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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 …

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The challenges and insights of people returning to society after prison are explored in "Coming Home: Re-entry After Incarceration," a monthlong photo essay exhibition at CEPA Gallery starting July 28. Photographer Errol Daniels and writer Katherine Russell will attend the show's reception from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on July 28. Daniels will speak at 2 p.m., followed by a pa…

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The "look and see" sculpture created in 2005 by artist Jim Hodges has moved from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Sculpture Garden to the Richardson Olmsted Campus' South Lawn. The 9-ton work, which uses highly polished and painted stainless steel with mirrored surfaces, was made available for the Richardson grounds through the museum's Public Art Initiative. "This hi…

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1) Taste of Buffalo, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 in Niagara Square and north up Delaware Avenue. Free to attend, while food tickets (50 cents apiece, sold in sheets) may be purchased at several locations on site. Commentary: Roughly 500,000 people will take in the Taste of Buffalo this weekend, as Niagara Square and Delaware Avenue – now as far no…

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A year after the Albright-Knox unveiled its original, controversial expansion plans to change Gordon Bunshaft's 1962 expansion, the gallery this week unveiled a new design that would preserve the Bunshaft building. Shohei Shigematsu's new design was approved by the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, which oversees the gallery. It will feature a new glass building and bridge tha…

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The design unveiled last year for Albright-Knox Art Gallery's expansion called for building on top of Gordon Bunshaft's 1962 addition. But altering Bunshaft's black box opened a Pandora's box. Preservationists accused the plan of denigrating the Buffalo-born Bunshaft's work and robbing the 1962 addition of its architectural integrity. Monday's announcement of a new d…

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I've been going to Lewiston regularly since moving to Buffalo in 1990. Yes, it was Artpark that drew me first, its broad roster of concerts appealing to my eccentric musical taste, running the gamut from jazz to heavy rock, R&B to folk, and nearly everywhere in between. It didn’t take me long to ascertain a sort of "sub-vibe" in the region, however. On its surface, …

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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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I asked the Buffalo contingent of my Facebook friend group to tell me who, in the world of local music and the arts, has been a major influence on their approach to their own art, and on their lives in general. The response was immense, informative, and often, deeply moving. As I had hoped, dwelling on those major influences brought out the respondents' better na…

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In early May, word leaked about a festival in East Aurora slated for the tail-end of the summer, and as such things tend to go around these parts, mythology and hyperbole rapidly moved in to stake their claim. Folks with no inside track on the actual event seemed to believe they had some scoop on the lineup, and artist names started being whispered in hushed tones. Meanwhi…

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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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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…