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'Natural Conditions' opens at Botanical Gardens

May 22, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

There will be more than flowers pleasing the eyes of visitors this summer at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. A newly introduced art series will also be there to greet guests.


A popular discount movie theater in Cheektowaga has closed its doors.

Investing in kid-friendly cultural institutions is good for both families and the economy according to Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who is proposing $3 million in capital investments for the Buffalo Museum of Science and the future Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside.

Punk icon Patti Smith has been an important figure for decades as a musician, poet, and cultural observer. She is also the author of Just Kids, a book about her life and her relationship with the late artist Robert Mapplethorpe. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with Smith during her recent visit to Just Buffalo's Babel series.

One of the biggest draws to downtown Buffalo's waterfront each summer is the Thursday concert series at Canalside.  This year will be no different, with a diverse lineup of 12 acts unveiled Wednesday.

Remembering Richard Horwitz, a beautiful mind

Apr 29, 2015

The federal government reports nearly one in five adults suffers from mental illness in any given year. Many of those under treatment live extraordinary lives. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman reports on one such man, a brilliant scholar who will be deeply missed in his West Side neighborhood.


Call it a test night for the turtles. Crews who are in town to shoot a high-speed chase sequence for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" plan to do prep work along the Kensington Expressway on Friday. 

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash attracts capacity crowd

Apr 25, 2015
Eileen Elibol/WBFO

When the Ghost Town Blues Band walked on stage Saturday night and kicked off its energetic show with a rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In," the crowd enthusiastically clapped to the rhythm.

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The Ghost Town Blues Band, headliners at this weekend's WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash, is a group based in Memphis with deep roots in the Delta blues tradition. But there is more than meets the ear and the eye with the young band.

For years, the blues has helped people express deep feelings. For the great blues performers, the music seems to flow naturally, almost second nature. But can the expressive power of the blues be taught as a therapy to young people who have drug dependencies or have suffered emotional trauma?

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Local officials and Jewish leaders marked the 70th anniversary Thursday of the liberation of concentration camps following the end of World War II in 1945. 

WBFO News photo of book by Chris Caya

More than 30 years ago, with no recognition at all, a member of the Buffalo Sabres made history. Valmore James was the first U.S. born African-American to play in the National Hockey League. 

Courtesy of the University at Buffalo

Stephen McKinley Henderson is known as a distinguished actor, director and professor in the University at Buffalo's Department of Theater and Dance. Tonight, Henderson will speak candidly about his career during an appearance on UB's North Campus. 

Craig Wirth/Episcopal Diocese of Utah

A Western New York bishop recently got an up-close perspective on the changing relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Dyngus Day celebrations are kicking into high gear Monday as many Western New Yorkers are celebrating the end of the Lenten season by honoring the Polish tradition. WBFO's Eileen Buckley attended the "world's shortest" Dyngus Day Parade in Lackawanna.

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The Dyngus Day Parade may kick off today but the party kicked off Sunday night in the heartland of modern Polonia, Cheektowaga, where hundreds celebrated at the VFW Leonard Post on Walden Avenue. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A piece of artwork, rejected by some cities, has been installed at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo. St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral purchased the 'Homeless Jesus' bronze statue. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the unveiling sparked a buzz among some citizens.

Rolling Stones to play Ralph Wilson Stadium in July

Mar 31, 2015

The Rolling Stones are coming to Buffalo.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Buffalo grapples with a high poverty rate, many immigrants and refugees are among those struggling. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a Burmese immigrant who is working to help others in our community.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Members of an African-American media group say they're teaming with Carl Paladino's Ellicott Development to restore the former Sattler Broadway Theatre in Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says millions of dollars must be raised to begin the restoration. 

Local Muslims address the 'ISIS Crisis'

Feb 25, 2015
WBFO News photo by Rich Kellman

The terror group known as ISIS calls itself the Islamic state. But many western New York Muslims have denounced the organization and the brutality committed in the name of Islam. WBFO News  contributor Rich Kellman has details.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A century of Black History was celebrated in the lobby of City Hall in Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says some of the oldest and youngest African-American contributors to the city were honored.


  In his new PBS documentary, The Italian Americans, Buffalo native, John Maggio, looks at the ways Italian immigrants influenced the American melting pot.


WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash returns on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Join us for another fantastic night of music in our studios!

Chris Caya/WBFO News

A local architecture gem has helped attract another national event. FinnFest USA, an annual conference celebrating Finnish and Finnish-American culture and heritage, is coming to Buffalo in October. / WBFO News

Buffalo’s intersection of Michigan Street and Broadway will soon be a place to welcome people to the city’s African American Heritage Corridor.

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Venzella Joy has gone from playing drums in her church to sharing a stage with one of the world's biggest superstars. The drummer for Beyonce is a native of Buffalo. WBFO's Porsha Ari shares her story.

The Road Less Traveled Theater opens another show in its season Friday night, unsure how long it will be in its longtime home in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center.

Chautauqua Institution / WBFO News

Officials at the Chautauqua Institution have decided to delay plans for rebuilding the historic amphitheater.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Today, 585 Michigan Avenue is a rarely-used vacant lot, but the location holds a key place in the history of the Buffalo African-American community.