Anyone with grade-school aged kids has probably heard of Flat Stanley, a cutout character students print and send to classrooms around the world to spark pen pal exchanges with children in other countries. What you may not know about everyone’s favorite two-dimensional world traveler is that he’s also a Habs fan. At least that’s what we managed to ascertain from this poster advertising Flat Stanley’s big musical debut in downtown Buffalo. We’ve always loved the Flat Stanley concept, but now that we’ve seen him in bleu-blanc-rouge plastered in a window down the street from the First Niagara Center, we can’t help but imagine the potential this has of taking off in every other city in the northeast division, too.
Having spent the majority of our previous trips to Buffalo walking in the rain or eating wings, we decided to mix it up and find something a little more culturally stimulating to pass the time in upstate New York. Sure, we still did a lot of walking in the rain and we ate enough wings to qualify for a contest at a local fair, but we also ventured to the theatre district when we heard the annual Buffalo Niagara Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday night. In addition to an eclectic lineup of films being shown everywhere from The Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls to The Market Arcade Film & Arts Center down the street from our hotel, the festival also features a special Q&A session with Michael Madsen (of Reservoir Dogs fame) prior to the showing of Quentin Tarantino’s Hell Ride on April 14. Who says nothing fun ever happens in downtown Buffalo?
We even managed to find some local flavor in the film festival lineup while perusing the schedule. Filmed in Montreal, Rouge Sang is a thriller packed with Quebec stars like Isabelle Guérard and Peter Miller.