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Few have written more eloquently about abuses of authority than Junot Díaz. He took it on in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," a withering critique of American imperialism embedded in a story of aspiration and brutality. He faced it down from many directions in his short story collections "Drown," from 1996, and "This Is How Your Lo…

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Within a few weeks, the Tabernacle will be open to the public. The bar and restaurant attached to Sweet_ness 7 Café on Grant Street is a marvel. Nearly every square inch of the space has been painted by Jeremy Twiss, a 31-year-old artist who had never completed a painting before Sweet_ness 7 owner and Buffalo booster Prish Moran hired him to work on this project. …

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Each of Philip Koch's oil paintings, on view in a long-planned exhibition in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, is an invitation to get lost. Like Edward Hopper's oils, they employ sunlight as an intoxicant, bathing rural landscapes in impractical washes of illumination that beg the viewer: "Explore me." His most recent work, while keeping one foot in what Koch calls …

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Jeremy Twiss just needed a job. So, when the wayward 26-year-old walked into Sweet_ness 7 Café on Grant Street one day in 2013, he told owner Prish Moran he was willing to perform any task she required. "What are your strengths?" Moran asked Twiss during their first encounter. "Well, I hate people," he replied. They both broke down laughing. And just like th…

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1) Trimania, 8 p.m. April 14 in the Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.). General admission is $25 here, while single VIP is $50 and couples VIP is $80. Commentary: Buffalo Arts Studio presents a night of multimedia pleasure in the Tri-Main Center, with a wealth of live music, more than 50 art installations and a chance to meet many of the building's tenants planned. It's…

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A large gallery that suffered ceiling damage in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's 1905 building is slated to reopen Wednesday at 10 a.m. after extensive repairs. Gallery staff noticed a crack in the plaster coating of the ceiling last month, prompting a decision to replace the entire ceiling's suspension system. The works in that gallery and an adjoining space constituted…

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This may be the biggest rent party Buffalo has ever seen. For seven hours on April 14, 54 local music acts will fill the Tri-Main Center's 525,000 square feet with every imaginable strain of music. Some 55 local artists will transform every corner of the six-floor former windshield-wiper factory into their own personal exhibition spaces. Of course, there will be a ro…

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There is a kind of sacred, church-like feeling to Buffalo's post-industrial landscape that you can't quite grasp until you walk into it. Buffalo photographer Bruce Jackson, not unreasonably, has compared the city's grain elevators to the great cathedrals of Europe. Artists of every discipline have been inspired by these concrete buildings and rusting warehouses to write…

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Dianne Dwyer Modestini was sure she had a masterpiece on her hands. Shortly after beginning a meticulous, six-year restoration process in 2005, she and her husband, the late art restorer Mario Modestini, were "100 percent convinced" the painting they had been asked to restore was the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Her colleagues agreed, and last year, the painting was so…

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An important piece of Robert T. Buck's legacy stands gleaming on Niagara Square, a tensile structure of polished stainless steel set against the muddy concrete backdrop of Buffalo City Court. The sculpture, Kenneth Snelson's "Coronation Day," was installed in 1980 after several years of controversy and political squabbles over its commission and a suggestion from th…

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1) Thawfest, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $39 in advance here, $59 for VIP, which includes entry an hour before everyone else, plus rare beers and a selection of finger foods. Commentary: An impressive list of breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries will be represented in sprawling RiverWorks. Rochester's Iron Smok…

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Three nationally known actors will appear at an April 14 gala to benefit the Global Concepts Charter School in Lackawanna. The school, dedicated to arts, music and entertainment, will honor actors Stephen McKinley Henderson and Keith David at the event, which will also feature musical and theatrical entertainment provided by students. Lackawanna-born actor Ruben Santiag…

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In Buffalo, we mark the change of seasons with certain rituals. For Polish Catholics, Polish former Catholics or anyone who enjoys our company (and beer), it's Dyngus Day. For others, it's a serene stroll through Delaware Park, already filled with the sound of chirping birds. But if you're an art lover, chances are you associate the first Allentown First Fridays gallery…