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'Buffalo Takes Manhattan' slated for Saturday

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Attendees of last year's "Buffalo Takes Manhattan" celebration in New York City.

On Saturday, members of PUSH Buffalo will launch their fourth annual "Buffalo Takes Manhattan" celebration, an event meant to drum up interest in Buffalo's changing artistic and civic landscape among expats living in New York City. The party, which organizer Aaron Bartley predicts will bring 300 to 400 attendees to the 33rd floor of the McGraw Hill Building (at 330 W. 42nd St.) was designed to celebrate and draw attention to the "exciting and innovative work happening in the arts and neighborhood preservation efforts in Buffalo."

In addition to honoring Western New York resident and Olympic gold medalist bobsledder Steve Mesler, the party will also put the spot light on a pair of Buffalo artists. Work by A.J. Fries, whose photorealistic oil paintings have been receiving plenty of attention lately and Julian Montague (look for my review of his work at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in tomorrow's Gusto), will also be on view.

DJs Cuter and LoPro, along with Buffalo-born hip-hop artist Rabbi Darkside, will provide the entertainment. And two films about Buffalo -- the much loved CVB-produced "Buffalo: This Place Matters" and "Green Jobs for Buffalo," which features PUSH Buffalo and the Massachusetts Avenue Project -- will be shown.

The whole affair gets under way on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If you happen to be in the Big Apple, know that admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. And you get a free drink for showing up in "tailgate attire." Ripped Bills zubaz -- I'm just guessing here -- are encouraged. For more info, visit PUSH Buffalo's website.

--Colin Dabkowski

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