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The Groove is in the Art

People who say their partying days are long behind them are kind of sad. Age, having a family, work, and other factors can change the way you celebrate, but it shouldn’t stop you altogether. Has it happened, though? Have you really forgotten how to have fun?

Photographs by Nancy J. Parisi at Nichols School

Next Wish is an exhibit new artwork by Nancy J. Parisi, a full-time photographer who was a founding staff member of Artvoice and is currently a regular contributor to Buffalo Spree. The exhibit is composed of color and black-and-white digital prints, which are closeups of her subjects—primarily of hands and sculptural props such as fruit, candy, leaves, plants, wire, and rope. Her formal training from University at Buffalo and Parsons School of Design is evident from these strongly conceptual and well-lit photographs. Coming from a background in journalism, Parisi prefers to present her images relatively unaltered: She explains that she lights each photograph specifically so that the images are only slightly manipulated when processed digitally. Though she works with digital photography, Parisi stresses the importance of studying film photography, which can help a student “understand the light spectrum and the craft of photography.”

Speakeasy Sundays

Next Sunday, April 3, Pearl Street Brewery and the Good Neighborhood—the news and do-good-through-art website created by music promoter Seamus Gallivan—present the first of four Sunday evening concerts to benefit the Give for Greatness campaign. The setting will be Brawler’s Back Alley, Pearl Street’s handsome basement bar. The first show will feature two outstanding acoustic acts: Erie Lackawanna Railroad and Reverend Soapbox and the Rabble Rousers.

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