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Shen Yun, one of the most brazen pieces of religious propaganda currently touring North America, is back in town and stranger than ever. After yet another blitzkrieg marketing campaign complete with misleading commercials, posters in countless shop windows, print ads, billboards and door-hangers, the religious infomercial for the Chinese sect known as Falun Gong is runn…

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Theater people have opinions on "The Phantom of the Opera." They are not shy about sharing them. Few musicals in the history of the form have produced such polarized reactions from musical-lovers, whose takes on the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber classic tend to fall into one of two camps: "BEST SHOW EVER" or "CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY." As "Phantom" makes its way to Buffa…

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Every year, Erie County residents kick in about $550,000 to fund the operations of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, plus about $60,000 toward the salary of a public art curator. This week, as it has done for the past four years, the gallery is showing its thanks to the county by waiving admission fees for a week for Erie County residents, from March 29 to April 5. "The…

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Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire investment manager whose $42.5 million contribution to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's expansion efforts stunned the city this week, left Buffalo behind at a depressing time in the city's history. After he departed for Los Angeles in 1983, the image of a city mired in defeat remained fixed in Gundlach's mind for decades, like a snow globe…

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If you're feeling overwhelmed by the vim and vitriol of election season, there's no cure quite like a politically themed dance-off. That and many other vaguely election-related art installations, performances and activities will be on display at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Curtiss Malting Agway Building (1100 Niagara St.), where Squeaky Wheel is hosting an all-night art fundra…

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This morning, Quebec City's National Museum of Fine Arts' newly completed Pierre Lassonde Pavilion welcomed one of its first groups of visitors in advance of its official public opening on June 24. The building was designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's Shohei Shigematsu and his New York-based team of architects, who will begin work on the Albright-Knox Ar…

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The past haunts every aspect of life in Quebec City. You can trace it from the ghostly footprints of historic stone foundations in the tourist-swarmed Place Royale to the motto inscribed on every Quebec license plate: "Je me souviens." "I remember." Few North American citizens hold a more keen and constant awareness of their history than the residents of Quebec. Which m…

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For the past several weeks, Buffalonians have been working with New York City-based artist Amanda Browder to sew together what will become one of the more eye-popping public art projects in recent memory. Browder's project, "Spectral Locus," will cover in multi-colored fabric large sections of the former Richmond Methodist Episcopal Church at Richmond Avenue and West Ferr…

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Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, two high-spirited muralists from Baltimore known for their bold, geometric style, are well on their way to completing a new commission on the side of the 710 Main Theatre. I caught up with the pair this morning as they were putting down the mural's first layer: Unterhalter and Truhn arrived last week to start the mural and have spent…

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A quietly inspirational public art project aimed at improving the daily lives of  Western New Yorkers is running through at least Monday on The Buffalo News' digital sign at Washington and Scott streets, with more billboard locations being planned. The project, called #operationhappy, is the brainchild of Katie Miller, who was inspired by Matthew Hoffman's popular series …

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The owners of a concrete business headquartered in a Larkinville warehouse are getting into the art business. Concrete Innovations CFO Charles Griffasi is currently seeking proposals for shows in a space he's dubbed "The Gallery at CI," in the company's showroom at 567 Exchange St. "We've got a great location here in Larkinville and I've got all this wall space, where I …

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Despite the weekend's unseasonably cold weather, the latest iteration of the Echo Art Fair drew healthy crowds to the former American Axle plant on the East Side, now owned by OSC Manufacturing and Equipment Services. "Honestly, it surpassed anyone's expectations," said fair founder and lead organizer E. Frits Abell. "The crowds surpassed anything we've had before. The ov…

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During his visit to Buffalo on April 27 for his appearance in the University at Buffalo Distinguished Speaker Series, stage and screen star Kevin Spacey made an important side-trip. No, not to Charlie the Butcher, the Anchor Bar or Canalside. But to one of America's single deepest troves of world-changing literature and poetry, at 420 Capen Hall on the school's Amherst Ca…

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During his visit to Buffalo on April 27 for his appearance in the University at Buffalo Distinguished Speaker Series, stage and screen star Kevin Spacey made an important side-trip. No, not to Charlie the Butcher, the Anchor Bar or Canalside. But to one of America's single deepest troves of world-changing literature and poetry, at 420 Capen Hall on the school's Amherst Ca…

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The life and times of former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello will take center stage in the Road Less Traveled Theater on June 4 as the company presents a one-night fundraiser honoring the local politician. The event is the first in a new annual series for Road Less Traveled called "Buffalo Stories," which will spotlight a well-known Buffalonian every year. Tickets are $20…