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Burchfield marks 50th anniversary with evening of unexpected art

There are plenty of time-tested ways to celebrate a golden anniversary: a candle-lit dinner, a ritzy gala, a heartfelt renewal of vows.

But for the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the ambitious institution with a mission to honor Charles E. Burchfield and celebrate the vast creative culture of Western New York, none of that traditional claptrap will do.

That's why the center is opening its doors on Dec. 9 for a free, offbeat party featuring many of the region's most adventurous visual artists, musicians and unclassifiable performers. The event, called "Golden," will feature one-night-only art installations by 12 area artists and musical performances throughout the space from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Even the center's freight elevator will be transformed into an exhibition space for the event, with performances scheduled to amuse guests on their way from one floor to the next from 4 B-LO, Gabriella Carlo and My Rap Name is Alex.

Visual artists participating in the event include Dreamland co-founder Dana McKnight, former Squeaky Wheel director and filmmaker Dorothea Braemer, veteran Buffalo artist Ben Perrone and illustrator Mickey Harmon. Musical performances in various spaces throughout the evening will feature the likes of singer-songwriter Zak Ward, the chamber-folk group Tiny Rhymes, and roving violinist Seth Girod.

For more info, call 878-6011 or visit burchfieldpenney.org.

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