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Linda Lazzaro is in love with painting. Her descriptions of the oils and acrylics at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery brim with emotion, cutting straight to the heart of an artist's intention. "One picture moved me to tears because it described want, poverty and neglect," Lazzaro said of one painting in the gallery's collection, likely a 19th-century piece by Honoré Dau…

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Culture is canceled tonight. Unless you're an ABBA fan, that is. Ahead of Friday night's expectedly nasty storm, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is postponing the planned opening of its exhibition "Tony Conrad @ Hallwalls" as well as its members' meeting. Hallwalls Curator John Massier wrote in an email announcing the postponement that this marks the first time in…

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1) Polish Winterfest, noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 14 in MacKinnon Lodge in Chestnut Ridge Park (6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and older. Here's a helpful map to MacKinnon Lodge. Commentary: The local Polish-American Congress - which sounds remarkably official - hosts a family-friendly event Sunday at Chestnut Ridge. Dyn…

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When it comes to the life and work of Tony Conrad, who died in 2016 after a career spanning six decades, it's difficult to know where to start. There's Tony Conrad the musical genius. Tony Conrad the pioneer of structural film. Tony Conrad the teacher. Tony Conrad the cult hero. Later this spring, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the University at Buffalo Art Galler…

LOCKPORT – Art247 (formerly Market Street Art Studios) will hold an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday for its Black and White Exhibition 2018. Admission is free for this exhibit, which runs through Feb. 11. Only black, white and shades of gray are permitted in the works for this juried exhibit, which includes a variety of media, subjects and artistic styles. …

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1) Queen City Comedy Jam, 8 to 10 p.m. Jan. 6 in Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle). Tickets range from $32.50 to $65 and may be purchased here. Commentary: Oscar winner Mo'Nique is the star of the Saturday night show in Kleinhans, where the comic - known for her positive material with "spicy notes" - is joined by Nephew Tommy, the co-host of the "Steve Harvey Mor…

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Buffalo's first major public artwork of the new year debuted Wednesday at the Richardson Olmsted Complex, adding a contemporary grace note to one of the city's most imposing historic buildings. "Spirit of Community," the latest in a series of five sculptures funded by the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, was designed by Buffalo artist Dániel Shafer. A crew of masons and …

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It's easy to forget that one of the world's great natural wonders sits casually rumbling in our own backyard. Sometimes we need artists to remind us of the wonders around us that remain hidden in plain sight. Through their peculiar filters, something as familiar as The Falls can become strange and wondrous again. The bifurcated waterfall has always held a mysterious …

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To get to the Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, follow the star. The star shines in Lewiston, at the corner of Swann and Creek Roads. Turn when you see it, head down Swann, and drive for a little bit. There is no missing it, trust me. When I made the trip, on a Monday at around 6 p.m., it was dark, and snow was swirling. I worried I'd missed it, when -- …

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Before he quit his corporate job, when he was just developing his woodworking skills with a scroll saw and some homemade designs, Rayekwiratkyehná:we:k Robert D'Alimonte named his business Tuscarora WoodWorks. "I thought 'woodworks' was a wide enough net that it would always encompass what we do, so that name would always apply,' he said, sitting in his workshop. "I fig…

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If you're feeling overwhelmed by the physical, mental and financial demands of the season -- and few of us aren't -- there's a cheap supply of stress relief in abundant supply this time of year. It comes in the form of exhibitions in area galleries and museums, many of which remain open during this holiday week to provide intellectual nourishment to the exhausted masses…

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NIAGARA FALLS -- After eight years of planning, plenty of controversy and more than $600,000, Niagara Falls has installed its first major piece of public art in decades. The piece – long delayed by planning, funding and installation issues – is meant to mark the 100th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty between America and Canada in 2009. But it has been greeted w…

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Loriene Bridgett moved to Buffalo in January with big dreams and a small budget. The Brooklyn native, eager to start a new life after surviving a bus accident in 2015, settled into an apartment near East Delavan Avenue and Grider Street to begin her job search. But she soon learned her prospects were bleak: Without a car, Bridgett couldn’t reach the suburban customer se…

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The latest round of grants from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council will fund a wide range of cultural projects, ranging from major renovations of cultural destinations in Erie and Niagara counties to new part-time positions at smaller theaters and galleries. The grants, announced on Thursday, are part of $68.8 million distributed to groups around…