8:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Local meteorologist portrays priest in 'Angels Fall'

The cast of Angels Fall at The New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The New Phoenix Theatre program.

A play written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson continues on stage at the New Phoenix Theater in Buffalo. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, it features a local television meteorologist who portrays a priest in 'Angels Fall.'

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New diploma options for student career paths; CTE, STEM or Arts

Student in a Western New York classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

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1:20 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Wide-ranging Infringement Festival celebrating its 10th year

Vanessa Webb's "The Regina Monologues" are part of this year's Infringement Festival.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The lineup for 10th annual Buffalo Infringement Festival was announced Tuesday evening. The festival is a free, non-profit event that allows people to perform in all art forms, including visual, musical, and media arts.

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4:24 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Arts pass aims to extend the reach of area culturals

Tod Kniazuk unveiled details of the Arts Access pass Friday in Buffalo.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A new program meant to make arts and cultural events in the Buffalo area more accessible is up and running. People who find the cost of such events prohibitive can now gain admission for free.

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10:27 am
Mon April 22, 2013

BPO sells more than 1,400 tickets for Carnegie show

BPO's JoAnn Falletta

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is breaking records as it continues it's "All Roads Lead to Carnegie Hall".  In less three weeks, the BPO will be performing on the stage at Carnegie Hall

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9:05 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Theater Talk: Fela at Shea's

This week WBFO Theater Talk hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase begin their conversation with MusicalFare Theatre plans for expansion.  They also give us a sneak peak of Fela on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center for two shows only.

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8:24 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Theater Talk: New line up of show openings

Buffalo United Artists
Photo from BUA Facebook page

This week on theater talk -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for co-host Jim Santella and joins Anthony Chase for a chat on local theater.

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5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Peep Show: Hot Mess showcases artists

Squeaky Wheel's Peep Show Hot Mess
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's artist-run media arts center hosts a high-energy fundraising party Saturday night at the Ukrainian Center on Genesee Street.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Squeaky Wheel's party known as "Peep Show" will feature art installations, screenings, performances and live music.

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6:30 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Theatre Talk: Gruesome Playground Injuries

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss "Gruesome Playground Injuries" and other local productions.

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9:49 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Theatre Talk: Chita Rivera turns 80!

Chita Rivera
Photo from Facebook

This week on WBFO's Theatre Talk, co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss Chita Rivera turning 80. 

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9:16 am
Wed January 16, 2013

New Albright-Knox leader talks about coming to Buffalo

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The future of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will be in the hands of a man with extensive background in international art.  42-year-old Janne Sirén was introduced at a news conference Tuesday.  He serves as the director of Helsinki Art Museum in Finland. 

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5:36 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Albright-Knox taps Finn Janne Siren to be new director

Janne Sirén, new director at Albrigth-Knox
Photo provided by Albright-Knox

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has gone overseas to find its new director. Janne Sirén, director of the Helsinki Art Museum in Finland, will take over for Louis Grachos, who left the museum last year for a job in Austin, Texas.

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9:12 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Theatre Talk: 2012: End of the Road

2012: End of the Road
Photo from Road Less Traveled Productions Website

Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella & Anthony Chase discuss 2012: End of the Road.  It's now on stage at Road Less Traveled Productions in Buffalo.


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10:22 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Theatre Talk: Book of Mormon & Bread & Puppet Theatre

This week on Theatre Talk, WBFO's co-hosts Jim Santella and Anthony chase discuss The Book of Mormon.

Plus, a Victorian comedy called Mr. and Mrs. Nobody and the Bread and Puppet Theatre tour stops for a one-night show at the Foundry in Buffalo.

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9:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Theatre Talk: Curtain Up!

2112 Curtain Up! invitation
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's theatre district is preparing for this seasons Curtain Up! 

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The annual event celebrates the city's many theatre groups, large and small.   WBFO & AM-970's long-time Theatre Talk host Anthony Chase is this year's Curtain Up! chair. 

Chase and Jim Santella discuss some of upcoming fall theatre for Buffalo in this week's Theatre Talk edition.            

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5:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Shaw Festival's "Come Back, Little Sheba"

Come back Little Sheba on stage at Shaw Festival, actor Ric Reid with actress Corine Koslo
Photo from Shaw Festival Website, photo by David Cooper

Shaw Festival actor Ric Reid has one of the major roles of the season in Niagara-on-the-Lake this season.  He is portraying Doc in Come Back, Little Sheba. 

WBFO & AM-970's Mike Desmond had a chance to speak with stage veteran.

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4:32 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Actor discusses work at Shaw Festival & Stratford

Benedict Campbell
Photo from Shaw Festival Website

Shaw Festival actor Benedict Campbell returned for his tenth season.   Tue Canadian actor appearing in Regtime and His Girl Friday.

But the veteran actor has also appeared in Straford's Shakespeare Festival for ten seasons.  WBFO & AM-970's Mike Desmond had a chance to meet Campbell and discuss his career.

You can read more about Benedict Campbell's theatre career at the Shaw Festival Website.

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6:30 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Theatre Talk: Remembering Sherman Hemsley

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase remember the Broadway work of Sherman Hemsley.

9:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Rural artists creating routes to success

Penelope Minner's traditional basketry is taking her deeper into the business of art.
jay moran/wbfo news

For Andrea Siwiec of Buffalo,  "Routes to Art" has become a ritual.

This weekend will mark her third time touring the studios of the 45 artists scattered about Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation of Indians.

This year, Andrea, her husband and four friends will pile into the same vehicle, hitting the rural roads, meeting artists and reviewing their works.

"Their studios are in these beautiful settings. It must be where they get their inspiration."

Siwiec offers another key observation.

"Don't forget your GPS."

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5:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Theatre Talk: Charlotte's Web

Theatre of Youth opens Friday night with Charlotte's Web opens.

This week WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk hosts, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase tell us about Charloette's Web and other shows on stage in the Buffalo area.

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5:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Theatre Talk: "A Grand Night for Singing" & "Hello Dolly"

It’s Friday and that means we welcome back to our WBFO and AM-970 “breakfast table” Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.  

This week our Threatre Talk co-hosts bring us some delightful Rodgers and Hammerstein music to discuss MusicalFare’s “A Grand Night for Singing” that opened this week. 

They also tip you off about “Hello Dolly” at the Palace Theatre in Lockport and much more!

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