Cultural

Museum funding
3:07 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Comptroller recommends surplus money be used for science, children's museums

Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is encouraging county officials to approve a $1 million investment in the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Credit sciencebuff.org

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.

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Patti Smith
6:30 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Patti Smith on writing, youth and the cult of fame

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.

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Cultural
6:29 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Canalside summer concert lineup spans musical genres

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.

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Cultural
6:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Remembering Richard Horwitz, a beautiful mind

Richard Horwitz passed away earlier this month.

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.

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Cultural
1:41 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

'Ninja Turtles' crews to perform lighting tests Friday

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown leads a news conference detailing the upcoming shooting of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" in the city.
Credit WBFO

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. 

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Cultural
9:10 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash attracts capacity crowd

Ghost Town Blues Band
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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WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash
7:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

'Bash' headliner Ghost Town Blues Band looks to bring Beale Street to Buffalo

The Ghost Town Blues Band headlines this year's WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash.
Credit File photo

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.

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WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash
3:35 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

'Bash' performer Patti Parks uses blues as therapy

Patti Parks uses the blues as therapy for young people.
Credit thepattiparksband.com

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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Holocaust remembrance
1:27 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Remembrance marks the 70th anniversary of Jewish liberation

Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

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. 

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Cultural
11:28 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Former Sabre talks about overcoming racism in new book 'Black Ice'

"Black Ice" by Val James.
Credit 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. 

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Cultural
8:19 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Actor Stephen McKinley Henderson speaking at UB tonight

Stephen McKinley Henderson
Credit 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. 

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Cultural
6:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Local bishop reflects on recent Cuba trip

Bishop Franklin examines mangos grown by the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Itabo, Cuba. The church's sustainable food program maintains an eight-acre farm, selling its various crops to the local people at reasonable prices.
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.

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Cultural
5:21 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Lackawanna hosts 'world's shortest' Dyngus Day Parade

Lackawanna's 'shortest' Dyngus Day Parade on Ridge Road.
Credit 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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Cultural
4:59 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Buffalo celebrates Dyngus Day

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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. 

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Cultural
6:02 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

'Homeless Jesus': Thought-provoking? Or controversial?

Homeless Jesus at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo.
Credit 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.

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Cultural
10:46 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Rolling Stones to play Ralph Wilson Stadium in July

The Rolling Stones are coming to Buffalo.

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Cultural
8:40 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Language most difficult for immigrants & refugees in poverty

Burmese Community Support Center (BCSC) is located on Buffalo’s Westside and run by the Burmese community.
Credit 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.

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Cultural
9:28 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Plans to restore former Sattler Broadway Theatre

Inside the former Sattler Broadway Theatre
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. 

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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.

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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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