With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Taste of Buffalo, Allentown Art Festival, Garden Walk Buffalo and the National Buffalo Wing Festival to free outdoor music concerts and ethnic food festivals of every stripe, our special events and festivals bring in visitors from all over the world.

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We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85

Wednesday, Apr. 25th - Sunday, May. 27th
Tues-Sun: 10-5 PM

Focusing on the work of black women artists, this exhibit examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color.  It’s the first exhibition to highlight their voices and experiences, in order to reorient conversations around race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history during this significant period. The exhibition features a wide array of work by a diverse group who lived at the intersections of avant-garde art worlds and radical political movements.

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Tony Conrad: A Retrospective

Wednesday, Apr. 25th - Saturday, May. 26th
Tues-Fri: 11-5 PM, Sat: 1-5 PM

This exhibition, the first large-scale museum survey devoted to artworks Conrad presented in museum and gallery settings, is part of an ongoing reappraisal of his creative achievement. Because of the extraordinary scope of his contributions to art and culture, this may yet be seen as only an “introduction.”  This shows Conrad to be an unparalleled innovator in the mediums of painting, sculpture, film, video, performance, and installation.

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Matisse and the Art of Jazz

Wednesday, Apr. 25th - Sunday, Jun. 17th
$12; From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Henri Matisse recognized the expressive potential of printmaking, and over the course of his career, he created a large body of graphic works that both informed and rearticulated themes he explored in other mediums. During the 1930s, the artist started making collages as studies for paintings and sculptures by arranging cut paper into decorative configurations. Bedridden during a prolonged convalescence, he began to consider further the possibilities that “painting with scissors” offered—an experiment that endured for the last decade of his life. Jazz is one of the fantastical imaginings to hail from this period and the only book both written and illustrated by Matisse

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Sight Unseen

Thursday, Apr. 26th - Sunday, May. 13th
$38; Thurs: 7:30 PM, Sat: 4 & 8 PM, Sun: 2 PM

Jonathan Waxman is a superstar artist, so popular that collectors will buy his work “sight unseen.” Winner of the 1991-92 Obie Award for Best New American Play, SIGHT UNSEEN poses questions about art, money, love, and inspiration and the ways in which they are inextricably entangled.

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Martin House + Tour

Friday, Apr. 27th - Sunday, Apr. 29th
$37; From: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

The Martin House + Tour will take you to all the spaces included on the Martin House Tour, plus the intimate, light and art-glass filled Bursar’s Office, the Ballroom in the lower level of the Martin House, and the second floor Master Bedroom. The tour will also visit the first floor of the Gardener’s Cottage (1909) where you will see Wright’s concept for affordable housing beautifully executed. Reservations strongly recommended, not wheelchair acessible.

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Historic Linwood Tour of Homes

Sunday, Apr. 29th
$20 - $25; From: 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Linwood Preservation District & Friends presents the 2018 Historic Linwood Tour of Homes! This tour commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Linwood Historic Preservation District. Our beautiful neighborhood will be on display. Historic homes will be open for tours between noon and 5 p.m. This is a self-guided walking tour.  You can purchase tickets online or in person.  Tickets and tour books can be picked up on the day of the tour at WNY Artists Group, 1 Linwood Avenue. Group tours, please call (716) 939-1546 for rates.

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NYBP Trad Sessions

Tuesday, May. 1st - Tuesday, Dec. 4th
Free; 7:00PM

Oh, happy day! Usually one would have to travel to an Irish Pub in NYC, or cross the pond to Ireland to hear a good ol’ fashioned Irish Traditional music session, but no more! Join us at New York Beer Project where the Tap Room will be rockin’ it out Irish style for First Tuesday Trad sessions! You’re free to listen, or bring your instrument and join in the shenanigans. Slainte!

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Buffalo Film Seminars

Tuesday, May. 1st - Tuesday, May. 8th
$9.50; Starting: 7:00 PM

Each week Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson introduce the film, the film is screened, and then have an open discussion with students in a University at Buffalo film class and anyone else who cares to join us.  Handouts with production details, anecdotes and critical comments about each week’s film are available in the theatre lobby 45 minutes before each session.  There is ample free parking, close to the theatre.  No seminar 3/20.

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Alan Alda

Wednesday, May. 2nd
$24; 7:30 PM

Actor, writer, science advocate and director are just a few of Alan Alda’s job titles. Alda is best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce on “M*A*S*H,” which earned him five Emmys for acting, writing and directing.  A recipient of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, Alda is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, where he helps develop innovative programs for scientists to improve their communication with the public. 

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Buffalo Gamelan Club

Friday, May. 4th
$20; Starting: 7:00 PM

Buffalo Gamelan Club – Sari Raras Irama has enchanted audiences with their breathtaking performances of traditional Javanese music. With instruments from Surakarta, Indonesia, the group specializes in playing traditional gamelan repertoire as well as forays into modern composition. BGC-SRI will be joined by Pamardi Tjiptopradonggo, one of the preeminent performers of both refined and strong forms of Javanese dance.

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