Cultural stories & organizations

Music Is Art to auction guitars signed by stars

Aug 24, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An auction being hosted in downtown Buffalo on Thursday evening will benefit an organization that promotes music's role in society and culture and hosts programs to make it more accessible for many within the community. The guitars to be auctioned off feature signatures of some of the biggest names in music entertainment.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A birthday celebration was held Thursday to celebrate the father-son team who designed Kleinhans Music Hall 75 years ago. The Saairnens were born August 20, 37 years apart.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A popular concert series is returning soon to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and a new one is just around the corner.

New Tolkien book scheduled for August 27 release

Aug 17, 2015

His most famous books have influenced generations of fantasy buffs, role-playing game participants and even rock musicians. Now comes word that the estate of the late J.R.R. Tolkien is releasing a story first penned by the author 100 years ago.

Stacked in news stands across Western New York are two weekly publications with gigantic centerpiece art and intriguing cultural content. One is new to the party, while the other has been around for more than 25 years.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Former CNN correspondent Susan Candiotti heads this year's inductees into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Candiotti, who worked at WGR-TV nearly 30 years ago, is being joined by longtime WKBW-TV anchor Keith Radford, among others.


It was the end of an era Thursday night for fans of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. After 16 years and more than 2,600 episodes, Jon Stewart hosted his final show in what turned out to be a star-studded and emotional affair.

Botanical Gardens houses undergoing extensive renovation

Jul 24, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two of the greenhouses that make up part of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens are undergoing an extensive restoration project, the first major work on the structures since they first opened more than a century ago.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Plans are underway to create a new documentary about Buffalo's rebirth. A kickstarter campaign is underway to gain support for filming Buffalo Hates You Too: A Love Story. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with the local director and an out-of-town producer working on the project to tell Buffalo's story.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Jewish Family Services held a special training session to help break language barriers occurring for immigrants and refugees living and working in Buffalo. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says a recent training session provided best practices for those who don't speak English.

Dave DeLuca

Cannolis, meatballs, sausage and other Italian food will be hot commodities on Hertel Avenue through Sunday.

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It was 8:58 p.m. Tuesday when the Arabic prayer rang out at sunset and the Iftar dinner celebrating the end of another day of Ramadan commenced in the City Hall lobby.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission is once again calling for designs for a symbolic gateway at Michigan Avenue and Broadway. The first request for a place-making icon, intended to welcome visitors to Buffalo’s African American Heritage Corridor garnered only one response.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

The award-winning architect of the Darwin Martin House visitor center is taking on another piece of valuable Buffalo property.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Some much needed improvements are in store for Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

Arsalan Iftikhar /

Human rights lawyer and journalist Arsalan Iftikhar was one of the regular commentators on the popular Barbershop Guys segment of NPR’s Tell Me More. He recently talked with WBFO about the role of Islam in today’s media and in the global community.

The Allentown Art Festival is famous for steamy hot days as people walk and shop and eat along its route on Delaware Avenue and some side streets. It was steamy at times on Sunday, but it was mostly wet.

Islamic event aims to spark dialogue

Jun 11, 2015

Local residents will have a chance Thursday evening to eat ice cream, shop at the Bazaar, get a Henna tattoo, play some jeopardy and, most importantly, learn and share their thoughts about the Muslim culture.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The co-founder and president of Buffalo's Uncrowded Queens Institute has made a historic discovery. It involves her extensive research over the most controversial  film from 1915 Birth of a Nation.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with Peggy Brooks-Bertram to discuss her work that refutes the racist film. 

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The summer festival season kicked off with souvlaki and moussaka as the Greek Festival began the run of must-see events during the area's summer season.

'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?