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At the museums

While you're recovering from your Friday night out on the town to ring in the New Year and the following day of lounging around, a little low-impact cultural activity is in order. Fortunately for you, the museum district will be in action this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.), you can catch "Forty," a show of hockey photography meant to celebrate the Buffalo Sabres' 40th anniversary. Also on view is the tail-end of the regional art show Beyond/In Western New York; the gigantic new Sol LeWitt wall drawing "Scribble" along with a showing of LeWitt's books and works on paper; a compact show of compact sculpture ("Telling Tales"); and Paul Shaffer's "In the Zone," a rotating exhibition of video sculptures exploring sports and spectatorship.

Across the street, the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; closed Saturday) is featuring an exhibition of paintings from the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society; two shows of works by watercolorist Charles Burchfield; and two more of sculpture by Bethany Krull and Charles Cary Rumsey. Also on view is pottery from the collection of Erie County Executive Chris Collins and a kid-friendly piece by Julie Lewitzky in the Burchfield's "Useum."

At the Historical Society (25 Nottingham Court; closed Saturday), "The Trial of Red Jacket: Fact Fiction and Spectacle" is on view, as is a look into the history of Niagara Square and a show of paintings by Sara M. Zak.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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