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A closer look: 'Imago Mundi' work from BAS

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Artist: Fotinin Galanes // Title: "The Atlantic" // Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy // Through Oct. 27

This drawing by Buffalo Arts Studio member Fotini Galanes, the product of many hours of meticulous work, is on view in a satellite exhibition of the Venice Biennale that includes pieces by three other BAS members and was organized by art collector and fashion impresario Luciano Benetton of the United Colors of Benetton. The Buffalo artists (Galanes, Dennis Barraclough, John A. Sargent III and Hyeyoung Shin) were included in the exhibition and in the recently published catalogue "Imago Mundi: Contemporary Artists from the U.S.A." by a strange stroke of luck.

In September, according to BAS director Cori Wolff, Benetton stopped in Buffalo on a round-the-world yacht trip and was directed to the small Buffalo arts group by an Albright-Knox Art Gallery staffer. He purchased work by BAS member Dennis Bertram and later invited Wolff to select four artists to make new work to be included in fashion company's art collection. The work remains on view in Venice through Oct. 27.

--Colin Dabkowski

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Tragically Hip guitarist will play rare intimate club show in Buffalo

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Tragically Hip rhythm guitarist Paul Langlois will bring along a band featuring fellow T-Hip guitarist Rob Baker for a rare intimate performance at the Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave., on Sunday, December 1st at 7 p.m. Langlois drops his second solo album, "Not Guilty," on November 5th. 

Tickets for Langlois' show are priced $20 advance, $24 day-of-show, and can be found now through, or at the Town Ballroom box office (681 Main St.) and the After Dark box office (630 Elmwood Ave.)

- Jeff Miers 

Thursday Theater Roundup

The Thursday Theater Roundup features currently running shows that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks:

"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," through Oct. 12 at American Repertory Theatre


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Steve Copps stars in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."

"The Gospel at Colonus," through Oct. 13 in Ujima's TheatreLoft. ★★★½

"A Year with Frog and Toad," through Oct. 13 at Theatre of Youth★★★

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Bobby Cooke and Jacob Albarella star in Theatre of Youth's "A Year with Frog and Toad."

"The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives / The Dark Side," through Oct. 20 at O'Connell and Company. ★★★½

Pamela Rose Mangus and Mary Kate O'Connell star in "The Kathy and Mo Show."

Chinquee, Pelton, and Taylor share the spotlight at tonight's Earth's Daughters reading

Chinquee, Pelton, and Taylor may sound like the name of an upscale women's clothier, or a law firm that specializes in pre-emptive copyright infringement claims against conceptualist poets, but in serendipitous fact, it is instead the illustrious line-up of leading Buffalo-based fiction writers for tonight's October Earth's Daughters Gray Hair Series reading.

 Kim Chinquee, Ted Pelton, and Ed Taylor are three of the most distinctive voices-- not only on the regional literary scene, but also in the national conversation--in the fields of flash fiction, innovative fiction and independent publishing, and writing across genres and established forms, respectively.  It should make for a scintillating evening of contemporary fiction that begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper St.). Admission is $5. 

Chinquee, an associate professor of English at Buffalo State College, is the author of the flash fiction collections "Pistol" (Ravenna Press, 2012), "Pretty" (White Pine Press, 2009), and "Oh Baby" (Ravenna Press, 2008).  Simply stated, her minimalist, voice-driven, first-person narratives of the broken dreams and dislocations of contemporary working class protagonists (mostly women) have prompted many readers to compare her stories to those of the late Raymond Carver, had Carver been writing from the perspective of a 21st century woman.

Pelton--still at the tender age where one is just barely eligible to be considered for the Gray Hair Series--is already something of independent publishing world legend.  Starcherone Books, the independent innovative fiction small press that he founded fifteen years ago and continues to edit and operate on a shoestring budget, has already launched the careers of no less than a half dozen of the 21st century's most prominent new voices in American fiction--from Zachary Mason, Joshua Cohen, and Thaddeus Rutkowski to Sara Greenslit, Stacey Levine, and Alissa Nutting.

He is also the author of  the much-praised conjectural novel "Malcolm and Jack" (Spuyten Duyvill, 2006) about the parallel lives of two American icons of 1950's underground avant-garde culture--Jack Kerouac and Malcolm X--two novellas, "Bartleby, the Sportscaster" (Subito Press, 2010), his homage to Melville and minor league baseball, and "Bhang" (Blazevox, 2006), and the genre-stretching short story collection "Endorsed by Jack Chapeau 2 an even greater extent" (Starcherone Books), which was released in an expanded second edition in 2006.

