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1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 to 11 p.m. May 12 at roughly 20 locations throughout the Village of Hamburg. Wristband for entrance into participating venues, including Memorial Park, runs for $10 and may be purchased at any of five locations. Commentary: In Memorial Park and in venues throughout the village, live music will resonate in Hamburg all day Saturday. Restaurant…

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Hello, Dream Delivery Service? I'd like to order one large dream, extra surreal, with a side of light fear. Throughout May, strange as it may seem, Buffalonians will be able to make a similar order -- though perhaps not quite so specific -- via an unorthodox public poetry project conceived by the poet and artist Mathias Svalina. He will be taking requests from locals…

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Buffalo poetry is having a moment. During the summer, the concrete chambers of a grain elevator at Silo City fill with the church-like echoes of poetry recited by nationally renowned writers and their local opening acts. Thanks to the work of new small presses and projects like Peach Mag and Foundlings Press joining a bevy of long-established outfits like BlazeVox an…

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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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In Buffalo, poetry inhabits even our most desolate and abandoned spaces. It echoes from the ceilings of our industrial ruins. It flows like the meandering Buffalo River through the inner harbors of our ghost palaces, resonating out of phase through tens of thousands of tons of concrete, barely audible above the wind soughs, before blending into the vernacular of our city b…

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Well, that was fast. This year's Buffalo Infringement Festival draws to a close tonight, after 11 days of feverish activity in more than 90 venues throughout the city. Since today is the last chance to get Infringey, here are some suggestions for closing out the festival in style: 1) Megafringe, an Allen Street mini-fest, 12 to 8 p.m. This is what Infringement is all ab…

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The end is in sight. But before the Buffalo Infringement Festival closes out tomorrow, there are still dozens upon dozens of worthy events and performances to satisfy nearly every artistic appetite. Here are five possibilities for today: 1) Bidwell Farmers' Market #2, Bidwell Park, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Start your day with a stroll thought the idyllic Bidwell Farmers' …

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What's happening today at the Buffalo Infringement Festival? In short, everything. Here are but five options: 1) "Car Stories," Nietzsche's parking lot, 4 to 7 p.m. This piece of interactive theater, performed entirely within a parked car, is the work of the Montreal-based troupe Optative Theatre Laboratories and its founder, Donavan King. King and company founded the f…

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Have you ever wanted to have your dope Atari skills projected onto the side of a respected art museum? Well, you're in luck, because that's one of the dozens of activities available to you today (see item No. 3), the final Thursday of the Buffalo Infringement Festival. Here are today's five picks, selected from a dizzying menu of diverse options: 1) Morning music @ Infri…

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We're past the halfway point of the Buffalo Infringement Festival now, with no signs of any slowdown in sight. Today's schedule, with  more than 30 separate events and group shows, is a case in point. I've waded through it and pulled out five suggestions, but do take a look at the full schedule as well. 1) Ornithologist's Delight, noon to 2:30 p.m., Ol' Wondermoth Co-op H…

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Variety is the theme for today's five Buffalo Infringement suggestions, which range from puppetry and poetry to film and activist theater: 1) Magnus Opium's Magnum Opus, 5 to 9 p.m., Karpeles Manuscript Library The steps of the Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street, on the edge of Allentown, have become a particularly idyllic Infringement Festival stage. Today at 5, …

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Today is one of the Buffalo Infringement Festival's slower days, but there's still an absurd amount happening throughout the city as festivalgoers recover from a hyperactive weekend. Here are five picks for today: 1) Jonathan Foster, 11 a.m., Cafe Taza Start your day in a lazy way with a cup of coffee and a performance from this singer-songwriter, who will perform new son…

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Today marks the opening of the 11th annual Buffalo Infringement Festival, a sprawling, multidisciplinary celebration of Western New York's profound underground spread across 92 venues and 11 days. Each day during the festival, I'll present five picks for promising Infringement events, sometimes based on past festivalgoing experience, sometimes on community buzz and other …