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Photography by Lawrence M. Ross and the photo group View Finders will be on exhibit in September and October at the galleries of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Ross's "Images from Near and Far (Encore)" opens with a free reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Levy and Daniel Families Gallery in the Holland Family Building (787 Delaware Ave.). R…

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The 17th annual Music Is Art Festival takes over the grounds of Buffalo RiverWorks and the adjacent River Fest Park beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. More than 150 bands, 140 DJs, 50 exhibiting artists and live artists, and assorted dancers and dance troupes spread across 21 stages and various performances spaces will represent what founder and Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby …

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On a Friday night in early April, 16-year-old Angel Barber sat cross-legged on the cold marble floor of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s original building tapping out made-to-order poetry on a vintage Smith Corona typewriter. Downstairs, in the gallery’s 1962 addition, a stream of young visitors paused for portraits in front of Dan Flavin’s glowing light sculpture from 1…

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Like many of the best musicals, "West Side Story" is so layered and multifaceted that it can be produced every year without ever being the same show twice. Big theater productions can fill the stage with a city full of imposing sets; smaller space can focus on the people who inhabit them. Large ensembles can mob the stage with complex interwoven dance routines; smaller sho…

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Meet your grand finale, Buffalo's festival season. Through live music, art, and food and drink, an elite list of events will make wise weekend planning a true challenge. From Ireland to India to Egypt, cultural festivals all highlight traditions - some deeply embedded into Buffalo's fabric, while others, such as India and Egypt, still gaining traction. There's the Elmwo…

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Every edition of the Three Stooges Film Festival at the Riviera Theatre includes a trivia contest, so, with the 28th anniversary edition of the comic event this weekend, it's time to practice. Some questions are pretty easy: How many Stooges were there? (Six, but purists only count four – Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp.) Who was Moe's famous cousin-in-law? (Harry Houdini.) Wh…

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Life hasn't been quiet for Chad and Louise Brachmann, the owners of Danielewicz Farm and Sunflowers of Sanborn, which sparked a viral photo craze in 2017. After a cease-and-desist order from the Town of Cambria abruptly shortened their 2018 season, the Brachmanns had their work cut out if they wanted their rural attraction to return this year. Like wineries, brewerie…

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For a century, legend had it that Oliver Street in North Tonawanda had more taverns per block, or mile, or some other measure, than any other place in the state or country. The claim has never been verified, but anyone who ever tried to go from one end of Oliver to the other by having a drink at every bar will attest that there were a lot of them. As Oliver's claim to p…

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The paint was barely dry on one of Buffalo's newest murals when Dr. Christopher Hauglid, who lives a stone's throw away at the Mentholatum on Niagara Street, gave the floral tapestry a thumbs-up. "It beautifies this up-and-coming area, and represents the revitalization of Niagara Street and the whole Buffalo area," said Hauglid, a resident at the University at Buffalo J…

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Since we led with the Erie County Fair for this week's newsletter, it only makes sense to highlight rubber ducks for the weekend. Think of it like the Kentucky Derby, just for inanimate objects near Buffalo's waterfront. The Rotary Duck Derby is a quirky highlight for a weekend notable for quality new events: the environmentally friendly Flutterby Festival on the sidewa…

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This year's Lewiston Art Festival (Aug. 10 and 11) welcomes dozens of professional artists and crafts people along with hosting a section dedicated to art by college and high school students. On Aug. 10, young artists will mark the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival by drawing murals on the street with the theme "Peace, Love and Chalk." The Lewiston Public…

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While every edition of M&T's Second Friday brings something new to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the August event is particularly special. The show "Charles E. Burchfield: Transitions" opens Aug. 9 with "a significant number" of Burchfield works on loan from private collections and other galleries. They will be on view with works by the artist from the center's col…

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The 53rd annual Lewiston Art Festival will feature the work of 175 professional artists this weekend in the Niagara County village. Artists from 13 states will compete for $6,000 in prizes at the show on Center Street on Saturday and Sunday. Works will include painting, photography, graphic arts, sculpture, artistic crafts including ceramics, fiber and glass, wood and j…

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Summer burns bright and fast like a star, and perhaps your money has, too, so here are free events and activities to last you through the autumnal equinox. For the creative Sunflowers of Sanborn As August rolls on, peak sunflower season begins. A few years ago, when photos of friends in sunflower fields flooded Instagram and Facebook feeds, people found out that the I…

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The poor house doesn't exist in name any longer but you can find it in spirit in Ujima Company's powerful collaborative production "Free Fred Brown!," about a man who is jailed for stealing heat for his family's house. The timely show debuted a couple of years ago and now Ujima and PUSH Green are presenting two free performances at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 in Ujima's new theate…