Shakespeare in Delaware Park continues its 38th season Friday evening when "Measure for Measure" opens at 7:30 p.m. It is the second production of the season, following the presentation of "Hamlet," which brought large crowds to the park. WBFO's Jay Moran sat down with Saul Elkin, Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Delaware Park, to talk about the productions and the history of the summer tradition.
With the current Buffalo Niagara Convention Center approaching its fourth decade of operation, a move is afoot to improve, or perhaps replace, the aging facility. In WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First says the upgrade has been a priority for County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
While Western New York has enjoyed several connections to the film industry, Friday's national release of the film "Copperhead" surely will be the first time a movie features a screenplay from a resident of the Genesee County town of Elba.
State Senator Mark Grisanti says he hopes to spark change in the Buffalo School District at a critical time. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill, introduced by Grisanti, that would allow city residents to vote on the school budget.
When Dr. Philip Glick gathers for early morning Grand Rounds Thursday, he will be engaging with UB medical students, residents, faculty and practicing physicians. But they won't be reviewing the particular ailments of a current patient, or the latest health science research. Instead, they will examine the Affordable Care Act.
Business First created a buzz when it placed developer Carl Paladino at the top of its list of the area's most influential people. In this week's Press Pass, Jim Fink provides background into how his magazine compiled the list.
With 20 years as the director of the Vatican Observatory and as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Father George Coyne offers a personal understanding of Pope Benedict and his surprise resignation.
Harvesting grapes for ice wine demands that pickers await the coldest weather before taking to the vineyards. With that standard in view, a mostly volunteer crew of 15 assembled before dawn this morning to begin gathering nearly four tons of grapes from an Orleans County field.
By perpetuating the largest financial fraud in American history, the name Bernie Madoff has become synonymous with the term Ponzi scheme. Along with a handful of co-conspirators, Madoff stole an estimated $18 billion from individuals and entities who believed their money was legitimately invested.
Today is Cyber Monday, the day analysts believe will be the busiest online shopping day of the year. Over $1 billion in online sales are expected as workers return to their computers from the long holiday weekend.
A veteran of many panels at area political debates, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes Tuesday night's debate between Kathy Hochul and Chris Collins was one of the best he has witnessed.
McCarthy was among the panelists at the studios of WNED-TV who posed questions to the candidates in the race for the 27th Congressional district.
As McCarthy sees it, both candidates were very clear in their positions and avoided many of the platitudes that bring little value to political discussions.
In his weekly Morning Edition conversation with WBFO News, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy said nearly $2 million in outside money has flooded into the district and onto the airwaves in the form of political ads.
"Some of these groups are not obliged to report their contributors," McCarthy said. "It opens up a whole new world for money in politics."
While many outside observers are crying foul over the emerging practice, insiders feel otherwise.
"As far as those people (political campaigns) are concerned, it's good."
In an attempt to draw potential patrons, 25 years ago a group of artists and crafters known as the Allegany Artisans opened their studios for a weekend of public tours. This Saturday and Sunday, 48 artisans and 39 studios will be ready to welcome Buffalo-area inspiration seekers and shoppers.
HM Bateman and her husband Jim Horn, who crafts pins and other creations, have been involved in theAllegany Artisans tour almost from the beginning.
"Many of our artisans draw from their natural surroundings," Bateman told WBFO News.
With over 70 million albums sold and a history that extends over four decades, Kool and the Gang is familiar to most. Perhaps not as widely known is Lackawanna native Shawn McQuiller who joins tonight's class of inductees into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, 21 years after joining Kool and the Gang.
McQuiller was on tour with a local band called Traffic Jam when his big break occurred.