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Deadly stage collapse before Radiohead's Toronto show

A stage collapsed during preparations for a Radiohead concert Saturday in Toronto, killing one person and seriously injuring another, the AP reports. Following the incident, Saturday night's show was canceled.

The incident happened around 4 p.m., according to the Toronto Star. The show was to be held at Downsview Park. The Downsview Park website posted this message late Saturday afternoon: "Radiohead concert cancelled. There has been an incident, more details forthcoming."

Grachos on Grachos

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Louis Grachos is dwarfed by Sol LeWitt's large wall drawing, which he commissioned for the gallery shortly before the artist's death. Photo by Derek Gee / The Buffalo News.

Earlier this week, I spoke with Albright-Knox Art Gallery director Louis Grachos, who recently announced his departure from Buffalo for a new gig leading AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, Texas. We spoke about his many accomplishments at the gallery and beyond, wrapped up in my Sunday column. The audio of our conversation is below. For anyone interested in the state of culture in Western New York, it's worth a listen:

--Colin Dabkowski

Miers on Music chat with Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers

Today's Shakespeare meme

Today, to whet your appetite for the opening of the Shakespeare in Delaware Park season next Thursday, I'm posting this very Shakespearen Facebook meme:


--Colin Dabkowski

A bit of Seth Rudetsky to end the day

It's been a busy day for cultural news in Western New York. Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Louis Grachos announced his departure for a new gig in Austin, Texas and word came through the fine folks at Shea's Performing Arts Center that John Lithgow and Seth Rudetsky will be dropping into town in September to perform in the inaugural season of the newly rechristened 710 Main Theatre -- the long-dormant former home of Studio Arena Theatre.

To help you (and me) wind down from this crazy-busy day, and apropos of one of those announcements, here's one of my favorite clips of Seth Rudetsky, who brings his witty "Big Fat Broadway Show" to 710 Main for Curtain Up! on Sept. 14. In it, he deconstructs the most famous number from the truly unhinged musical "Promises, Promises," with choreography by Buffalo's own Michael Bennett:

--Colin Dabkowski

Replay: Critics' Corner chat with Simon, Miers

Come One, Come All

Mr. Miers--fresh from Stingland--and I will be back at our little lWednesday lemonade stand anwering questions, reading comments and just generally being happy to know whatever's on your mind. It all starts in eleven minutes, the gods of our computer be willing.
Eager, as always, to know what's on your minds.
--Jeff Simon

Two Outer Harbor concerts announced

Two dates for the new concert series being held at the Outer Harbor, off Fuhrmann Boulevard, have been announced.

First up is an all-ages show by Girl Talk on Aug. 23. Gates open at 7 p.m. Then, it will be a raucous good time when the Dropkick Murphys and Buffalo's own Snapcase perform Sept. 14. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Tickets for both shows go on sale at noon June 15. Tickets for Girl Talk are $28 advance, $33 day of show with a $2 facility fee; tix for the Dropkick Murphys are $27 advance, $35 day of show, plus $3 facility fee. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, Walmart or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

GustoTV: Sting at Artpark

Fresh from his highly successful “Back to Bass” tour, STING launched his summer tour last week, and he’ll perform show No. 7 on that seasonal jaunt at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Artpark, Lewiston.

What can you expect from the former Police-man this time around?

Well, in addition to a set list that is hit-packed and smartly culled from one of the more interesting pop careers of the past three decades-plus, you’ll be able to witness Sting getting reacquainted with his roots as bassist and leader of smaller, taut, virtuosic combos, a la the Police.

In addition to longtime associates guitarist Dominic Miller, drummer supreme Vinnie Colaiuta, and former E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious, Sting will be joined by revered U.K.-based electric fiddle player Peter Tickell and buzz-worthy jazz vocalist Jo Lawry.

Reserved seating is sold out, but general admission lawn seats, priced at $46.50, are available (box office and

Jeff Miers

Book Club chat with Allison Hoover Bartlett, author of 'The Man Who Loved Books Too Much'

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