WBFO Arts & Culture Desk

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A unique musical event will take place on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls Saturday evening.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Rumble at the Falls provides a rich history of Native American music influence.  

Michael W. Thomas

By using multiple venues on multiple weekends, the Response Performance Festival stands out among the region's busy summer festival season. Torn Space Theater, which produces the event, begins the festival this weekend with "The Gathering" at Silo City.


Stratford Festival

Every theater season at the Stratford Festival produces a role people talk about. One of those this season is Beatrice-Joanna in Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's "The Changeling."

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The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame unveiled its 35th annual class of inductees at the Buffalo History Museum on Wednesday.

Americans for the Arts

The economic power of Western New York's arts community is detailed in a new study from Americans for the Arts, which estimates a $352 million regional impact.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's been one year since a newer Lucille Ball bronze statue was unveiled in the community where she grew up. People still come to the village of Celoron, located just outside of Jamestown, to see the image of the late comedy legend. And whether it's tourists or longtime residents, the consensus is that the newer Lucy is a vast improvement.


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Buffalo children are getting a free summer treat thanks to James the Ice Creamcycle Dude.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with him on Ridge Road in Lackawanna on a hot, humid afternoon. 

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Tattooing in western culture was long associated with the fringes of society, but today is part of mainstream American life. And as tattooing has gained wider acceptance in the last twenty years, the imagery people choose for tattoos has changed dramatically.

WBFO Arts and Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett visited a tattoo shop in Niagara Falls to see how the expanding demographic and social acceptability of tattoos have altered the art form.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Artie Awards and theater community raised $20,000 for ECMC's HIV/AIDS and Immunodeficiency Services. WNED-WBFO were presenters of the 27th annual Artie Awards held June 5th. Artie Awards Founder and WBFO's Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase presented the check to ECMC Monday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says ECMC provides key HIV-AIDS services through its clinic.

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The death of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard has a member of Buffalo's theater community reflecting on his work. WBFO's Senior Reporter caught up with Theater Talk Co-host Anthony Chase.

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With Kevin James and Jim Gaffigan headlining next week's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, the Jamestown event is once again featuring top comedic talent.  Meanwhile, notable comics like Lewis Black and David Steinberg are helping to expand the scope of the festival by hosting conversations on the cultural relevance of their art.


Chautauqua Theater Company

The Buffalo Infringement Festival is taking advantage of the summer break in theatrical productions to grab some "A list" Buffalo talent for various projects (see listings below).

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Explaining that many famous classical composers such as Handel, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky suffered from mental challenges, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta told WBFO how proud she is to have the BPO play their music in a free outdoor concert on the site of the old Buffalo Psychiatric Center, known in its day for progressive, humane treatment.

WBFO's Nick Lippa

Notable players such as Grover Washington Jr. and Sam Noto are names that come to mind when you think of jazz in Buffalo. But what about the teachers who spurred their passion when they were students?

The documentary "A Diamond in the Buff" makes its world premiere Thursday night at 7 at Buffalo's North Park Theatre. Co-director Kevin Polowy says the film offers a complex look at the late local music legend Lance Diamond, an immensely talented figure who maintained a "love affair" with his hometown until his death in 2015.


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For the Stratford Festival this year, veteran stage, big screen and small screen performer Laurie Murdoch is Sir Joseph Porter in "HMS Pinafore" and Arvide Abernathy in "Guys and Dolls," two-well known roles in classic stage musicals. WBFO's Mike Desmond interviewed Murdoch in Stratford, ON.

Buffalo will play host to the world's largest youth Gaelic Games this month. More than 3,000 youth athletes will compete in Gaelic football, hurling, and other Irish field events at the West Seneca Soccer Complex July 27-30. Visitors from across the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend and, for the occasion, a rare public exhibit is being mounted to honor one of Ireland’s most influential and celebrated writers and showcase one of Buffalo's literary treasures.


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Some original art glass designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is being returned to the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood. The transfer was made possible by a Canadian-American Museum Partnership.


The Buffalo Connection: Bill Diggins

Jul 10, 2017
Jenna Schoenefeld

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve had a big impact on pop culture. His latest feature in The Buffalo Connection series – which hit print yesterday – is a profile on world-class music manager and South Buffalo native Bill Diggins. Diggins’ tenacious drive helped take TLC, one of the biggest pop groups of the 90s, to the top of the charts. Now, he’s out to make history again.


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In the early hours yesterday, someone broke into a storage trailer holding the sound system for Shakespeare in Delaware Park and took the equipment. By nightfall, the company had somehow scrambled to piece together a borrowed and rented sound system which allowed The Merry Wives of Windsor to start at its scheduled time.


Scott Sackett

At the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, you can see works by some of the most influential modern and contemporary artists. There are priceless masterpieces and defining images that are known around the world. It might not sound like the kind of place a family with young children can go for an afternoon of fun, but that’s now the growing trend. WBFO Arts and Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett recently visited the Albright-Knox on a Family Funday and shares what he discovered.


Photo from video by Sam Radford

New public art designed to uplift is now on display in the MLK business district on Buffalo's East Side. A series of 31 banners highlight the contributions of African-American leaders.


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The Buffalo Preservation Board wants the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to come to a board meeting and explain why the first draft of its plan for a major expansion potentially damages the landmark status of the Delaware Park cultural center.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has formally introduced the latest entry in its Public Art Initiative. It's visible to neighbors who travel along a busy street in North Buffalo.


Exploring Buffalo's architecture through a drone's lens

Jun 19, 2017
Christopher Hyzy

There are numerous books on the market that celebrate Western New York architecture. But one volume, by a local graphic artist, offers scenes of local landmarks through the lens of a drone.


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The state's Board for Historic Preservation is recommending a series of additions to State and National Historic Registers of buildings and properties. Among those earning designations are Springville's First Baptist Church, Delaware Avenue Baptist Church and the Linde Air Products factory.


Artie Awards Photo Gallery 3

Jun 15, 2017

The Artie Awards were held on June 5 at Shea's 710 Theatre. WNED | WBFO presented the 27th annual awards. Check out our photo galleries with images by Eileen Koteras Elibol and Christopher Hyzy.

Click here and here for more photos from the Arties.

Artie Awards Photo Gallery 2

Jun 15, 2017

The Artie Awards were held on June 5 at Shea's 710 Theatre. WNED | WBFO presented the 27th annual awards. Check out our photo galleries with images by Eileen Koteras Elibol and Christopher Hyzy.

Click here and here for more Arties photos.

Eileen Koteras Elibol

The Artie Awards were held on June 5 at Shea's 710 Theatre. WNED | WBFO presented the 27th annual awards. Check out our photo galleries with images by Eileen Koteras Elibol and Christopher Hyzy.

Click here and here for more Arties photos.

Artie Award winners announced

Jun 6, 2017

The Artie Committee proudly announces the 2016-17 ARTIE AWARD winners, recognizing excellence in theater in Buffalo.

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