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Food trucks are virtually omnipresent in Buffalo, popping up in business parks, outside hotels, at the heart of neighborhoods and more. But one place where they're not typically found? Amusement parks. That changes on Saturday, when Fantasy Island hosts its own Food Truck Festival. The Grand Island entertainment site changed hands in 2016, despite major upgrades the yea…

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Before the joy of his Ninth, before the iconic da-da-da-dum of his Fifth, Beethoven wrote his Symphony No. 3. Though less famous than those later works, the powerful and intricate composition piece rewrote what 19th century Europe thought a symphony could be. Two hundred years later, it maintains its power and will be moving audiences at Kleinhans Music Hall in two perform…

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Robert Hirsch's photographic installation, "Ghosts: French Holocaust Children," will be at the Jewish Community Center, 2640 North Forest Road, Amherst, May 6 through June 28. An opening night reception with Hirsch, a former executive director and chief curator at CEPA Gallery, is scheduled to be held 7 to 9 p.m. May 6. The film, "Sarah's Key," will be shown the foll…

The director of journalism at the University at Buffalo and a photographer have teamed up to tell the stories of refugees living in Buffalo. Titled "Finding Refuge in Buffalo," journalist Jody K. Biehl and photojournalist Brendan Bannon have created a collection of 24 stories that shed light on Buffalo's newest residents while drawing comparisons to European refugees fr…

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Lewiston Council on the Arts seeks creative high school student artists to participate in the 35th annual KeyBank Chalkwalk Competition. The chalk-drawing event will be held Aug. 10 during the Lewiston Art Festival. The festival will pay homage to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the Summer of Love, focusing on the cultural revolution that changed art, music and…

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Among the spate of openings in local theaters this week are shows dedicated to two iconic Americans, one of them an "accidental" president and the other one of the most successful and prolific singer-songwriters in recent memory. Lundy's one-man show Actor David Lundy will reprise his role as President Harry Truman when he brings "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" to the Taylor The…

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In 2017, after critics came out in force against the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's plan to create a grand plaza out of its low-key courtyard, gallery leaders and architects retreated to the drawing board. Together with the consulting firms Preservation Studios and PBMW, the New York State Office of Historic Preservation and a subcommittee of the Buffalo Preservation Board…

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You could spend this Saturday afternoon doing the same old thing. Or you could follow this (admittedly fairly bizarre) itinerary of carousel-riding, American raga music, bubble tea and Italian food. North Tonawanda is home to all of the above, and who says you shouldn't explore it all in one afternoon? By Saturday night, you should feel more well-rounded. You did, af…

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It was the first place I landed in Buffalo, in 1989, on a day-trip from SUNY Fredonia, where I was wrapping up my BA. In many ways, it has maintained its gravitational pull on me since. The Elmwood Strip – now known by a slightly more bougie moniker, the Elmwood Village, indicative of its upgrade from cheap-college-and-bohemian-artist lodgings to urban mecca, with most …

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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…