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1) Madd Tiki Winter Luau, 4 p.m. to midnight on Feb. 6 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.) Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Usually the winter luau falls in the dead of winter that makes you fondly covet warmer times. But it will be around 40 degrees on Saturday with minimal snow on the ground. Few are complaining. [See photos from the 2015 Madd …

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Give for Greatness, the local arts philanthropy founded by then-Artvoice publisher Jamie Moses in the wake of the 2011 cultural funding crisis, has named its latest round of grantees. The grants, administered by Arts Services Initiative, will be awarded in $1,000 allotments to these 30 organizations, chosen from 83 applicants: 1891 Fredonia Opera House Brazen-Faced Var…

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On Wednesday night, the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York held a ceremony to honor the leading figures and organizations of the regional cultural community. Here are the winners: Organization of the Year: Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (Nominated: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy) Artist of the Year: David Michael Miller (…

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More than a dozen Buffalo-area museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission Saturday, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced. Participating institutions include (Note: click on the links for further information): Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo History Museum Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst Buffalo Religious Arts Center Burchfield Penney Art Cen…

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Tod A. Kniazuk, director of the Buffalo-based advocacy group Arts Services Initiative, recently spoke on a panel at the national convention of Americans for the Arts. His topic was the way the cultural community worked with, around and eventually against former Erie County Executive Chris Collins and built a new constituency that in his view fostered support for increased…