Press Pass: Michigan Street African American Heritage

Apr 23, 2012
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For several years efforts have been underway to create a cultural tourism site in an area now called the Michigan Street African American Corridor in Buffalo. 

WBFO & AM-970’S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss why it has taken so long to finalize the site which holds deep, rich historic significance in African American history in this week's Press Pass conversation. 

Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella & Anthony Chase takes us to the Big Apple then back to the Queen City for their review of what's on stage this spring.

Several local sites designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright can now be seen on one day-long tour. 

The Darwin Martin House, Graycliff Estate, the Blue Sky Mausoleum and the Fontana Boat House are among the stops on the All Wright All Day tour announced today by Martin House Restoration Corporation Executive Director Mary Roberts.

"This will be one of the most fun-filled architectural educational tours that you can take," Roberts said.

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Bucking the trend of the volatile broadcast industry,  WNED-FM  is celebrating 35 years of focusing on one  musical genre, classical music.

Known now to listeners as "Classical 94.5, WNED," the station signed onto the air at 7 a.m. on April 18,1977.

Since then the station has upgraded from mono to stereo and from vinyl discs to cd's.

WBFO & AM-970's Jay Moran brings us some of the sounds and thoughts of those who have kept the format flourishing through 35 years.

Photos provided by Allita Steward

Recently some notable local jazz musicians gathered in Buffalo to recreate a famous photograph.  Proceeds will benefit the restoration of a Buffalo home once owned by world-renowned jazz legend Elvin Shepherd and a new city school.  

WBFO and AM-970’s Eileen Buckley tells us about the local remake the iconic 1958-photo -- “A Great Day in Harlem”.

The significance of the “A Great Day in Harlem” photo to Buffalo centers on Elvin Shepherd.  Allita Steward is assisting with the Shepherd House Restoration Committee.

Bruce Springsteen plays to sold-out arena tonight

Apr 13, 2012

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band perform in concert tonight at the sold-out First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo as part of the "Wrecking Ball" tour.  

Springsteen last appeared in Buffalo in November 2009.  It turned out to be the last concert featuring saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in June 2011.   Tonight's concert will include a tribute by Springsteen to his old friend. 

WBFO and AM970's Mark Scott has a preview of tonight's show.




It’s Friday and that means we welcome back to our WBFO and AM-970 “breakfast table” Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.  

This week our Threatre Talk co-hosts bring us some delightful Rodgers and Hammerstein music to discuss MusicalFare’s “A Grand Night for Singing” that opened this week. 

They also tip you off about “Hello Dolly” at the Palace Theatre in Lockport and much more!

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A great American classic is being performed at the New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.  

Come Back, Little Sheba –depicting a broken down marriage – was the creation of American playwright William Inge.

WBFO and Am-970’s Eileen Buckley recently sat down with some of the cast members and director to learn why this production was selected.

Come Back, Little Sheba first hit the Broadway stage 1950, then in 1952 Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth stared in the Academy Award winning movie version.

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss "A Wrinkle in Time" and "Secrets of the Trade."

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This week on Theatre Talk Jim Santella asks Anthony Chase about the latest production on stage at Road Less Traveled Production.

Clean Break is now on stage through April 1st.  It’s about a gambler and his estranged daughter.          

They also discuss Emperor and Galilean at Torn Space Theatre. Torn Space is located on Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo.   





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WBFO and AM 970's Chris Jamele speaks with Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly in this week's Press Pass conversation.

Local election news kicks off their interview, specifically, the special election for the 145th Assembly seat.

Chris and Geoff also discuss Artvoice's review of a possible satellite location for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.



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WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk guys Jim Santella & Anthony Chase brings us the latest from the stage.

This week they review  The Irish Classical Theatre Company's ' "Fish out of Water", and "Time Stands Still" at the Kavinoky Theatre. 

Buffalo Seminary students celebrate women's history

Mar 8, 2012
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This is International Women's Day and to celebrate Buffalo Seminary students are performing a drama titled "Chamber Music."

The play explores some of the most memorable women in history. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley was invited to a rehearsal and discovered how students are embracing these challenging roles to honor the accomplishments of women.

Theatre Talk:

Mar 2, 2012

Theatre Talks Jim Santella and Anthony Chase are back this week for their full review of theatre around Buffalo Niagara.

They give us a glimpse of Les Mis at Shea's an  When The Rainbow Was Enuf at Ujima Company.

Niagara Falls native wins big at the Oscars!

Feb 27, 2012
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A Niagara Falls, New York native was among Sunday night's Academy Awards. 

Mark Bridges, who grew up in Niagara Falls, won an Oscar for his Costume Design work on the silent film, "The Artist."

 “I'm just a kid from Niagara Falls who dreamed, ate and slept movies" said Bridges as he accepted his Oscar on stage Sunday night.

Bridges is a 1978 graduate of LaSalle Senior High School in Niagara Falls.

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Jim Santella and Anthony Chase give us highlights of of what's on stage across the area. 

This week WBFO's Theatre Talk guys give a shout out to Wendy Hall who will be featured in Friday night's opening of a Cabaret Series at the Buffalo United Artists Theatre.

BUA’s Cabaret Series returns this season with three new shows.  On February 24th, Wendy Hall brings her own show to the BUA stage, accompanied by Chuck Basil.  

