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UB architects win grants


Above: Dennis Maher's "Fargo House." Photo by Douglas Levere


Above: Joyce Hwang's "Habitat Wall" project. Photo courtesy of Joyce Hwang

Dennis Maher and Joyce Hwang, faculty members at the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning, have each received $7,000 grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Maher's work, on view in his Fargo House as well as a current Hallwalls exhibition, uses the detritus of demolished homes and other collected items to create elaborate sculptures and architectural environments. Hwang has been working on her ongoing "Habitat Wall" project, described in a UB release as "a sculptural habitat for birds and bats that addresses the condition of habitat loss in cities."

Read more about it here.

--Colin Dabkowski

Albright-Knox launches new interactive tours and timelines

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Last week, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced the launch of four new interactive projects designed to bring its work to a wider audience.

The gallery, which has been working diligently to expand its digital presence in recent years and seems poised to continue doing so under director Janne Sirén, has built two extensive timelines on its 150-year history and its 11 directors using the online tool Tiki-Toki. The gallery also put together two walking tours of its collection of outdoor sculpture and the architecture of downtown Buffalo from 1816 to 1940, based on a 1940 gallery exhibition on the evolving downtown streetscape.

--Colin Dabkowski

Carnegie Art Center releases architectural plans


A rendering of the new Carnegie Art Center from Goundry Street. Courtesy of the Carnegie Art Center and Flynn Battaglia Architects.

Last week, the North Tonawanda's Carnegie Art Center released plans for a new entrance as part of a $343,000 federal grant to make its 1904 building more accessible. Above is an artist's rendering of the renovated Carnegie as viewed from Goundry Street. Click here to check out some other renderings of the proposed project, produced by Flynn Battaglia Architects.

--Colin Dabkowski

'Buffalo: America's Best Designed City'

Buffalonians gathered earlier this evening in Larkinville to watch the premiere screening of John Paget's short promotional video "Buffalo: America's Best Designed City." Take a look:

--Colin Dabkowski

Artinfo rounds up Buffalo's art scene

In the past couple of years, there has been a steady stream of bloggy roundups of Buffalo's cultural offerings. Some of them have been focused on architecture or visual art, while others have taken a somewhat  wider view. Most of them have been little more than glorified lists. For that reason, I've avoided posting every last mention of Buffalo's thriving art scene in the national media (and there have been lots) in this space. But today, a post by's Rozalia Jovanovic caught my eye. The concise writeup struck me as one of the smarter roundups of Buffalo's scene, from grassroots offerings like City of Night to the top-dog Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Check it out.

--Colin Dabkowski

Infringement Daily Planner: Day 11

Well, that was quick.

We've reached the end of this year's Buffalo Infringement Festival, which wraps up today with a series of events in and around Allentown. Here are five suggestions to help you close out the festival:

• Pac-Man Park, an interactive Pac-Man game in Days Park organized by Jose Rodriguez, will have its final outing from 2 to 4 p.m. Read more about it here.

• You might still be able to find a spot for Car Stories, the long-running theater experience that takes place inside a car in the NIetzsche's parking lot. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

• The Infringment Festival closing parade gets going around 6:30 at Old Wondermoth and will wind its way through the streets of Allentown.

• The grand finale of the festival are the Closing Ceremonies and Iffy Awards, which get started in Nietzsche's at 8 p.m. and run through at least 1 a.m. The event features performances from Crows and Jays, Erin Sydney Welsh, Greengage, Savannah King, manawi thorn, Jen Whitmore, second trip, Sara Elizabeth and Wise Medecine.

• If fire-dancing is your thing, it wouldn't be a terrible idea to close out the fest in Days Park around 9 p.m., when A Buffalo Pyromance gives its final performane.

--Colin Dabkowski

Infringement Daily Planner: Day 10

Today is the penultimate day of the Buffalo Infringement Festival. If you're looking for something to do this afternoon, check out the day's busy schedule. Here are five potential highlights:

• At 1 p.m., Squeaky Wheel hosts its Second Saturday Film Festival, featuring eight short films by local filmmakers.

