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Summer’s a time to increase your concert intake of familiar names, but it’s also a chance to fall in love with new music. Don’t think you need to deviate from the six bands you loved in high school? Understood, though note: there are plenty of acts headed to town that, though unfamiliar to you, are currently delivering material worthy of rotation inside your select whee…

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Death Cab for Cutie has been locked in to headline this year's Rockin' at the Knox at 4 p.m. June 16 on the grounds of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.). Following last year's soggy sell-out featuring a dance-heavy headlining set from Beck, the beloved Seattle act, making its first city appearance since a string-supported performance in Kleinhans Music H…

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Operators of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced that a week of free admission to the museum for Erie County residents will commence Feb. 16 to Feb. 23 as part of Erie County Free Week. It's intended to express gratitude to Erie County taxpayers and elected officials for their support of museum operations, Albright-Knox Director Janne Sirén said in a statement. “…

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The Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series returns for a new season at 2 p.m. July 8 outside the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.). For five consecutive weeks, the gallery's Delaware stairs will hold the family-friendly summer tradition. In case of rain, the concert will move inside to the auditorium. All concerts are free and begin at 2 p.m. Kicking off the ser…

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Every year, Erie County residents kick in about $550,000 to fund the operations of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, plus about $60,000 toward the salary of a public art curator. This week, as it has done for the past four years, the gallery is showing its thanks to the county by waiving admission fees for a week for Erie County residents, from March 29 to April 5. "The…

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Walking into the darkened gallery that contains the first artworks in Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s ambitious exhibition “Screen Play: Life in an Animated World” is like accidentally channel-surfing into someone else’s nightmare.A 2009 “still life” by Jason Salavon featuring the slowly morphing skull of a baboon next to a candlestick hangs on one wall, not far from a floor p…

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In past years, Squeaky Wheel’s popular outdoor animation festival has been a must-see fixture of the Buffalo Infringement Festival. But this summer, to the inevitable delight of those who have doublebooked themselves with Infringement events in past years, it’s taking place outside the festival’s purview.The 12th annual festival will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday outside the A…

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There’s a special thrill that comes from peeking into the lives of famous artists.When you look at Francis Bacon’s garbage-strewn studio, where he created his famous paintings of screaming popes and hanging cuts of meat, you feel like you’re intruding into a space not meant for public eyes. When you see Jackson Pollock flinging skeins of wet paint onto a canvas, you’re wat…

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Shark Girl is back from vacation ahead of schedule, and she's looking good. The popular sculpture, which was removed earlier this month to undergo minor conservation work after a rough winter, returned Tuesday afternoon to its new location at Canalside near one of the newly constructed bridges beside the historic Commercial Slip. "I am really excited about Shark Girl's…