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SAN FRANCISCO — Bitstrips may seem like a sudden sensation now that the app maker’s comic vignettes are all over Facebook and other social networks. But the Toronto startup’s success was a drawn-out process.The concept for a mobile application that lets people turn their lives into comic strips took shape as a high school diversion more than 20 years…

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Early last week, Mike Brown received two important pieces of mail at his recording studio on the outskirts of Geneseo: a shutoff notice from the local gas company and an invitation to Sunday's 56th Annual Grammy Awards.That unexpected double-dose of good and bad news seemed to suit Brown, a proudly noncommercial musician who has spent most of his young career working happi…

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Early last week, Mike Brown received two important pieces of mail at his recording studio on the outskirts of Geneseo: a shutoff notice from the local gas company and an invitation to Sunday's 56th Annual Grammy Awards.That unexpected double-dose of good and bad news seemed to suit Brown, a proudly noncommercial musician who has spent most of his young career working happi…

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Fotini Galanes and Jesse Walp, two Buffalo artists working in different media and with distinct motivations, each makes art in which the human hand is difficult to detect. Galanes’ entrancing pencil drawings of vaguely organic shapes are the result of hours of meticulous work, often done in public spaces. Walp’s sculptures, strange biomorphic entities hewn from wood that m…

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Fotini Galanes and Jesse Walp, two Buffalo artists working in different media and with distinct motivations, each makes art in which the human hand is difficult to detect. Galanes’ entrancing pencil drawings of vaguely organic shapes are the result of hours of meticulous work, often done in public spaces. Walp’s sculptures, strange biomorphic entities hewn from wood that m…

Ani Hoover is no longer going around in circles.For a time, the Buffalo artist’s brightly colored orbs, which sent dramatic streams of acrylic paint dribbling down vertical sheets of thick paper or long rectangles of wood, were bubbling up all over town. A bold example of that career-defining style, minus the drips, is still visible on the facade of Starlight Studio and Ga…

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There’s nothing even remotely simple about the way humans relate to other animals. We keep some as pets and order others up medium-rare. We adore some in zoos and hunt others for sport. And we anthropomorphize them in exceedingly strange ways, from touching morality tales such as “Charlotte’s Web” to bizarre narratives on the order of “Babe: Pig in the City.”For Buffalo ar…

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There’s nothing even remotely simple about the way humans relate to other animals. We keep some as pets and order others up medium-rare. We adore some in zoos and hunt others for sport. And we anthropomorphize them in exceedingly strange ways, from touching morality tales such as “Charlotte’s Web” to bizarre narratives on the order of “Babe: Pig in the City.”For Buffalo ar…

Ani Hoover is no longer going around in circles.For a time, the Buffalo artist’s brightly colored orbs, which sent dramatic streams of acrylic paint dribbling down vertical sheets of thick paper or long rectangles of wood, were bubbling up all over town. A bold example of that career-defining style, minus the drips, is still visible on the facade of Starlight Studio…

In the late 1930s and early ’40s, when a vibrant neighborhood was rising up along Amherst Street in Black Rock and pollution was not yet a thing, Richard Kubiniec would often wheel a wagon loaded with his family’s trash to the edge of Scajaquada Creek and dump its contents.Other families also had used the creek as a dumping ground for decades, as did a paint company and fo…

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A raw, post-industrial space on a resurgent block of Niagara Street will become home to Buffalo’s newest art space in June, when the recently launched Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery opens its doors to the public.The new commercial gallery at 1250 Niagara St., which had a soft opening during September’s Echo Art Fair in the Central Library, is the brainchild of former A…

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Over the last century, Buffalo has done practically everything in its power to erase Scajaquada Creek from the city’s landscape. And over the course of the next century, a group of neighborhood residents is hoping to bring it back.The storied history of the creek and the ambitions of those hoping to resuscitate it are on display in a compact exhibition of photograph…

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Over the last century, Buffalo has done practically everything in its power to erase Scajaquada Creek from the city’s landscape. And over the course of the next century, a group of neighborhood residents is hoping to bring it back.The storied history of the creek and the ambitions of those hoping to resuscitate it are on display in a compact exhibition of photographs of th…

DETROIT – National and local philanthropic foundations have committed $330 million toward a deal that would help preserve the Detroit Institute of Arts’ renowned collection by bolstering the city’s employee pension funds, federal mediators involved in the city’s bankruptcy proceedings announced Monday.A group including the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Joh…

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An art project of biblical proportions will begin to take shape this summer in the Burchfield Penney Art Center as a group of artists and curators prepare to float a barge loaded with art and music along the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Brooklyn and back.The multi-year project will begin its first public phase July 11 in the main gallery of the Burchfield Penney, when organi…