Cultural

Cultural
2:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Local Muslims address the 'ISIS Crisis'

Understanding Islam conference on February 7th, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo.
Credit 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.

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Cultural
12:07 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Buffalo celebrates a century of Black History

Students from the Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts shared there talents during Black History month celebrations in the lobby of City Hall.
Credit 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.

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Cultural
6:01 am
Mon February 16, 2015

The Italian Americans tells an enduring story of an influential people

Credit WNED TV

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

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Cultural
12:15 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash returns on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

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!

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Cultural
2:15 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Buffalo to host cultural event celebrating Finland

Albright-Knox director Janne Siren's Finnish roots will be celebrated in this year's FinnFest event.
Credit 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.

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Public wants artistic inut for historic archway
6:01 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Artistic input sought for archway to Michigan Street corridor

Credit michiganstreetbuffalo.org / 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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Cultural
6:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Local drummer shares the stage with Beyonce

Venzella Joy has played the world's biggest stages as a drummer for music superstar Beyonce.
Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

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.

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Cultural
9:09 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Road Less Traveled Theater opens new show; Venue change possible

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.


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Chautauqua Institution
11:19 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Chautauqua delays Amphitheater decision to August

A morning lecture at the Chautauqua Amphitheater
Credit Chautauqua Institution / WBFO News

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

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Cultural
10:02 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Remembering Buffalo's Michigan Avenue YMCA

A display on the Michigan Avenue YMCA was set up Monday at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Credit 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.

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Cultural
9:42 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Kleinhans 'right-sizing' with installation of new seats

Chairman Christopher Brown shows off the new seats that will soon be installed at Kleinhans Music Hall.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

For 75 years, music lovers for all kind of performers have packed the seats in Kleinhans Music Hall, with the current chairs there for 46 years. The hall will soon have new seats but there will be fewer of them.

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Cultural
4:59 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Orchestra's finances striking right chord

Credit WBFO File Photo

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is reporting a balanced budget for the last fiscal year, reflecting record season ticket sales and subscription revenues for the third consecutive year. Ticket sales were up 17 percent.

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Cultural
5:34 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

The Ice: New additions

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul appeared at The Ice at Canalside Thursday morning to drop the puck on an ice hockey game.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation announced there will be Broomball and Pond Hockey at The Ice at Canalside.

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Cultural
2:45 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Bitter cold provides ideal conditions for ice wine

Picking grapes for 2015.
Credit Photo from Leonard Oakes Estate

The bitter cold January temperatures are ideal for harvesting grapes for ice wine. But it demands that grape pickers head out to the vineyards in the coldest weather.  Wednesday morning, they gathered nearly   grapes from an Orleans County field.   WBFO'S Jay Moran spoke with Jonathan Oakes, winemaker for Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

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Cultural
10:04 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Kwanzaa message resonates in wake of recent violence

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

With Kwanzaa approaching its 50th anniversary, the cultural event filled New Covenant Church Sunday night for its third night celebrating Ujima, Collective Work and & Responsibility.

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Cultural
4:58 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Lancaster's Flix theater to show 'The Interview'

'The Interview' will be shown locally, after Sony Pictures Entertainment did an about-face Tuesday on the movie's release.

Local moviegoers will get the chance to see "The Interview," after all.

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Cultural
10:48 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Local woman's menorah collection spans decades

WBFO news contributor Rich Kellman.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Jews across Western New York are celebrating Hanukkah, which ends at sunset on Wednesday. WBFO special contributor Rich Kellman brings us a story of a local woman who has collected menorahs for a quarter-century.

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Cultural
2:56 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

Tom Magliozzi's laugh boomed in NPR listeners' ears every week as he and his brother, Ray, bantered on Car Talk.
Courtesy of Car Talk

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:23 pm

Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers" on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

If there was one thing that defined Tom Magliozzi, it was his laugh. It was loud, it was constant, it was infectious.

