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Time was that Buffalo's Pride celebration was concentrated into a couple of frenzied weekend days of parades and revelry. In recent years, though, the festival's organizers have made a concerted effort to turn what was once a pair of parades and a few accoutrements into a weeklong celebration of Buffalo's LGBTQ culture. The week started May 29 with a flag-raising in …

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If your dance moves are feeling a little tired, the Buffalo Museum of Science has just the thing for you: A dance festival based on the dank stylings and cutting-edge movements of intestinal bacteria. The institution is hosting a four-day dance and art festival based on the human microbiome – that is, the diverse community of living bacteria that inhabit the human body …

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For veterans across the country, the challenges of their time in combat zones often linger long after they return home. Though the plight of many veterans to re-enter society has been well-documented in the media, it's rare to hear directly from former soldiers about the struggles they face on the home front. That will change for Western New Yorkers this fall, when a…

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Another sculptural tribute to the flowing waters of the Niagara River will be installed in downtown Niagara Falls in late June. Following the controversial installation of Jeff Laramore's $600,000 steel sculpture on Centennial Circle last year, a smaller piece by Buffalo sculptor Jesse Walp will soon rise on Old Falls Street. The 14-foot-wide, 26-foot-tall structure …

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Dark Star Orchestra 7 p.m. in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $30 in advance here or $34 at the door. The musicians who make up Dark Star Orchestra not only re-create the live Grateful Dead experience -- they take it a step further. They follow historic set lists, and they invent their own. Most importantly they capture that elusive, free-spirited Grateful De…

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Every day in May before dawn, Mathias Svalina rises from his bed in a Main Street hostel, packs his bag with 37 pink, hand-addressed envelopes and sets out into the sleeping city. On his 1985 Raleigh Kodiak bicycle, he pedals past potholes and winds through dimly lit parkways. Sometimes he stops to admire the spiders, foxes, rabbits and deer that crawl across the city's…

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Shea's Wine, Food and Beer Festival 5:30 p.m. at 646 Main St. Tickets $30 pre-sale here, $35 door, $45 VIP. Bites and sips from area restaurants, breweries and winemakers take center stage for the 23rd festival raising funds for the grand dame of Buffalo theater. Besides food and drink, participants get a chance to explore areas of the 1926 theater normally off-limits …

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It's not often that an art gallery based in Paris sets up shop in an abandoned Rust Belt gymnasium. Actually, it has likely never happened before. But on May 17, Buffalonians and New York City-based art aficionados will be on hand for the opening of an exhibition mounted by Paris-based Galerie PACT featuring work by the American painter Michael Bevilacqua. Why Buffal…

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Ten 2,000-pound sculptures by Robert Indiana, the groundbreaking artist best known for his iconic "LOVE" prints and sculptures, will soon be installed along Buffalo's Outer Harbor as part of a summerlong celebration of Indiana's career. The installation of the 8-foot-tall steel numbers was approved Monday morning by the board of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. T…

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It's not just magnolias and cherry trees that are finally blossoming in this delayed-onset Buffalo spring. Public art is blooming, too, and the first bright buds of a summerlong profusion of art are set to emerge this month with the commencement of three high-profile mural projects on Hertel Avenue and the East Side. As part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's busiest…

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Since 2014, Casey Riordan Millard's "Shark Girl" sculpture has been a star attraction at Canalside, where her toothy grimace, amphibious anatomy and quirky presence have drawn thousands of adoring fans. But those throngs of visitors, who tend to be hands-on with their favorite piece of public art, have left the sculpture in need of frequent maintenance and touch-ups. …

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1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 to 11 p.m. May 12 at roughly 20 locations throughout the Village of Hamburg. Wristband for entrance into participating venues, including Memorial Park, runs for $10 and may be purchased at any of five locations. Commentary: In Memorial Park and in venues throughout the village, live music will resonate in Hamburg all day Saturday. Restaurant…

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"ForeFront" at the Terrace at Delaware Park 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 199 Lincoln Parkway. Tickets are $35 or $60 per pair; details here. If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Terrace, one of Buffalo’s most buzzworthy new destinations, here’s an opportunity: ForeFront, a fundraiser for the YWCA of Western New York, will feature the work of many local female artists, …

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Bullet For My Valentine Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St.). Tickets are $27.50 advance here, $32 day-of-show. 103.3 the Edge is presenting a heavy rock throw-down at the Rapids, with Welsh alt-metallers Bullet For My Valentine headlining a bill that also includes opening salvos from Trivium and Toothgrinder. The BFMV crew will be debu…

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Kevin Hart 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center. Tickets cost between $39 and $129, and are available at tickets.com. If you doubt Kevin Hart is one of the biggest names in American comedy, consider this: The comedian and film star, most recently in "Jumanji," who brings his "Irresponsible" tour to Buffalo, sold out two shows when he last visited in April 2015. Read Tim O'Shei's r…