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I.M. Pei, the globally important architect, died last week. Around the world, architectural historians spoke with reverence of his work, such as his glass pyramid at the Louvre, the East Building at the National Gallery or, closer to home, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. My reaction was more primal. Fifty years ago, I was a kid in Dunkirk, living on the same stre…

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The Memorial Day weekend begins with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual patriotic commemoration “An American Salute,” honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and celebrating the nation for which they died. Nashville singer and “X Factor” finalist Rachel Potter will join Pops Conductor John Morris Russell and the BPO Chorus as soloist and narrator for the…

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For several years, the unofficial start date of Buffalo's wild warm-weather event schedule was the M*A*S*H* Bash, later renamed the Buffalo Bash, in the first week of June. But in light of that event changing hands and moving back this year, and the abundance of quality events slated for this weekend, we'd argue May 17-19 should become the new unofficial summer kickoff. …

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How do cities earn reputations for having nothing to do? A city, by nature, bleeds with things to do. Where there are people with interests and needs to make money, there will always be things to do. If we were planning your weekend, here's what we would do. From gaming over Breadhive baked goods and iced tea at a new board game cafe to drinking $3 mimosas inside an …

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Ten places of worship in Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties will open for the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s ninth annual Sacred Sites Open House Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Inspiring the weekend’s theme, “Medieval to Modern – Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture,” is Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave. Docents will guide visitors from no…

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Food trucks are virtually omnipresent in Buffalo, popping up in business parks, outside hotels, at the heart of neighborhoods and more. But one place where they're not typically found? Amusement parks. That changes on Saturday, when Fantasy Island hosts its own Food Truck Festival. The Grand Island entertainment site changed hands in 2016, despite major upgrades the yea…

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Before the joy of his Ninth, before the iconic da-da-da-dum of his Fifth, Beethoven wrote his Symphony No. 3. Though less famous than those later works, the powerful and intricate composition piece rewrote what 19th century Europe thought a symphony could be. Two hundred years later, it maintains its power and will be moving audiences at Kleinhans Music Hall in two perform…

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Robert Hirsch's photographic installation, "Ghosts: French Holocaust Children," will be at the Jewish Community Center, 2640 North Forest Road, Amherst, May 6 through June 28. An opening night reception with Hirsch, a former executive director and chief curator at CEPA Gallery, is scheduled to be held 7 to 9 p.m. May 6. The film, "Sarah's Key," will be shown the foll…

The director of journalism at the University at Buffalo and a photographer have teamed up to tell the stories of refugees living in Buffalo. Titled "Finding Refuge in Buffalo," journalist Jody K. Biehl and photojournalist Brendan Bannon have created a collection of 24 stories that shed light on Buffalo's newest residents while drawing comparisons to European refugees fr…

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Lewiston Council on the Arts seeks creative high school student artists to participate in the 35th annual KeyBank Chalkwalk Competition. The chalk-drawing event will be held Aug. 10 during the Lewiston Art Festival. The festival will pay homage to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the Summer of Love, focusing on the cultural revolution that changed art, music and…

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Among the spate of openings in local theaters this week are shows dedicated to two iconic Americans, one of them an "accidental" president and the other one of the most successful and prolific singer-songwriters in recent memory. Lundy's one-man show Actor David Lundy will reprise his role as President Harry Truman when he brings "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" to the Taylor The…

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In 2017, after critics came out in force against the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's plan to create a grand plaza out of its low-key courtyard, gallery leaders and architects retreated to the drawing board. Together with the consulting firms Preservation Studios and PBMW, the New York State Office of Historic Preservation and a subcommittee of the Buffalo Preservation Board…

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You could spend this Saturday afternoon doing the same old thing. Or you could follow this (admittedly fairly bizarre) itinerary of carousel-riding, American raga music, bubble tea and Italian food. North Tonawanda is home to all of the above, and who says you shouldn't explore it all in one afternoon? By Saturday night, you should feel more well-rounded. You did, af…

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It was the first place I landed in Buffalo, in 1989, on a day-trip from SUNY Fredonia, where I was wrapping up my BA. In many ways, it has maintained its gravitational pull on me since. The Elmwood Strip – now known by a slightly more bougie moniker, the Elmwood Village, indicative of its upgrade from cheap-college-and-bohemian-artist lodgings to urban mecca, with most …