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It's a strong week for concertgoers in Buffalo, as both Kiss 98.5 FM and Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM host concerts with deep bills, while the City of Buffalo Artists Market, in the seasonally spectacular Ellicott Square Building, is a chance to feel both festive and productive. Find out what is on tap for Monday through Thursday. 1. Kissmas Bash, 6 p.m. Thursday, De…

Columns

We live in an angry time, when arguments and divisions often drown out reason. In such a time, you look for those rare and reaffirming moments when people offer unexpected moments of communion. Consider the tale of Alphonso Butlak IV, and his offer to shape Mercury's head. If you work in downtown Buffalo, you might be familiar with the sculpture of Mercury, messenger…

Attractions

Rushing about our everyday business, we sometimes miss the treasures that hide in plain sight. One wintry day a couple of years ago reminded me of that. I had been at a lunch meeting with a colleague from Amherst. The wind and sleet had kicked in. "Let's cut through the Ellicott Square Building," I suggested. And in we went -- beneath the carved entranceway, throu…

Columns

Destiny Rogowski was greeted by one of her own photographs Thursday as she walked into the Ellicott Square Building. The downtown landmark had a magnificent tree in the middle of its grand arcade, with 26 photographs of children set in a circle around the base. The faces were somber, joyous, reflective, timid, reserved. They made up the Heart Gallery of Western New York…

Local News

Move over, Shark Girl. Have a seat, Scary Lucy. There's a new statue in town that bears the likeness of Mark Twain, cast in bronze and already seated on its own bronze park bench. The artwork was delivered earlier this week to the Ellicott Square building, where it will be on permanent display in the interior courtyard of the historic office complex. For the time …