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Toast to books

Since its founding in 2007, the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.) has become a nexus for the cultural cognoscenti of Buffalo. On no night is that more true than New Year's Eve, when the multidisciplinary arts center hosts its annual fundraiser and celebration. This year will surely be no exception, as Buffalonians flood into the center for an evening of music, art and champagne-fueled revelry.

The night, which costs $70 for nonmembers and $60 for members, gets you music by the seemingly omnipresent David Kane, hors d'oeuvres, complementary beer and wine (with tastings from Community Beer Works) and champagne at midnight. The main event is a silent auction of artwork, including pieces by sought-after Western New York artists like A.J. Fries, Amy Greenan, Ani Hoover, Felice Koenig, Adam Weekley and Katherine Sehr. The auction also includes work by the Western New York-born painter Charles Clough, printmaker Amos P. Kennedy Jr., widely collected artist Richard Tuttle and the British animators who like to be known as the Brothers Quay.

The center has the added bonus of proximity to Buffalo's annual First Night celebration, and revelers will be able to glimpse the midnight ball drop and fireworks exploding over the Electric Tower through its foggy windows. For more info, visit or call 348-1430.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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