A silent Sunday with Buster


I work directly across the street from Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Buffalo, and I never tire of its glowing sign. It is unquestionably a Western New York treasure, a venue that can book everything from Once and Sesame Street Live to R. Kelly and Bob Weir. (All four together would be fascinating.)

This Sunday, Shea’s continues its Free Family Film Series with a very cool selection: Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality (1923). I love that Shea’s continues to run this series. It’s not easy to find free, truly-family-friendly events, and even if the other films in the 2013–14 lineup are not quite as interesting — Rise of the Guardians screened in September, while Oz: The Great and Powerful is March 2 and Hop is April 6.

Our Hospitality is, of course, a silent film, but the screening will feature accompaniment by Bruce Woody on the “Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.” It is yet another opportunity to appreciate the greatness of Buster Keaton.

All films in the series are shown on Sundays at 2 p.m., with doors open one hour before show time. Tickets are available one week before each film at Wegmans.