Cultural

Chautauqua Institution
8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Brazil -- Rising Superpower

Flower gardens at entrance to the Chautauqua Institution.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Chautauqua Institution

In a summer when Brazil took center stage as host of soccer's World Cup, South America's largest country is receiving a week's worth of attention at the Chautauqua Institution.  WBFO's Mark Scott reports on "Brazil: Rising Superpower" in this week's Chautauqua Preview.

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Cultural
10:05 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Exhibit honors life of former first lady, Buffalo native Frances Folsom Cleveland

Frances Folsom Cleveland memorabilia
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A celebration of the 150th birthday of Frances Folsom Cleveland, an exhibit is now on display at the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse. The display highlights the life and legacy of the former first lady, who was a Buffalo native.

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Chautauqua Institution
7:51 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: The American West

W. Richard West, Jr. delivers the Wednesday morning lecture at the Amphitheater

The Chautauqua Institution explores the American West this week -- in its daily lectures and in an original arts production that will be staged in the Amphitheater Saturday night.

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Cultural
10:35 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Inaugural Canalside beer festival a celebration of suds

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A favorite beverage of many Western New Yorkers will be celebrated this weekend at Canalside. 

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Cultural
9:56 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Central Terminal ‘Happy’ video goes viral

School students from Westminster Charter School danced in HAPPY video at the Central Terminal.
Credit Photo from HAPPY Video

A locally produced video has gone viral as part of a fundraising effort for Buffalo's Central Terminal. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the video is sure to make you smile as you watch a diverse group of citizens dance inside the historic city landmark.

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Press Pass with Elizabeth Licata
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Best of Western New York

Lloyd Taco Truck among the food trucks profiled in Buffalo Spree's July issue.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Who is the best Buffalo City Council member?  And where is the best place to hear comedy?  The answers are coming up on this week's Press Pass as Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata joins our Mark Scott to talk about the Best of Western New York.

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Chautauqua Institution
3:36 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Emerging Citizenship -- the Egyptian Experience

Dalia Mogahed speaks Wednesday morning at the Chautauqua Institution.

It's been a year since Egypt's first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted from power.  For now, Egypt is back where the nation was before the Arab Spring -- under the control of a military dictator.  That's the backdrop as the Chautauqua Institution this week explores the Egyptian experience of trying to create a democratic government. 

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Cultural
10:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Buffalo River boat tour offers history lesson on water

A view from The River Queen
Chris Caya/WBFO News

The sound of cannon fire will mark the arrival of an historic tall ship on the downtown Buffalo waterfront Thursday as the nearly 200-foot-long U.S. Brig Niagara arrives at Canalside. The Niagara helped defeat six British vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. But that's not the only piece of history visitors will find on the city's waterfront. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new boat is providing narrated tours of the Buffalo River.

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Cultural
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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Chautauqua Institution
2:49 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: The Ethics of Privacy

Jill Abramson

The Chautauqua Institution has scored quite a coup for week three of the summer season.  Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson will speak at the Amphitheater Wednesday morning as part of this week's theme, "The Ethics of Privacy." 

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Cultural
9:44 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Albright-Knox exhibiting masterpiece collection through summer

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Deputy Director Joe Lin-Hill announcing the opening of “Sincerely Yours: Treasures Of The Queen City.”
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery will hold a free public opening for a collection of paintings that will soon return on a year-long tour across the country. The exhibit “Sincerely Yours: Treasures Of The Queen City” will be in Buffalo until September.

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Cultural
10:16 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Shaw Festival actress Moya O'Connell takes on iconic role

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At the Shaw Festival this season, Moya O'Connell is the star in a classic 1930s play The Philadelphia Story. She also stars in The Philanderer.

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Chautauqua Institution
5:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Feeding a Hungry Planet

Chautauqua audience hears a previous speaker at the morning lecture at the Amphitheater.
Credit Photo courtesy of Chautauqua Institution

Week two of the 2014 season at the Chautauqua Institution explores feeding a hungry planet, plus the return of a popular Independence Day tradition. 

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Chautauqua Institution
8:30 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Roger Rosenblatt and Friends

The 2014 season is underway at the Chautauqua Institution.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our Chautauqua Preview, the first week includes an exploration of storytelling through the written word and much more.

