WBFO Arts & Culture Desk

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Western New York Land Conservancy

Running from Canalside to the Buffalo River near the Tesla Plant, across some of the oldest sections of the city, are a series of vegetation-overgrown small hills once connected by a massive rail line. The top 25 ideas submitted to transform that old Delaware, Lackawanna and Western rail line were unveiled to a standing-room only crowd Wednesday night at the M&T Center.

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Canalside has already revealed Incubus (August 6) and The Psychedelic Furs & james (July 18) would be coming to downtown Buffalo this summer. Wednesday, Canalside Buffalo announced The Struts and The Glorious Sons will be playing July 25 as part of their summer series.

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With 116 full length CDs to her credit already, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta is gearing up this weekend for yet another recording, bringing an old form of music, an oratorio (think "Messiah"), into the 21st century with Richard Danielpour's "The Passion of Yeshua."

PHOTOS: Spring 2019 WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash

Apr 9, 2019
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The spring 2019 edition of WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash, held April 6 in the WNED | WBFO Studios, featured headliner Mississippi Heat and opener The Patti Parks Band. Photographer Eileen Elibol Koteras captured memorable images from the event as the sold-out crowd enjoyed a night of great blues music in what has been a biannual tradition in downtown Buffalo.

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Buffalo's popular Allentown Art Festival is just two months away and this year, crowds and vendors will be dealing the reconstruction of Allen Street.

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The Broadway Market's Easter Shopping Season is now officially underway and the City of Buffalo is investing in some new amenities.

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Well-developed band programs are often a point of pride for suburban schools while inner-city schools, like Hutchinson Central Technical High School, don’t have band available in the schedule. Amy Steiner, Hutch-Tech’s band director, is questioning if the Buffalo Public Schools have been going against state regulations that say public schools must offer students the opportunity to begin an approved sequence in the arts in ninth grade.


PARADE, the musical at American Repertory Theatre (ART of WNY), is well directed and chock full of Buffalo talent, many of whom take on multiple roles as the script demands. That's good. Unfortunately, the publishers of scripts also demand something: that presenting venues "buy the rights" to perform licensed propeties which, until a few days ago, ART had not done.


Borderland Music and Arts Festival is returning to Knox Farm State Park September 21 and 22. Wednesday they announced their lineup and hope to triple attendance from year one heading in to year two.

Two of the biggest names in folk music are in Buffalo. Fifteen-time Grammy award winner player Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are performing at Asbury Hall at Babeville Wednesday at 8 p.m. The husband/wife banjo duo spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about touring as a family, music from their new album Echo in the Valley, how the banjo's image has changed over time in the public eye and how a certain dance helped Washburn deliver a baby.

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Imagine watching an old television newscast from when you were a kid. Now, it’s a reality for Western New Yorkers. The first batch of archival news footage digitized by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association is available online.

Carol Rosegg, 2018

Shows this week take on serious issues, including the musical RENT at Shea's (HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, homelessness) and PARADE at American Repertory Theatre (Anti-Semitism, lynch mobs), and AFTER THE FALL (the Holocaust, the stock market crash).

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If one Western New York-based State Senator has his way, New York will end its Film Tax Credit program. Another local State Senator, though, says while the state's tax structure is flawed, this is a credit that works. Both offered their points of view as an April 1 budget deadline approaches.

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It's time for Kenny Ivy to hire a contractor to fix up the Pixie Lounge on Jefferson Avenue, as he plans renovation of his father's old bar into a museum for famed Buffalo musician Rick James.

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The passing of the baton is continuing in our local theater community. The Irish Classical Theatre Company has announced its transition to a new artistic director, succeeding co-founder Vincent O'Neill.

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Have you seen the titles "Dance Captain" or "Swing" in your playbill at Shea's? Wonder what those jobs are? UB alumnus Sean Ryan is in the current tour of RENT at Shea's and explains it all.


It's Maple Weekend across New York State. This weekend and next weekend, you can take your family to the country to learn about and sample one of New York's most important agricultural products. WBFO's Howard Riedel spoke with Greg Zimpfer, one of the co-founders of Maple Weekend.

Christy Francis

In the past several years a number of city-based theatrical companies have had to contemplate a move (some several times) including American Repertory, Buffalo United Artists, Road Less Traveled, and Second Generation, but it's happening in the suburbs too, to MusicalFare (several years down the road) and now the Lancaster Regional Players at the Lancaster Opera House. 

The Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is mourning the death of a giraffe who was born at the zoo more than two decades ago and lived there her entire life.

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The Buffalo Museum of Science will be marking its 90th anniversary this year by restoring a key section of its historic building overlooking the Kensington Expressway. 

National Comedy Center

On his 97th birthday, legendary producer, director and writer Carl Reiner announced an initiative to digitally preserve his extensive personal collection of production-used scripts from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” - one of the most iconic, innovative and beloved comedy series in television history. Preserving those works will be the task of Jamestown's National Comedy Center, where the 7,500 pages of scripts for all 158 episodes will eventually call home.

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There's nothing like life's little luxuries. The April issue of Buffalo Spree, which arrives in subscribers mail boxes this week, explores such luxuries as listening to a vinyl record or enjoying a home-cooked meal without having to cook it. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says these luxuries are all affordable.

Kavinoky Theater

This past weekend, the Kavinoky Theatre started its run of George Orwell’s "1984" after less than three weeks of production. Producers were forced to make the last-minute switch after they were told their planned production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" could not be staged because of a legal dispute.

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A special performance and screening of the award-winning short film Joe's Violin will be held Saturday evening as part of the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival that runs March 22 through March 28. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the event will focus on how to donate instruments to change. 

Cheryl Gorski

Shea's revealed its 2019-2020 season along with the Smith Theatre and Shea's 710, both of which have some shows with substance lined up. For good theater right now, folks are talking about "ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS" at the Alleyway, "ANGELS IN AMERICA" at the Smith, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at Road Less Traveled. Tonight, 1984 opens at the Kav, and SIDEWALK STAGEPLAY at the Robeson.


Shea's theater goers will be able to travel the world next year, from the plains of the Sinai Desert and the Rock of Newfoundland to Paris and the Russian Empire - and, ultimately, Margaritaville. Several thousand subscribers cheered at the landmark theater Tuesday night, as the season's Broadway shows were announced.

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Oishei Children's Hospital

Photographs of patients and caregivers at Oishei Children's Hospital have been selected for inclusion in a national exhibit that will travel the country and be displayed in the nation's capital.

Local native Kenneth Ivy has been talking with the family of the late Rick James about creating a museum in honor of the funk icon.

The arrival of spring means the continued growth of the film industry in Western New York. With the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission gearing up for an another active year, WBFO’s Pat Feldballe speaks with Film Commissioner Tim Clark about several upcoming projects. Among them, a perfect fit for springtime in Buffalo: a Christmas movie.

Empire State Development

Work is nearing completion on the new Explore & More children's museum at Canalside. With a newly-approved exterior decoration, it should be easy for visitors to find.