Arts/Culture

Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation has awarded $400,000 to PUSH Buffalo to advance community development through arts and culture. The grant is part of a three-year, $8-million-dollar national program by the foundation to integrate Creative Placemaking into community organizations and, in turn, neighborhoods.

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PTSD. Eating disorders. Depression. Inclusive Theater of Western New York is tackling the stigma around serious issues at their second annual festival of shorts. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with some of the actors, some of whom who also wrote the shorts, about what audiences can expect from their performances this weekend.

Gina Gandolfo 2019

Before all the "Christmas" shows begin, fine productions abound right now, including TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at The Kavinoky and TWO TRAINS RUNNING at the Paul Robeson, as well as Mark Humphrey's THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS, THE BOYS UPSTAIRS at BUA, OH MY GOD at JRT, THE INTERROGATION ROOM at RLTP, and with an extra show Saturday at 2 added by popular demand, SHE KILLS MONSTERS at Subversive (see listings below).

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Film commissioners and screen industry experts from around the world will be in the Buffalo Niagara region next year.

LGBTQ History Project displays at Karpeles

Nov 11, 2019
Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project

The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project unveiled its "Gay Liberation NOW!" exhibition at Karpeles Museum Sunday. It culminates the History Project's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the founding of Buffalo's first gay rights organization.

Buffalo Niagara Concert Band

The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band is holding a collaborative concert with the Buffalo’s Gay Men’s Chorus tonight to benefit Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York. Val Czamara, vice president of the band and tuba player, spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on the group’s progression and how this event came together.

Stephen Gabris, courtesy of Kavinoky Theatre

Once again, Drew Fornarola's "Starring Buffalo" assembled local stars (including Dudney Joseph, Jr. as "the plant"), Broadway stars, and students from Newfane, Fredonia, and Lockport, this time at Shea's 710, for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Subversive Theatre's SHE KILLS MONSTERS continues with rave reviews. Expectations are high for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD  opening at the Kavinoky.

The National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum inducted some longtime favorites during a ceremony Thursday.

The class of 2019 includes the collectible card game Magic the Gathering, Matchbox cars, and the coloring book.

Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections for the Strong, said the newest honorees were chosen from a group of finalists that included My Little Pony, Jenga, Nerf Blaster, Masters of the Universe, Care Bears, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, the top, the game Risk, and the smartphone.

Mark Duggan, courtesy of Second Generation Theatre

Buffalo's "Theater District" on Main is hoppin', from Tupper (Shea's 710 Theatre with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS this weekend and ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END starting Tuesday) to The Alleyway (where BUA opens THE BOYS UPSTAIRS) to Shea's Smith Theater (SGT's THE TOXIC AVENGER) and down the next block to 456 Main where Road Less Traveled opens INTERROGATION ROOM.

When INTERROGATION ROOM premiered in 2003 at Ujima's Theaterloft, it changed the professional trajectory for Scott Behrend and Jon Elston. The co-founders of Road Less Traveled Productions enjoyed a growing interest in their work which sent them on the road to their current home in the Buffalo theater community. Behrend says they are reviving the play because it touches on "current, relevant themes" relating to class, race and stereotypes.


Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo Common Councilmembers will be asked to approve a moratorium on demolitions on city-owned property along the Michigan Avenue African American Heritage Corridor.

Subversive Theatre on Facebook

Two "Sci-Fi/Fantasy" openings tonight include Subversive's SHE KILLS MONSTERS about D&D and THE TOXIC AVENGER, Second Generation at Shea's Smith Theatre, a musical based on the 1984 movie. SUPERIOR DONUTS closes this weekend at Shea's 710 with a compelling story of cultures colliding and coming together while PRESCRIPTION MURDER: COLUMBO continues to entertain dinner theater audiences through mid-December.

Zuiker Press

The "CSI guy" is back in Western New York, with two new graphic novels ready to launch. Anthony Zuiker, creator of the "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" television franchise, and his wife Michelle, a Buffalo native and schoolteacher, have been creating these books since they co-founded Zuiker Press in 2017. All their titles give voice to young authors who have championed their pain and heroics so others can learn from it.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly had a chance to catch up with Anthony Zuiker before his visit to the Rotary Club of Grand Island Wednesday evening.


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A new haunted house experience is making its presence felt across Western New York. EverHaunt, in Angola, is using scares to raise money for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Care, Kids Escaping Drugs, Operation Good Neighbor and more. EverHaunt founder Kevin Donovan took a haunted house in his garage and turned it in to a large, immersive experience with the goal of raising money for community partners.

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The Broadway tour of the high-energy COME FROM AWAY is at Shea's this week (five shows remaining) with its message of our common humanity. We mourn the loss of local actor Tim Finnegan, a funny, very warm fellow who often appeared in gay activist productions (see below). And Anthony is back from NYC where he saw Matthew Lopez's THE INHERITANCE which depicts the life experience of different generations - those who lived through the height of the AIDS crisis and those who came later.

