it was a dream come true! It was an awesome and moving experience with these very musical talented artists. Tickets were reasonably price...d. My son is age 5, and we wanted to expose him to live music. Thank you for hosting them! Your opening musical string group was also amazing and we loved their music too! we look forward to future performances here. This was our first visit. See More
Karen Lynn Bunker
· June 3, 2017
Love this place
I've been here for many dance recitals & concerts
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Lori Wheeler
· June 27, 2017
Great place for graduation! Not a bad seat in the house!
Beth Connor Hannel
· October 13, 2016
It's a very nice venue but every time I have gone they make you stand outside of the theater until like 5-15 minutes before the show starts so people are still filing in when the show starts
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Legendary folk musicians Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary are coming to the CFA on November 4th! Tickets on sale Friday, January 19th at Noon.

We're pleased to share that we won for "Jazz Major Performing Arts Center" and "Most Memorable National/International Performance" (for Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis) in the 2017 JazzBuffalo poll! Thanks to all who voted for the CFA, and we're honored to be among such a great group of jazz artists, educators and more.

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Susan Tedeschi has performed on our stage six times over the years, and she had the honor of singing the National Anthem at today's Bills & Jaguars game. Go Bills!

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Long-time friends Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin come together on stage for one incredible acoustic evening of music as these two master performers and songwriters share songs and stories.

Singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-de...fying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett's live performances show not only the breadth of this legend's deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music. Among his many accolades, he has won four Grammy Awards, was given the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was named Texas State Musician.

Singer, songwriter and author Shawn Colvin won her first GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her debut album, Steady On. She has been a mainstay of the singer-songwriter genre ever since, releasing 11 albums and establishing herself as one of America's greatest live performers. She triumphed at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for "Sunny Came Home." Colvin was awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award by the Americana Music Association.

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Just announced: Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin share the stage for a special evening of music on Thursday, March 15th! Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 22nd. More info:

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The legendary Kenny Rogers packed the CFA last night, taking fans on a trip down memory lane and celebrating his 60-year career in music. Thanks to all who attended. The concert also raised $65,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York!

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Just announced -- David Byrne returns on March 6th! Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 15 (online at 10AM, box office at Noon)

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