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Last summer, a group of amateur and professional chalk artists descended on the 500 block of Main Street to participate in the first-ever Buffalo Chalk Fest. It was a convivial affair, with artists young and old creating everything from simple hopscotch squares to three-dimensional tributes to Buffalo sports teams.The festival will have its second go this weekend, from noo…

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Throughout the summer, artists from two agencies that use the arts to help the developmentally disabled – Depew’s Southeast Works and Buffalo’s Aspire – have been working together on an ambitious collaboration. And tonight, the fruits of that collaboration will go on view in the University at Buffalo Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the university’s Amherst Campus…

The Buffalo Infringement Festival, the city’s annual compendium of underground arts activity, kicked off a week ago and is entering its final days.The festival’s last weekend is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest in its eight-year history, with a full slate of theater productions, live music performances, public fire dancing, film screenings and impromptu parades through…

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The Buffalo Infringement Festival – our rising city’s loudest, longest and most egalitarian arts event – has served as a beacon for artists with big imaginations and miniscule budgets since its quiet beginnings in 2005.From one year to the next, it casts an ever-wider net and dredges up artists of all stripes from across the region. For many artists, the free-for-all festi…

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Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, the band shell in Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park will come alive with a swirling, flashing, tube-sock sporting, Madonna-singing cadre of some 80 actors for the jukebox musical “Back to the ’80s.”The show, by Neil Gooding and presented by In Good Company Productions, tells a happily formulaic tale about a group of seniors at the fictional William Ocean…

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That steamroller parked outside the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.) isn’t part of Buffalo’s recent construction boom. It’s there, odd as this may sound, for the sake of art.The steamroller will be used during WNYBAC’s Buffalo Book Fest on Saturday, an annual event meant to celebrate the art and craft of bookmaking. Visitors to the festival will be ab…

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The independent pop-up art show has been slow to take hold in Buffalo. But that seems to be changing, as a group of seven musicians and visual artists have banded together to mount “Close to Extinct” on Saturday in the DNIPRO Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.).The ambitious evening, which will feature musical performances from electronic and hip-hop artists, live art proje…

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In Buffalo’s transient gallery scene, art spaces come and go with reassuring regularity. When one space closes, our tears barely have a chance to dry before another opens in its place. Such is the case with the former SP@CE 224, a funky little gallery run by Jose Rodriguez that was a central hangout during Buffalo’s Infringement Festival and hosted dozens of memorable exhi…

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As the culture-packed summer of 2013 drags into its dog days and the prospect of stepping into the stifling air to attend a free concert loses some of its perennial luster, it’s natural to seek out a bit of respite.And for anyone inclined to look, few places provide a better opportunity to while away a sweltering afternoon than one of Western New York’s dozens of serene, w…

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It’s not often that you find bicycle builders, sculptors, craft beer brewers, furniture makers and other artisans plying their skills under one roof.The Foundry bills itself as an artisans’ incubator, learning community and oasis for do-it-yourselfers.The building at 298 Northampton St. near Jefferson Avenue was once a laundry. The artisans who have set up shop there are r…

It’s hard to imagine someone less dusty than Alicia Malik.The type of person one would expect to put out “a collection of paintings documenting the delicate creatures who have fallen alone in our windowsills” – the promotional description of “Dust,” Malik’s solo exhibit that opened Friday at Black Rock’s 464 Gallery – would probably be a cobwebby spinster with bug-eye glas…

It’s hard to imagine someone less dusty than Alicia Malik.The type of person one would expect to put out “a collection of paintings documenting the delicate creatures who have fallen alone in our windowsills” – the promotional description of “Dust,” Malik’s solo exhibit that opened Friday at Black Rock’s 464 Gallery – would probably be a cobwebby spinster with bug-eye glas…

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As the demographic makeup of Western New York shifts to include many more cultures, a natural curiosity among the region’s longtime residents has taken hold. From the recently opened West Side Bazaar on Grant Street to Ujima Theatre’s laudable efforts to put refugee voices on its stage, the new infusion of global culture is finding its way into many of our arts institution…

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An exhibition of mixed-media paintings drawn from nature by Woodstock-based artist Mariella Bisson will go on view Saturday in the Olean Public Library (134 N. Second St., Olean). Bisson, who was born in Vermont and began her obsession with painting by browsing through prints in her local library, has long been churning out geometric collages that seem to borrow in equal p…

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For Buffalo-based artist and designer Terry Todoroff, a trip to the movies may carry him far beyond his neighborhood movie theater. As an international traveler afflicted with apparently endless wanderlust, Todoroff has spent years visiting distant locations he’s seen in films – from Transylvania to Tanzania – and documenting those trips in photographs.In “Travel Inspired …