"Bread and Onions," Joey Giambra's 1998 paean to life on Buffalo's once heavily Italian Lower West Side in the middle of the 20th century, is undergoing something of a revival. Giambra, along with Dominic Chianese ("The Sopranos") and musicians Jim Calabrese and Dennis Tribuzzi, will give a free outdoor performance of the piece as part of Mark Goldman's "Theatre at the Ruins" series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Canalside.
"Giambra has been around, so [his] view is broad," wrote News Critic Terry Doran of the original "Bread and Onions" performance at Goldman's Calumet Cafe in 1998. "He shined shoes, worked in a variety of places as a kid, became a cop, absorbed an interest in politics, went into music, writing, acting and running a restaurant. His experiences of the West Side are probably as wide and deep as anyone's. If there are emphases, they fall on music, food and gambling, the latter because it supplies some of his funniest stories."
The Ruins are located near the Commercial Slip at Canalside.
-- Colin Dabkowski