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Art Deco, the radical, stylized design of the 1920s and 1930s, decorates Buffalo. The ornamentation of Buffalo City Hall and the Central Terminal, two set-back monoliths, are the most well-known examples. But they're hardly alone. There are the downtown Art Deco gems along the Court Street corridor, between City Hall and Lafayette Square. The Industrial Bank Build…

In early February, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced plans to transform a 300-foot concrete wall in the historic heart of the East Side’s black community into an outdoor gallery featuring portraits of black leaders. The project aimed to turn a wall of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Cold Spring bus facility at the corner of East Ferry Street an…

Almost 40 years ago, thousands flocked to Artpark to see Gene Davis' "Niagara '79," a 43,000-square-foot painting that turned the institution's parking lot into a giant geometric abstraction. At the time, the piece was hailed as the "largest painting in the world," and was listed as such in the Guinness Book of World Records. It took 450 gallons of paint, seven miles of…

In the past five years, Buffalo has received a long-overdue infusion of public art. In the warm months, a new sculpture, mural or outdoor art project seems to launch every other week or so. The geometric murals of Team Razor Wire are drawing attention to forgotten structures across the city. Entire buildings have been clothed in fabric. And Shark Girl retains her my…

The City of Rochester on Friday announced the construction of a new $130 million performing arts center on the site of the former Midtown Plaza mall. The project is partially funded by a $25 million investment from Rochester-born billionaire and former Buffalo Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano. In his honor, it will be named the Golisano Performing Arts Center. Th…

Buffalo’s poetry culture – like the city itself – is clawing its way from shadowy bars and coffeehouses into the streets, stages and public consciousness. Poetry in Buffalo is not new but a slew of players are keeping it as fresh as the Main Street medical campus, and growing just as fast. “Whether you write for the page, the stage or for the walls in your bedro…

Crafts and Drafts. 6 p.m. 42 North Brewery, 25 Pine St., East Aurora. 805-7500. 42northbrewing.com. $38. Registration required. Create beautiful handmade crafts while enjoying your favorite 42 North beers. This week's craft is a painted pot macrame platter. Cultivate Cinema Circle: "Ghosts." 7 p.m. Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center, 617 Main St. 884-7172. squea…

Even longtime followers of the area art scene might not recognize the name of Toma Yovanovich. But the prolific artist, who died last year after a long career as a print-maker, painter and an outspoken member of Buffalo's community of military veterans, is in for a new round of attention. That's thanks to the Benjaman Gallery (419 Elmwood Ave.), which opens an exhibitio…

America's founding fathers get all the attention. Hulking biographies. HBO miniseries. Groundbreaking Broadway musicals. But what about Buffalo's founding fathers? Though we pronounce their names constantly -- from the Scajaquada Expressway and Ellicott Street to Kleinhans Music Hall and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery -- we don't know much about the men themselv…

Is your Instagram feed looking a little bland? Let's back up. Do you have an Instagram feed? If you answered yes, no, or maybe to either of those questions, this list is for you. More than any other social media outlet, Instagram's endless scroll of eye candy is built to showcase the talent, curiosity and creativity of visual artists. (Try to locate the pulse of B…

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…