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At least two local art spaces are celebrating the Day of the Dead this week with exhibitions and events that explore different facets of the annual Mexican tradition.Casa de Arte (141 Elmwood Ave.) will host an opening reception for its Day of the Dead show at 5 p.m. Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to bring offerings to lay upon altars in remembrance of lost loved ones a…

Buffalo’s always-bustling visual arts scene is getting a whole lot of love lately from local documentarians, and some of that affection will go on display at 6 p.m. Friday in the Allendale Theatre (203 Allen St.) in a screening of three promotional films about the community.Two of those films are by John Paget, who has collaborated with the region’s tourist agency, Vis…

When a long-haired astrophysicist stepped to the microphone and cued up an expletive-riddled music video by the Insane Clown Posse on Wednesday night in the Ninth Ward at Babeville, a dimly lit basement bar on Delaware Avenue, it was clear that this was not going be your typical science lecture.A diverse crowd of artists, academics and curious citizens had gathered to watc…

When a long-haired astrophysicist stepped to the microphone and cued up an expletive-riddled music video by the Insane Clown Posse on Wednesday night in the Ninth Ward at Babeville, a dimly lit basement bar on Delaware Avenue, it was clear that this was not going be your typical science lecture.A diverse crowd of artists, academics and curious citizens had gathered to watc…

In the early 1880s, when Buffalo’s transformation into a powerhouse of commerce and industry was well under way, some residents shared a burgeoning fear that an important resource was disappearing.They worried that the natural beauty of the mighty Niagara River from Buffalo to Lake Ontario, already clogged in spots with shipping traffic that clouded the air with smog, wo…

In the early 1880s, when Buffalo’s transformation into a powerhouse of commerce and industry was well under way, some residents shared a burgeoning fear that an important resource was disappearing.They worried that the natural beauty of the mighty Niagara River from Buffalo to Lake Ontario, already clogged in spots with shipping traffic that clouded the air with smog, wo…

Rich Tomasello, a local artist and high school art teacher whose solo exhibition “Innocence Lost” opens Tuesday in Daemen College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center (4380 Main St., Amherst), inserts dark ideas into familiar packages.Take, for instance, his series of action figures in custom-designed blister packs which critique the violent undercurrents in products…

On Saturday, Nina Freudenheim Gallery (140 North St.) will open the first local solo show for the University at Buffalo-educated artist Jill Weber, whose abstract paintings are shot through with architectural elements.Weber graduated from UB with a master’s degree in architecture in 1980 and worked briefly as an architecture critic for The Buffalo News. She later moved t…

At the end of September in 1992, the performance artist Karen Finley arrived in Buffalo in a state of grief and anger.It was a decade into the HIV/AIDS crisis, which had claimed nearly 200,000 American lives including many of Finley’s friends, and two years after her involvement in a painful national controversy over government censorship.For an installation in Hallwalls…

At the end of September in 1992, the performance artist Karen Finley arrived in Buffalo in a state of grief and anger.It was a decade into the HIV/AIDS crisis, which had claimed nearly 200,000 American lives including many of Finley’s friends, and two years after her involvement in a painful national controversy over government censorship.For an installation in Hallwalls…

What does the sunset sound like? What does the wind look like? A crowd of about a thousand made their way along a traffic-free and food truck-lined Elmwood Avenue on Friday afternoon to find out the answers to these and other imponderable questions as the Burchfield Penney Art Center prepared to unveil its permanent outdoor installation known as “The Front Yard.”At abo…

What does the sunset sound like? What does the wind look like? A crowd of about a thousand made their way along a traffic-free and food truck-lined Elmwood Avenue on Friday afternoon to find out the answers to these and other imponderable questions as the Burchfield Penney Art Center prepared to unveil its permanent outdoor installation known as “The Front Yard.”At abo…

The zinc-plated facade of the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) will come flickering to life Friday at dusk, when the center flips the switch on the ambitious outdoor video and sound installation it has dubbed “The Front Yard.”Starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, the center will host a street party to celebrate the opening and close off traffic along Elmwood Av…

For many people, the word “craft” summons images of quaint woven baskets and pretty pieces of pottery, whimsically repurposed pine cones and reimagined burlap sacks.None of these objects are to be found in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s sprawling “Art in Craft Media” exhibition, a biennial affair that is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. It opens S…

North Tonawanda’s historic Carnegie Art Center will receive $343,000 in federal grants to repair and update its creaky 1904 building, economic development officials will announce today.The money, which comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development block grant program, will fund the construction of a new handicapped-accessible e…