Frank Cravotta's first major mural started falling apart before he finished it. In a photo that appeared in this newspaper on Aug. 8, 1996, the young artist reaches up to the newly plastered wall of Manny's Supper Club, at 471 Delaware Ave., to put the finishing touches on his elegant illustration of a lion resting on a marble plinth. In the picture, one of the l…

Sha Na Na. 3 p.m. Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada. Doo-Wop icons from "Grease" perform their third night in Niagara Falls. (888) 325-5788. $25 and up. Tokyo Police Club. 7 p.m. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Canadian indie-rock band with an upbeat, Strokes-esque style. 849-1000. $18. Kasador. 7 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Ma…

Few subjects are steeped in contradiction as illegal street art. It appears without warning and without permission on public and private property. And yet the best of it is lauded by citizens and critics alike, acquiring a market value derived from its very lawlessness. Few people embody those contradictions better than Banksy, the anonymous British street artist w…

The final stage of the curated Amid/In exhibition opened in Hallwalls on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. The "Epilogue" revisits the seven shorter iterations of the installation, curated by Rebecca Wing, Kyle Butler and John Massier.

Several local poets and spoken-word performers gathered in Mohawk Place on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 to raise money for the LGBTQ community, particularly the Pride Center of WNY.

So what's the big deal about this Pablo Picasso guy? His most famous works, museumgoers often mutter to themselves, resemble the yellowed Crayola masterpieces that hang on refrigerator doors. His treatment of female bodies as objects of lust or scorn, in life as in art, often clung to outmoded ideals even as he constantly forged new artistic ground. And his person…

1) Chillabration, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 13; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 14-16 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Free to attend. Full schedule of events here. Commentary: As it turns out, Native American Snow Snake is not an indigenous reptile fond of cold weather - it's a competitive winter sport. You can watch a video of it below, and read more about it here. The traditional g…

The lobby of 500 Seneca, a renovated office and apartment building housed in the former F.N. Burt Paper Box Co., soon will be home to a new art gallery. The conversion of the space from corporate lobby to art destination is part of a larger initiative dubbed the Cass Project, which will feature artist residencies, exhibitions and events designed to create "a nurturing …

On a Friday night in early December, Dana McKnight knelt on the floor of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, grabbed a fistful of her hair and tugged so hard that the nerves behind her eyes started twitching. McKnight's performance, "Trussed," which she repeated on Jan. 6 in the BOX Gallery on Main Street, lasted more more than three hours. It featured the artist hois…

1) Winter Wonderland, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at Adam's Mark Hotel (120 Church St.); 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 8 in Hampton Inn (49 Olean St., East Aurora). Free to attend. Commentary: The premier family event of the weekend runs for two days - Saturday in downtown Buffalo and Sunday in East Aurora. Some of the attractions at the Adam's Mark include costumed characters, fre…

Buffalo's poetry community will come together for an LGBTQ Poetry Slam at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). “One in every three LGBTQ teenagers considers or attempts suicide,” said event emcee Michael Manning in a statement. “More than one in three homeless children is LGBTQ and was put out on the street by their families on account of how they id…

The Tommy Z Band. 9 p.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. Buffalo radio host and blues musician.  748-8128. $5. Lance Drake. 9 p.m. Ukrainian American Civic Center. 205 Military Road. Acoustic performance from local artist. 877-7200. Free. Fresh: Series 2. BT&C Gallery. 1250 Niagara St. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibit features work by Avye Alexandr…

The reporting ranks of WBFO, Buffalo's NPR affiliate, will grow in 2017 with the addition of an arts and culture news desk headed by longtime broadcast journalist Scott Sackett. The new desk, funded by the local arts advocacy group Arts Services Initiative and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, will begin producing stories on Western New York's diverse cultural ecos…

Chances are you haven't heard of John Rummell, the Buffalo landscape painter who worked in the grand tradition of the Hudson River School. During his long career, Rummell cast his keen eye across the rolling hills and into the forests of Western New York, producing scenes of sweeping beauty and experimenting with the play of light and shadow. Many of Rummell's paintin…

North America may never again see a spectacle to match this. Stellar works by Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin and 30 plus contemporary artists. Five years in the making, conceived by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Curator of International Exhibitions Katharine Lochnan, the exhibit Mystical Landscapes is a mesmerizing display. The work fascinates, yet the stories behind them are …