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For much of the year, art buying can be intimidating affair. Strolling into a stark, white-walled gallery and perusing an eye-popping price list requires its own kind of nerve, and many of us feel unequipped -- and under-resourced. Fortunately for art lovers, this pretense falls away around the holidays, when galleries turn their attention to every retailer's favorit…

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Buffalo has entered a new golden age of public art. Starting with the installation of Casey Riordan Millard's "Shark Girl" sculpture in 2014, the city has seen a seemingly nonstop infusion of murals, sculptures and community-based public art projects. The new push has been spearheaded by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and its ambitious public art curator Aaron Ott, bu…

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Japanese art superstar Takashi Murakami, whose sumptuous, high-decibel paintings are on view in the sculpture court of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, caused a minor local social media sensation last week. Pictures of Murakami -- clothed in a double-breasted jacket of red lamé, a patchwork skirt and a plush headpiece that made it appear as if he was being consumed by a …

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1) UB Distinguished Speaker Series: Jesse Williams, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena, North Campus. Tickets range from $18-$42 and may be purchased here. Commentary: This visit by the undergraduate student-choice speaker is a big deal, even if the character he plays on "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. Jackson Avery, cannot be trusted because he has two fir…

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In the Central Library's second-floor exhibition space, a wall papered with reproductions of World War I-era posters commands visitors to take a closer look. The posters, drawn from the library's collection of 2,000 pieces of propaganda printed during the war, implore Buffalonians to dig deep to fund the war effort. They urge citizens to conserve food, knit socks and sw…

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After facing pressure from preservationists over plans to radically alter a beloved building by Gordon Bunshaft, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced Friday that it will consider building on a different site. "The museum and its development team will re-examine an expansion option on the north and northwest side of the campus connected to the 1905 Building to determi…

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In 1971 Syracuse’s Everson Museum mounted a Yoko Ono exhibition entitled “This Is Not Here,” complete with an opening attended by ex-Beatle husband John Lennon and a host of musician friends to mark the occasion and concurrently celebrate her husband's 31st birthday. In “Here,” an exhibit at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum, the questions raised in “This Is Not Her…

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1) Dirty Heads, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $24 in advance here or $28 day-of show. Commentary: Rapids Theatre continues its stellar run of bookings with this six-piece reggae band from Huntington Beach, Calif. Dirty Heads' sixth studio album, "Swim Team," was released less than a month ago, drawing praise for the b…

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More than two decades ago, the Buffalo-born artist Laylah Ali had her first solo exhibition in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. She would go on to wider acclaim in the art world, with critics and collectors alike drawn to her narrative-rich paintings and drawings that seem to reflect struggles over identity. Ali, who has remained closely affiliated with Hallwalls …

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Sarah Myers doesn't like to overthink her work. Her intricate drawings of towering trees are simple reflections of natural beauty. Her exuberant, pigment-based paintings, exhibited some years ago in Hi-Temp Fabrication, were an attempt to bore down to the natural elements of painting and paint itself. Since that show, Myers has been practicing an even more distilled …

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On the afternoon of Nov. 9, 1967, as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Buffalo-bound plane sat on the tarmac at the Atlanta Municipal Airport, the pilot's voice crackled over the intercom with ominous news. The plane, as King recounted in a speech later that evening in Kleinhans Music Hall, had been the subject of a bomb threat. It was the latest of dozens of threats…

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In 2011, Mara Odette-Guerrero and Rick Williams arrived in Buffalo to chase an unlikely dream. The couple wanted to establish a link between two regions -- Buffalo and Cuernavaca, Mexico -- that seemingly had little in common but their rich and diverse cultures. The link took the form Casa de Arte, an unorthodox gallery in a converted Allentown garage that has served…

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1) Janet Jackson, 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $32.45 to $122.45 and may be purchased here. Commentary: It's a big deal that Janet Jackson is playing Buffalo, especially if you're like News contributor Ben Siegel, who had his 11-year-old heart set on seeing his beloved performer back in 1993, when she canceled her area show at the last minute due …

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Takashi Murakami, the acclaimed Japanese artist known for his singular and eye-popping visual style, has never had an exhibition in this region. That changes on Nov. 4, when a selection of the artist's new work will go on display in the gallery's sculpture court in "Takashi Murakami: The Deep End of the Universe." The show will feature two 60-foot-long paintings, featur…