Cultural stories & organizations

A call has gone out to artists who are interested in helping create an LGBT memorial for New York State.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which is moving forward with an ambitious expansion plan known as AK360, got a fiscal boost for the project Thursday from members of the New York State Assembly. Speaker Carl Heastie joined local delegates in Buffalo to make the announcement.

The Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is conducting a national search for its next leader, with president Donna Fernandes on Thursday announcing her retirement in spring 2017.

Buffalo Zoo

Monica is leaving the Buffalo Zoo. The Indian rhinoceros born at the zoo two years ago is moving to San Diego.

Rare Shakespeare folios united at downtown library

Oct 5, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two sets of rare folios featuring the works of Sir William Shakespeare are now resting side-by-side in downtown Buffalo. It's a first-of-a-kind merger of the sets and part of an ongoing commemoration of the Bard's death 400 years ago.

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The Muslim community in Niagara Falls will soon have a brand new mosque. The $1 million project was approved by the city’s planning board at a meeting this past week.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

With cash in hand years earlier than expected, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is moving ahead on the public process of designing its new space.

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On  Saturday  the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor hosted a watch party to view the opening day celebration of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture in Washington, DC.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has announced what it is calling the largest single private donation to a cultural institution in Buffalo's history. It is a $42.5 million challenge grant from Buffalo-born billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach.

The Buffalo Zoo

On a perfect weather day, the Buffalo Zoo reported Monday it has been given another five-year accreditation by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra musicians are responding to what it says is a "highly crafted email" from the Chautauqua Institution that implies musicians are "overreaching" and "greedy" in their request for a pay raise.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is going on now in Jamestown, NY. On Saturday hundreds gathered at the Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the Village of Celoron to watch the unveiling of the new Lucille Ball statue.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame will be inducting the "Queen of Soul" into its Class of 2016 this fall. The winners were announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Buffalo History Museum and Grammy winner Aretha Franklin has been named as one of this year's inductees. 

Public art partnership announces three newest works

Jul 15, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A continuing public art initiative led by the Albright Knox Art Gallery is growing, with three new works just announced for locations within the City of Buffalo. The first of the works was formally dedicated Thursday on Main Street.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The giraffes at the Buffalo Zoo are now able to seek some shade when roaming in their outside exhibit.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A delegation of children from Buffalo's sister city, Changzhou in China, brought their artwork to the Queen City. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the exhibit of their paintings will promote cross-cultural learning for the cities.  

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The organization which manages the Lake Erie estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has its new leader. The Graycliff Conservancy introduced Robert Wooler as its new executive director.

American Accordionists Association

Buffalo will soon become the Accordion Capital of the World – at least for several days. Accordion buffs will flock to the region on Wednesday for the annual American Accordionists’ Association Festival. In a report produced by Waverly Colville, WBFO’s Brian Meyer takes a closer look at this unique instrument:

Many remember the life of respected author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Rich Kellman

The global refugee crisis has been hitting home in many communities around the world, including in Buffalo. One of the biggest challenges facing immigrants involves learning a new language and local organizations are ready to help. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman has their story.

Seneca Iroquois National Musem

Native American culture and history is taking center stage in the first annual Heritage Day at the Seneca Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca.

A major project in Salamanca that will dramatically increase the size of the Seneca Iroquois National Museum is moving forward.

Buffalo native Lauren Belfer is heading back to the best-seller charts with her new novel "And After The Fire." It's a look at the music of Bach, anti-semitism and family. Belfer talked to WBFO's Mike Desmond about the book.

Photo form Paul Spitale's Facebook page.

A Buffalo couple wed on national television Friday morning. Paul Spitale and Jenell Greene said their vows on "Good Morning America" in Times Square. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with the couple as they were traveling to New York City, prior to tying the knot.

The Buffalo Connection: David Milch

Apr 25, 2016
Jenna Schoenefeld

Tim O'Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country profiling people who were raised or educated in Western New York and have gone on to become pop culture influencers. His series is called The Buffalo Connection.

In a Friday afternoon press conference, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson did not say what led to the death of singer Prince, whose body was found yesterday at his home in Minnesota. He was 57.

Olson did say there were no "obvious signs of trauma" on the singer's body, and that there is no reason to believe his death was a suicide.

To many Western New Yorkers, his music was a part of growing up in the 1980s. He took on the record industry in the 1990s by replacing his name with a symbol. As as one local music critic put it, Prince - who was found dead Thursday at the age of 57 - was truly a musical genius in the same class as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson.

Prince, Musician And Iconoclast, Has Died At Age 57

Apr 21, 2016

Prince — the Purple One, who reeled off pop hits in five different decades — has died at age 57. The shocking news was confirmed by Prince's publicist after reports that police were investigating a death at his Paisley Park compound outside Minneapolis.

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer Prince Rogers Nelson has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said. "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

The next WBFO Blues Bash takes place Saturday, April 9 in the WNED|WBFO studios. Blues host Pat Feldballe recently had a chance to speak with Blues Bash headliner JP Soars.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Thousands of Western New Yorkers, just one day after enjoying Easter Sunday, were out on Monday taking part in Dyngus Day festivities. Inside Buffalo's Broadway Market, the celebrations included a contest to determine "Buffalo's Best Kielbasa."