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The eighth floor at City Hall was crowded for a school board meeting Wednesday night as several speakers, many Hutchinson Technical High School alumni, came to voice their concerns about the state of music education in the Buffalo Public Schools. The Buffalo Teachers Federation recently announced it would be moving forward with litigation by the end of the month because it believes certain schools are not compliant with art and music state regulations. But district officials want to make it clear they support arts education.

Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone will light up the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown Saturday with her unique brand of humor. The award-winning comedienne, author, actress, podcaster and panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" is celebrating 40 years in the business and still does 85 shows a year - despite years of therapy, children who come running when she pulls out her checkbook and a house full of 13 cats.

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Entering their fourth year, the Buffalo Jazz Collective kicks off their upcoming season with concerts this Friday and Saturday night. The non-profit group has grown partly in thanks to a community of jazz players, both experienced and young, working together to not only put on performances, but work with local students. As WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports, Collective Artistic Director Mark Filsinger has been instrumental in organizing, preserving, and advancing jazz in Buffalo.

Joe Policastro Trio

The Joe Policastro Trio will be playing in Buffalo tomorrow night at The Tabernacle. The Chicago-based progressive jazz group has developed a reputation of performing unique arrangements of popular songs. They just released their fourth album, Nothing Here Belongs, which features more of their own original work. Policastro spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about past works, the new album and his arranging style.

Thomas O'Neil-White

For nearly 30 years Valentino Dixon sat in prison, having been found guilty of a murder he did not commit. He had his conviction overturned and was granted release in September of 2018. While in prison, Dixon gained renown for his art, most notably his depictions of famous golf courses.

David Cooper Shawfest.com

Shaw Festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll has heard thousands of opinions (and calls for his job) regarding his vision for the venerable institution but as he continues to make his mark, the revenues continue to grow. Most of the summer offerings close this weekend, but there are still chances to see the hilarious THE LADYKILLERS and the very dramatic (in the best sense) VICTORY, both directed by Mr. Carroll.

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Buffalo's popular West Side Bazaar, an incubator for immigrant and refugee-run businesses, is moving from its current home on Grant Street to a larger space on Niagara Street.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

On the corner of Grant and Lafayette streets on Buffalo’s West Side, Sweet_ness 7 Café has grown in popularity over the past decade. Next to and a part of the coffee house is an old Tabernacle that was turned in to bar about a year-and-a-half ago. While the name remains Tabernacle, the location has undergone many recent changes, including adding several new music events.

PHOTOS: October 2019 Buffalo Blues Bash

Oct 8, 2019
Eileen Elibol / WBFO

The fall 2019 WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash concert featuring headliner Ms. Hy-C & Fresh Start and opening act Blues Daddios was another big success! A sold-out audience enjoyed a night of music, dancing, food and drink. WNED | WBFO photographer Eileen Elibol captured the event in this photo gallery.

K C Kratt

Of all the arts, theater often embraces diversity first. America's struggle to diversify is a strong theme in the ongoing PIPELINE at Ujima and LADIES SWING THE BLUES at the Paul Robeson Theatre, as well the upcoming SUPERIOR DONUTS and a number of shows closing this weekend, including the musicals HAIRSPRAY and WEST SIDE STORY, and one person shows BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS and KNOCK KNOCK, JESUS CALLING. For details, see the listings below.

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Thursday night marks the 37th Annual Buffalo Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. One of the six inductees this year is singer Cynthia Moore, also known as “First Sister.” Moore performed throughout the '80s with Buffalo’s Unity Band. Ron Lasker, a Unity Band member who also traveled with James Brown, suggested Moore should audition for the “Godfather of Soul.” As she told WBFO’s Nick Lippa, that recommendation changed her life forever.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Dozens of local veterans have expressed their stories - and the private battles they are still fighting - by creating images and words now available for public viewing in Buffalo's Market Arcade.

Jesse Dayton

Jesse Dayton spent his early days playing alongside country legends Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson. Over the course of his career, he’s incorporated his punk, rock, and Americana influences to create a style that had him touring with heavy metal artist Rob Zombie a few years ago. Dayton spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa ahead of his performance Tuesday night at Mohawk Place.


Aquarium of Niagara

The Aquarium of Niagara has announced its third major expansion project in the last three years. Executive director Gary Siddall talked to WBFO's Mark Wozniak about plans for the aquarium's M&T Bank Shark & Ray Bay.


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The Colored Musicians Club has announced the lineup for its upcoming jazz festival. Starting Oct. 11, the three-day festival will feature local talent along with vocalist Cyrille Aimee and saxophonist Brent Birckhead.

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