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Cultural
8:04 am
Thu October 30, 2014

How 'Shark Girl' came to be

Shark Girl sitting at Canalside in Buffalo
Credit Ashley Hirtzel

When Shark Girl moved into Buffalo in August, she started a conversation via social media as to where she came from and what her creator Casey Riordan Millard was thinking in creating her. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel talked with Canalside visitors and sat down with the artist and to find out how Shark Girl came to be.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Members weigh in on Albright-Knox expansion

Credit File photo

For Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Janne Siren, it's time for a listening tour as the cultural center looks to an expanded future.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Preventing immigrant domestic violence & human trafficking

Outside the International Institute of Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some women refugee and immigrants who come to Buffalo struggle with domestic violence and become easy targets for human trafficking. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the International Institute of Buffalo provides important services for these women as they try to live a new life in our city. 

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Cultural
5:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Allegany Artisans Tour's 27th year features 39 studios

Allegany Artisans
Credit Photo from Allegay Artisans

What is considered one of the oldest studio tours in the country continues Sunday near the beautiful Genesee River in Allgeany County.  It the 27th annual Allegany Artisans Studio Tour.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with H.M. Bateman with Allegany Artisans. She said  39-studios will be opened to the public across the towns of Allegany.

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Cultural
8:54 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Singing the blues in downtown Buffalo

Tommy Z and Billy The Kid joined forces at Saturday night's Blues Bash
Eileen Elibol/WNED

If you ask Ontario resident Susie Chase, there's nothing quite like spending a Saturday night listening to the blues in downtown Buffalo.

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Cultural
9:31 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Russert exhibit ready to open at Buffalo History Museum

"Inside Tim Russert's Office: If It's Sunday, It's 'Meet the Press'"
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A grand opening for an exhibit that honors the memory of Tim Russert opens to the public Friday. The Buffalo History Museum will hold a sneak preview for the media tonight. WBFO's Eileen Buckley got a private tour of the exhibit.

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Cultural
8:15 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Memphis star Billy The Kid headlines WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash

Billy the Kid
Credit WNED/WBFO

The WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash takes place Saturday night at the WBFO/WNED studios. The opening band is Buffalo's own Tommy Z Band and the headliner is a finalist in the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Billy the Kid and the Regulators. 

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Cultural
6:54 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Songwriter Allen Toussaint's wide appeal, from the Pointer Sisters to the Grateful Dead

Allen Toussaint
Credit Facebook: Allen Toussaint page

The songs of Allen Toussaint have been some of the biggest hits in American music since the 1960s. 


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Cultural
4:00 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash to feature national and local acts

Billy the Kid and the Regulators
Credit WNED/WBFO

In its ongoing quest to lure top-performing acts while fostering local talent, WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash will feature two respected bands when hundreds of blues fans gather in the WNED/WBFO studios Oct. 18.

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Cultural
10:26 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Visiting Bob Newhart reflects on Lucy's legacy

Bob Newhart will be in Jamestown Saturday, October 11, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
Credit lucy-desi.com

Comedy legend Bob Newhart will bring his unique brand of deadpan humor to Jamestown Saturday as a featured performer at this year's Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K Weekend. 

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Cultural
7:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Noel “Paul” Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary fame to perform at Canisius College

Peter, Paul & Mary.

One of the performers from the legendary 1960s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary will be in Buffalo this week. Noel "Paul" Stookey will hold a performance and lecture at 7 p.m. Friday at Canisius College in the Montante Cultural Center. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Stookey about the famous trio, his songwriting and his activism.


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Press Pass with Buffalo Spree's Elizabeth Licata
7:30 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Press Pass: WNY celebrates fall and a conversation with Jake Halpern

Autumn along the Niagara Gorge
Credit Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

The Ellicottville Fall Festival begins this Friday.  Kids always enjoy the fun at Pumpkinville in Great Valley or the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.  And there are any number of Octoberfest celebrations.  It's all part of fall in Western New York.

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