Arts

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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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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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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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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.

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

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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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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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.

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

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

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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. 

Albright-Knox taps Finn Janne Siren to be new director

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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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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.

 

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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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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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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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.

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

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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."

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.

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!