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Tickets go on sale today for the Borderland Music and Arts festival in East Aurora. The two-day event will feature more than 20 bands on three stages at Knox Farm State Park. Borderland Co-Founder Jennifer Brazill has been booking events like this on the west coast for years. Now she has a chance to organize one back home. WBFO's Nick Lippa has more.


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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical LOVE NEVER DIES, a 10-years-later sequel to his PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, is at Shea’s Performing Arts Center through Sunday evening, June 10. The principal soprano role is the Phantom's beloved musical protégée, Christine Daaé, now an established Diva, and it's being sung by an established soprano, Meghan Picerno, who has sung the lead soprano roles of Cunegonde in Bernstein’s CANDIDE, Marie in Donizetti’s DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT, and Lucia in Donizetti’s LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. “Something they have in common is that they’re all acting roles; they’re all full-on performance roles” she told WNED|WBFO's Peter Hall, roles which have prepared her for the Broadway stage.

The motion picture industry in Buffalo and Western New York has been growing steadily for a number of years now and more than a few producers, aware of the support for the film industry and the cinematic resources the area offers, are becoming return customers. WBFO’s Pat Feldballe talks to Buffalo Niagara Film commissioner Tim Clark about one such project, getting underway soon, that features a pretty big name in the movie business.


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The 2018 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition wrapped up Saturday night at Kleinhans Music Hall. Bokyung Byun of South Korea won first place. She was the first woman ever to win the competition. Byun also won the Musicians Choice award as voted by members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from across Western New York will flock to downtown Buffalo for the 61st Allentown Art Festival this weekend. Art lovers and people-watchers will find streets filled with arts, music, and energy.

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The 28th annual Artie Awards presented by WNED|WBFO were a big success with a larger audience than ever resulting in more proceeds from the event collected to support Erie County Medical Center's HIV/AIDS and Immunodeficiency Services, a charity for which various theater companies have been collecting for months. In addition, performers from LOVE NEVER DIES (currently at Shea's) will put on LATE NIGHT WITH THE CAST, a benefit concert to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, tonight, June 8 at 11:00 p.m. at the Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main Street. See the list of nominees and winners along with photographs here.

Blockbuster Broadway, it's more than just "Hamilton"

Jun 7, 2018

The annual showcase of all things Broadway — the Tony Awards — takes place on Sunday. But even before the trophies get handed out, the New York theater industry has a lot to celebrate. It just had its most successful year on record, with record attendance and grosses of nearly $1.7 billion.

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So you can't get enough Artie Awards 2018 coverage? Neither can we. Check out all the glitz and glamour, the gowns and shoe cam, Anthony Chase's epaulets and more in this slide show of photos from the 28th annual event on June 3, presented by WNED|WBFO.

The 2018 Artie Award Winners

Jun 4, 2018
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Winners were announced at the 2018 Artie Awards on Monday night. Check out the full list, photos and tweets from the night below. And here are more photos from the red carpet and festivities.

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One of Neglia Conservatory of Ballet’s pre-professional dancers will be heading to an international competition this weekend. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the ballet student will be part of an 18-day event.  

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Rosalyn Colligan, 40, of Buffalo, was arrested early Sunday and charged with making terroristic threats in connection with Buffalo's Pride festival. She is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court June 8. If convicted on the charge, Colligan faces a maximum of 7 years in prison.

Buffalo Police say it was residents who alerted them to the numerous threats she made on social media, including murder. With quick work, the annual Pride Fest uneventfully went from a long afternoon march down Elmwood Avenue from Buffalo State College and concluded with a massive picnic and party at Canalside into the evening.

Bishop Malone ordains four new Catholic priests

Jun 2, 2018
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Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone ordained four new Catholic priests Saturday morning at St. Joseph Cathedral downtown. The once-a-year ceremony was a festive day for priests before they take on the challenges of their parishes.

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Friday is the 17th day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, an event of daytime fasting from food and water and an evening breaking of the fast with a fig and a full meal. Thursday night, local Islamic groups celebrated the connection of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the annual Tent of Abraham.