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Cultural
9:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Shea's begins final major upgrades at Buffalo Theatre

Shea's Buffalo Theatre
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

The fourth phase of auditorium restorations at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre is now underway. Once completed, only minor updates will remain in the restoration project that began nearly two decades ago.

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Cultural
12:07 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Graffiti targets being turned into public art

Signal boxes in Buffalo are being transformed into public art.
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WBFO's Ashley Hirtzel reports

The public art organization responsible for murals on Tonawanda Street and Elmwood Avenue is now looking to bring their project to Hertel Avenue. Community Canvases is looking for artists to paint signal box murals along the city roadway this summer.

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Buffalo Festivals
10:00 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Big festival weekend in Buffalo

The 57th Allentown Art Festival attracted big crowds Saturday under a mix of sun and clouds with unseasonably cool temperatures in the low 60s. 

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Cultural
1:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Profile: Amherst Saxophone Quartet

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet
Credit Photo from The Amherst Saxophone Quartet Website

Well-known Amherst Saxophone Quartet will be performing a free concert Friday afternoon at the Downtown Library Auditorium.  It is a free performance as part of the "Judy Summer Concert Series" at the Library. WBFO'S Blues host Pat Feldballe sat down with a member of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet about today's concert, their work and the band's national success.

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Cultural
10:02 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Zoo welcomes baby rhino

Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo has announced a new arrival. A female Indian rhinoceros calf, named Monica, was born to mother Tashi on June 5th.

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Cultural
10:33 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Falletta competition spotlights world's top young classical guitarists

Eight skilled classical guitarists from around the world will be competing in Buffalo over the next four days. They have been selected to compete in the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, which begins Wednesday in the WNED-TV studios.

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Cultural
10:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Scholar remembers life, work of Maya Angelou

Writer and poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86.
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WBFO's Ashley Hirtzel reports

Dr. Maya Angelou died at the age of 86 Wednesday after battling a long illness. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel caught up with University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor Bruce Jackson to discuss the impact the poet, activist, and performer had on the nation.

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Cultural
8:55 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Photography exhibit documents life in Africa

Old man. Lankien, South Sudan
Brendan Bannon

Buffalo native and Nairobi resident Brendan Bannon is a photojournalist in Africa, often on assignment for Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF and other international organizations. The New York Times, Popular Photography and others have published his works.

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Cultural
1:22 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Candle lighting marks Holocaust remembrance

Each of the six candles lit on Friday represents one million Holocaust victims.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A ceremony marking Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, was held in Erie County's Rath Building on Friday.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Canadian oath refusers take their battle to court

Some seeking Canadian citizenship are refusing to swear an oath to Queen Elizabeth II.
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WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

An unusual court case was heard recently in Ontario dealing with citizenship and immigration. Three longtime foreign residents were fighting for the right to become Canadian citizens, but without having to swear allegiance to the British Queen.

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Cultural
9:57 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Revelers celebrate Polish traditions on Dyngus Day

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports on Dyngus Day 2014

The prevailing colors yesterday on Buffalo's East Side were red and white, under a hazy blue sky.

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Cultural
5:45 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Jazz guitar virtuoso Martin Taylor performing tonight

Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor plays a concert this evening at St. Joe's
Credit martintaylor.com

With a name that includes two of the world's great guitar makers, some might say Martin Taylor was born to play the instrument. 

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Cultural
9:41 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Kicking up on Dyngus Day: The day after Easter, marking the end of the Lenten season

Western New Yorkers will be throwing plenty of Dyngus Day celebrations all day Monday.  The day marks the end of Lenten season of sacrifice leading to Easter Sunday which Christians follow as the resurrection of the Lord.

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Press Pass
5:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Press Pass: Gardening with Buffalo Spree's Elizabeth Licata

After a long, harsh winter, many Western New Yorkers have spent some of the warmer days this month prepping their gardens for the summer growing season.  In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott talks with Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata about some of the issues gardeners face.

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Cultural
9:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks reflects on stage success

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Writer Suzan-Lori Parks has become a player on the American cultural scene with novels, plays and musicals. Parks was recently in town for the Babel speakers series and spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

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Cultural
10:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Buffalo United Artists moving into Alleyway Theatre

BUA is moving into the Alleyway Theatre
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Buffalo United Artists is coming back to the Theater District, moving into the Alleyway Theatre.

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