Colin Dabkowski - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo

Colin Dabkowski

Colin Dabkowski is The News' arts critic, responsible for covering visual art and theater in Western New York. Before joining The News in 2007, he worked as managing editor of McSweeney's oral history book series in San Francisco and as a freelance journalist in New Orleans.


Movie reviewBlade: Trinity ***Third in the gothic vampire-slaying trilogy. Starring Wesley Snipes, Parker Posey, Kris Kristofferson, Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds.106 minutes. Rated R for strong pervasive violence and language, and some sexual content.Opens today in area theaters. Establishing shot of abandoned warehouse.Warehouse explodes.Our hero emerges from the fla…

His parents thought it was just a phase.But Will Smith, a 19-year-old graduate of North Tonawanda High School, absolutely insisted. He was going to be a professional wrestler.After years of watching and idolizing wrestlers from the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and World Championship Wrestling, he got word of a burgeoning wrestling league in New York State and decid…

Looking Forward to ItOr, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral ProcessBy Stephen ElliottPicador, 303 pages, $14 paper Over the last year, Americans have been paying more attention to national politics than at any time in recent history. Their information comes from cable and network news channels, magazines and newspapers, all of which have pres…

Lockport Haunted Cave Through Sunday, after dark 2 Pine St., Lockport 738-0174 Haunted Forest Hayride, Labyrinth and Area 51 7 to 9 p.m. today through Sunday Becker Farms 3760 Quaker Road, Gasport 772-2211 The Haunted Fortress 7 p.m. today through Sudnay Old Fort Niagara Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown 745-7611 Tickets are available by advance sale only. …

Mike Ahearn's voice comes faintly across a crackling telephone connection."You know our land is haunted, right?" he says matter of factly. Ahearn and his son Dan have been running the Halloween attraction "Terror in the Trees" on their isolated Springville property for three years. But to hear them tell it, a source of real dread has been lurking in their 10-acre forest fo…

STAGE BEAUTY **STARRING: Billy Crudup and Claire DanesRUNNING TIME: 110 minutesRATING: Rated R for sexual content and languageTHE LOWDOWN: Historical drama examining the English Restoration. Few things are sadder than wasted beauty.In 17th century London, the beauty of would-be actresses was wasted when they were forbidden to perform on the stage. But in 21st century Am…

THE GRUDGE ***STARRING: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, Kadee Strickland and Bill PullmanDIRECTOR: Takeshi SchimizuRUNNING TIME: 100 minutesRATING: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images, terror, violence.THE LOWDOWN: A remake of the Japanese horror film "Ju-On." When the best actor in a horror film commits suicide in the opening sce…

Mary Thomson was walking through Chestnut Ridge Park recently with her son and his friend when she realized the boys had wandered off and were nowhere to be found."We went running all over creation looking for them, but they were walking one way and we were walking the other," Thomson said. "If they had known to stay put, we wouldn't have had to spend so long looking for t…

Since gay cinema deals with an often maligned and neglected social group, there has always been something avant-garde about it, something exciting.Rochester's ImageOut Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival embraces the edgy nature of queer film, and its 12th incarnation today through Oct. 17 will host some of the more cutting edge, unconventional and important films ever…

Just a few years ago, the future of Buffalo's only off-Broadway theater company was murky."For the first seven years, we did not have a regular space," said Buffalo United Artists founder and executive producer Javier Bustillos, "because we didn't really plan to be around that long."But after flitting around the Buffalo theater scene for more than a decade and steadily bui…

If nothing else, Buffalo is familiar with shady promises.They promised the Metro Rail would run to the airport.They promised us a signature bridge.They're still promising a Bass Pro Shop to save downtown business.In 1994, former University at Buffalo President William R. Greiner heralded the University at Buffalo's long-awaited Center for the Arts as a promise of success …

Growing up gay in America is all about guilt.Growing up gay and Catholic in America blows guilt out of the water.So it stands to reason that Buffalo United Artists' production of "Confessions," a play by Matthew Chrehan Higgins, feels like one uninterrupted exhalation, one cathartic release that no one would dare tell his priest.Last week, Higgins and company took their tr…

Even when Bernie Mac plays a jerk, there's something endearing about it. And in "Mr. 3000," as the egomaniacal Mac hurls insults at "stank-a-- reporters" and later whistles the Mr. Softee jingle, it's clear there's some charm under the surface.Mac, best known for the title role as sass-talking disciplinarian in the Fox sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," doesn't step far outside…

The title of Cathy Crimmins' "How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization" suggests an image of a clueless society teetering on some crumbling precipice, about to tumble headlong into utter destruction. Then down swoops the limp wrist of the Great Homosexual, swishing civilization back from the brink and into some fabulous new world.If only it were that simple.Crimmins' book is…