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Walter Kemp III, musician and music director at the Historic Colored Musicians Club has never been one to mince words. And he wasn’t about to start during a press conference announcing that CMC and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center were awarded the Cullen Foundation Collaborative Opportunities grant. “This allows Buffalo to cross over the Main Street divide," Kemp said …

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To help set the mood for a production of "The Bridges of Madison County," Kavinoky Theatre director Loraine O'Donnell and the show's romantic leads, Steve Copps and Michelle Marie Benzin, journeyed to the great state of Iowa to caucus with those now-famous covered bridges. We can see how it all worked out starting Jan. 10, when the musical adaptation of Robert James Waller…

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For city dwellers, an occasional urge to escape clusters of buildings, traffic nuisances and cookie-cutter houses must be satisfied. Some fulfill their desire to get away by exploring the Buffalo-area's splendid parks, while others might schedule day trips to Niagara-on-the-Lake or Crystal Beach. From an event standpoint, this week's lineup offers a chance to relax away…

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Memorial Day was absolutely gorgeous in Buffalo, which benefited everything from town parades to the beaches, each overflowing with attendance on the first summery day of the year. (Take that, other rainy weekends in May). Even though it's a shorter-than-usual scope for This Week in Buffalo - just Tuesday through Thursday - plenty of events are packed into those three d…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pre-karaoke cocktails and appetizers You know when a downtown restaurant has fun cocktail names, lavender vodka and a living wall, it will be a 2019 hit. Marble + Rye (112 Genesee St.), isn't just trendy, but also well-received. The News' Andrew Z. Galarnea…

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How do cities earn reputations for having nothing to do? A city, by nature, bleeds with things to do. Where there are people with interests and needs to make money, there will always be things to do. If we were planning your weekend, here's what we would do. From gaming over Breadhive baked goods and iced tea at a new board game cafe to drinking $3 mimosas inside an …

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Two women create a community arts space out of an abandoned bread factory. Forty years later, they remain an important part of the community by offering entertainment (movies, exhibits, dance) and hosting civic groups and after-school programs for kids. But when a celebrity couple comes to town with big plans, their funding is threatened and the community must rally. …

Festivals

1) Galbani Italian Heritage Festival, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 12-14, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 15 at Buffalo's Outer Harbor (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.). General admission is $5, and $2 for seniors; a four-day pass runs for $15. Admission is free between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Commentary: There's no denying that turning the annual Italian Festival from a Hertel A…

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"ForeFront" at the Terrace at Delaware Park 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 199 Lincoln Parkway. Tickets are $35 or $60 per pair; details here. If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Terrace, one of Buffalo’s most buzzworthy new destinations, here’s an opportunity: ForeFront, a fundraiser for the YWCA of Western New York, will feature the work of many local female artists, …

Books

The world of literature is famous for the number of thorny, tantalizing and even indecipherable individualists one finds in its ranks. Even so, you’re not likely to find another writer quite like Geoff Dyer. Dyer will appear at 7 p.m. April 28 in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave., to present his soon-to-be-published book “White Sands.” Dyer frequently writes novels but it’s h…

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For more than a year, with short breaks for reshuffling, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s small gallery on the first floor of Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) has been the best possible place to take the artistic pulse of the region. Thanks to the exhaustive and exhausting work of three intrepid curators, whose seven-part “Amid/In Western New York” has distilled the crea…

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It’s safe to say there was no other film in 2015 quite like Laurie Anderson’s emotionally profound, blisteringly intelligent “Heart of a Dog.” There won’t be in 2016, either, so the screening of this documentary by the “O Superman” musician and performer at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave.) is a must-see. It screens at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, 3 and 4 at H…

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With World AIDS Day recently held on Dec. 1, the time is right for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s presentation of the somber, passionate, and vitally important documentary “Let the Record Show.” The location is right, too, as Hallwalls has long been a bastion for art that documents and questions (semi) recent American history. The film screens at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5. …

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Chicago’s Natural Information Society is set to provide a genre-bending evening of music Tuesday night in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave.). The Windy City composer and bassist, born Joshua Abrams, comes armed with a guimbri, a three-stringed bass made of animal hide and predominantly used during healing ceremonies in North Africa. His impressive musi…

The music that came out of the Washington, D.C. punk scene of the 1980s is as forceful and bold today as ever before. Bands like Bad Brains, Fugazi and Minor Threat still influence, and they still sound fresh. So the documentary “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. (1980-90)” sounds like essential viewing. Directed by Scott Crawford and Jim Saah, “Salad Days”…