Maggie Smith, author of 'Good Bones,' featured in Silo City Reading Series

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We've heard of viral photos. Viral videos. Viral tweets. But a viral poem? That hadn't really happened, in any earth-shattering way, until last summer. That's when a heart-rending poem by Ohio-based writer Maggie Smith began its tear across our social media feeds, leaving hundreds of thousands of readers in a state of amazement that someone they had never met had render…

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A 3,000-pound man with a heart-shaped hole in his chest will soon greet visitors to the Outer Harbor and boaters on Lake Erie. "Flat Man," a 30-foot metal statue by the late sculptor Larry Griffis Jr. that has long been a favorite of visitors to Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, will be re-installed along the Outer Harbor's Greenway Nature Trail in early September. …

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Jeffrey Gundlach, the multi-billionaire bond trader who is funding the expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, joined Twitter on May 8. He follows no one. His bio lists him as a fan of the Bills, art and truth. And he has sent out only 70 tweets since launching his account. But if you want to get a sense of the Buffalo-born philanthropist's personality, his Tw…

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Scott Propeack's world is art – but it just expanded to health care. Propeack is a 19-year fixture at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, serving as chief curator and associate director. These days, he's also the art center's interim co-director. Across town, he is also volunteering as curator at the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, which will open this fall on th…

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Three weeks after Kristina Gassman learned that her 4-year-old daughter's debilitating exhaustion and mysterious bruises were symptoms of leukemia, she walked out of the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House on West Ferry Street with her two sons. It was morning, and they were on their way to spend the day with Claira at Women & Children's Hospital a couple of blocks away. …

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For years, the words of Buffalo poets Alberto Cappas, Juan Gonzalez and Olga Mendell spoke out from a blue-and-purple tiled wall in the Metro Rail's Allen/ Medical Campus Station. "Buffalo gives me wings," one of the poems began. Another: "Who would have guessed it a home so far from home here in Buffalo" The tile mosaic, first installed in the 1980s, was packed …

The 8th annual Glen Park Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Williamsville, on Glen Avenue, behind Glen Park and the Williamsville Water Mill. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The event includes live street performers and music. Over 140 vendors and artists will display their works at this year’s festival. A pre-festival concert from Seren…

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The Buffalo Infringement Festival, a sprawling display of art, theater and music from Buffalo's creative underground, returns this week for an 11-day stretch of unbridled strangeness. This year's iteration, which runs from July 27 to Aug. 6, includes some 730 individual performances, 50 art installations, 85 venues and 37 open busking and performing events. The festi…

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The Richardson Complex is about to shine. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is playing a free nighttime concert on the south lawn of the recently renovated architectural masterpiece. Along with the performance, the buildings will light up with extravagant moving images by local lightmapping artists Projex, with artistic direction by Keith Harrington. The concert i…

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Blank walls of Buffalo: Your days are numbered. We are in the thick of high mural season, when artists armed with buckets of primer and cans of spray paint fan out across the city to turn monochromatic walls into canvases bursting with color. Some of the murals are in prominent spots. Others are hidden. So if hunting for new public art sounds like a good time to you,…

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July 27, 1935 – July 19, 2017 In John Yerger's work, it is difficult to tell where paint ends and reality begins. The accomplished Buffalo artist, who succumbed to cancer on Wednesday at 81 years old, created meticulous paintings within paintings that often stunned first-time viewers. They featured miniature picture postcards and tattered portraits of famous arti…

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1) Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, noon to midnight July 21, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 22, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 23 on both sides of the Erie Canal. The festival is free to attend, and you can see the site map here. Commentary: The biggest festival of the weekend straddles Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, where you can order souvlaki – beef or chicken – crafted as you wa…

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The towering concrete grain silos that line the Buffalo River are ill-suited for most endeavors other than storing grain. One notable exception, as the organizers of Just Buffalo Literary Center's Silo City Reading Series are well aware, is as a venue for poetry. The reverberations of a voice against the sides of the silos add several pounds to each spoken word, just as…

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On July 6, Lauren Krafft was just another college student, stocking displays in the Wegmans' produce section to help pay for a degree in dental hygiene from Erie Community College. On July 7, on Buffalo Twitter and definitely in the aisles of the Sheridan Drive Wegmans in Amherst, she became a celebrity. The source of her instant fame was a two-minute video she pos…

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TORONTO – “Men put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters,” said Georgia O’Keeffe, a woman as inspirational with her words as she was with the brush. Born in 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wis., her productive life saw her receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S.’s highest civilian award, bestowed by President Gerald R. Ford…