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Architect Shohei Shigematsu walked Buffalonians through dozens of ideas for his firm's new design for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery expansion Wednesday night in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The one he and the gallery finally settled on – which restores two acres of green space to its Delaware Park campus, while integrating two new gallery buildings and an ai…

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery plans to sink its parking lot beneath a restored public green space along Elmwood Avenue, radically reconfigure much of Gordon Bunshaft's low-lying 1962 addition into a grand public entry hall and create 23,000 square feet of new gallery space split between two new buildings that pay deference to the surrounding parkland. The preliminary pl…

Considered individually, Joe Bradley's various bodies of work seem to have emerged from entirely different brains. There are his robot paintings of the mid-aughts – vaguely digital, 21st-century takes on color field painting. There are his childlike grease-pencil drawings on enormous canvases that evoke cave paintings. And then there are his gritty, multilayered de K…

Ten minutes after Lesley Horowitz snapped a photograph of a derelict cement factory near Catskill, she found herself under arrest for trespassing. She and her companion were shoved into the back seat of a New York State Police SUV, finger-printed, photographed and tossed into lockup for several hours. They later received six months probation for their offense. But Ho…

Millard Fillmore will be sitting on a new bench at the corner of Shearer Avenue and Main Street in East Aurora, his right hand resting on a dictionary, as he looks up from a book he holds in his left hand. A pathway would connect his bench to the former president's home on Shearer and the new bronze statue will help point the way to the house, a national historical sit…

Dreamland, a DIY arts collective in Allentown, was handed a notice from the city's Department of Permit and Inspections Services to cease all operations on Thursday. Dana McKnight, Dreamland's director, said they have their 501(c)3 nonprofit status and a business permit that allows them to operate as an art gallery. The notice from a city permit inspector read: "No cit…

In downtown Niagara Falls, you can often count more vacant storefronts than pedestrians. The two go hand-in-hand: empty streets mean empty stores. But at least one part of that equation is changing this week with the installation of a new public art project designed to draw attention to the storefronts and to spur renewed development in the area. Installation of N…

The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is examined through the eyes of American photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams in the newest exhibit at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown. "A Loaded Weapon: Photographic Perspectives on the Japanese American Internment Camps of World War II," opens during a reception from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 a…

Buffalo's undersung role as the epicenter of the American Arts and Crafts movement, which influenced generations of designers and artists, is on display in two local exhibitions running through the fall. "Wright's Larkin: Arts and Crafts in Industry" explores the uniquely American tone of the Buffalo-bed Arts and Craft Movement as embodied by East Aurora's Roycroft Camp…

1) Taste of Country, gates at 4:30 p.m., concert at 6 on June 10 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). Tickets are $29 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Strong lineup for WYRK's Taste of Country this year, and it's well-balanced to boot. Rascal Flatts headlines the show, while solid openers include Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Michael Ray, plus local performer…

For 50 years, Ben Caudle has watched the neighborhood around his sprawling Delavan Avenue auto shop slide slowly off the economic map. When Caudle, 79, opened Ben's Tire Center in 1967, the Houdaille Industries plant across the street employed more than 700 workers. The plant meant easy money for Caudle, whose snowplowing contracts with the company and other East Side…

Festival season comes on fast in Buffalo. One moment you're shoveling your sidewalk; the next you're slathering on the 50 SPF. That's what the Allentown Art Festival, which runs June 10 and 11, feels like for most of us: Sudden summer, with a side of fried dough. This year, the festival that began as a pint-sized marketing event for Allentown businesses, celebr…

1) Greek Fest, 11 a.m. to midnight June 2 and 3, noon to 9 p.m. June 4 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (146 W. Utica St.). Admission is just $2, while food tickets are $1 apiece. See the festival brochure here. Commentary: Delve into Greek culture with a weekend trip to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, where a smorgasbord of authentic foods - including …

For Pride veterans and newcomers alike, this guide is designed to help you navigate the events that make Pride Week one of the most popular festivals in the city, no matter your orientation. For some context, read about the growth of the LGBT community in Buffalo. Gay 5K, 6:30 p.m. June 1 at Chippewa Street and Delaware Avenue In attendance, the Gay 5K is one of Buf…

To see how much Buffalo's Pride Parade has grown since it began 25 years ago, look to the front of the line. There you'll find the smiling face of Byshop Elliott, the McKinley High School junior whose recent legal battle paved the way for the official recognition of his school's first-ever gay-straight alliance. Behind Elliott, as many as 50 members of McKinley's new…