From time to time we print our policies for your information. Any organization wanting a performance or exhibition reviewed should request, preferably in writing, that The Post-Journal review. In the case of conflicting performances, the sponsor requesting first will be reviewed.

No organization will be reviewed which doesn’t request to be reviewed. Telling us that a performance will happen will get you an announcement. You have to ask for a review to get one.

Performances whose intent is religious rather than artistic cannot be appropriately reviewed.

Children and youth through high school will not be reviewed, and if they appear in a performance with adults will be named, but not evaluated.

Material intended for publication in The Critical Eye and its ”Winks,” must be received at least 10 days before the Saturday on which you wish the information to appear. Exceptions are impossible.

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Suggestions for the subjects of full columns are welcome, but please be aware, they are usually booked very far in advance.

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On Wednesday, a book signing will be held at Buffalo’s Kleinhans Music Hall, for the newly published volume written about the National Landmark concert hall by Brian Carter, former Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo.

The book signing and a brief lecture on the book by Carter will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, and no one will be admitted without a reservation. Reservations must be made by Monday. Phone 242-7824 or go to

The Kleinhans book is the third book by Carter, on the subject of an architecturally remarkable building in the Greater Buffalo Area.

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Also from the Buffalo Philharmonic, on Thursday, the orchestra will hold a fundraiser called ”Tablescapes,” at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Restaurant, at 6461 Transit Road in Buffalo.

The event is a display of artistically set tables and buffets. In addition to formal tables, there will be display of picnic settings, bistro settings, jewelry, clothing and more. The tables will be auctioned to the highest bidder, for the benefit of the orchestra. Tickets are $35 per person, and include an open bar and extensive hors d’oeuvres. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, phone 242-7825 or send an email to

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Still with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the orchestra will be performing at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra, conducted by its music director, JoAnn Falletta, will perform music by Russian composers, as part of the hall’s giant Spring for Music Festival. Other orchestras participating in the festival will be the Albany Symphony, the National Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony.

The orchestra has reserved a number of prime seats for their performance, which will be sold through Friday of the coming week. Also available for purchase are combinations of bus reservations, hotel rooms, parties and receptions with musicians and/or Ms. Falletta, and more.

To purchase tickets to the Carnegie Hall performance, phone 885-5000 or go to For transportation or hotel reservations, phone 862-7667.

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Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of the most respected collectors of contemporary and modern art in the world. Recently, the gallery has announced that their 11th director has been appointed. Dr. Janne Siren will assume his duties in Buffalo in the spring of 2013.

Dr. Siren is currently director of the Helsinki Art Museum, a facility with a budget of nearly $9 million, and with more than 100 full- and part-time employees, located in the capital of Finland. His appointment follows an extensive international search.

The Albright-Knox Gallery has more than 6,500 works of art in its permanent collection. It has an annual budget of approximately $7.5 million and has more than 100 full- or part-time employees. Each year approximately 120,000 visitors come to visit the gallery in person, plus more than 260,000 visitors to the gallery’s website. The gallery has an endowment of $116 million, of which $86 million is dedicated for the purchase of additional works of art.

The gallery is located on Elmwood Ave., in Buffalo.

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For many years, New York’s theatrical scene has been marked by the performances of the Blue Man Group. That is a trio of bald men who paint themselves bright blue and take their audience through a multi-media performance which defies description. For many years, the group has refused to tour, because they believed that they could only perform in a situation in which there was an intimate connection between the performers and their audience.

Finally, the group has found a way in which they feel they can perform successfully, even in giant theaters, seating more than 4,000 people.

The troupe will perform in Buffalo at Shea’s Performing Arts Center Feb. 8-10.

Tickets range in price from $29.50 to $72.50. Purchase them in person at Shea’s box office, by telephone at 745-3000, or by computer at They may also be purchased live at Ticketmaster outlets.

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The Buffalo History Museum invites you to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday a few days early this year. At noon on Feb. 10, two days before the late president’s actually birthday, the museum will present a costumed actor portraying Lincoln, who will re-create the original delivery of the famed Gettysburg Address, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The ceremony will include costumed Civil War re-enactors, a live band and more. Following the address the audience will be invited to walk with ”Lincoln” to the museum’s portico, where the address will be saluted with a live gun salute.

Admission is free. Following the ceremony, the Irish Volunteers Band will continue to perform, and refreshments will be available for sale. The museum is located at One Museum Court, in Buffalo. For additional information, phone 873-9644, ext. 301 or visit their website at

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Feb. 14-17, Niagara University will present a production of the play by comedian Steve Martin, ”Picasso at the Lapin Agile.”

Performances will take place in the university’s beautiful Castellani Art Museum, surrounded by especially chosen works of art, intended to enhance the performance of the absurdly comic play about the relationship between art and science.

Admission is either $8 or $10, depending on which performance you attend. There are discounts for students with I.D. Purchase tickets at the university’s box office, in Clet Hall, by computer at, or by telephone at 286-8685.