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"Love, Loss and What I Wore" opens in BUA Theatre

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Joy Scime, left, Kelli Bocock-Natale, Caitlin Coleman, Loraine O’Donnell and Kerrykate Abel perform in the Buffalo United Artists’ production of "Love, Loss and What I Wore."     Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

The vagaries of womanhood take center stage tonight (May 11) in the Buffalo United Artists Theatre, where a production of Nora and Delia Ephron’s "Love, Loss and What I Wore" opens under the direction of Jessica K. Rasp.

The show, a collection of monologues based on a book by Illene Beckerman, recently closed its successful, four-year run in New York City. It’s set up as a staged reading designed for a rotating cast, with each woman reading vignettes about such things as the scourge of keeping a purse, intergenerational relationships among women, and the mini-dramas of prom dress and bra shopping.

The BUA production, which runs through June 2, stars Kerrykate Abel, Kelli Bocock-Natale, Caitlin Coleman, Loraine O’Donnell and Joy Scime. Tickets are $15 to $25, with more information available at 886-9239 or

-- Colin Dabkowski

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Out-there Art: "Creepshow 5" on display in Filigree's

Once in a rare while, an eclectic group of off-the-radar artists get together to put on an exhibition called "Creepshow." You never know quite where it’s going to pop up, but when it does, it’s an occasion not to be missed.

The fifth version of the offbeat art show, "Creepshow5: Art of the Masquerade," gets under way at 5 p.m. today (May 11) in Filigree’s (1121 Elmwood Ave.), a small boutique and alternative art space run by artist and hula-hoop aficionado Melissa Campbell. It features, according to a release, a mix of "kitsch, camp, underground and experimental artwork" by the likes of Joe Agen, Chris McGee, John Farallo, Dario Mohr, Neil Mahar, Sophia Tareen, Eric Evinczik, Bill Huggins, Collaboration of Two and Bob Webster.

For those used to making the traditional gallery rounds on Allen Street, this show provides an opportunity to peer into the region’s artistic underground. It’s also a little taste of the Buffalo Infringement Festival (which has hosted past "Creepshow" exhibitions), a showcase of all manner of offbeat, anti-establishment and out-there art.

The show is free and runs through May 31. Call 400-3144 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski

'How to Train Your Dragon' on-sale date, activities set

Scene from  DreamWorks' "How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" North American tour at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on June 26, 2012 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images)

Join Hiccup, Toothless and the other vikings and dragons as they fly in with the "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" from Sept. 19-23 in the First Niagara Center.

The live production, based on the book by Cressida Cowell, will bring 23 dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet, circus artists, acrobats, and of course, vikings into Buffalo.

Tickets, ranging from $19.50 to $69.50, go on sale Monday on or at the First Niagara Center box office.

A "special public appearance" by characters Baby Nadder and his Viking trainer is set for Wednesday at 11:10 a.m. at the Sabres Development Camp in First Niagara Center. The duo will also appear on the field of Coca-Cola Field during Wednesday's AAA All-Star Game, which starts at 7 p.m.

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Maurice Sendak on Mickey Mouse

Maurice Sendak with one of his characters from "Where the WIld Things Are" in January, 2002. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

In 2009, two important cultural figures celebrated their 80th birthdays. One was Mickey Mouse. The other was Maurice Sendak.

To mark the occasion of Mickey's 80th, Edward Summer, the director of the Buffalo International Film Festival, organized a celebration in Shea's Performing Arts Center featuring rare cartoons, prints and a talk by the ever-engaging Mickey expert John Culhane. That tribute, to my mind, was one of the most underrated cultural events of the last several years. (My story about it is here.)

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CEPA auction rakes in $90,000

Bidders filled the atrium of the Market Arcade building for CEPA Gallery's 11th biennial auction on April 21.

CEPA Gallery Director Sean Donaher reports that the organization's 11th biennial auction, held back on April 21, pulled in its biggest haul yet. The popular event netted the gallery $90,000.

"I had a good feeling about it and sensed a positive 'psychology' prior to the auction, but I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the numbers and think it is an interesting indicator of the state of private support for culturals in WNY," Donaher wrote in an email.

The most expensive work was a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph, which sold for $5,200. Another photograph, by Ellen Carey, sold for $5,000.

--Colin Dabkowski

Wade Stevenson to read from memoir at Impact Artists' Gallery

Wade Stevenson, author of "A Testament to Love and Other Losses" (BlazeVOX Books, 2011), will read from his 2008 memoir "One Time in Paris: A Memoir of the 1960's" at 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Impact Artists’ Gallery in the Tri-Main Building, 2495 Main St. in Buffalo.

Stevenson's memoir recounts his youthful estrangement from his prominent Buffalo family, a brief foray into the counter-culture at the University of California at Berkeley, his return home--where he was committed to a mental institution by his own father--and his long, humbling exile abroad, which eventually led to Paris, where he discovered love, art, sensuality, and a kind of spiritual hunger that would one day lead him to reconciliation and a path home.

Stevenson's reading is part of Impact Artists' Gallery's Arts in Healing Poetry and Prose Reading Series hosted by poet Lynn Ciesielski.  There are additional sign-up reading slots available.  The event is free and open to the public.

Stevenson replaces the originally scheduled featured reader for this event, poet Theresa Wyatt, a former visual artist and retired teacher whose widely-published writing often focuses on the “art of narrative medicine.”  Ms. Wyatt had an unforeseen scheduling conflict which forced her to withdraw from this event.  Her appearance in the series will be rescheduled.

--R.D. Pohl

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