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The Colored Musicians Club turns 100 this year. And its going to roll up the rugs and hold a party. Make that a weeklong jazz party, all around the town. It's called the CMC Jazzfest. From July 24 to July 29, a total of 150 performers will be seen gigging around the city. Some events take place at the club, located at 145 Broadway, at the corner of Michigan Street…

Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? No, because we have so much summer jazz in Buffalo. The city plays host to a riot of jazz festivals. All of them are, for the most part, free. Here are some things to look forward to this summer. The Buffalo News Jazz at the Albright-Knox This festival draws crowds to the back steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. I…

If Bach, Charpentier and Vivaldi make you want to dance, you're not alone. The Buffalo Chamber Players will prove that in event called "Music and Dance," Lehrer Dance is presenting original choreography to the music of the Baroque masters. The evening also includes the world premiere of "Curtains of Light" by Chamber Players composer-in-residence Caroline Mallonée…

On Nov. 1, Albright-Knox Art Gallery officials held their latest public meeting about its high-profile expansion project. On hand were architect Shohei Shigematsu of the global architecture firm OMA, landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and gallery director Janne Sirén. Each of them spoke in broad terms about their shared vision for the new institution th…

Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire investment manager whose $42.5 million contribution to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's expansion efforts stunned the city this week, left Buffalo behind at a depressing time in the city's history. After he departed for Los Angeles in 1983, the image of a city mired in defeat remained fixed in Gundlach's mind for decades, like a snow …

National Live Creative Day is a newly minted national holiday. Make it a good one. Wear a splashy hat. Pack a creative lunch. Do a chalk drawing. Pick up a cheap notebook and start a bullet journal. Then, think big. Buffalo is a creative town.  The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has art classes. ("Paint Like Picasso," anyone?) Michael's Crafts or JoAnn Fabrics have clas…

On June 22, Shohei Shigematsu of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture spoke to a crowd of assembled artists, journalists and officials in Quebec City about his firm's design for the National Fine Arts Museum of Quebec. Many of his comments about the building, which like the Albright-Knox Art Gallery sits on a historic campus in a major park, are relevant to his firm'…

This morning, Quebec City's National Museum of Fine Arts' newly completed Pierre Lassonde Pavilion welcomed one of its first groups of visitors in advance of its official public opening on June 24. The building was designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's Shohei Shigematsu and his New York-based team of architects, who will begin work on the Albright-Knox…

The past haunts every aspect of life in Quebec City. You can trace it from the ghostly footprints of historic stone foundations in the tourist-swarmed Place Royale to the motto inscribed on every Quebec license plate: "Je me souviens." "I remember." Few North American citizens hold a more keen and constant awareness of their history than the residents of Quebec. W…

For the past several weeks, Buffalonians have been working with New York City-based artist Amanda Browder to sew together what will become one of the more eye-popping public art projects in recent memory. Browder's project, "Spectral Locus," will cover in multi-colored fabric large sections of the former Richmond Methodist Episcopal Church at Richmond Avenue and West Fer…

Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, two high-spirited muralists from Baltimore known for their bold, geometric style, are well on their way to completing a new commission on the side of the 710 Main Theatre. I caught up with the pair this morning as they were putting down the mural's first layer: Unterhalter and Truhn arrived last week to start the mural and have spen…

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture, a buzzworthy firm responsible for designing one of the most controversial buildings of the 21st century, has been chosen to design the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s first major expansion in more than 50 years. The selection of the firm, specifically OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu and his team of New York City-based architects, wa…

A quietly inspirational public art project aimed at improving the daily lives of  Western New Yorkers is running through at least Monday on The Buffalo News' digital sign at Washington and Scott streets, with more billboard locations being planned. The project, called #operationhappy, is the brainchild of Katie Miller, who was inspired by Matthew Hoffman's popular series…

Torey Thornton’s paintings are massive and optically gripping. Biomorphic shapes meet angular geometric blocks of color, resulting in forms that border on incoherence. Either his paintings refuse to look like anything at all, or what they look like keeps shifting the longer you stare at them. More often they do both at once. Blurring the lines between pure abstraction a…

1) Buffalo Wine Festival, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. April 16 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $35 for each session if purchased online -- prices rises by $5 day-of. VIP admission is sold out. Commentary: Whether you're a wine connoisseur (i.e. you're desperate to try Black Widow's new Oasis white), a locavore (i.e. you love that 30 lo…