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Think of it as a contest you automatically win. The Buffalo Infringement Festival, a yearly compendium of head-spinning variety that transforms Allentown and environs into an indoor-outdoor extravaganza of unbridled cultural activity, is accepting submissions for this year's festival through May 1. The upside for artists? No proposals are turned down. That's thanks to t…

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Over the past few months, as the debate over moving back Buffalo's bar closing time has intensified, we've heard the refrain ad nauseum: "Nothing good happens after 2 a.m." Well, not in our experience. As denizens of Buffalo's thriving late-night culture, we in The Buffalo News features department present 10 examples of late-late-night experiences that contradict this dr…

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Well, that was fast. This year's Buffalo Infringement Festival draws to a close tonight, after 11 days of feverish activity in more than 90 venues throughout the city. Since today is the last chance to get Infringey, here are some suggestions for closing out the festival in style: 1) Megafringe, an Allen Street mini-fest, 12 to 8 p.m. This is what Infringement is all ab…

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The end is in sight. But before the Buffalo Infringement Festival closes out tomorrow, there are still dozens upon dozens of worthy events and performances to satisfy nearly every artistic appetite. Here are five possibilities for today: 1) Bidwell Farmers' Market #2, Bidwell Park, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Start your day with a stroll thought the idyllic Bidwell Farmers' …

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What's happening today at the Buffalo Infringement Festival? In short, everything. Here are but five options: 1) "Car Stories," Nietzsche's parking lot, 4 to 7 p.m. This piece of interactive theater, performed entirely within a parked car, is the work of the Montreal-based troupe Optative Theatre Laboratories and its founder, Donavan King. King and company founded the f…

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Have you ever wanted to have your dope Atari skills projected onto the side of a respected art museum? Well, you're in luck, because that's one of the dozens of activities available to you today (see item No. 3), the final Thursday of the Buffalo Infringement Festival. Here are today's five picks, selected from a dizzying menu of diverse options: 1) Morning music @ Infri…

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We're past the halfway point of the Buffalo Infringement Festival now, with no signs of any slowdown in sight. Today's schedule, with  more than 30 separate events and group shows, is a case in point. I've waded through it and pulled out five suggestions, but do take a look at the full schedule as well. 1) Ornithologist's Delight, noon to 2:30 p.m., Ol' Wondermoth Co-op H…

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Today is one of the Buffalo Infringement Festival's slower days, but there's still an absurd amount happening throughout the city as festivalgoers recover from a hyperactive weekend. Here are five picks for today: 1) Jonathan Foster, 11 a.m., Cafe Taza Start your day in a lazy way with a cup of coffee and a performance from this singer-songwriter, who will perform new son…

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One of the under-sung benefits of the Buffalo Infringement Festival is the opportunity it provides to explore spaces you've either never heard of or wouldn't otherwise venture into. To that end, today's five music-heavy Infringement picks feature venues that are probably not on your usual rounds: 1) Uncle Sam's Sunday Shenanigans, 2 to 8 p.m., Uncle Sam's Army Navy This af…

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If you are one of those people who try to see EVERYTHING that the Buffalo Infringement Festival has to offer, then good luck to you. But if you want to take in at least one good show each night during the festival's 11 days, then Mohawk Place is, well, the place for you on Monday as the venue welcomes back Buffalo's own Rebecca Ryskalczyk for her latest visit. Currently r…

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My main piece of advice for today, the first Saturday of the 11th Buffalo Infringement Festival, is pretty simple: Just walk outside and follow your ears and eyes. So jam-packed is today's schedule that aimless wandering from venue to venue seems the best approach, especially in neighborhoods where Garden Walk Buffalo is also in full flower. But if you want a few suggesti…

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For indie music fans, Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle concert at Canalside is not only the biggest event of the weekend, but it's likely one of the highlights of the summer. But, if you don't already have a ticket, then you're probably not going to get one. The show is sold out -- 12,000 tickets have been purchased -- and the eight StubHub tickets remaining range from thr…

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Today's the day that the Buffalo Infringement Festival really starts heating up. The schedule features more than 50 separate shows, many with multiple performers. If you can't find something to like in today's absurdly diverse schedule, online at Infringebuffalo.org, it's probably time to check that pulse. Here's my list of enticing picks for today: 1) Open Busking, 12 to…

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Today marks the opening of the 11th annual Buffalo Infringement Festival, a sprawling, multidisciplinary celebration of Western New York's profound underground spread across 92 venues and 11 days. Each day during the festival, I'll present five picks for promising Infringement events, sometimes based on past festivalgoing experience, sometimes on community buzz and other …

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Is your favorite bar stool at the local watering hole starting to perfectly conform to the shape of your body? Or maybe the seat of your favorite recliner? It happens to the best of us. Try something a little different this week. Out for Business at the Beach, 5 to 7 p.m. July 23 at Woodlawn Beach Tiki Bar (3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell) Pack a change of clothes before …