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By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, August 25, 2016

Shortly after it was founded in 1974, Artpark became a mecca for artists yearning to connect their work to the natural environment. The park's status as a destination for land artists remained strong through the 1980s, but waned as park began its slow conversion into a perennially underfunded venue that... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, August 22, 2016

On Aug. 11, Buffalo muralist Chuck Tingley climbed onto a scissor lift with a pair of fellow artists and ascended high above a rubble-strewn alley in Niagara Falls to pose for a celebratory selfie. Tingley, one of the area's most prolific public artists, was marking two important occasions that afternoon: His 33rd... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, August 18, 2016

A new era is dawning at the Shaw Festival, the Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.-based repertory company that recently appointed Tim Carroll as its new artistic director. On Thursday, the festival announced its first season under Carroll's leadership, which officially begins in December. Though the lineup is not exactly a... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's a big weekend for Torn Space Theater, the experimental outfit best known for staging eye-popping and often haunting spectacles in the hollowed-out warehouses and grain silos of post-industrial Buffalo. The inaugural Response Performance Festival, featuring new work by Torn Space co-founder Dan Shanahan and New... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Since 2004, the former Eckhardt Department Store at 950 Broadway has stood as a three-story reminder of the neighborhood’s decline. Like many buildings near the once-bustling intersection of Broadway and Fillmore Avenue, the vacant structure with a sweeping Art Moderne façade has all but vanished into the surrounding... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

In 2013, Buffalo playwright Neil Wechsler launched his theater festival Against the Grain with grand ambitions to transform Buffalo into an international center for outdoor theater. To call Wechlser's goal Quixotic is to overestimate Quixote. Despite his efforts to raise money and forge alliances with other... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, August 10, 2016

When it comes to brazenly evaluating physical appeal, nothing works quite as well as a side-by-side comparison. To that end, we thought it would be worthwhile to take a scarily close look at two sculptures of Lucille Ball that now share space in a lakeside park named for the legendary comedian in her hometown of... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Squeaky Wheel's annual Silent Sound festival returns to Silo City (21 Childs St.) on Aug. 12, when experimental artists from opposite coasts will conspire to fill the silos and surrounding landscape with 16mm film projections and droning guitar sounds. Inside one of the post-industrial complex's concrete echo... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, August 8, 2016

Gowanda native and theater administrator Michael G. Murphy will replace Anthony C. Conte as president and CEO of Shea's Performing Arts Center, the downtown institution announced Monday afternoon. Murphy, 55, is managing director of The Old Globe theater complex in San Diego. He will begin his tenure on Oct. 3 and... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, August 6, 2016

CELORON – This village finally has a Lucy to love again. The funniest story to emerge from Celoron since the birth of Lucille Ball 105 years ago came to a picture-perfect end Saturday afternoon, as the town unveiled a graceful new sculpture of their hometown hero. As competitors in the village's annual... Read More

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