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Sunday: Sarah Paul—Little Miss Cleveland and The Flaming Sunset #4

When was the last time you experienced some good old-fashioned performance art? The city-wide exhibition Beyond/In Western New York kicks off this weekend and it is jam packed with exhibits, artist talks, and performances. You should check out performance art because it’s exciting, unpredictable, live, and your experience is part of the art. One show that shouldn’t be missed is Sarah Paul’s Little Miss Cleveland and the Flaming Sunset #4, part of the Beyond/In Western New York opening at the Albright Knox on Sunday (Sept. 26). Paul will be embodying her character (Little Miss Cleveland) by singing to the sun as it sets at 7:15pm. This performance relates to Paul’s video installation inside the Albright-Knox, which is a collaboration between herself and her sister, Suzannah Paul. The video installation is titled Little Miss Cleveland and the Flaming Sunset #3, and features audio of Sarah as the character. Living and working in Cleveland, Ohio, the flaming smokestacks that are part of the landscape inspired Sarah and Suzannah to create this installation. As explained in Sarah’s artist statement, her artwork addresses “the pursuit of an elusive and ultimately constructed ideal…the concept of gender fluidity.” Through her performances she seeks to “seduce and jar the audience…to feel both discomfort and compassion.”—jill greenberg

7:15pm. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. (882-8700 / www.albrightknox.org). FREE