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Colin Dabkowski

Colin Dabkowski is The News' arts critic, responsible for covering visual art and theater in Western New York. Before joining The News in 2007, he worked as managing editor of McSweeney's oral history book series in San Francisco and as a freelance journalist in New Orleans.


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WKBW-TV has hired Madison Carter, a former enterprise reporter at the Charlottesville, Va., NBC affiliate WVIR-TV. The station announced the move Wednesday morning on Twitter, as did Carter — a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In a phone interview, Carter said that she's been following Buffalo's television market fo…

Comedy

JP Sears, the self-styled "emotional healing coach," new-age satirist and YouTube's redheaded answer to Andy Kaufman, has some thoughts about Buffalo. In a video teasing his five-show run at Helium Comedy Club from July 19 to 21, Sears ran down a list of Buffalo clichés in his trademark deadpan delivery, hitting everything from O.J. Simpson to lake-effect snow totals. …

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Casey William Milbrand, the artist who launched a thousand Instagram selfies and wedding proposals with his photogenic "Greetings From Buffalo" mural on Ellicott Street, is at it again. Milbrand's new mural, a blast of bold color and '70s-era typography, on the side of CRāVing Restaurant at 1472 Hertel Ave., will bear a simple message about the surrounding neighborhood …

Photo Galleries

American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd picked a beautiful Friday, July 13, 2018, to end the week with a Darien Lake show. See the fans who tailgated before the band took the stage on its farewell tour.

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Clarence brewery West Shore celebrated its one-year anniversary with WestFest, which featured new beer releases, one free drink with admission, several food trucks and a slew of activities on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

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Vanilla Ice and Dwayne Gretzky performed at Canalside on Saturday, drawing a boisterous crowd eager to reconnect with the rapper who rose to popularity in the 1990s.

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In a project built for the Fourth of July, tin-knockers James Carpino and Matt Strojny of Sheet Metal Workers Local 71 are busy this week atop the Liberty Building, 315 feet above the sidewalks of Buffalo, fixing copper seams and weather damage to the 28-foot Statue of Liberty on the downtown landmark’s east side. Its western twin was repaired last year. Carpino described …

Local News

A vehicle fire that shut down the I-90 ramp to Route 400 in West Seneca has been cleared, according to the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition. The accident filled the surrounding sky with plumes of black smoke, according to Buffalo News editor Toni Ruberto, who drove past the accident on her way home from work. "You could see the black smok…

Art

After spending months working with local, state and national preservationists, Albright-Knox Art Gallery officials on Monday announced a new design for its expansion that would spare a beloved 1962 building by Buffalo-born architect Gordon Bunshaft. A dramatically different new direction for the gallery's long-planned expansion was approved unanimously Monday night by t…

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On Sunday, news about the return of a longtime Buffalo gay institution, the Underground Niteclub, had Buffalo's LGBT community rejoicing. Nick Tiede, who owned the bar before it was expelled from its home on Delaware Avenue last month, plans to soon reopen the bar after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reversed its decision to shut it down. https:…

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The Underground Niteclub, Buffalo's oldest gay bar, is getting a new one-year lease on life. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which expelled the bar from its longtime home in a HUD-funded apartment building on Delaware Avenue last month after citing noise complaints from residents, has reversed its decision after an internal review and a rash of bad…

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As parental fantasies go, there's a certain appeal to the idea of disinheriting an ungrateful child. Didn't mow the lawn like I asked? Disinherited. "Forgot" to clean up the dishes? Sorry, you are banished to Gowanda. And your share of what's left in my 401K will go to your sisters, who we like better anyway. Sure, it's a rash move. It's not without its consequenc…

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Picture director Steve Vaughan, wearing tall Wellington boots and covered head to toe in mud, clomping through a swamp in search of the perfect prop. This scene, which bore a striking resemblance to Shakespeare's famous tale of an unhinged King Lear wandering across the heath, played out early this spring in Vaughan's muddy Grand Island backyard. And while some might…