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Click and artfully shop

There's something so different about museum shops. Just shopping in them somehow makes you feel like you're artsy and cool, even if you just aspire to be. And it's fun to buy things you don't need -- like paperweights or desk sculptures. And gifts from a museum shop are always a hit. That's why we love that you can save time and buy from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's online gift shop. Get reproductions of artworks, cards, stationary, books, handbags, jewelry, and more. Just go to and click on "shop AK." And, bonus! -- purchases help support the gallery's exhibitions, collection and programs.



A boyfriend's tale

We love the bubblegum colors, upbeat graphics and quirky tone of the latest Barbie-related item: a book called "I (Heart) Ken."

Subtitled "My Life as the Ultimate Boyfriend," the book -- told by the perennial and plastic Mattel couple to Jef Beck, the jacket tells us -- coincides with the 50th anniversary of Ken's debut as Barbie's steady guy.

"He's always there for me with those strong, unbending open arms," Barbie confides within its pages.

Full of cheesy vintage glory, the softcover book has 128 pages, costs $15, and you'll find it in the humor section.



Dancing fools

Don't be a fool this April 1.

Head for the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), for a dance party experience featuring DJ John Ceglia starting at 9 p.m. Friday. Expect the unexpected with biting performance art and media installations in several nooks and crannies.

"Dance Your Art Off," is for those 18 and older. All profits will go to "Give 4 Greatness" to support local arts organizations. Minimum donation is $15 in advance (, box office) and $20 at the door.

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