When he is not winning literary fellowships, attending conferences and book fairs on behalf of Starcherone, or raising his two young daughters to be New York Mets fans, he is Professor of Humanities at Medaille College and director of its the Write Thing Series  of readings and talks by visiting writers.  Pelton's fifth book, " The Trickster Woodchuck," while not yet published, has been widely serialized in other fiction magazines, and was a 2013 finalist in both the Leapfrog Press and the FC2/Catherine Doctorow Prize competitions.

Ed Taylor, an college level educator and the former executive director of Just Buffalo Literary Center, is the author of the forthcoming novel "Theo," and the poetry collections "Idiogest" and "The Rubaiyat of Hazmat" (Blazevox Books).  He was a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee.

His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in a variety of publications in the US and UK--including as a contributing book reviewer for The Buffalo News-- and in anthologies such as the "Best of the Web" series.  His work has also been featured on the WXII (Rochester, NY) radio show "Fiction in Shorts," and on Thinktwiceradio, as well as in art exhibitions in Buffalo and Los Angeles.

--R.D. Pohl

A closer look: Jozef Bajus' 'Prayer for Olga'


Artist: Joseph Bajus // Title: "Prayer for Olga" // Burchfield Penney Art Center // Saturday through Jan. 19, 2014

There is an irresistible elegance and grace to this simple piece of cut paper by Buffalo artist Jozef Bajus, which will go on view Saturday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center's biennial "Art in Craft Media" exhibition. Bajus, who transforms books and other paper-based objects into tidy and alluring abstract artworks, made the piece in tribute to his wife Olga, who died last November. There are few more compelling reasons to make a piece of art than love and grief, and it seems to me the two combine in this piece to produce something powerful. I don't know the specific motivation of this work, but it is comforting to guess that Bajus tried to insert some of the elegance and grace of his late wife and her excellent work into it.

--Colin Dabkowski

BPO in Top 10 of worldwide orchestra popularity contest


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Pssst, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

This community has got your Bach!

(Bach pictured above.)

The people have spoken in the World's Favourite Orchestra Contest sponsored by Bachtrack, a classical music site. By the way, if Bachtrack designed this to widen the site's readership, it worked for me. That looks like an interesting site, where you can look up operas and concerts going on all over the world -- by area, composer, time and date, artist, anything you like.

The orchestra popularity concert operated by votes. You had to write in your favorite orchestra. With the voting closed now, the results are in.

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Karman to lead discussion on Richard Blanco's poetry

Buffalo-based educator, community activist, poet, and memoirist Olga Karman will lead a discussion of poet Richard Blanco's 2005 collection "Directions to the Beach of the Dead" and other works by Blanco this Monday at  7 p.m. at Betty's Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. in Buffalo in a Just Buffalo Literary Center BABEL at Betty's event. 

Blanco, the 2013 Presidential Inaugural poet, will be the first guest of Just Buffalo's BABEL Lecture Series 2013-2014 season on Oct. 22 in Kleinhans Music Hall.

Karman--who met Blanco thirteen years ago while attending the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Middlebury, Vermont--is the author of the memoir "Scatter My Ashes over Havana" as well as two books of poetry, "Adiós" and "Border Crossing".  Born in Havana, Cuba, she left that country with her family in 1960.    Educated at Connecticut College and Harvard University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Latin American literature, Karman moved to Buffalo in 1976, where she taught at Nichols School before joining the D'Youville College faculty.  Her poems grace the mural of the Buffalo Metro Rail Allen St./Medical Campus Station.  She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Admission to the event is $10, $5 for Just Buffalo members and/or BABEL subscribers.

--R.D. Pohl

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JoAnn Falletta to take Irish orchestra on U.S. tour


By Mary Kunz Goldman

JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, is blossoming into quite the wild Irish rose.

Falletta has been principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Ireland since 2011. And now, she is going on tour with a different Irish ensemble, the Irish Chamber Orchestra

Joined by celebrated flutists Sir James Galway and his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, Falletta and the Irish Chamber Orchestra will be visiting 13 different American cities f

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