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Community members had a chance Monday to weigh in on two major development projects along Elmwood Avenue — and they didn't take it. The Buffalo Planning Board held public hearings about the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's proposed expansion and the planned conversion by Ellicott Development Co. and Sinatra & Company Real Estate of the former Women & Children's Hospi…

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After days of hot, humid weather, Sunday’s lower temperatures and gentle breezes welcomed concertgoers to the inaugural concert of the 38th annual Buffalo News Jazz at the Albright-Knox series. The number of years this particular concert series has survived is a tribute to founder Stan Lipsey’s vision of an outdoor jazz concert and the people who’ve helped to make it so. …

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This is an elite concert and festival weekend in Buffalo, as it's entirely reasonable to hit four major happenings in the span of three days. For those who acted fast for the sold-out Taste of Country, that accounts for Friday night, with a prospective doubleheader of Juneteenth and Thin Man's Summer Solstice a diverse selection on Saturday. Cap the weekend with Death C…

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Ben Nichols, 7 p.m. June 15, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $20. Ben Nichols and Oliver Peck's joint Bikeriders tour will roll into town for a pit stop at the Town Ballroom. Longtime frontman of the gritty Memphis alt-country outfit Lucero, the gravel-voiced songwriter has taken his tour around the country for a handful of years to share songs from his debut solo effo…

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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…