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Renee Montagne. 6 p.m. WNED/WBFO Studios, 140 Lower Terrace. 845-7000. wned.com. $50. Don't miss the chance to see former NPR correspondent and one-time host of NPR's "All Things Considered" live in person. Crafts and Drafts. 6 p.m. 42 North Brewing Company, 25 Pine St., East Aurora. 805-7500. 42northbrewing.com. $38. Learn to craft beautiful stained glass while enjoyin…

"Here." Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. 878-6011. burchfieldpenney.org. $5-$10. Ever wonder what makes Buffalo special? How can we identify ourselves in a country as large as America? At the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, a new installation called "Here," shows, in pictures, just that. "In the Continuum." 4 p.m. Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave. 884-2…

Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience. 7 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls, N.Y. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $25-$30. Who's Bad is the premiere Michael Jackson tribute act. Period. Featuring Broadway experience and attention to detail like no other production, this act has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in R&B and soul, and…

Within The Ruins. 6 p.m. The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $12-$14. Up for a great hardcore show? Within The Ruins brings technicality and brutality to the Waiting Room. These guys are rising stars in the hardcore world so check them out. Third Tuesday Throwdown Championship. 6 p.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. buffal…

Charles E. Burchfield understood the power of nature better than perhaps any other American artist of his generation. His paintings are static records of his own near-religious awe in the face of natural phenomena, from a backyard lightning strike to the first flush of a West Seneca spring. Despite the wonder they inspire, they are solitary things, like private praye…

Even historically aware Buffalonians may not have heard of Mabel Dodge Luhan, the globe-trotting socialite who helped to foster some of the great artistic careers and events of the 20th century. Luhan, best known for her role in turning Taos, New Mexico into a destination for major American artists, is the focus of a touring exhibition opening March 10 in the Burchfiel…

Even on small objects and flat surfaces, the stark line-drawings of Shantell Martin have an immediate and elemental appeal. But the British-born artist, whose solo exhibition "Someday We Can" opens March 11 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.), really shines when she has some serious space to play with. Take the Albright-Knox's historic sculpture cou…

As local entertainment options go, a trip to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery remains one of the better bargains on the market. Its admission fees of $6 to $12 will set you back far less, for example, than a family outing to the movies. Even so, admission remains a major barrier to gallery attendance for those with little disposable income -- a major concern in one of t…

TORONTO – “Aftermath” is the key word in mind throughout “Power to the People: Photography and Video of Repression and Black Protest,” a disquieting exhibit at Toronto’s Ryerson Image Centre. The word is prevalent throughout on the Ryerson walls that showcase the images of tragic events, examples of some of America’s failed attempts to dealt with its “race …

Artists often work for free, trading their time and labor for the promise of exposure. Much of America's cultural economy is built on this practice, which can enrich institutions and corporations while leaving artists struggling to pay their bills. But one local organization is taking a stand for the creative class by promising to pay set minimum fees to artists and…

In 2013, former Buffalo Public Schools superintendent Amber Dixon opened the doors to the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, a refuge for Buffalo students interested in the arts and job-training hub for adults. Later this year, the center announced Wednesday, Dixon will step down from her role as CEO of the Main Street organization to "pursue other personal and p…

When you walk into the light-drenched Market Arcade on Main Street, chances are you'll catch a glimpse of Michael Mulley sitting behind a tiny desk inside a tiny room, surrounded by framed photographs. Mulley and his pint-sized Queen City Gallery, a venue to display his own photography of the Buffalo streetscape and the work of many Buffalo artists, have been a fix…

More times than I can count, I've encountered something at the Burchfield Penney Art Center that would have seemed out of place in almost any other art museum. There was a bright Sunday afternoon in 2014, when I stumbled on a crew of staff and volunteers constructing a 100-foot barge in the middle of the East Gallery. There was a summer evening in 2013, when a crowd g…

Anthony Bannon, a former Buffalo News critic and filmmaker who guided the Burchfield Penney Art Center through two major periods of growth, will retire from his post as director of the institution on July 1. Bannon's departure, which he announced to the Burchfield Penney's board Wednesday afternoon, will cap off the center's yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversa…

Coin. 6:30 p.m. Studio @ Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Up-and-coming indie-pop band. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $12-$15. Elliot Scozzaro. 7 p.m. PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. Show featuring sax soloist focuses on Brazilian composers. 697-9069. pausaarthouse.com. $7. Hallwalls’ MidWinter Drawing Rally. 7 p.m. Asbury Hall at Babeville. 341 Delaware Ave.…