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If you’re planning on celebrating the holiday season by lavishing gifts on arts-loving family and friends, allocating some of your budget for locally owned businesses, independent artists and community-based craftspeople is both civically minded and just plain smart. The reasons for doing this are plentiful: Keeping money in the local economy; fighting the homogeneity t…

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Welcome home, everyone. We’ve missed seeing you around, but we hope you’ve been well wherever you’re living these days. Now that you’re back, we’re sure you have plans. Shopping, a Tom & Jerry or three at The Place, and you probably want to tour some of the places you’ve been reading about since the last time you were home. As you’re likely aware after talking to…

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I had my hands on the keyboard when I learned last week that Stan Lee died. I did not think about Hollywood blockbusters or celebrity actors or even the national movie conjecture about how the thing done at the end of the last Avengers movie might somehow be undone in the next one. I thought instead about a place called Naetzker’s, which was the kind of operation that L…

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Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of 10 museums participating in a paid internship program launched by the Association of Art Museum Directors. The program seeks to give minority undergraduate students an opportunity to work in the arts. The project hopes to “proactively address the demographic disparity in our industry by recognizing that access to funds is sometimes…

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1) Holiday Valley Wine & Beer Festival, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $65 and may be purchased here. Admission includes a $5 voucher for food. Commentary: For most people, Ellicottville is a destination, and in the gap between Fall Fest and the start of ski and snowboard season, you might th…

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In the age of Instagram, "voter participation" has taken on a whole new meaning. And definitely a whole new look. Buffalo Instagram was bursting on Tuesday with proud voters (and aspiring voters, and democracy-loving pets) celebrating Election Day in highly photogenic ways. As one poster noted: "Why not look fabulous while exercising your constitutional right to vote…

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Artisans from Buffalo and far beyond gathered in the Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center and surrounding buildings on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, for Christmas in the Country, which runs through Nov. 4. See who scoured for gifts of all kinds.

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1) Christmas in the Country, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center (5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg). Tickets are $10 at the door; children 12 years and younger get in for free. Commentary: Apparently, there exists a publication - Sunshine Artist - that ranks art-and-crafts markets across the cou…

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LEWISTON — You’ll never guess what’s buried in Artpark. A 1975 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser can be found down under the bucolic hills of Lewiston overlooking the Niagara Gorge. Encased in plastic and covered with tar, the “Citizen’s Time Capsule” contains 30 vintage suitcases stuffed with treasures to communicate the culture and values of the 1970s to people in the 21st …

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Investment guru Jeffrey Gundlach expects long-term interest rates to keep rising, which could threaten the nation’s housing market at a time when the Trump administration’s tax cuts have created a “Miracle-Gro” economy. Gundlach, the Amherst native and Albright-Knox benefactor who is chief executive officer of DoubleLine Capital in Los Angeles, outlined his views on the…

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Susan Geissler of Youngstown, a prominent local sculptor specializing in public art, has donated a small work for permanent display in the Child Development Center at the Niagara County Community College Learning Commons in Sanborn. The work, "Puddle Jumper," depicts a child in a yellow rain slicker and orange galoshes jumping into a puddle. Geissler, who graduated f…

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Amherst is getting tangled up in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's campaign to bring art to the community. Town and gallery officials have tentatively agreed to install Shayne Dark's "Tanglewood," a cluster of logs painted bright blue, in Bassett Park. The piece, which previously was displayed at the Albright-Knox and at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, w…

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1) Hamburg Oktoberfest, 2 to 11 p.m. Sept. 15 in Memorial Park, at Lake and Union streets, Hamburg. Free to attend, and discount tickets (for various purchases such as food and drink at the festival) can be found here. Commentary: Although we're still roughly three weeks from the beginning of October, the Oktoberfest event season has begun. Head to Memorial Park in Hamb…

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A garden of echinacea, hibiscus and pussy willow plants has engulfed the entire side of the exposed, yellow-brick wall on the side of the 6 1/2-story Sinclair Building at 465 Washington St. downtown, snaking around windows and extending to the rooftop. The latest installation of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's public art initiative is as gargantuan — 80 feet tall by 160…

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If this Colonial-style manor in Snyder looks like an art gallery on the inside, there's a good reason for that. James Brandys and his wife, Joy, have collected works by local and international artists for decades and displayed all of it on the walls of their carefully decorated Lebrun Road home. Joy Brandys is a serious painter, while James Brandys is vice chair of the …