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The Buffalo-area has reached the pinnacle of its festival season, with annual giants such as Taste of Buffalo, Jam in the Valley, Queen of Heaven and Canal Fest all running this weekend. These four festivals all cater to different interests, too, with the Taste focusing on food, JiTV celebrating country music artists big and small, Queen of Heaven pitching carnival ride…

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When you are husband and wife as well as artists, it seems only natural to collaborate on an art project. For Ginny O’Brien and Michael Basinski that meant literally passing an art composition back and forth across a table. Using markers, gouache, cloth, original photographs and prepared materials, this unique process allowed them to “dissolve the notion of one artist.”…

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The two premier concerts scheduled for this weekend - Every Time I Die's TID the Season in RiverWorks and Lindsey Stirling's gig at Shea's Buffalo - sold out well in advance. But don't fret! The Buffalo area welcomes two cookie-focused events, two compelling holiday markets and a partridge sauntering down Southwestern Boulevard. 1. Niagara Falls SantaCon, 4 to 11 p.m…

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In the glitzy oldie “Downtown,” Petula Clark sang joyously of a mythical, magical city core. “The lights are much brighter there/You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares/When you’re downtown... things will be great when you’re downtown ... everything’s waiting for you!” That’s a song worth warbling again, because Buffalo’s downtown, after years of stagnati…

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April Fools! There are still only 10 events on the list. Sorry. 1) Edible Book Festival, 3 to 6 p.m. April 2 in WNY Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.). Cost is $5 cash at the door, or $3 for WNYBAC members. Commentary: I like including the WNY Book Arts Center in The 10 because it really must be an uphill marketing battle to go by the same initials as Buffalo Athlet…

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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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You’re the muse behind the music, the pep inside the step, the power behind the punch; take yourself for a spin. You deserve it. To be immersed in resilient email threads and group messages is supposed to make us feel whole again, but sometimes you can lose yourself in this world of constant communication and vibrating devices. Now it’s time to find yourself. No matter you…

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Claiming that the Super Bowl "transcends sports" is a popular cliche each year at this time, but as former Buffalo News digital engagement editor S.J. Velasquez puts it, the game still revolves around large men romping around in tight pants and running into each other. For me, at least, that sheds Super Bowl Sunday in a slightly different light. Still, 6:30 p.m. on Sunday…

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Richard Kegler, the Buffalo-born designer who launched the internationally regarded P22 type foundry and co-founded the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.), has stepped away from his Buffalo projects to take a job directing the Book Arts Center at Wells College in Aurora, about three hours east of here.To mark his departure, the center he helped to launc…

A silhouetted eagle, carefully carved out of white paper, hangs alone on the first wall in Maude White’s captivating “Birds I’ve Been” exhibit at the Western New York Book Arts Center as part of the “12 x 14 Series.” The powerful bird loses none of its majesty carved out of paper, because of White’s skill and technique in creating carefully structured cuts to provide a dim…