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Things to do in Western New York: May 22

Dark Star Orchestra

7 p.m. in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $30 in advance here or $34 at the door.

The musicians who make up Dark Star Orchestra not only re-create the live Grateful Dead experience -- they take it a step further. They follow historic set lists, and they invent their own. Most importantly they capture that elusive, free-spirited Grateful Dead vibe.

Longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer Dan Healy has toured with them and said: "Dark Star is an amazingly legitimate representation of the Dead." - Mary Kunz Goldman

La Tavola Trattoria's fifth anniversary

5 to 8 p.m. at 1458 Hertel Ave. Free to attend.

The Italian restaurant specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza, pastas and salads says thank you to customers by inviting them to mark its fifth anniversary on Hertel Avenue.

After opening in 2013, customer response fueled an expansion in 2016. Complimentary Peroni beer, white and red wine and small plates will be offered. - Andrew Galarneau

Wood-fired pizza leads the way at La Tavola Trattoria

"At This Time" in Burchfield Penney Art Center

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1300 Elmwood Ave. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students, at the venue. This exhibit runs through May 27.

Sometimes, an art exhibition needs a concrete theme, like the experience of black women in the late 20th century (see: "Black Radical Women" at the Albright-Knox).

Other times, the open-ended approach is better. That’s the case in the Burchfield Penney's sprawling exhibition based on the vague notion of "now," featuring fine work by Pam Glick, Jay Carrier, Peter Stephens, Kyle Butler, Bill Maggio and Virocode. - Colin Dabkowski

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