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Aug 12, 2016

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Michael Murphy of the highly regarded Old Globe Theatre in San Diego has been chosen as successor to Anthony Conte, president of Shea's Performing Arts Center (and the Smith Theatre and Shea's 710 Main). 

New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi is known for her in-depth reporting on terrorism and the Islamic State. Her recent jailhouse interview with Harry Sarfo, a German citizen who joined ISIS and trained in Syria before disavowing the group, revealed the organization's particular interest in recruits from Europe.

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A western New York native will take over as the next leader of Shea's Performing Arts Center this fall. The Shea's Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Michael Murphy as president on Monday.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is going on now in Jamestown, NY. On Saturday hundreds gathered at the Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the Village of Celoron to watch the unveiling of the new Lucille Ball statue.

Up at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, the delish serving of revenge in meat pies that is Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET was fulfilling to a bit-too-ecstatic opening night crowd. Meanwhile, Chicago's Goodman Theatre is trying out WAR PAINT, a new musical starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. The back and forth sparring will get tightened up, says Anthony, and in the meantime the music is Broadway worthy.

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The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame will be inducting the "Queen of Soul" into its Class of 2016 this fall. The winners were announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Buffalo History Museum and Grammy winner Aretha Franklin has been named as one of this year's inductees. 

MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS packs a lot of drama into 90 minutes at the Shaw Festival's Courthouse Theatre in a play, set in the 1950s, that looks at many issues, including apartheid.  Classically trained but a "behind the scenes" Hollywood star, Marni Nixon, who sang for stars who couldn't, passed away this week. And the Buffalo Infringement Festival 2016 has too many offerings to list, so you'd be wise to visit the website.

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Albright-Knox Art Gallery leaders are promising the public will have a chance to join the museum's expansion conversation. An architecture firm has been hired, but there is no specific design plan yet.

This week we have three openings to celebrate! Tonight, it's THE PROFANE, a play by Zayd Dohrn, presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Vivienne Benesch.

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A blend of music, art and a lecture series will kick off for another season in Buffalo this fall. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced dates for 'Art of Jazz', Buffalo Chamber Players and Director's Lecture Series.  

Public art partnership announces three newest works

Jul 15, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A continuing public art initiative led by the Albright Knox Art Gallery is growing, with three new works just announced for locations within the City of Buffalo. The first of the works was formally dedicated Thursday on Main Street.


This Tuesday, Shakespeare in Delaware Park uses their "down time" between shows (The Winter's Tale ends Sunday night, July 17 and The Taming of the Shrew opens on July 28) to "put on a show" with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The giraffes at the Buffalo Zoo are now able to seek some shade when roaming in their outside exhibit.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A delegation of children from Buffalo's sister city, Changzhou in China, brought their artwork to the Queen City. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the exhibit of their paintings will promote cross-cultural learning for the cities.  

If you want to see strong women on stage, this is the time. Michele Marie Roberts stars in Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA now at MusicalFare Theatre in Amherst through August 7. Across town, Lisa Vitrano takes charge as Paulina who speaks truth to power in THE WINTER'S TALE at Shakespeare in Delaware Park (through July 17).

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The organization which manages the Lake Erie estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has its new leader. The Graycliff Conservancy introduced Robert Wooler as its new executive director.


Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival isn't only doing Shakespeare this year, it is doing a play about Shakespeare: a new stage adaptation of the hit movie "Shakespeare in Love."  WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with actor Luke Humphrey, who plays William Shakespeare in the production.

 

American Accordionists Association

Buffalo will soon become the Accordion Capital of the World – at least for several days. Accordion buffs will flock to the region on Wednesday for the annual American Accordionists’ Association Festival. In a report produced by Waverly Colville, WBFO’s Brian Meyer takes a closer look at this unique instrument:

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Many remember the life of respected author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

If you like the expression "Winter is coming" then you'll want to know that in Shakespeare in Delaware Park's THE WINTER'S TALE (now through July 17) there are at least two deaths, although both off stage. Death by grief and death by bear.

THE WINTER'S TALE by Shakespeare, a late comedy/romance is sometimes called one of the "problem plays" because Act I is so dramatic and sad while Act II is miraculous and uplifting. It opened last night at Shakespeare in Delaware Park. And you have only three days to catch DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS with an all star cast who bring their "A game" and oodles of energy to the Lancaster Opera House. Lots of fun.

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When "The Winter's Tale" opens tonight in Delaware Park, spectators will get a glimpse at a new addition for the landmark institution. Managing director Lisa Ludwig says they've replaced the stage which had stood at the bottom of Shakespeare Hill for over two decades.

Rich Kellman

The global refugee crisis has been hitting home in many communities around the world, including in Buffalo. One of the biggest challenges facing immigrants involves learning a new language and local organizations are ready to help. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman has their story.


The Buffalo Connection: Ken Baker of E! News

Jun 20, 2016
Jenna Schoenefeld

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve made it to the highest levels of show business and pop culture. Sunday's paper included his latest feature, with a profile on Ken Baker of E! News. The Hamburg native has spent the last 20 years covering celebrities in Hollywood, but once had big dreams of hockey.


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Repression can be the actions of government, society, or an individual of subduing someone or something by force. But when it is the action or process of suppressing a thought or desire in oneself so that it remains unconscious, that can lead to explosive and tragic outcomes as we saw last Sunday at a gay night club in Orlando. Modern theater, ever since Nora slammed the door and walked away from repression at the end of Ibsen's play THE DOLL HOUSE, has dealt with the topic. And so, in a way, it was so apt that America's celebration of what is best in live Theater, the Tony Awards, followed on the heels of the horror.

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An important slice of Buffalo history will be staged at Shea's Performing Arts Center Friday evening.  A brand new opera called 'SHOT!' will be performed by Nickel City Opera. It tells the story of the 1901-assassination of President William McKinley. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Nickel City Founder and national opera star Valerian Ruminski. He explains how the show was written by world-renowned, award-winning composer Persis Vehar. 

AN IDEAL HUSBAND a comedy by Oscar Wilde (one of G.B. Shaw's favorites) presented by The Irish Classical Theatre runs through June 26 at the Andrews Theatre at 625 Main Street, with a cadre of accomplished Buffalo actors. Meanwhile, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS is presented by Second Generation Theatre Company at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Avenue, through June 26. The 26th Annual Artie Awards presentation was a big success with over 19 awards given. And, up for only two performances, Nickel City Opera presents SHOT!

Seneca Iroquois National Musem

Native American culture and history is taking center stage in the first annual Heritage Day at the Seneca Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca.

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