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There’s Something for Everyone: Highlights of Upcoming Weekend Events

This week has provided us with a taste of what’s to come this summer, but with rain in the forecast for the weekend, I wanted to share with all of you some cultural alternatives, so you don’t have to stay boxed in.

13002590_988504237893699_5885819091249049484_oOn Friday, the highly anticipated echo Art Fair (Friday May 13 – Sunday May 15) will open its doors from 6-9pm with a Preview Party (tickets $50) that allows ticket goers first dibs on purchasing the exhibited artwork from over a 120+ artists and galleries. The fair will also include site-specific installations, some interactive and performances. This special event will feature a guided tour of the building that was designed by the famous industrial architect, Albert Kahn. There will also be an array of local food and drink available at this event. If $50 is too much, stop by on Saturday (11am-7pm) or Sunday (11am-6pm) its only $5 to enter.

13227584_10154214332793453_7030770152009101205_oStarting today and running through Sunday the Burchfield Penney in partnership with Squeaky Wheel and Hallwalls will be presenting a 4- day media arts festival that marks the end of a year (plus) long 30th Anniversary celebration of Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Arts Center. With a cocktail party, performances and panel discussions, for those interested in the history and future of media arts will have their visual and oratory senses on overload this weekend. OH, and don’t forget it’s M&T’s Second Friday at the Burchfield, so the galleries are open late with special musical performances, including A Musical Feast at 8pm.

Grote-Buffalo-NYIf you find yourself out and about on Friday, don’t forget to stop by Hallwalls (8-11pm) to catch the opening reception of their new exhibit that features works by OGRE (Cincinnati, OH) and John Peña (Pittsburgh, PA). Their openings never seem to disappoint, with a great crowd, good art, a cheap cash bar and usually some snacks. Going to church on a Friday night never sounded like more fun.

13220603_10154214332773453_157066866460395753_oLast but definitely not least, at Hi-Temp (79 Perry) Thursday and Friday night (7pm doors, 730pm performance) only for a mere $5 (suggested donation) you can experience a one of a kind site-specific immersive performance by Stanzi Vaubel. By weaving together an ensemble of musicians, dancers, light, sound and set designers, Excursions into Unknowable Worlds, will have you soaring through an outer-body experience.

Written by Tina Dillman

Tina Dillman

Growing up in Central, New York was a lot like living in a closet, but with a great view. At 18, she went off to college to find herself and to see what the world had in store for her. She has lived in various parts of the country, California being her favorite, and has traveled outside the US borders. She hopes to live her last years in Mexico, along the Pacific coast, in a pueblo hut that has a thatched roof that sits right on the beach, so she can always hear the sound of the ocean, and feel the sand beneath her feet. Here, she would continue with her childhood fascination of collecting seashells and read as many books as her eyes would permit.

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