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To help set the mood for a production of "The Bridges of Madison County," Kavinoky Theatre director Loraine O'Donnell and the show's romantic leads, Steve Copps and Michelle Marie Benzin, journeyed to the great state of Iowa to caucus with those now-famous covered bridges. We can see how it all worked out starting Jan. 10, when the musical adaptation of Robert James Waller…

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Celebrating "local" has been a strong trend in eating and shopping, but the practice isn't limited to those categories. Buffalo's artists and musicians crave local support; in some cases, they're relying on these talents as chief sources of income. This week's event suggestions are all of the local variety, touching on a monthlong concert series downtown and a lighthear…

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First and foremost, this weekend is about the Buffalo Bills, who visit Houston on Saturday for the AFC wild-card game – but there's plenty of related activity here in Buffalo. (Thankfully, as this weekend is usually among the quietest of the year). You should know where you can eat for free or purchase discounted food and/or drink while watching Josh Allen compete in hi…

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A recent CityLab story suggested we here in Western New York might become a “climate refugee-friendly destination,” delivering a line that somehow encapsulates the Buffalo experience: “With climate change, the world is going to suck, but Buffalo may suck less.” The business of “sucking less” over the last year involved an expanding arts and culture scene that provided a we…

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Yes yes yes we know. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is cocooning for a couple of years so it can emerge as a bigger, even more dazzling butterfly. But that does not mean this is now a city without art. And winter is a wonderful time to enjoy what all the area's other galleries have to offer in climate-controlled comfort. Let's face it,  nobody controls climate as well as…

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A shattered window was not part of chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski's holiday plans for Cantina Loco, but the events that followed the Dec. 14 vandalism – a confluence of goodwill, public art and a festive spirit – will seal this saga as an unexpectedly positive memory. Andrzejewski and his staff quickly boarded up the broken window, and then a discussion between the chef a…

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When you donate tens of millions of dollars to an art gallery, you can have some say about what will be exhibited there. Or so it seems, based on the latest social media post from Albright-Knox benefactor Jeffrey Gundlach. Gundlach, the Amherst native who went on to lead one of the most successful investment management firms in the United States, weighed in Wednesday…

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It's not quite the banana duct-taped to a wall. But you could call it post-modern. Buffalo-style. Monday morning, as Buffalo Bills fans continued to relish the 17-10 win the previous night over the Pittsburgh Steelers, clinching a spot in the NFL playoffs, Stephanie Wilson, who describes herself as "Boston Based" and a "Bills Blogger & Insta Queen for @atbsportsn…

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Plan on parking before you get to Main Street in East Aurora the evening of Dec. 21, because the entire stretch between Olean and Riley streets will be taken over by the village's 47th annual Carolcade from 7 to 8 p.m. Before and after, check out all the shops, not just the must-see Vidler's, and enjoy the caroling (song sheets provided) plus hot cocoa, doughnuts and Sa…

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Whether with its production, pours or ambitious packaging, craft beer is long past the point of being considered an art form. Find the right draft and its frothy, full-bodied presence can generate more mouths agape than the most abstract work of Jasper Johns. With this noted, it makes perfect sense that Buffalo’s granddaddy of beer purveyors, Flying Bison, established i…

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Christmas is the time for carolers and choral singers, and for proof we only have to look at the week ahead. The Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus appears in the last of its three "Evolution: You Are Peace" concerts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (4369 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park). The chorus will be joined by members of the Chromatic Club of Buffal…

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The Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda holds its fifth annual "Art Off the Wall" art sale and fundraiser from 6 to 9 pm. Dec. 5. Guests will have a choice of dozens of 5-by-7-inch artworks to purchase, each for $20, with all proceeds going to the center. Works include sketches, watercolors, oils, collages and other media, all donated by local artists. All the pieces…

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Lewiston's 50-member community chorus, the Lewiston Choraleers, will be singing in the season throughout the coming week with concerts in four different venues. All shows are open to the public; tickets are $5 and the door (children 12 and younger get in free). The Choraleers perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at St. John de LaSalle Catholic Church (8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Fa…

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The number of artworks displayed to the public will more than double when the expanded and renamed Buffalo Albright-Knox-Gundlach Art Museum, or Buffalo AKG Art Museum, reopens in 2022. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has a collection of nearly 8,000 modern and contemporary artworks but could display only 2% due to lack of space. But the day more can be shown drew clos…

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Buffalo is awash in creative types, nestled in neighborhoods such as Allentown and Elmwood, but stretching all over Western New York. The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center – inside the former Niagara Falls High School – is a gem to the north, while the WNY Book Arts Center, proudly occupying the corner of Washington and East Mohawk, stands out as another downtown. The…