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The Northland Workforce Training Center has plenty of hot air. It's just not in the right places – and that put a definite chill in the East Side facility this winter. The culprit: An apparent mistake in the design of the heating system, and it could cost the city agency overseeing the project nearly $500,000 to fix. Here's the problem: The ceilings in the longtime f…

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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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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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One is the hottest female pop star of the moment, while the other is a three-decade veteran of the spotlight. Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey, two female pop icons, both come to Buffalo this weekend for shows in KeyBank Center and Shea's Buffalo Theatre, respectively. Even though they're more than 20 years apart in age, the pair has much in common: exceptional vocal t…

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We promise this week's Buffalo events will be more entertaining than the Super Bowl, the rather dull, low-scoring affair in which the Bills' bitter adversary continued its (rather sketchy) dynasty. It won't take much to trump it, and yes, it was agonizing to write that last sentence. Although there's not much scheduled for Monday - go outside and enjoy the sun and the h…

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Imagine you're curled up in bed with a cup of hot cocoa and then glance over at your fun-sized Christmas tree. Suddenly, the stressful thought that the holiday season is flying by rushes over you. You start to think of all the fun things you could do. Pretty much the whole holiday season is stuffed into four short weeks in December, from music to family parties to chees…

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Welcome to Buffalo, Bengal. You scored the jackpot in the neighborhood department -- perhaps that was a factor in your collegiate choice -- with the Elmwood Village, widely considered a hub of the city’s arts, culture and shopping. After you’ve settled into your diminutive dorm room, hung your inspirational quote decals and indie movie posters on the wall, stuffed your…

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A garden of echinacea, hibiscus and pussy willow plants has engulfed the entire side of the exposed, yellow-brick wall on the side of the 6 1/2-story Sinclair Building at 465 Washington St. downtown, snaking around windows and extending to the rooftop. The latest installation of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's public art initiative is as gargantuan — 80 feet tall by 160…

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The 2018-19 season of the annual Art of Jazz series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery has been announced, and it offers an impressive marriage of legendary names and bright, vital up-and-coming artists. The new season comprises four shows: Sullivan Fortner and his Trio on Nov. 17 Joe Lovano's Trio Tapestry on Jan. 27, 2019 Carla Bley on March 17, 2019 Edmar Castane…

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The Buffalo Planning Board gave its backing to plans by billionaire philanthropist Jeffrey Gundlach to construct a caretaker's residence and garage behind his new Buffalo home. The investment manager and founder of DoubleLine Capital – who donated $52.5 million to his hometown's Albright-Knox Art Gallery – wants to knock down an old garage in the back of his property at…

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Not satisfied with just donating a record amount of money to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, philanthropist Jeffrey Gundlach now wants to live near it. The billionaire investment manager, who owns a $15 million estate in the Pacific Palisades of Los Angeles, will use a 5,204-square-foot mansion at 76 Lincoln Parkway as his home when in town. Gundlach bought the 0.41-a…

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Buffalo knew pure "Mellow Gold" was in store when Beck was announced as the headliner of Rockin’ at the Knox. But while gold was struck in the undefinable musician's decades-long and genre-spanning performing prowess, so too did lightning. It warned us in the distance, sent dark, gray skies and wind gusts as fair warning, then arrived in full force with heavy rain th…

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Lazlo Hollyfeld, 5 p.m. July 12, Buffalo Place's Queen City Social (20 Fountain Plaza), Free. Long-running instrumental act Lazlo Hollyfeld will entertain the happy hour crowd at Fountain Plaza this week. The experimental post-rock band's performance, its first since sharing the stage with Aqueous at a New Year's Eve engagement at Town Ballroom, is part of Buffalo Pl…

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"Stellaluna" by Theatre of Youth 2 p.m. at Allendale Theatre (203 Allen St.). It may not be every child’s fantasy to be raised by birds, but that’s the impressively bizarre premise of “Stellaluna,” the latest offering from Buffalo’s premiere children’s theater company. By an unfortunate sequence of events, the title character finds her way to a bird’s nest, where th…