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Julian Chinana was surprised by the image. As both a teacher and photographer, he was on a veterans panel last Thursday at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum, where the panelists were all asked to explain a few photos involving their work that flashed behind them, on a screen. At first, Chinana's images stemmed from his artistic efforts, expressions both of pain…

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Since the beginning of summer, there hasn't been a more diverse weekend of attractive events. Chances are high that any or all of the words "Fichtner," "dinosaurs," "bikes" or "beer" will pique your attention. William Fichtner, the famous actor who grew up in Cheektowaga, will be in town Saturday and Sunday as "Cold Brook," a movie filmed partly in Western New York two …

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The year may be winding down, but the arts season is just starting to get its second wind. The monthlong Great Performers Series at Buffalo State's Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall begins with acclaimed jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui. Matsui may be best known for her album "Full Moon and The Shrine," which inspired the PBS special "Keiko Matsui: Light Above the Trees…

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Shonnie Finnegan has been coming to the Albright-Knox regularly since 1964, almost the entire time as a member. So it wasn't surprising that the Williamsville resident was at the museum Sunday, hours before it was to close its doors for a $160 million expansion that's expected to take around two years. "We wanted to say goodbye to old favorites for several years," sh…

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You won't know how much you'll miss the Albright-Knox until it's gone (temporarily, at least). At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Elmwood Avenue art gallery – an institution that has put Buffalo on the grid internationally – will close for two years to execute a major expansion project. For those hungry for a bite of culture on the first Friday night of the month, or those who wa…

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Would injury attorneys Cellino & Barnes go to bat for people chomped by a man-eating plant? This is the weekend to find out, when the comic legal pseudo-bio "Cellino v. Barnes" and the sci-fi horticultural musical "Little Shop of Horrors" arrive for limited runs in Buffalo's Theater District. The lawyers land first, in the form of Mike B. Breen and David Rafailedes,…

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Buffalo's Biggest Halloween Bash set the mood for spooky season, serving as a fantastic source for costume ideas and reminding how creepy/bizarre this tradition can be. We're only getting started. The schedule hits full bore this weekend, with a bevy of annual Halloween events - from ultra creepy to ultra heavy to ultra '90s - lined up for Buffalo-area haunts (get it?).…

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has grand plans for its final weekend before construction begins on its elaborate expansion project. Three perks will encourage one last stop at the gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.) before the hiatus: pay-as-you-wish admission for Nov. 2 and 3, as well as extended hours – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. – on Saturday, Nov. 2. The Knox will have its usual sche…

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Sports fans show their colors in many ways. Some fans paint their faces, some fans paint their garage doors, and some fans, like Buffalo artist A.J. Fries, make actual paintings. Starting Oct. 18 at the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Bills fans can get a look at "Superfan!," a dozen Fries paintings inspired by the museum's Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills it…

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Anyone who saw the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's new art truck had to think: Boy, this sure looks like a food truck. Does this mean curators loaded it up with pieces of art from the museum's collection that anyone – with a few spare millions of dollars – can walk up and purchase? We imagined a menu on a whiteboard featuring Picasso, Matisse, Pollack and the special of …

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery – with the help of North Tonawanda Intermediate School students – launched a new Art Truck that will make the rounds of schools, libraries, parks and senior citizen centers throughout Western New York. The Art Truck was made possible by a gift from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, museum officials said. Meanwhile, students from …

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The variety of music presented through the SUNY Buffalo State Music department's Faculty and Friends Guest Artist Series is a testament to how expansive the faculty's list of friends really is. Concerts include jazz, classical and chamber music, but there also is electronica, choral music and drumming. With 20 concerts to choose from, anything is possible. For instance,…

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Art can be emotionally and psychologically liberating, and in those rare cases, it also can physically free the the artist. Valentino Dixon will talk about how his art helped free him from prison after serving nearly 30 years for a crime he did not commit. Dixon's talk will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, in conjunction with the opening of…

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A hush has fallen over the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s darkened sculpture court, where the only sounds to be heard are the soft clank of marble floor tiles and the hiss of fog machines dispensing puffs of vapor into the air. Like a cathedral, the grand space makes visitors feel small. Unlike a cathedral, the object of worship is not displayed on some ornate altarpiec…