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Buffalo art fans disappointed over the closure of two popular art spaces -- the raw exhibition space at Hi-Temp Fabrication and the grassroots mecca 464 Gallery -- have a new reason to celebrate this week. The Old First Ward, one of Buffalo-best loved neighborhoods, is about to welcome the city's newest visual arts space. Paracosm Arts, a project launched by visual art…

The main building of Lockport's Kenan Center, a handsome red-brick mansion surrounded by century-old hemlocks, often feels more like a friend's house than a museum. The front door creaks. Plush carpet covers cold marble floors. Light pours into the living room through floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating meticulous woodwork and period furnishings that seem more inv…

1) Buffalo Undy Run, 7:30 a.m. registration, race at 9 a.m. April 29 at Amherst-Colvin green space in Delaware Park. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for kids in advance; prices rise $5 on the day of the race. See the course map here. Commentary: If you see a big group of scantily-clad runners circling Delaware Park on Saturday morning, do not be alarmed. The Undy Run…

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's lucky streak continued Wednesday with the announcement of another major gift that will reshape the institution for future generations. Less than a year after the gallery received the largest single financial donation in its history, officials announced that the gallery has received its largest single donation of art: The vast and lucrat…

DIY Pillow Party with StudioHue. 6:30 p.m. Rocky's Big City Sports Bar and Grill, Eastern Hills Mall 4545 Transit Rd, Williamsville. 204-8004. rockysbigcity.com. $30. (registration required.) Feel in the mood to make something special for your home? Create your own throw pillow design and get crafty as you enjoy drinks and food. Bob Holz and A Vision Forward. 7 p.m…

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…