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Poetic plazas
The active attention devoted to suburbia by contemporary artists continues in "New Developments," an exhibition by Kim Beck currently in the Virginia Weiss Gallery of Empire State College, located in the Market Arcade Complex, 617 Main St. The CEPA Gallery-sponsored show contains Beck's photographs of empty shopping malls, plazas and other kinds of commercial spaces that, in her hands, become almost poetic. The exhibition continues through Dec. 21. For info, call CEPA at 856-2717.

'Bible in stone'
Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, tucked into a small residential street at 317 Leroy Ave., is one of the city's hidden treasures. From the outside, the church, built in the 1920s, has a handmade look, like some kind of large-scale craft project. In fact, the thick-walled exterior is made of irregular handmade bricks, laid in a traditional medieval technique common in churches in Italy of this Lombard Romanesque style. The church also is decked out in more than 2,000 ceramic liturgical symbols, prompting someone to describe it as "a Bible in stone." On the National Register of Historic Places, Blessed Trinity will celebrate its 95th anniversary Sunday afternoon with a musical prelude at 1:45, followed by a special mass at 2. A reception will follow in the church hall. Tours of the church are set for Oct. 7 and 14. For information, call 833-0301.

Late 'Autumn'
The opening reception for "Berlin Autumn," an exhibition by Joseph Norman at the University at Buffalo's Anderson Gallery, originally planned for earlier this month has been rescheduled for Oct. 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Only the reception was changed. The more-than 100 Norman works -- paintings, drawings and prints -- are currently on view at the gallery, located at Martha Jackson Place. The show continues through Oct. 28. Call 645-6912 for information.

-- Richard Huntington
e-mail: rhuntington@buffnews.com

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