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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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ReSounding: Sonny Baker, 7 p.m. March 21, Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), $5-$10. Burchfield Penny's ReSounding music series will return for its next installment Thursday night at the Elmwood Village gallery with a full band performance by Sonny Baker. The Buffalo wunderkind, also a long-time employee at the Burchfield, has spent half of his life pl…

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On the opening night of Paul Vanouse’s latest exhibit, "Labor," at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the smell of sweat wasn’t too strong ... yet. In the gallery’s Project Space, three bubbling tanks containing fiery orange liquids continuously excreted three distinct scents, each resembling human sweat. The tanks are hooked up by tangles of clear tubing to a crisp whit…

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The two premier concerts scheduled for this weekend - Every Time I Die's TID the Season in RiverWorks and Lindsey Stirling's gig at Shea's Buffalo - sold out well in advance. But don't fret! The Buffalo area welcomes two cookie-focused events, two compelling holiday markets and a partridge sauntering down Southwestern Boulevard. 1. Niagara Falls SantaCon, 4 to 11 p.m…

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Stay Gold, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), free. The Burchfield Penney's Stay Gold event returns for another go around as part of the gallery's ongoing Second Friday series. Entering its third year, the community art party, a rather juiced-up version of its monthly event, continues to present an across-the-board look of the curren…

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Gabriel Kahane, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), $22. Composer and singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane is set to make a special appearance at the Burchfield Penney on Friday. The NYC resident is currently on tour in support of his ambitious new record, the sparse and intimate "Book of Travelers." To prep, he took an unplugged, nearly 9,00…

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The power of cinema to inspire conversation is a key element of the riverrun Global Film Series. For its third year, running from Oct. 10-12 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), riverrun explores the cinema, culture and history of Mexico. While Mexican filmmakers have taken the world by storm in recent years, riverrun curator Tanya Shilina-Conte sai…

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Jacob Peter, 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), free with paid gallery admission. ReSounding, a new musical series from the folks at the Burchfield Penney, is set to debut with a kickoff performance from songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Peter. Earlier this month, he shared his latest collection of album, a sort-of collection …

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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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Dark Star Orchestra 7 p.m. in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $30 in advance here or $34 at the door. The musicians who make up Dark Star Orchestra not only re-create the live Grateful Dead experience -- they take it a step further. They follow historic set lists, and they invent their own. Most importantly they capture that elusive, free-spirited Grateful De…

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Opening of Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center 4 to 9 p.m. at 825 Depot Ave. West, Niagara Falls. Cost is $20 to attend - ticket details here. It's a big moment for Western New York: The Underground Railroad Heritage Center, honoring the region's important role in the liberation of former slaves, is opening Friday, featuring trombonist Wycliffe Gordon an…

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Each of Philip Koch's oil paintings, on view in a long-planned exhibition in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, is an invitation to get lost. Like Edward Hopper's oils, they employ sunlight as an intoxicant, bathing rural landscapes in impractical washes of illumination that beg the viewer: "Explore me." His most recent work, while keeping one foot in what Koch calls …

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It's time to take a step back. The Super Bowl is over. The State of the Union has happened. According to a certain groundhog, we're facing several more weeks of winter. What better time to contemplate the contradictions and absurdities of current moment? That's just what's on offer in the Burchfield Penney Art Center's exhibition "At This Time," a poetic attempt t…

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What do black people think about being black? Buffalo filmmaker Korey Green and producer Pete Johnson asked lots of people that question, most of them in Buffalo. The result is "The Blackness Project," an hourlong documentary in which African-Americans talk candidly about being black. The film will debut during Black History Month at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Burchfield Pe…

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A Musical Feast, Buffalo's adventurous concert series, is back in fine form, with an evening brimming with new music. The centerpiece of the group's next concert is "Coleccion Nocturna," by Buffalo composer David Felder. Inspired by a poem by Pablo Neruda, the music is scored for clarinet and piano. Felder's special blend of electronics helps it evoke what concert organ…