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WBFO'S Theatre Talk guys roll up their chairs to the studio microphones to give their round robin review of what's happening and what's to come in the local theatre scene. 

Jim Santella and Anthony Chase tell us to get ready for Ragtime at this season's Shaw Festival. The Paul Robeson Theatre in Buffalo continues with "Every Tongue Confess" and at the Jewish Repertory Theatre "The Jewish Wife & Duck Variations" is now on stage! 

Photo from Paul Robeson Theatre Website

WBFO's Jim Santella and Anthony Chase open this week's Theatre Talk with a brief chat about the new television series called "Smash" about behind the scenes of staged musicals.

"The theatre is a metaphor for all our lives," said Chase.   

They also discuss  Every Tongue Confess, a drama now on stage at the Paul Robeson Theatre on Masten Avenue in Buffalo, directed by Laverne Clay.       


Springville Center for the Arts opens "Guys on Ice"

Feb 9, 2012
WBFO News photo by Marian Hetherly

Springville is home to thriving arts community that is only about a half-hour south of Buffalo. 

In this small rural town, the Springville Center for the Arts is leading a renaissance of sorts.  The mostly volunteer-run Center went from an initial annual budget of $5,000 to today undertaking a two-point-one-million-dollar capital campaign to renovate the church it now owns outright and calls home.

Thursday night  the Center opens with "Guys on Ice".   WBFO'S Marian Hetherly took a ride down Route 219 to check out a recent rehearsal and produced an audio postcard:

Buffalo State Theatre to perform powerful docudrama

Feb 8, 2012
Photo provided by Bruce Fox, Coordinator of Photography and Graphics Instructional Resources Buffalo State College

A powerful docudrama opens Wednesday evening at the Burchfield Penney Art Center auditorium.

The Buffalo State Theatre Department will present The Laramie Project written by Moises Kaufman.   It portrays the 1998-murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, deemed a hate crime motivated by homophobia. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buff State Theatre professor Joseph Price.  He is co-directing the play with Buffalo State senior Samantha Penziul.

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This week's Theatre Talk focuses on productions in full swing. 

St. Nicholas is on stage at Road Less Traveled Productions at 639 Main Street, Buffalo,  True West is being performed by the Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions at Medaille College and Avenue Q continues at MusicalFare Theatre on Main Street in Amherst.   
That's part of this week's roundup with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase. 

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It's Friday and that means it is time for our exclusive, weekly rundown of what's happen in local theatre around the community. 

Jim Santella and Anthony Chase begin their discussion with AVow on stage at Buffalo United Artists Theatre on Chippewa.

NFJC honored 35-area individuals and organizations

Jan 20, 2012
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35-area individuals and organizations were honored in downtown Buffalo Thursday by the National Federation for Just Communities. 

 The NFJC held its annual Community Leader awards ceremony at the Buffalo Convention Center.  

Among some of the categories individuals were recognized from included business, education, health care and interfaith communities.  

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 Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase delivery their weekly review of area theatre.  They begin this week with the Irish Classical Theatre's "The Hostage" on stage until February 5.

This week's Theatre Talk review also offers a quick  a rundown of other shows;  A Vow to open at Friday at Buffalo United Artists, The Gin Game at the American Rep Theater at Black Tie at the Kavinoky Theatre.

Local actress says role has transformed her life

Jan 17, 2012
Photo from Alt theatre in Buffalo

A local actress says her latest role has helped to transformed her life. 

Loraine O'Donnell is staring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Alt theatre in Buffalo.  O'Donnell says she has found herself as she portrays  Hedwig -- a  transgender East German singer. 

O'Donnell talks with WBFO News contributor Christina Abt about how this role has changed her life.

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WBFO salutes Theatre Talk co-host Anthony Chase.  He is being honored by the National Federation For Just Communities.  He is among more than 30 individuals and organizations to be honored at the 2012 Community Leader Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Buffalo Convention Center. 

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Friday means Theatre Talk on WBFO.  A weekly roundup of theatre around the region with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.

This week they open their 2012 review with a preview chat about The Return of Alec Baldwin at Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre on Friday,  January 27.

Buffalo United Artists Website

WBFO's Theatre Talk talk team of Jim Santella and Anthony Chase deliver their final 2011 review of the theatre world as they gear up for 2012.  

Listen as they talk about singer and Tony winner Barbara Cook, who was recently honored by the Kennedy Center. 

And Santella chats with Chase about the Buffalo United Artists January production of Jeffrey - a Staged Reading with the Original Cast as it celebrates its 20th year in 2012.    


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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has just released a new compact disc that celebrates the works of four Polish composers. 

WBFO's Michael Mroziak has listened to the CD and spoke with the BPO's conductor JoAnne Falleta  to find out more about the music.

WNY native to judge 2012 Tournament of Rose Parade

Dec 27, 2011

A native of Western New York has been appointed one of the judges for the 2012 Tournament of Rose Parade.  

Bryan Wittman of Buffalo is Vice President of Global Special Events for Disney Park.  He visited our WBFO studios and met Jim Pastrick to talk about about this special event.

Wittman will be one of the three judges of the 2012 Rose Parade in Pasadena.   The parade will be held Monday, January 2nd.