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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…

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At dusk on Feb. 12, the glass-enclosed space of the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion will start to glow with a strange and unfamiliar light. In the imagination of Berlin-based artist Olivier Pasquet, people may see that light from afar and be intrigued enough to take a closer look. When they do, they'll find him inside the airy visitor center for Frank Lloyd Wrigh…

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It's time to take a step back. The Super Bowl is over. The State of the Union has happened. According to a certain groundhog, we're facing several more weeks of winter. What better time to contemplate the contradictions and absurdities of current moment? That's just what's on offer in the Burchfield Penney Art Center's exhibition "At This Time," a poetic attempt t…

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Businesses around Allen Street stayed open late for For the Love of Allentown, which marked the beginning of the Allentown Association's programming, on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. See a smattering of images at some of the participating galleries and bars.

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1) Wine About Winter OR Buffalo Brewfest, two sessions of each: 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. in Grapevine Banquets (333 Dick Road, Depew). Tickets are $27 in advance and may be purchased here. Commentary: Whether you're OK with being called a wine and beer enthusiast or not, wine and beer enthusiasts will converge upon a spacious venue on Dick Road in Depew for two sepa…