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Colin Dabkowski

Colin Dabkowski is a digital editor for The Buffalo News. Before that, he was The News' arts critic, responsible for covering visual art and theater in Western New York.


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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…

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The numbers stand 8 feet tall along the Outer Harbor, 10 hulking pieces of rusting COR-TEN steel arranged in a semicircle like some 21st-century Stonehenge. In the mind of Robert Indiana, the artist who created the piece, numbers are sacred personal symbols. Each has a personal meaning for him -- "1" corresponds to birth, "0" to oblivion -- but stands as a universal fig…

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Few things in this world are more powerful than a story well told. Stories shape our social interactions and our politics. They mold the way we view the world. Frighteningly enough, they need not be true to do so. The ancient Greeks knew all of this in their bones, which is why they spent more time than any ancient culture inventing, imagining, embellishing and, m…

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Amid Buffalo's broader public art renaissance, neighborhoods across the city are embracing murals – from simple way-finding signs to abstract compositions – as a way to reassert their historic identities and rebrand themselves in a changing city. Take the Old First Ward, one of Buffalo's oldest and proudest neighborhoods, which occupies about 20 square blocks betwee…

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It's impossible to say whether Buffalo City Hall looks better from the outside in, or the inside out. We love its striking sandstone exterior, towering over Niagara Square and chiseled with the history, industry and spirit of the Queen City. But equally impressive is its impossibly ornate interior, suffused with the symbols of Native American culture and with Art Dec…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Adapting the classics of children's literature for the stage is tricky business. It requires a child's embrace of the human imagination, an expert's grasp of the tools of the theater, and the ability to fuse these disparate ideas into one cohesive story. The task is triply difficult when that stage is the Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-La…

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On Thursday night, the sound system in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena will rumble to life. The lights will dim to black. A few minutes before members of the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals take the ice for the fifth and possibly final game in this year's Stanley Cup final, a booming voice belonging to Buffalo actor Eileen Dugan will echo through the venue. …

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The Irish Classical Theatre Company has a knack for choosing summertime comedies with just the right amount of froth. Its latest, whipped up like some perfect theatrical cappuccino by director Josephine Hogan and her talented cast, is Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windemere's Fan." It hits just the right Wildean balance between cutting snark and probing insight into human fear an…

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A well-dressed crowd of actors, directors, designers and die-hard theater fans converged on Shea's 710 Main Theatre on June 4 for the 2017-18 Artie Awards. The annual celebration of Buffalo's diverse and hyperactive theater community is as much about community-building and collective celebration as about the individual actors and productions singled out for praise. W…