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Buffalo collector Michael Merisola might not have received a thank you from stage during Sunday's Oscar ceremony, but he deserves some for the credit for helping this year's big winner look its best. Merisola's business, CooCooU27, headquartered in a sprawling warehouse on Tonawanda Street, provided some two dozen set pieces for the Oscar-laden film "The Shape of Water,…

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In most contemporary museums, taking out the trash is a simple and discreet endeavor. But at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which is embarking on a $155 million expansion to add gallery space and renovate its aging buildings, it's a bit more complicated. When workers at the gallery's café need to get rid of waste or transport food, they must roll garbage totes through n…

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At $375 million, the University at Buffalo's new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences ranks as one of the most expensive buildings ever constructed in Western New York. Designed by the New York-based firm HOK Architects – the company responsible for the ongoing $4.5 billion renovation of LaGuardia Airport – the Jacobs School occupies 628,000 square feet in …

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Feb. 16 was a busy day in Buffalo. The city saw the opening of Marvel’s blockbuster movie "Black Panther" and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's exhibition, "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985," showcasing some 40 black women artists. These events could not be more timely, coming months after white nationalists held a visible and violent gathering in Ch…

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Allentown art and music venue Pausa Art House celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The event also coincided with the debut of Buffalo State alumnus Paula Sciuk's exhibition, "Evanescence," a collection of photographs.

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1) Shamrock Run, 9 a.m. day-of registration, tentative noon start time March 3 at Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). Late registration fee is $40 and may be purchased online here and picked up at the OFW by EOB Friday. Commentary: The 40th anniversary of the pre-St. Patrick's Day race is a 5-mile jaunt through the Old First Ward, with runners donning a r…

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The influence of Tony Conrad, the legendary Buffalo artist, composer and teacher who died in 2016, is impossible to escape. You hear it when you turn on the radio, catching mutated flickers of his early work in countless pieces of pop and electronica. You see it on YouTube, where his long-held dream of media access for everyone is finally playing out on an enormous s…

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Rhythm. Repetition. Color. Thematic variation. Visual art and music share these as prime creative concerns. It made sense, then, when News Arts Critic Colin Dabkowski and yours truly hatched the grand plan to attend "Matisse and the Art of Jazz" at the Albright-Knox together, we'd riff off of each other in real time and perhaps shine some light on the 20 colorful, evoca…

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It was one of the more brazen marketing moves in local sports history. Why come up with a new logo when you can just borrow one from your sponsor? Especially when that sponsor is yourself. That was the thinking of Buffalo brothers Ruby, Sam and Al Pastor, who happened to own both a Pepsi bottling plant and the Buffalo Bisons hockey club, a farm team for the Chicago B…

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Before photojournalist Law Eh Soe fled Burma in 2008, he captured some of the most iconic moments of the Saffron Revolution. Like many journalists who put themselves in harm's way, Law was driven by a sense of duty to his fellow citizens, to the cause of freedom in his native country and the desire to preserve an important moment in Burmese history. Now, almost 10 ye…

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Shasti O'Leary Soudant was searching for dandelions. But she was looking up, inside the lobby of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center on the Roswell Park campus. Her eyes settled on 35 medallions. She knows their significance and feels their energy. She designed them with purpose. "These kind of have the feeling of those full, perfect, globe ready-to-be blown…

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Gabriel Dunn made no promises. The plaster sculpture by Selma Burke had been shattered inward, like a hollow piece of candy someone crushed with a fist. The damage was so revealing that Dunn could see how Burke, a celebrated 20th century sculptor, brought the work into being, how each layer of plaster had a slightly different color, how at one point she used hidden burlap …

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1) Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational, 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport). General admission is $45 and may be purchased here, while designated driver tickets run for $10. Commentary: Craft-beer fanatics will be thrilled with the return of the BN Brewers Invitational, which brings together dozens of rare and one-off locally p…

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The public art explosion that has consumed Buffalo over the past half-decade has been transformative. It's breathed new life into developing neighborhoods. It's given underexposed local artists new routes to recognition. It's helped downtown escape its stubborn reputation as a desolate snowscape devoid of people and color. But for young lovers and -- perhaps even mor…

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The voices and creative accomplishments of black women involved in the radical movements of the late 20th century have sometimes been hard to discern in an art world dominated by white men. To many cultural gatekeepers, something about those voices and the politics they embody has long seemed too dangerous for walls of respectable museums. But at this moment, as the art…