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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 …

LOCKPORT -- The Kenan Center kicks off its 50th Anniversary celebration with an exhibit of the works of five area women artists on Jan. 8 to pay tribute to Alice Pomroy Kenan. The exhibit, titled, “Celebrating Alice Pomroy Kenan: Women Artists of Western New York,” will feature the works of Barbara Fox, Kathleen Giles, Kathleen McDonnell, Coni Minneci and Jody Ziehm…

It's the week after Christmas, and all through the region, few venues are stirring. But art shows are legion. There's nothing to shake you out of your post-egg-nog daze like an intellectually stimulating exhibition of painting or photography. And Western New York, home to a dizzying array of museums and galleries large and small, has plenty on offer. Here's a small samp…

1) Festival of Lights, 5 to 9 p.m. entry (buildings open until 10) on Dec. 23 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg). Cost is $25 per carload. Commentary: It's the final night of the Festival of Lights, one more chance to relish the seasonal spirit of the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Photographer Don Nieman snapped photos of the action on Wednesday, and his S…

Albright-Knox Director Janne Sirén gave Colin Dabkowski — and the Buffalo News' Facebook audience — a tour of "Picasso: The Artist and His Models," the show he co-organized with Holly Hughes Bohner. Watch: https://www.facebook.com/TheBuffaloNews/videos/10154875910868151/ Email Colin Dabkowski at cdabkowski@buffnews.com

In its most recent round of grants to local arts organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts is putting $150,000 behind a range of cultural projects. Here's how the money will be spent: Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Arts Center Amount: $15,000 Project: Buffalo Youth Media Institute Squeaky Wheel's Youth Media Institute, founded in 2005, is one of th…