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Two Buffalo Preservation Board members had questions Thursday on the expansion and renovation project proposed by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the board tabled the project for two weeks. The board approved several aspects of the project, including a new covering for the gallery's 1962 courtyard, roof repairs on the two existing buildings and shifting the patio. …

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We've grown guarded of our free time, for good reason. We learn about new restaurant openings instantly through the internet at our fingertips. Buffalo's rapid growth in the restaurant and brewery department leaves us with the lingering feeling there is always somewhere new to explore. Saturday afternoons seem to be good for that. In between sleeping in and predetermine…

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One of the most moving architectural experiences in Buffalo is to watch a snowstorm sweep across Delaware Park from the warmth of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's glass-walled auditorium. With a new installation called "Common Sky," the Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Eliasson has created an even closer and more visceral connection with nature underneath a sky of clear an…

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Three throwback events grace Buffalo's event calendar this weekend, highlighted by opportunities to revisit the '80s or romp around at a prom-like event. They both involve dressing up, just in two slightly different ways. For those more eager to live in the present, Friday is National Grilled Cheese Day, while the opening of developer Rocco Termini's Chandler Street pro…

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When an expanded Buffalo Albright-Knox-Gundlach Museum opens in 2021, visitors will see their own reflections in a kaleidoscopic network of mirrored glass suspended over the center of the campus. But before experiencing "Common Sky," a monumental sculpture by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson that will enclose a new public gathering space, art fans will suffer a p…

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Coming up with fun school break activities for teen or preteen kids can be challenging, especially if you want to do something different than the usual go-tos like arcades, trampoline parks or mall shopping. During midwinter break, I took two creative and curious suburban 15-year-olds on an Art in the City adventure, and perhaps it will inspire you to do something simil…

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Buffalo's refugee community is ripe with stories of courage, uncertainty, separation and freedom, and there's a desire for more of these journeys to be told, especially in light of legislation that tightens the reins on how many refugees and immigrants the City of Good Neighbors may accept. The News' long-read series "From Buffalo to Burma" is the most in-depth piece de…

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Aung Thu, a Burmese refugee and former political prisoner, sat in a black chair in a stark white exhibit room at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sunday while an artist from his native country made a plaster cast of Thu's right hand. As Htein Lin carefully wrapped strips of wet bandage plaster onto Thu's lower arm, hand and fingers, he asked Thu questions about his expe…

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The incoming executive director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center would like it to become a model for community engagement and dialogue. "I think museums are some of the last great public spaces in our country that are not politicized," Dennis Kois said from his home in Milwaukee. The Burchfield Penney announced he would assume the new job April 22. Kois, a Wisc…

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Buffalonians tend to hold grudges in some areas - the New England Patriots, ranch dressing on wings and Shaggy - yet are more forgiving in others. We'll see how the city responds to pop superstar Justin Timberlake when he performs in KeyBank Center after postponing twice late last year and a third just five years ago. In 2015, WYRK's Rob Banks teased a Justin Timberlake…

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The Edible Book Festival is where art and baking intersect, and it's part of an international event that has a Buffalo branch at the WNY Book Arts Center, held Saturday, March 30, 2019. See the participants, some of the books and the revelry on Washington Street.

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Those who never spend time at a spinning wheel or loom might overlook their abilities to boost health and wellness, but the equation seems simple to Mary Jo La Clair and Peg Houseman, members of the Weavers’ Guild of Buffalo. "It gives you deep satisfaction. It spurs your creative side," said Houseman, of Hamburg, a retired Buffalo General Medical Center nurse. "You hav…

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When I heard the Albright-Knox Art Gallery was featuring an exhibit in honor of Ralph Wilson Jr., I thought, naturally, the exhibit would be about sports. I expected a bunch of football paintings, maybe some renderings of New Era Field back in the old days when it was Ralph Wilson Stadium. But, to my pleasure and likely some sports fans' chagrin, there wasn't a footb…

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Filed under things you might not want to encounter in a hotel: Bane, the masked villain from DC Comics' "Batman" series and "The Dark Knight Rises." At least in a cosplay version, the lumbering giant could very well be there - we'll never know if he's a smiling or stoic greeter - at Buffalo Comicon, which runs Sunday and leads off a decent weekend of events that include…

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The big story this mid-March weekend was the men's and women's basketball teams from the University at Buffalo. Both made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and fell to their opponents on Sunday in nearly synchronized losses. But there was plenty else to occupy Western New Yorkers' attention this weekend. Here are some of our best-read stories: Thurman Thom…