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1) Shamrock Run, 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race start March 12 in Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). $35 online registration can be purchased here. Packet pickup is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 at the race location. Commentary: Here's one sign that we're sprinting toward spring: the 8k Shamrock Run, which is usually cursed for a rainy, cold Saturday,…

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For more than a year, with short breaks for reshuffling, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s small gallery on the first floor of Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) has been the best possible place to take the artistic pulse of the region. Thanks to the exhaustive and exhausting work of three intrepid curators, whose seven-part “Amid/In Western New York” has distilled the crea…

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1) Chillabration, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 15; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 16; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 17; 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Free to attend, but some of the activities, like Paint the Town, certain windows of ice skating and the Frozen Buffalo Bar Crawl, for example, require money. Commentary: Remember when Buffalo hosted Winterfest and th…

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Artist: Peter Stephens // Title: "The Case for Dark Matter" // On view in "Amid/In Western New York 2015," through March 15 in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Buffalo painter Peter Stephens has a thing for quantum physics. His fascination with the strange and sometimes counter-intuitive behavior of subatomic particles has overtaken his abstract paintings, which since …

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In the American art world, ambitious surveys of regional art scenes generally come with a great deal of fanfare. There’s usually a flashy title, a hefty catalog, an overdose of esoteric curator-speak about some trumped-up theme – all designed to convince audiences that this show is important. But that’s just not John Massier’s style. The longtime visual arts curator at …