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Hate football? My fall alternatives.

Iím just going to come right out and say it: I do not like football. I donít circle the wagons to watch the Buffalo Bills. Iíve only been to one college football game and my favorite part was the bandís dancing trumpets. I donít know the difference between a first down or a kick return, or why they call that one guy a tight end. That title always makes me giggle, to tell you the truth.

Last week kicked off the football season, or so my Twitter, Facebook and real-life friends tell me. Those websites have been inundated with posts about this game or that game, fantasy drafts and the indignity of some fanís signs against their teamís favorite men in spandex pants. As for me, Iím excited about the arrival of fall for other reasons, none of which involve a pigskin.

As a theater aficionado, Iím most excited about the upcoming theater season. In Buffalo, most of the local theaters raise the scrim together with the Curtain Up! gala event on Sept. 20. Iíll be watching the lights come up a few times, this season.

The Springville Center for the Arts has a full playbill of both musical and theater offerings. Those include the Acoustic Autumn guitar concert series, which kicked off with Claude Bourbon on Sept. 14. Their first show doesnít open until Oct. 24, but itís on my calendar already.

There are some great art offerings at our local galleries, too. They may not be as active as a play or a concert, but if you havenít been down to VanOver Fine Arts lately, give it a peek. Maybe even while the big game is on.

Check out our preview of Oktoberfest, beginning on page 1, which is on Sept. 21. Last year, Mayor William Krebs wore lederhosen, but Iím confident jeans and sweaters are also acceptable.

Great art, theater, music and social events are filling up the calendar, all over Western New York. Keep watching the Journal for updates on what you can do, almost every weekend this season. Fall fun is all around us, and a lot of it doesnít even require an announcer and a clear plastic bag for your belongings.


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