The Artie Awards, which celebrates the Buffalo's theater community and raises money for ECMC's Immunodeficiency Clinic will be held this year on Monday, June 4. The red carpet photography (including a shoe cam!) begins at 7:00 p.m. (when the bar opens) at Shea's 710 Theatre! (You can follow the action live with WBFO on Twitter.) Also note that five days after the Artie Awards it's LATE NIGHT WITH THE CAST, a benefit concert to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, featuring members of the national touring company of Love Never Dies, one night only June 8 at 11:00 p.m. at the Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main Street. 


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The sound of beating drums and wailing guitars can be heard echoing through the streets in the quiet village of East Aurora.


Fifty years after his LOVE painting made Robert Indiana a sensation, the artist has died at the age of 89.

Indiana's two-row rendering of the word, with its tilted "O," became one of the most recognizable works of modern art in the world. The famous design emerged from deep influences in Indiana's life, from his early exposure to religion to his father's career.

VIDEO: 2018 Artie Awards nominations announced

May 21, 2018

This year's Artie Awards nominations were announced Monday. The Arties began in 1991 and are held each year to celebrate Western New York's theatre community.

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On Saturday, city homeowners and businesses will open their porches to local bands for Buffalo Porchfest. While the event offers music lovers a wide variety of options, it also serves as a celebration of the symbolic value of the porch. "Porches offer a sense of community," said Newell Nussbaumer of Buffalo Rising during WBFO's Press Pass. The event and the sense of community it inspires, Nussbaumer says, have prompted many homeowners to rebuild their porches and, in a greater sense, restore their city.


Road Less Traveled Productions

When he read Lucas Hnath's "The Christians," Scott Behrend, executive director of Road Less Traveled Productions, knew his company needed to tackle the play. "What drew me to this play was, of course, the central argument, which is, Is there a hell?" With a cast of Dave Hayes, Lisa Vitrano, Aaron Moss, Steve Jakiel and Victoria Perez, "The Christians" runs through May 20.


World Video Game Hall of Fame

Some popular video games are being recognized for their impact on the multibillion-dollar industry.

A federal government study says New York State's arts and cultural industries pump more than $114 billion into the state economy.

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The Tiny Desk online series features music performances shot at NPR in Washington with bands playing in a small space behind a desk. It has featured big names like Buffalo's Ani DiFranco, but is mainly an opportunity for little known musicians to get a following.  Musicians compete in an annual contest for a spot in the series, with winners announced Monday. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with Buffalo area artists who are hoping to be among the winners. 


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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Pop series will feature a 'first-ever' celebration Saturday night of songs considered everyone's favorite titled Buffalo Sings.  The stage at Kleinhans Music Hall will be filled with musical talent.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it will feature Buffalo-to-Broadway's Michele Ragusa.

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Some local high schoolers are looking for a way to create a common ground during divisive times. Their solution? A student-run social enterprise that supports and develops music and art projects relating to unification.

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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when many recall the millions of Jews and others who died at the hands of the Nazis. It has a special meaning for Robbie Hausmann, cellist for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. His German great-grandmother, Toni Marcus, was one of the 1.1 million people killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. And when the BPO toured Poland last month, he visited the camp -- to honor her with music. He spoke about it with WBFO's Nick Lippa.

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Living in a rural community can feel detached from the major art scene of urban centers. But in small college towns such as Alfred in Allegany County and Olean in Cattaraugus, area residents can often see top artists that the universities bring in for faculty, students, and the surrounding communities. And that can have a life-long impact on young audiences and aspiring artists. WBFO Arts & Culture Desk producer Scott Sackett recently attended a dance performance at St. Bonaventure University that was a Western New York homecoming for a dancer from the Town of Alfred.


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Founded in 1962, Young Audiences of Western New York's mission is to make the arts a part of young people's lives, primarily through work with the schools located throughout the region's eight counties. "If we had to take art out of our schools, I think they would lose an energy and a life that brings kids alive," said Michael Weidrich, the agency's recently-named Executive Director.


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The table was filled with round pieces of vinyl, familiar to older generations of music listeners and a mystery to others. Those "45s" are now a major display by the Black Radio History Collective and WUFO-AM 1080.

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For more than 30-years a family has been creating a special Easter tradition at the Broadway Market. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley learned how real eggs are made into a 'work of art'.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is offering a week of free admission starting Thursday through April 5.

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