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FREE Friday

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Because I’m sometimes a cheapskate, I poke around through our event listings looking for free stuff. Here are a few things that caught my eye tonight that feature, among other great things, free food and/or drink:Ray Flynn’s

Queen City Gallery

(Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St.)Today is the first anniversary party for Buffalo photographer Mike Mulley‘s Queen City Gallery. Mulley has been taking photographs of Buffalo for 22 years, the result of which is a sprawling collection of photos of architecture, people and street scenes that adds up to a compelling mosaic of Buffalo, the Queen City, today and yesterday (as in the case of Ray Flynn’s, pictured above). Mulley also owns College Street Gallery, near Allen and College. Tonight also marks the opening of an exhibition of his work—entitled New Work by Michael Mulley—that runs through April 30. Look out for FREE wine and snacks during the opening, which runs from 5 to 8pm.

Village Beer Merchant

Village Beer Merchant (547 Elmwood Ave.)

VBM is a relatively new gourmet grocery store, deli and, most importantly, beer store on Elmwood near Anderson. They’ve been doing a great business so far, and with events like tonight’s FREE beer and cheese tasting from 7 to 9pm, I’m not surprised. While you’re noshing on the cheapskate buffet, check out the biggest selection of beers in the city, including a number that are on tap, which can be purchased by the growler.

“Loom” by Jennifer Steinkamp

Gusto at the Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.)

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is free every Friday night from 5 to 10pm, thanks to its partnership with Gusto. Part of the Gusto celebration tonight includes Holi, a Hindu spring festival. In addition to dancing, songs and Bollywood films, there will be FREE Indian food.Tonight is also the opening night of an installation by video and new media artist Jennifer Steinkamp. She creates stunning 3-D installations (like “Loom,” pictured above) that explore architectural space, motion and the phenomenon of human perception.

Next Friday (earlier in the day, hopefully) I’ll talk about some of the best free happy hour buffets in the city…