• At 1:30 p.m., Allentown Music will host several hours of music during its Rock on the Porch event, with performances from SIC SIN, Legal the Lifesaver, the Left Hand of Darkness, Warren Daniels and Jupiter Jefferson.

The Foundry, over on Northampton Street, is throwing a Pirate Party starting at 6 p.m. with plenty of performances and more than likely some hilarious costumes.

• "The Cashier's Manifesto," a theater piece derived from cashiers' true stories about their experiences on the job, runs from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. in Casa De Arte.

• The Hell's Harlots Burlesque troupe performs a half-hour set in El Museo at 9 p.m.

--Colin Dabkowski

Infringement Daily Planner: Day 9

Some tips for the third-to-last-day of the Infringement Festival:

• At 5 p.m. in Burning Books, Infringement Festival co-founder Donovan King will present his 'Critical Report form the World Fringe Congress,' which is sure to be amusing and informative.

• In years past, the Hutchinson Faily Revival has impressed festivalgoers with their old-timey harmonies. This time around the group has dwindled to a single Hutchinson Temperance Songster, who performs at 5:30 p.m. in El Buen Amigo.

• All kinds of gallery closing parties are also happening tonight, including one at Big Orbit, one at Coming Home Buffalo, one at The Dress Shop and another at the Gallery Next Door.

• Pausa Art House is hosting an evening of music and film starting at 7 with new works for solo cello followed by "I Can Hear You Calling," a film about eight New York City museums and their bands.

• Nietzsche's hosts the Friday Infringement Fiest starting at 10:30 p.m., with performances from Andrew Biggie, The Telltale Signs, Lesionread, Look, a Fang! and Eppo. Sounds like it's going to be an awesomely weird time.

--Colin Dabkowski

A look at the final weekend of Infringement

The Buffalo Infringement Festival, the city’s annual compendium of underground arts activity, kicked off a week ago and is entering its final days.

The festival’s last weekend is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest in its eight-year history, with a full slate of theater productions, live music performances, public fire dancing, film screenings and impromptu parades through Allentown. Here’s a look at some of the possible highlights, selected from the full schedule posted at

Today at 6 p.m. in Rust Belt Books (202 Allen St.) and again at 8 p.m. in El Museo (91 Allen St.), gifted local playwright and actress Annette Daniels-Taylor will present her latest project, “Write Out of Here: Voices from East Ferry.” The piece is described as a “gritty theatrical report” from forgotten Western New York teens that Daniels-Taylor works with as a teaching artist with the Erie County Youth Detention Center on East Ferry Street. It attempts to capture the voices and aspirations of the kids Daniels-Taylor has met in her difficult but rewarding work.

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Infringement Daily Planner: Day 8

The final days of the Buffalo Infringement Festival are upon us. For the eighth day of the fest, here are a few suggestions: 

• The Left Hand of Darkness, a band familiar to many Infringement veterans, will play from 7 to 7:45 p.m. in Casa de Arte. The outfit features Ted Reinhard on drums and Charles Quagliana on a unique "Krappy Touchstyle 10 and 12 string guitar/bass."

• The description for this event should be enough to entice any curious Infringementgoer: "Tree of Liminality" is an interactive performance where participants can engage in existential conversation with a visionary being who lives amongst the trees enchanted branches. All thats required is to come as an alternate version of yourself: who you were, or might have been, or could be." It gets started at 6 p.m. in Days Park and repeats at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

• Local actor and playwright Anette Daniels-Taylor will present her piece "Write Out of Here: Voices from East Ferry," at 6 p.m. in Rust Belt Books and again at 8 p.m. in El Museo. The play is inspired by Daniels-Taylor's work with the young residents of Erie County Youth Detention Center.

• There's been some buzz about Noise Night at Night House, and especially about performer Fe Vajen. That gets going at 7 p.m. 

• At 7:30 p.m., Burning Books presents an evening of films, including "Buffalo by Bicycle," "Hidden Homeless," "Behind Buffalo" and "Political Rallies."

--Colin Dabkowski

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