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Buffalo graffiti artist remembers 5 Pointz

A few nights ago, 5 Pointz, the international destination for graffiti artists in Queens, was whitewashed in advance of its pending demolition. Its Wikipedia entry, quickly changed to the past tense, now reads like an obituary.

It was a sad day for the worldwide graffiti community and for fans of the unique outdoor gallery those artists had created on the saides of the old warehouse over the past few decades. The walls of 5 Pointz have featured the work of more than one Buffalo-bred artist over the years. One of those them, known as BRAKES, threw up a few of his 5 Pointz pieces online the day after the landmark was painted over. Here's some of his work:




--Colin Dabkowski

Thursday Theater Roundup

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Lisa Vitrano, Matt Witten and Diane Curley star in Road Less Traveled Productions' "Clybourne Park." Photo by John Hickey / Buffalo News.

The Thursday Theater Roundup features currently running productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. If you're heading to the theater this weekend, check out these shows:

"Little Robert," through Nov. 23 at American Repertory Theatre of Western New York. ★★★

"Promises, Promises," through Nov. 24 in the Lancaster Opera House. ★★★½

"Clybourne Park," through Dec. 1 in 710 Main Theatre, produced by Road Less Traveled Productions. ★★★½

"The Sunset Limited," through Dec. 1 in the Paul Robeson Theatre. ★★★½

"Master Class," through Dec. 1 at MusicalFare Theatre. ★★★½

"Miracle on South Division Street," through Dec. 8 in the Kavinoky Theatre. ★★★½

A look at the 2013 Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winners


Jose Lagares, shown here holding one of the first photos he shot as part of CEPA Gallery's after-school program, will head to Washington, D.C. with CEPA Education Director Lauren Tent on Friday to accept a national arts award on behalf of the gallery. Photo by Mark Mulville / Buffalo News.

Yesterday, CEPA Gallery announced that it was a 2013 recipient of a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The award, considered the nation's highest honor for after-school arts programs, also went to 11 other organizations across the United States. Here's a list of the other recipients, with links to their websites:

Art Reach
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Inc., Provincetown, Mass.

Boston Children’s Chorus, Inc.

Fabulous Females/Temporary LockDown
Storycatchers Theatre, Chicago

Ifetayo Youth Ensemble
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Brooklyn

Investigating Where We Live
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

OrchKids: Planting Seeds for a Bright Future
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc., Baltimore

Pearl Bailey Youth Program
Newport News Public Library System, Newport News, Va.

Project AIM
Creative Kids, El Paso, Texas

Project Discovery
Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas

Sadie Nash Leadership Project

Community Partners, Los Angeles

--Colin Dabkowski

A closer look: Dennis Maher at Hallwalls

Title: "Fargo Furnishing 07: House Part Oscillator" // Artist: Dennis Maher // "A House's Eye: Fargo Frames and Furnishings," Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center // Through Dec. 20

The Buffalo artist and architect Dennis Maher has transformed his house on Fargo Avenue into a museum of architectural oddities and sculptures cobbled together from domestic objects. Some of those objects have made their way to Hallwalls, where a series of Maher's strange combinations of household materials -- both two- and three-dimensional -- are now on view. Above is one of his newest sculptures, a spinning selection of architectural elements and other items with cosmological implications. The whole contraption is run by a power drill, which slowly rotates a system of rudimentary gears, sending Maher's carefully chosen objects into orbit.

--Colin Dabkowski

Goo Goo Dolls announce holiday-themed television appearances

The Goo Goo Dolls will make several high-profile television appearances throughout the coming holiday season, Warner Bros. Records, the group's label, announced today.

The Buffalo band perform during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which airs November 28th, beginning at 9 a.m. on CBS; the Hollywood Christmas Parade, airing December 11th on the Hallmark Channel; and on Live with Kelly and Michael, on December 3rd. 

The band will also perform at the Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony, which airs on NBC at 8 p.m. on December 4th. 

The Goo Goo Dolls most recent effort, "Magnetic," was released in June, and debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

- Jeff Miers

WWE, Cena return to First Niagara Center

World Heavyweight Champ John Cena will be among the WWE superstars returning to Buffalo for "WWE Live" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in the First Niagara Center. Among those joining Cena will be CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, Paul Heyman and the Wyatt Family.

Tickets are $17.50 to $97.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 23 through the FNC box office, and by calling (888) 223-6000. A limited number of handbills are available now.

Bob Weir & Ratdog will play Shea's PAC in March

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Live Nation announced on Friday the addition of a Bob Weir & Ratdog date at Shea's Performing Arts Center on March 4th, 2014. This is good news for fans of the Grateful Dead and its various offshoots, as Ratdog shows in the area - particularly several that took place at the Town Ballroom - are the stuff of legend amongst jam-band fans. This will mark the band's first full-scale tour since 2009.

Weir has been busy for the past several years balancing his commitments to Furthur against solo outings. Now, both Weir and Furthur co-leader Phil Lesh have relaunched their "side projects" - Weir with Ratdog, Lesh with Phil & Friends - while Furthur takes a break.

The current version of Ratdog features some familiar names from the world of Grateful Dead-based music coming together for the first time. In addition to Weir on guitar and vocals, former Primus drummer Jay Lane will be on board, as will guitarist Steve Kimmock, keyboardist Jeff Chementi, and bassists Rob Wasserman and Robyn Sylvester. 

Tickes go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m., at the Shea's box office, through, or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. They are priced $35, $45, and $65. - Jeff Miers 

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Poet Tyrone Williams to speak on Russell Atkins and Charles Olson

The University at Buffalo Poetry Collection's Center for Marginalia will present "Some questions regarding Russell Atkins vis-à-vis Charles Olson," a talk by poet-scholar Tyrone Williams this afternoon at 4 p.m. in 420 Capen Hall on UB's North Campus.

Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University and is the author of five books of poetry, “c.c.” (Krupskaya Books, 2002), “On Spec” (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008), “The Hero Project of the Century” (The Backwaters Press, 2009), “Adventures of Pi” (Dos Madres Press, 2011) and “Howell” (Atelos Books, 2011).

The talk is free and open to the public.

--R.D. Pohl

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