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The Shallows, 7 p.m. May 2, Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), $5-$10. The freshman season of the Burchfield Penney's ReSoundings music series concludes with a performance by roots outfit the Shallows. Following in the footsteps of local songwriters Jacob Peter and Sonny Baker, the Shallows, led by singer and storyteller Joe Myers (Mr. Boneless, Oats H…

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I'll admit to confusing Plantasia, the coming exhibit at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, with "Fantasia," the 1940 Walt Disney animated film put to classical music. (Cut me a break: how many words rhyme with "-asia"?) The two are actually remarkably different, as the former teases spring in Buffalo's not-so-distant future, while the latter involves Mickey Mouse's curious attem…

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In the 1960s and '70s, the musical avant-garde flourished in Buffalo, exemplified by the Creative Associates at the University at Buffalo. Its shock waves reached Kleinhans Music Hall, where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's music director, Lukas Foss, embraced the experimentation. That old spirit lives on in the concert series called "A Musical Feast." Organizers de…

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Last September, University at Buffalo graduate student Ashley Powell sparked a local controversy with national implications when she posted a series of provocative signs on the university’s Amherst campus. The signs, which displayed the words “black only” and “white only,” drew both ire and applause from observers, who clashed over whether the project was a sophomoric stu…

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Last September, University at Buffalo graduate student Ashley Powell sparked a local controversy with national implications when she posted a series of provocative signs on the university’s Amherst campus. The signs, which displayed the words “black only” and “white only,” drew both ire and applause from observers, who clashed over whether the project was a sophomoric stu…

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It's been a good week of events already, highlighted by the unbelievably well-attended grain elevator illumination (sees Marcus Foligno, stops breathing), the grand-opening of Sonic Drive-In and the annual Buffalo Without Borders, but that doesn't mean the weekend will be sad and awkward. Here is The 10, without spookiness levels this time because Halloween is thankfully …

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John Coltrane’s “classic” quartet played only one gig in Buffalo in the 1960’s. It was at the legendary club called The Royal Arms in September of 1963.I wish I could report that it was a transcendental experience. It was certainly extraordinary in every way but it was also extraordinarily frustrating. The art of sound mixing live performances hadn’t routinely come to jazz…

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Charles Burchfield made some pretty loud paintings. For him, the woods he ventured into were infinite symphonies, cacophonous in color as well as in sound. In his watercolors, he tried to capture the full sensory experience of nature, condense it into a series of symbols and then employ those symbols to replicate and amplify that experience for the viewer. Many of Burchf…

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The Burchfield Penney Arts Center is presenting a double-decker block of music on its front yard Friday evening, as part of its monthly Second Friday series. The music starts at 5:30 p.m. with long-time instrumental act Lazlo Hollyfeld. Featuring one of Buffalo's busiest musicians in Sonny Baker and the elusive electronic xylophone, the experimental groove rockers are the…

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A rolling series of snaps and pops drifts through the narrow opening of the contemporary project space in the Burchfield Penney Art Center. It is the sound of Geiger counters measuring background radiation in Phillip David Stearns’ captivating new installation “A Chandelier for One of Many Possible Ends” and it fills the nearby halls with its idiosyncr…

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Do you know what's a powerful antidote for holiday stress? Attending an event that you enjoy. It sounds simple, but there are several activities in Western New York this weekend perfect for temporarily forgetting your uneasiness about snow tires, the neighbors' inflated Santa spilling into your lawn or the alarming number of candy-cane Milano cookies you housed in one sit…

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Watercolor painter Charles E. Burchfield, at his best, was a conduit through which nature spoke. He carted his easel and brushes and paints into the wilds of West Seneca, peered into the woods for long stretches and absorbed everything about the scene: The sounds of birds and crickets, the way sunlight broke through clouds and spilled across the leaves of trees, even the …

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At some point in the last couple of decades, the film version of author Jean Shepherd’s “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” became the most beloved holiday film since George Bailey contemplated suicide. I am, of course, talking about “A Christmas Story,” the still-funny-after-all-these-years tale of Ralphie’s quest for a Red Rider BB gun. So popular is the film that TN…

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The battle-hardened veterans filed neatly into the gallery of the Erie County Legislature’s chambers in Old County Hall on Monday afternoon, many of them carrying small placards identifying their individual regiments: The Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Lancaster Opera House. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Juneteenth. The Orchard Park Chorale. As the meeting came to order…

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In many mid-sized American cities, the careers of local artists who achieved great fame and popularity in their day are too often doomed to perpetual irrelevance. But not in Buffalo, where staffers at the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) constantly mine the proud artistic history of the city and its former art-world superstars. A case in point is “Alexande…