WBFO Arts & Culture Desk

WBFO's Arts & Culture Desk is funded by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site and The Buffalo History Museum

Karen DeWitt

Thirty historic sites in 21 counties in New York received $239,634 in preservation grant money, and they say it makes a difference in a region where the economy is struggling.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Although many local theater venues hosted opening performances Thursday evening, Buffalo's formal celebration of a new theater season takes place Friday evening with the 36th annual Curtain Up!

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One day before Buffalo's Theatre District was set to celebrate its 2017-18 season, State Senator Chris Jacobs was inside one of the venues announcing that state money has been secured to help continue an ongoing capital improvement project.


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Between public spending and private investment, Buffalo has seen $800 million in infrastructural changes that one local tourism agency leader says has been paying off.


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The transition for immigrants trying to start a new life in Western New York is fraught with challenges—and more so for refugees uprooted by war and social upheaval. Resettlement agencies in our community assist families with basic needs, but a performing arts education group is helping children in Buffalo’s immigrant communities to develop a sense of belonging through music. As part of a series on the arts and social integration, Arts & Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett takes a closer look.


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Relics from Buffalo's earliest years are now in the hands of librarians at the University at Buffalo. They are the oldest books printed in this region and the university is planning to soon make public access possible. 


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You might not expect to find a therapeutic dance program occurring in the middle of an art center. But that's exactly what's taking place each Wednesday morning, now through December, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us how the Art Moves Me dance program is helping people with Parkinson's disease. 

Chris Caya WBFO News

A sculpture by local artist Larry Griffis Jr. has made the move from Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto to Buffalo's waterfront.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Labor Day and the first day of school are in sight, but the Elmwood Festival of the Arts celebrated the last big summer fest of the year with a big crowd.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's AK Public Art Initiative, which has added color and flair to many Buffalo-area neighborhoods, has welcomed its latest addition. This one is in Buffalo's Niagara Street Corridor and celebrates the Latino and Hispanic heritage of the neighborhood.


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Kirk Cameron made his way onto the national landscape with his role as the wise-cracking teenager Mike Seaver on the 1980s sitcom "Growing Pains." While he remains active as an actor and producer, Cameron's focus has changed dramatically over the last 25 years. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Cameron about his focus on marriage.

 

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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.


Chris Caya WBFO News

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 Sunday – 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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