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Cultural
6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Stars, fans converge in Toronto for annual film festival

The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, is one of the most anticipated films at this year's Toronto film festival.
Credit tiff.net

The Toronto International Film Festival starts Thursday. Over the years, the festival has become one of Hollywood's most important vehicles for launching new work and this year appears to be no exception.

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Cultural
6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Toronto ranks 4th on list of best places to live

Credit toronto.ca

The annual ratings are out from The Economist Magazine on the best places to live in the world. Three of them are in Canada and Toronto ranks fourth.

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Cultural
9:06 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Whimsical 'Shark Girl' sculpture unveiled at Canalside

'Shark Girl' finds permanent home at Canalside.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

An unusual public sculpture was unveiled at Canalside in downtown Buffalo Tuesday. The art project is one of several to be unveiled across the region as part of the Public Art Initiative, which is a collaborative effort between the city of Buffalo, Erie County, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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Cultural
1:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Library mural first of many planned public artworks

Tape Art Executive Director Kristen Carbone working on the public mural.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new public art piece is being constructed outside the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. The mural is one of several that will be put up as part of an Albright-Knox Art Gallery initiative across Erie County. A public art project is expected to be installed at Canalside over the next few weeks.

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Chautauqua Institution
6:28 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Health Care -- From Bench to Bedside

The Chautauqua Institution is in the midst of a three-year series that is exploring health care issues.  This week, Chautauqua examines health care from the "bench to bedside."  And as WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our last Chautauqua Preview of the year, this week will also feature a wide variety of music from classical and folk to rock and jazz.

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Cultural
2:28 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Meet the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Class of ’14

2014 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductees pose for photos at the Buffalo History Museum.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame announced this year's inductees.  Most of the winners appeared at the Buffalo History Museum Wednesday morning. The 2014 class includes VH1 President and Buffalo State graduate Tom Calederon.

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Chautauqua Institution
6:56 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: The Global Public Square

CNN Fareed Zakaria speaks Monday morning

The Amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution will be transformed into a Global Public Square this week.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our Chautauqua Preview, this week's speakers will illuminate some serious global issues.

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Press Pass with Buffalo Spree's Elizabeth Licata
6:55 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Press Pass: Biking in Buffalo

More and more people are biking for transportation, exercise or just plain fun -- so much so, that Buffalo Spree devoted part of its August issue to the topic.  On this week's Press Pass, the magazine's editor Elizabeth Licata joins WBFO's Mark Scott to talk about "Western New York on Two Wheels."

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Cultural
2:26 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Leaders hoping to make African American Heritage Corridor a tourist draw

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Plans to turn a historic section of Buffalo's East Side into a tourist destination received a shot in the arm Thursday when Lt. Governor Robert Duffy presented a ceremonial $250,000 check to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission.

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Cultural
9:08 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Author inspired by Tennessee Williams on book tour through Buffalo

Author Margaret Bradham Thornton edited Tennessee Williams's Notebooks and wrote her own novel, Charleston, was touring in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The author who edited Tennessee Williams's Notebooks is on a book tour. Margaret Bradham Thornton is touring in support of her new novel Charleston. Thornton appeared at Talking Leaves in Buffalo Wednesday. Tuesday at noon she appears at the Chautauqua Institution's Bookstore to sign copies. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Thornton, who spent a decade editing the writings of Williams. 

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Cultural
12:18 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

175th Erie County Fair opens its gates

Today marks the opening of the 175th annual Erie County Fair in Hamburg.

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Chautauqua Institution
9:14 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: A Week with Ken Burns

This June 12, 1919 photo provided by PBS shows Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt with their children in Washington. The seven-part Ken Burns' documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," premiers on PBS and WNED September 14th.
Credit AP Photo/PBS, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY, Daniel J. White

Filmmaker Ken Burns' latest production, "The Roosevelts," will premiere on PBS in September.  This week, Burns will be appearing at the Chautauqua Institution to talk about this and the other films he's produced during his illustrious career.  More now from WBFO's Mark Scott in our Chautauqua Preview.

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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

Credit buffalobrewersfestival.com

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

Credit shawfest.com

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.
Credit facebook.com/communitycanvases

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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