This year's Buffalo Infringement Festival runs July 26 to Aug. 5 and includes approximately:
*800 separate performances.
*77 venues from Allentown to Hamburg.
*174 music acts.
*88 theater, dance and poetry performances.
*76 group shows.
*78 visual art exhibitions.
The full Infringement schedule, which is always subject to change, given the nature of the event, is available at www.infringebuffalo.org.
New this year
The 2012 fest features about 20 more venues than last summer, ranging from well-known music spaces such as the Ninth Ward in Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) and Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) and newer spaces such as Agenda Studio Gallery (239 Lexington St.) and Burning Books (420 Connecticut St.) to ad-hoc venues, such as the home of Artvoice Editor Geoff Kelly and the Occupy Buffalo house (17 Southampton St.), which hosts an "Anti-Warped Tour" at noon Aug. 4.
An uptick in the number of busking zones, where performers of all kinds are encouraged to infringe on Infringement. These include both locations of Sweet_ness 7 (220 Grant St. and 301 Parkside Ave.), Cafe Taza (100 Elmwood Ave.), Swannie House (170 Ohio St.), the Vault (702 Main St.) and Vilardo Printing (326 Connecticut St.).
The College Street Block Party, which predates the Infringement Festival, will celebrate its 10th anniversary starting at 1 p.m. July 29. It will feature performances by Ramforinkus, Peanut Brittle Satellite and many others.
Out-of-towners play a significantly bigger role than usual this year. In addition to King and his fellow Montreal-based Infringers' three projects, the fest will feature non-Buffalo bands, including Lobo Marino, Manawi Thorn, Lloyd Mchardy, Elgin Skye, Zongo Junction and Parade Grounds. It will also see the return of Auburn-based director Joe Siracusa, who presents his mobile play "Guillotine 2" from July 26 to 28 in and around Allentown's Days Park.
-- Colin Dabkowski
Starting Thursday, head to The Gusto Blog at www.buffalonews.com for daily coverage of the Infringement Festival, including mini-reviews, daily best bets, previews and videos.