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"The Lessons of Woodstock" / Associated Press

When Jimi Hendrix was taking the Woodstock stage for his legendary performance, Mike Desmond was driving back to Utica for work on Monday morning. That performance aside, Desmond was on-site covering most of the festival for The Daily Press.


Afro Yaqui Music Collective

For the Pittsburgh-based funk-jazz group Afro Yaqui Music Collective, advocacy is at the core of who they are. Their new album, a jazz opera titled Mirror Butterfly: the Migrant Liberation Movement Suite, is about climate change and mass migration.

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Ellen Horst is the stern Holocaust survivor, Grandma Kurntiz, admonishing her daughter Bella (Diane DiBernardo) and her two grandsons, played by Ayden Herreid and Timothy Whipple, who get some great Neil Simon gag lines in LOST IN YONKERS. Out of town, there's fun for all at both The Stratford Festival and The Shaw Festival when actors take on wildly contrasting roles in different plays in repertory, such as Stratford's OTHELLO and THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR on stage this summer.

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The young Samuel Clemens grew up along one of the world’s great rivers, the Mississippi, and eventually became a pilot on the riverboats that carried the trade of a continent to the world. Better known today as Mark Twain, he is now an entry on the greatest of trade routes: the World Wide Web.

Fifty years ago, the tiny town of Bethel, N.Y., was transformed into a teeming city of more than 400,000 people brought together by peace, love and music. Today, the site of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, as it was officially called, is on the National Register of Historic Places. For some who were there, it's a place of pilgrimage, memories and the site of a museum full of memorabilia.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

About seven years ago, 12-year-old blues guitarist Hayden Fogle took Buffalo by storm after playing on stage with Buddy Guy at a University at Buffalo concert. Now he is traveling around the world, playing various festivals and releasing a debut album in October. Fogle came to WBFO’s studios to play a few tunes and chat with Reporter Nick Lippa about his growth as a musician in Buffalo.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo's recent explosion of outdoor public art expanded again Tuesday with the unveiling of a display of large metal letters on Hertel Avenue.

Courtesy of Robert Earl Keen's press kit

American troubadour Robert Earl Keen has made his way from Texas to play Babeville Tuesday night for a rare Buffalo show. A pioneer of the Red Dirt sound that incorporates country, rock, blues, bluegrass and beyond, Keen keeps exploring the musical meaning of "Americana" as he discussed with music journalist Seamus Gallivan.

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The first ever Flutterby Festival is being held in Buffalo's Elmwood Village on Saturday. Organizers say the event will transform two miles of Elmwood Avenue into what they're calling an "eco-corridor."


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Broadway dimmed its fabled lights in honor of Harold "Hal" Prince who earned 21 Tony Awards in his career and was involved with so many iconic musicals starting with THE PAJAMA GAME and WEST SIDE STORY, FIDDLER, CABARET, and more, who passed away at the age of 91. And, while in NYC, Anthony took in two "hot tickets" - MOULIN ROUGE and FAIRVIEW. Locally, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST continues to delight audiences in Delaware Park. 


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The passing of Toni Morrison has prompted recollections from all around the world. In Buffalo, the Nobel Prize-winner is remembered for her appearance here in 2017 as part of Just Buffalo Literary Center's Babel Series. The center's Artistic Director Barbara Cole shared the stage with Morrison that night. According to Cole, Morrison appeared here 50 years to the day from the Buffalo visit of Martin Luther King, Jr. The historic significance, Cole says, added to a memorable evening for those attending Morrison's talk.

National Comedy Center

Based on advance ticket sales, visitors from 45 different states will make their way to Jamestown this week for  the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. For Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the National Comedy Center, the numbers add to the Center's reputation as a driver of economic development. The festival, which begins today, features a number of events and several nationally-known comedians, including John Mulaney, Sebastian Maniscalco and Lewis Black.  


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When Toni Morrison received her Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, her remarks began with a reflection on the phrase once upon a time. In her signature, measured cadence, Morrison told the Swedish Academy she believed these were some of the first words we remember from our childhoods.

Jay Moran

It's become a rite of summer along the Buffalo Riverfront: Torn Space Theater using Silo City for one of its massive, site-specific productions. This weekend they'll debut FEAST on the grounds which are home to the rusty and crumbling remains of a once-bustling grain storage operation. Unlike past productions at Silo City, FEAST will focus less on the industrial relics and more on the new ecology that has emerged.


