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Goos to play Darien Lake

Buffalo's favorite musical sons are coming home.

The Goo Goo Dolls will return to Western New York for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Matt Nathanson will open the show.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 3 and are $29.50, $49.50 and $65 for reserved seats; $20 lawn seats through Livenation.com, Ticketmaster or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Live chat at noon: Miers on Music with The News' pop music critic

The Wiggles bring their new show to UB

The Wiggles will bring their "Taking Off!" World Tour to the UB Center for the Arts in Amherst for a show at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24.

Introducing three new cast members, including the first-ever female member, Emma Watkins as the Yellow Wiggle, founding member Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle) will also be joined by Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle).

Tickets for the show are $15, $22.50, $35.50 and $70 and go on sale at noon May 31 through the center box office, online at www.tickets.com or charge by phone at (866) 223-6000. For more information, call 645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org.

 

'For Your Fortunate Eyes' reception is Wednesday

Golda Meir, later Israel's prime minister, speaks before a crowd of citizens and military personnel in this 1950 photograph by Rudi Weissenstein.

An item in today's Gusto about a photography exhibition of work by Rudi Weissenstein in the Jewish Community Center in Getzville misstated the date of the show's opening reception. The reception for "For Your Fortunate Eyes" takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday and coincides with the screening of the documentary "Life in Stills" as part of the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival.

--Colin Dabkowski

Tour T-shirt suggests McCartney date may be pending

According to 97 Rock's Facebook page - and in accordance with rumors that have been circulating for the past ten days or so - evidence is mounting to suggest a Paul McCartney date in Buffalo may be in the offing.

"J.P. reports that a 97 Rock listener flew to Orlando over the weekend to see Paul McCartney, and bought a tour shirt at the show. Look what city is listed on the schedule for August!," reads a post on the classic rock station's page. Attached to the post is this photo, which clearly shows Buffalo listed as an August tour stop on McCartney's "Out There" summer tour.

There have been no official announcements, and the T-shirt does not list a specific Buffalo venue or date. If this turns out to be more than a rumor - or perhaps even a misprinted T-shirt - this summer will mark the first time that McCartney has performed in Buffalo, as a Beatle or otherwise.

Stay tuned for further developments. Here's the image, as posted on 97 Rock's Facebook page. - Jeff Miers

McCartney tour shirt

Critics' Corner has the week off; returns next Thursday

News Arts Editor Jeff Simon and Pop Music Critic will be back next Thursday, May 30, to interact with you and answer questions as part of the weekly Critics' Corner video chat.

You can also join Miers at noon Friday for a regular written chat right here on the Gusto blog.

Rare posters from early 20th century on view in East Aurora

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On Friday, Urban Design LLC (21 Elm St., East Aurora) will host an exhibition and sale of about 30 posters from the extensive collection of Hans Sachs, a German Jewish dentist whose entire trove of early-20th century posters was seized by the Nazis on Kristallnacht, in 1938. Sachs survived the war, and much later his son Peter set out to reclaim some of the collection, which he finally achieved after years of legal battles. The show runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Call (877) 500-0870 or visit www.urbandesignreclaimed.com for more info.

--Colin Dabkowski

On 'Toynbee tiles'

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This tile, formerly embedded into the pavement on Porter Avenue, includes a line from a short story by Ray Bradbury.

In my recent tour of Buffalo street art -- the results of which where were published on Sunday in a story that merely scratched the surface of the city's slowly growing street art scene -- I came across several tiles embedded into the pavement at various crosswalks around town. I described these pieces, some of which are referred to as "Toynbee tiles," as "chiseled into the pavement." But an anonymous emailer informed me otherwise yesterday. Here's that emailer's more accurate representation -- perhaps gleaned from firsthand experience, perhaps not -- of how the tiles are integrated into the streets:

...so-called "Toynbee" tiles are not chiseled into the street; but rather are made out of pieces of vinyl (even a vinyl floor tile), which is then laid upon the street and covered with black tape (fabric works best) so as to hide the new tile and keep it in place while the pressure of vehicles pushes it into the asphalt and eventually wears the tape away.

Fascinating stuff. Keep your eyes peeled for more of these tiles, which exist in many well-traveled areas around the city.

--Colin Dabkowski

 

Bruce Jackson on 'Being There'

Last week, the University at Buffalo professor, writer, photographer and activist Bruce Jackson was kind enough to lead a guided tour of his photography exhibition, "Being There," in the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The sprawling show, which runs through June 16, includes photographs from his time documenting prisons in the south, trips to Alaska and Mexico, Buffalo's grain elevators and his large circles of literary and academic friends. Here's Bruce:

--Colin Dabkowski

The Black Keys to perform at the Outer Harbor

The Black Keys, joined by the Joy Formidable, will perform at 6 p.m. July 8 on the Outer Harbor Concert Site (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.).

Tickets are $48 advance and go on sale at noon May 23 through www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, visit www.outerharborconcerts.com or www.wedg.com.

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