Cultural

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
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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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Cultural
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

War of 1812 bicentennial wraps up with yearlong events

Re-enactors fire muskets to commemorate War of 1812 bicentennial.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Buffalo History Museum kicked-off the last year of the War of 1812 bicentennial Wednesday with the firing of muskets.  This year a series of events will take place across western New York to commemorate the bloody battles of the war between the United States and Canada, and the 200 years of peace that followed.

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Cultural
10:09 am
Mon April 7, 2014

UB students dine as the Romans did

A cook prepares part of the Roman feast.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

University at Buffalo students attended a special event Sunday night, one that encouraged them to immerse themselves in the food, traditions and clothing of a legendary culture.

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Cultural
9:50 am
Tue April 1, 2014

New Toronto aquarium drawing big crowds

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One of Toronto’s newest tourist attractions is making a big splash. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opened a few months ago in the city’s downtown.

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Cultural
8:34 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Contents of 1920 time capsule revealed

Items inside of the 1920 time capsule.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A time capsule from 1920 was reveled at the Buffalo History Museum Friday.

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Cultural
10:24 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mexican woman granted asylum in U.S. tells her tragic story

33rd Annual Latin American Event.
Credit WBFO News photo of poster for event.

Violence flows at the Mexican border where many seek asylum in the United States. That issue will be highlighted Wednesday night as the 33rd Annual Father A. Joseph Bissonnette Lain America Event will be held at Daemen College in Amherst.

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Press Pass with Elizabeth Licata
6:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's "New Do-Gooders"

The three owners of Breadhive, one of Buffalo Spree's "new do-gooders"
Credit Photo by KC Kratt / Buffalo Spree

There are any number of organizations that help make Buffalo a better community. In the April issue of Buffalo Spree, editor Elizabeth Licata and her team of writers introduce us to groups formed in the past six years that are having an impact. 

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Cultural
10:37 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Shea's hosting 'Kinky Boots,' 'Book of Mormon' in '14-'15 season

Tony winner Kinky Boots is part of the 2014-2015 Shea's schedule.
Credit Shea's

Shea's unveiled its 2014-2015 season Wednesday night, in a schedule that mixes recent Broadway hits with old favorites.

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Cultural
10:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Women’s History Month: Conversation on Human Trafficking & Equal Pay

Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.
Credit Photo from Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Website

The entire month of March is devoted to Women's History.  Locally, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women is holding its 5th year of events to celebrate women of the past, present and future.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down the leader of the organization -- commissioner Sawrie Becker to discuss the fight for equal pay and generate awareness to stop human trafficking.

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Cultural
6:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Reborn North Park Theatre ready to open its doors

The North Park's 1941 marquee was recently renovated by Buffalo's Flexlume Corporation.
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WBFO's Omar Fetouh reports

Today is a day movie lovers across Western New York have been anticipating. After being closed for several months to undergo extensive renovations, the historic North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue will again light up the silver screen.

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Cultural
10:50 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Celebrating Black History: Civil Rights legend to lead march reenactment in Buffalo

Rev. C.T. Vivian in 1965 fighting for the right to vote.
Credit Photo from YouTube video

A civil rights legend will appear in Buffalo Thursday to celebrate Black History month.  Reverend Dr. Cordy Tindell Vivian will be a guest of Canisius College and led students in a reenactment of the Freedom March to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Rev. Vivian about his work that traces back to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Cultural
9:20 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Buffalo’s Central Park Grill features famed Campbell Brothers

Darik Campbell & Buffalo musician David Michael Miller in WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo's Central Park Grill has attracted the attention of a world-famous band. The Campbell Brothers, who have been featured on NPR, are holding six sessions that kicked off this month. The band is known for its Sacred Steel, African-American gospel music as well as soul and blues. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with Darik Campbell  and Buffalo musician David Michael Miller, who are teaming in this collaborative music venture.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Darik Campbell, of the Campbell Brothers and Buffalo musician David Michael Miller about sessions at Central Park Grill.

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Justin Timberlake
8:38 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Timberlake concert postponed until July

Justin Timberlake's concert at the First Niagara Center Saturday night has been postponed. 

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Cultural
2:58 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Crystal Beach ‘ice caves’ off limits

Crystal Beach ice cave.

Amazing ice formations along a section of Lake Erie at Crystal Beach could collapse at any point. Public access to those ice caves has been closed due to safety concerns.

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Buffalo Zoo
12:42 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Zoo breaks ground on polar bear exhibit

Construction equipment at site of future polar bear exhibit
Credit Photo by Chris Caya / WBFO News

Nearly four years after announcing plans, the Buffalo Zoo officially kicked-off construction Wednesday of its new Arctic Edge exhibit. 

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Coffee
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Press Pass: Coffee talk with Buffalo Spree's Elizabeth Licata

Credit Illustration by JP Thimot / Buffalo Spree

WBFO's Mark Scott and Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata are drinking again on this week's Press Pass.  But this time, it doesn't involve alcohol but coffee.

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Cultural
4:13 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Grants awarded to Explore & More, Roosevelt Site

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has awarded grants the Explore & More Children's Museum and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

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Cultural
10:35 am
Fri February 14, 2014

'Always a Bridesmaid’: History Museum searches for bridesmaid dresses

'Always a Bridesmaid' at Buffalo History Museum.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo History Museum has been on the hunt for the most interesting bridesmaid dress and story in Western New York.  Last year, the museum featured a wedding dress contest. This year, in keeping with a wedding theme, it has asked women to dig deep into their closets for a bridesmaid dress. 

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Cultural
2:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Peacemakers: Serving jailtime for peace

Rosalie Riegle, author, professor and oral historian of nonviolent resisters who serve in jail-time for peace thumbs through her book in the WBFO studio as she discusses her work.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A longtime expert on the peace movement is in Buffalo Thursday. Rosalie Riegle appears at D'Youville College for a 3 p.m. session with students in the college's Blue Lounge to discuss "Crossing Lines and Doing Time: The Many Voices of Social Justice." At 7 p.m. she appears at Canisius College to speak on "The Heart of the Peace Movement: Nonviolent Resisters Doing Time for Peace."

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Cultural
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Tim Russert office exhibit moving to Buffalo History Museum

Credit Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

An exhibit that honors the memory of former NBC newsman and South Buffalo native Tim Russert has found a new home at The Buffalo History Museum.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Buffalo-Niagara appealing to independent film producers

After searching the Northeast for an accommodating subway station, producer Roland Uruci and his crew chose Buffalo to film their next feature, “Subway Station.”
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Niagara Falls is getting some international attention and a Buffalo subway station is serving the backdrop for an independent film project.

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Cultural
9:00 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Chinese New Year celebrated in the Southtowns!

Chinese communities around the world are in the midst of celebrating the New Year.  This occasion is one of the largest celebrations throughout the year in the culture, lasting a full two weeks and including a variety of festivities along with an array of foods.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Buff State grad stars in Bud Light Super Bowl ad

Ian Rappaport with actor Don Cheadle in Bud Light ad.
Credit Photo from Ian Rappaport's Facebook page

A Buffalo State College graduate found himself unexpectedly smack dab in the middle of a Super Bowl commercial.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Ian Rappaport was featured in the Bud Light ad the feature an array of stars through an unexpected journey. 

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Cultural
12:09 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Honored for outstanding contributions in the area of sisterhood & brotherhood

Let's Talk Native radio host John Kane honored in the media category for the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New leader awards.
Credit Photo by Robert D'Alimonte from John Kane's Facebook page

The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York recognized more than 30-individuals and organizations Wednesday. 

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