Greg Funka, Chautauqua Institution

If you haven't seen LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Shakespeare in Delaware Park, or FIRST DATE at MusicalFare, or MOMMIE QUEEREST at the Alleyway, then by all means, go, go, go. But, if you're interested in an August road trip, then you want a "destination" with lots to do such as The Chautauqua Institution, or The Stratford Festival (or the Shaw Festival) or Broadway!

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Composer and pianist Murray Hidary is the creator of MindTravel, an abstract musical experience that focuses on connecting one another without words. He’s holding a SilentHike Saturday at Goat Island in Niagara Falls. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with Hidary about his style of music and how it accompanies a SilentHike.

Putting a definitive end to what had turned into a months-long saga, the producers of the Woodstock 50 festival announced on Wednesday afternoon that the three-day event that was supposed to take place in less than three weeks, on Aug. 16-18, has been canceled.

The musical theater director and producer Hal Prince, winner of an unprecedented 21 Tony Awards, has died in Iceland after a brief illness. He was 91.

Prince worked on such major shows as Cabaret, Sweeney Todd and The Phantom of the Opera. But he was always looking forward to the next show, regardless of how the last one turned out.

In 1965, composer John Kander was working on a show that Prince produced called Flora, The Red Menace — and it was not going well.

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Mark Twain’s history in the City of Buffalo is well-documented. From 1869 to 1871, he was an editor at the Buffalo Express newspaper and lived on Delaware Avenue. The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library has a room of his manuscripts and letters.

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The Chautauqua Opera Company is gaga for the 18th century, wrapping up their opera trilogy  - BARBER OF SEVILLE and ¡FIGARO!(90210)  - on Saturday with THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLE, all based on plays by Beaumarchais. At the Bratton Theatre, they've updated Goldoni's ONE SERVANT, TWO MASTERS with ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS. And the discussion continues about theater specialites which are more in demand - the dramaturg and the dialect coach.


U.S. Marine Corps

Camp Lejeune, N.C. was the first of several bases to experience racial violence during the Vietnam War. It led to major reforms in military racial policies.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday to mark the completion of $50 million in renovations to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin Martin House.

Juice

The seven person rock, r&b and hip-hop influenced group 'Juice' is coming to Mohawk Place this weekend. Two members of the group, violinist and vocalist Christian Rose and guitarist Daniel Moss, spoke with WBFO's Nick Lippa about the groups diverse persona and identity as they continue to grow in popularity.

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For 17 years, Video Games Live has bought the music of Zelda, Pokemon and other well-known games to sold-out symphonic stages across the world. The production will be playing with the BPO Saturday night at Kleinhans Music Hall. The show’s creator, video game composer and guitarist Tommy Tallarico, has been writing music for games for over 30 years. He spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about his storied career, his family in Niagara Falls and VGL’s success.

Albright-Know Art Gallery

If you like the current Albright-Knox Art Gallery, there are just a few months left to see it on Elmwood Avenue. The gallery plans to close at the end of this year for two years of construction and expansion, while installations, special events and performances will move to the Northland Beltline Corridor.

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Anthony is in NYC, but before he left, both he and Peter enjoyed FIRST DATE starring Marc Sacco and Marie Michelle Roberts at MusicalFare as well as MOMMIE QUEEREST, BUA's "summer camp" send up of the movie "Mommie Dearest." On Broadway, Anthony's seen WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME (a quirky but successful play); AIN'T TOO PROUD (a jukebox musical about The Temptations); and ROLLING STONE (inspired by Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE).

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Ira Glass—the creator, producer and host of the popular public radio program and podcast “This American Life”—will speak at the Chautauqua Institution on Saturday, July 20. WBFO caught up with him before his visit to Western New York.


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Movies about hope have been around since the image started moving on a screen. Now there is a new local film about hope and children undergoing major medical treatment.

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Fans of the musical HAMILTON are quite comfortable with 18th century figures singing about issues which still impact us today, so it shouldn't be too much of a leap to enjoy three operas in a row, July 25, 26, and 27 at the Chautauqua Institution, all based on plays by a hero of the American and French revolution - Beaumarchais!

Nick Lippa / WBFO

Genocide. Active shooter drills in school. Abortion. These are the topics Buffalo students are exploring in a new art exhibit that opens tonight at Squeaky Wheel. It’s part of the film and media art center’s new educational program called Saturday Café. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with some of the artists and their educators about their work and journey to opening night.

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