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"Stellaluna" by Theatre of Youth 2 p.m. at Allendale Theatre (203 Allen St.). It may not be every child’s fantasy to be raised by birds, but that’s the impressively bizarre premise of “Stellaluna,” the latest offering from Buffalo’s premiere children’s theater company. By an unfortunate sequence of events, the title character finds her way to a bird’s nest, where th…

Art

It's not just magnolias and cherry trees that are finally blossoming in this delayed-onset Buffalo spring. Public art is blooming, too, and the first bright buds of a summerlong profusion of art are set to emerge this month with the commencement of three high-profile mural projects on Hertel Avenue and the East Side. As part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's busiest…

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The program in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery centered on "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85," an exhibition. Jessica Lynne and Jae Jarrell were the featured speakers, while a dance performance by Naila Ansari preceded the talks, on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Food and Drink

The days of museum restaurants being overpriced, gourmet eateries or bland cafeterias are over. Buffalo’s cultural attractions boast affordable and creative food options, ranging from table service to grab-and-go. So, if you find yourself staring down a painting of food while your stomach grumbles, devour some food along with the art. You may even find yourself dining n…

Family

A yoga class for seniors at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, a talk in Amherst about plant-based eating, and a pair of fundraisers to support kids and seniors are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Zumbini: This early childhood music and movement program for newborns to age 4, w…

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A large gallery that suffered ceiling damage in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's 1905 building is slated to reopen Wednesday at 10 a.m. after extensive repairs. Gallery staff noticed a crack in the plaster coating of the ceiling last month, prompting a decision to replace the entire ceiling's suspension system. The works in that gallery and an adjoining space constituted…

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After a solid reboot of Rockin' at the Knox in 2017, the Albright-Knox has stepped things up for 2018, with the announcement that Beck will headline the July 16 event on the grounds of the art museum. This year's show marks the first time Beck has played the region as a headliner in nearly two decades. He performed a much buzzed-about opening set for U2's "Joshua Tree" …

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's exhibition "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985" has been generating plenty of buzz in the community since its opening in mid-February. As part of the show, which explores the contributions of black women artists to the radical activist movements of the late 20th century, the gallery will hold a celebration and panel di…

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Sometimes the naked eye just doesn't cut it. Take Vincent van Gogh's 1888 painting "La maison de La Crau," or "The Old Mill," a popular attraction at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Its diminutive size, about 25 inches by 21 inches, means that a visitor would have to peer closely at the canvas to get an intimate sense of how van Gogh handled paint. Get your nose a lit…

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Feb. 16 was a busy day in Buffalo. The city saw the opening of Marvel’s blockbuster movie "Black Panther" and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's exhibition, "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985," showcasing some 40 black women artists. These events could not be more timely, coming months after white nationalists held a visible and violent gathering in Ch…

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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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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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Pianist Monty Alexander’s appearance Sunday as part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s “Art of Jazz” series was sold out and anyone who attended the concert could probably rave about it for another week or two. It was that good. Not only is Alexander an incredibly talented pianist, he’s a raconteur of the first order. When his fingers weren’t flying over the keyboard or h…

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Every year around Dec. 25, panic sets in. You've been too busy to enjoy Christmas. You fear the season has passed you by. Fear not, as the angel said. In fact, the season is doing nothing of the sort. Technically, Dec. 25 is the first day of Christmas. Not the twelfth day, as some mistakenly believe. "But I'm sick of Christmas!" you might wail. But if you face tho…

Lifestyles

This is not only the most wonderful time of the year, it's the most Buffalo time of the year. Let's celebrate that in our holiday shopping. Museums, galleries, even hospitals have decked their gift shops for your shopping pleasure. Treat yourself to a stop at one of them. The reasons are many. First, it's fun. You might not have two hours to devote to perusing …