"Around Town: Buffalo Museum of Science, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Music is Art Festival"


It’s that weird transition time between summer and winter and it seems fall might not happen this year in Buffalo. Instead of spending your study break goofing off on Netflix for eight hours, choose to participate in cultural activities that’ll give you an education outside the classroom. Whether you want to explore art, film or contemporary poetry, there’s something each day this weekend.

The “Mummies of the World: The Exhibition” at the Buffalo Museum of Science is due to close on Sept. 21. This Friday is the final night of College Week at the Museums, where students can get entrance to the “Mummies” exhibit for $10 – normally $18 for students.

The exhibit uses state-of-the-art technology to understand the life and death of each mummy. The displays hail from around the world, including Egypt, South America and Europe.

It’s the second Friday of the month and that means it’s time to get down to the Burchfield Penney Art Center from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. because the Center will be free to the public. Current exhibitions include “At the Waterfront: Gene Witkowski,” an exploration of the life and activity of Buffalo’s grain silos in the present day; Janelle Lynch’s “Presence,” which is the photographic culmination of her experience as the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Burchfield Penney; and “Displacement: Barge Prototype,” a full-scale canal barge created by Buffalo artists, curators and educators, according to the Center’s website.

The Music is Art Festival (MIA) will be at Delaware Park on Saturday Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Robby Takac, the bassist of the Goo Goo Dolls and Buffalo resident, founded the Festival in 2003. This year over 100 bands and DJs will perform at the free outdoor festival, according to its website. There will also be live art, projections and performance art. The day-long festival encourages “people to find their musical voice, think about how music touches their lives and most importantly think about the fact that ... music is art.”

Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 the Screening Room Cinema will be showing “Don’t Bother Knocking” at 7:30 p.m. and “Canopy” at 9 p.m. “Don’t Bother Knocking” is a thriller starring Marilyn Monroe and Richard Widmark in which a babysitter begins a dangerous affair with a hotel guest. “Canopy” was released in 2014 and follows the story of an Australian fighter pilot and a Singapore-Chinese resistance fighter in 1942. The Screening Room Cinema is just a few minutes from North Campus, at 3131 Sheridan Dr. in Amherst.

Are you looking to share some of your poetry with people outside of your creative writing classes? On Sunday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m., the Gypsy Parlor, located at 376 Grant St., hosts a Pure Ink Poetry Slam. Buffalo’s West Side is home to a large number of immigrants and college students, creating an eclectic and vibrant atmosphere – the perfect spot for The Gypsy Parlor. Menu choices at the colorfully decorated parlor include jalapeno corn bread, Somali beef, poutine and papanasi, a Romanian donut with fresh preserves and fresh cream.

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