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Critics' Corner chat returns next week

There will be no Critics' Corner chat today as News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers is on vacation this week. The live video chat will return next Wednesday at 1 p.m.

For the latest in movie reviews, check back to The Gusto Blog today to see what News Arts Editor Jeff Simon's has to say about "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson" at First Niagara Center

Cirque du Soleil presents "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" at 8 p.m. July 31 in First Niagara Center. The production combines the music of Michael Jackson with the choreography of Cirque du Soleil.

Tickets are $50 to $250 and go on sale at noon June 1 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (888) 223-6000.

For more information, visit

Miers on Music chat returns next week

News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers will not be chatting this week.

Please check back next week at the regular time for an interactive discussion on music.

Elaine Chamberlain and George Grace to read at Dog Ears Bookstore

Poets Elaine Chamberlain and George Grace are the featured readers in tonight's 4th Friday Poetry Series reading at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.   The reading begins at 7 p.m. and includes sign-up reading slots for additional readers.  Admission is $2, which goes to support the non-profit book store's educational programs.  

Chamberlain, a Seattle native who has taught English, creative writing, and art and done volunteer nursing in southern Mexico, is author of “Pictures from the Bee House” (White Pine Press).  Recently retired after twenty years as a mental health counselor, she enjoys writing about her travel adventures aboard chicken buses in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Bolivia, biking and ferrying in Nova Scotia, and traveling by train, canal boat and bicycle rickshaw in India and Nepal. 

George Grace is an artist, playwright and poet with over three decades of involvement in the Buffalo area arts and literary communities.  He is founder of the Bad Pudding Writers Group and the Buffalo Society of Artists International Poetry Festival, the second annual celebration of which is slated for this September at a Western New York location to be announced.  Grace's latest anthology of poems, “Night Wanes, Dawn,” was published this past March by the Writer's Den Press.

--R.D. Pohl                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Personal faves from "The Artists Among Us II"

Today, to accompany my short review of the Burchfield Penney Art Center's mammoth exhibition "The Artists Among Us II," I put together a selection of some works that caught my eye. With more than 600 pieces in the show, there are obviously many more, but here's a small sampling:


--Colin Dabkowski

Downtown concert series schedule unveiled

Summer 2012 will mark the maiden voyage of the newly renamed Thursday at the Harbor, officially completing the shift of the free Thursday concert series from Lafayette Square to the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf. Above, The News' Joseph Popiolkowski and Jeff Miers discuss the move and the lineup.

Join Miers for a live chat about changes to the series and schedule right here on the Gusto blog at noon Friday.

* Complete schedule for Thursday at the Harbor, Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor

* Photo gallery of performers

* Related story

GustoTV: Simon on "Men in Black 3"

It's an interesting week at the movies where two diametrically opposite science fiction movies are opening. Look for reviews of "Men in Black 3" and "The Sound of My Voice" in Friday's Gusto.

Downtown concerts announced today

Today's the day we'll learn everything we've been waiting to hear about summer concerts in downtown Buffalo when Buffalo Place announces lineups for its Thursday series and Rocks the Harbor shows. 

The Buffalo News will have the information online at 6 p.m. today including the full concert list, ticket information and what's happening with Thursday at the Square. Come back to at 6 p.m. and look for more coverage in Friday's Gusto.

Critics' Corner chat with Simon, Miers

News Arts Editor Jeff Simon and News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers answer questions about books, movies, television, music and more in the chat console below.

Once More Into the Breach

Miers and I will brave the IT elements once again and be ready for any and all questions and comments for a chat at 1 p.m. today. All are invited and encouraged to contribute whatever is on your mind. We hope to see you soon, then.
--Jeff Simon

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