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A renowned sculpture was relocated and unveiled Tuesday on Buffalo's Outer Harbor, adding to the number of public artworks displayed on the city's waterfront. "Flat Man," a 30-foot steel sculpture created in 1963 by the late Larry Griffis Jr., is now located on the Greenway Nature Trail near the water's edge. The sculpture was originally installed at Griffis Sculpture P…

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There is a stream-of-consciousness quality to the paintings and drawings of Kurt Von Voetsch and Robert Harris, whose work goes on view Sept. 1 in a dual exhibition in El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera. Those viewing Von Voetsch or Harris' work for the first time might see its rudimentary execution as a flaw. But fans of these two prolific Buffalo artists understa…

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Rose Popper has been a freelance sculptor for Fisher-Price. She was an artist in residence at Artpark. She creates the kind of sculptures that draw the viewer in. They have smooth, curvy surfaces of stone and bronze. Beginning with a reception on Sept. 2, a monthlong exhibit will celebrate Popper and her art. An array of the artist's sculptures will be on display at To…

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Before the universe flashed into being 14 billion years ago, nothing existed but a group of crazed theater directors looking for something to do. This is perhaps the least bizarre concept in Les Plasticiens Volants' production of "Big Bang," an immersive theater production involving enormous puppets floating over the crowd. The experimental French theater company, in it…

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Two sides of a brick building built 97 years ago on the West Side now showcase a new tribute to Hispanic heritage in Buffalo. A mural by Philadelphia-based artist Betsy Casañas was created in conjunction with the community and dedicated Friday at Niagara and Jersey streets in Buffalo's Hispanic Heritage District. Some members of the public even got to paint a part …

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For the past month, a daily spectacle has been unfolding near the intersection of East Ferry Street and Michigan Avenue. Traffic often slows to a crawl. Drivers honk their horns, crane their heads out of their windows and yell two-word phrases at the top of their lungs. The cause of the slowdown is a happy one: A community-driven mural project featuring portraits of …

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1) Buffalo Irish Festival, 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 25, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 27 at Buffalo's Outer Harbor (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.). General admission for one day is $10, while a weekend pass runs for $20. Complete ticket details here. Commentary: Scoot over to the Outer Harbor for one of the final cultural festivals of the summer, as the annual Buffa…

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Since the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology opened in 2012, students from city schools have been working to hone their video production and editing skills under the tutelage of Squeaky Wheel's Kevin Kline. Those students have pumped out a variety of projects about life in Buffalo. The latest is a collaborative, AT&T-funded documentary called "The Civic Heart" t…

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Tod A. Kniazuk, who helped to build the the Arts Services Initiative into a champion for the region's arts and cultural organizations, announced Monday that he has left the advocacy group to work as a consultant. The decision to part ways was mutual, said Kniazuk and ASI board president Randall Kramer. "It's time to move on," said Kniazuk, who will work as a consult…

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Debbie Lamby Jenkins was 11 years old in 1969 when her family got the news that her older brother, Chuck, a sergeant in the Army fighting in Vietnam, was missing in action. Two weeks later, she thought for a moment her brother had returned home. "My mom was taking a bath and I was in the living room of our house. I saw two uniforms get out of a car," she said. "I got…

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1) Arkells, Edgefest: Part 3, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Commentary: After Volbeat and 311, the closing act of three-pronged Edgefest is Canadian rockers Arkells, who sold out back-to-back shows in Town Ballroom last December. Frontman Max Kerman explained why he adores the Queen City in this 2015 int…

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For every great artist, there comes a moment of revelation that sends echoes through the rest of their career. If you're lucky, like Charles Burchfield was, that moment comes early, leaving you decades to develop and perfect your work. For the great watercolor painter, that moment came in 1917 when moved back home to Salem, Ohio after attending art school in Cleveland. …

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When rising rents forced Michael Mulley out of his pint-sized art space on Allen Street in 2015, he took his art to the streets. Mulley's "Art Under the Stars" event, launched in September of that year, was an effort to remain part of the neighborhood and its monthly gallery walk without owning a physical space. It was immensely popular, drawing crowds of revelers to…

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It's "Jurassic Park." It's "Into the Woods." It's something you won't find anywhere else, that's for sure. The Griffis Sculpture Park, sprawled over about 400 acres between Ashford Hollow and East Otto, radiates weird dreaminess. Birds -- you think they're birds, anyway -- are ingeniously poised atop high sticks. You can see them from the road. You can also see a crowd …

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Cultural organizations in Western New York pump more than $352 million into the local economy every year, according to a new report from the advocacy group Americans for the Arts and the Buffalo-based Arts Services Initiative. The report, released Monday, studied 126 cultural organizations in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties. It found that th…