December 9, 2013 - 12:24 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Mike Jones' new trio album, "Plays Well With Others," seems to be everywhere. Now you can read a glowing review from JazzTimes.
Similar bravos appear all over the place. This one is typical.
You may revisit Jeff Simon's praise for the album here.
The Tattooed One continues to perform in Las Vegas as part of the Penn & Teller show. Friday, he performs at an esteemed Chicago jazz club, the Green Mill.
Here in Buffalo, the album can be had wherever fine recordings by local musicians are sold. A friend just bought it inb East Aurora at Vidler's.
A taste --
December 6, 2013 - 10:19 PM
By Bruce Andriatch
Comedian Brian Regan had the audience at Shea's Performing Arts Center rolling in the aisles Friday night, until an apparently inadvertent alarm had them filling up the aisles before the show was over.
The comedian had finished his set and was brought back on stage around 9:40 p.m. for an encore when the alarm sounded and lights began flashing in the theater. A recorded voice advised patrons to head for the exits as a perplexed and silent Regan stayed on the stage, apparently trying to figure out what to do.
When the recorded voice started again, Regan chose discretion over more laughter and applause and advised the audience to join him in calling it a night, which it did.
The Buffalo Fire Department said someone in the theater apparently pulled the fire alarm.
December 6, 2013 - 11:30 AM
December 6, 2013 - 10:46 AM
Are you looking to get a sense of what the new management of the North Park is doing to re-establish the theater as "the jewel of Hertel Ave.?" You can get a very quick glimpse this evening (Friday) at 5 p.m. when they'll light up the new marquee and show the world the wonderful white marble vestibule they discovered underneath the ratty old rug around the box office.
They're shooting for a late January opening. See the story in Saturday's News. In the meantime, you can get a very quick idea of what's coming if you amble by the theater tonight at 5 p.m.
December 5, 2013 - 12:34 PM
The Visiting Poets Series at St Bonaventure University concludes its fall season of readings this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in The Loft of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure, 3261 West State Road on Olean, NY, with reading by and discussion with Washington, D.C. based poet, editor and publisher Rod Smith.
Smith is the author of eleven books, including "In Memory of My Theories" (O Books, 1996), "Protective Immediacy" (Roof Books, 1999), "Music or Honesty" (Roof Books, 2003), and "Deed" (University of Iowa Press, 2007).
He edits the literary journal Aerial, and publishes Edge Books, which he founded in 1989.
Smith currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has also taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Towson University, and George Mason University.
With Kaplan Harris, associate professor of English and director of the Master of Arts Program in English at St Bonaventure, and Peter Baker, Smith is co-editor of the much-anticipated "The Collected Letters of Robert Creeley" to be published early next year by the University of California Press.
December 5, 2013 - 10:54 AM
Bonnie Jean Taylor and Ellen Horst star in Tom Dudzick's play "Miracle on South Division Street."
The Thursday Theater Roundup features currently running productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. As theaters prepare to open their holiday productions along with some other shows ("La Gringa" and "The Wizard of Oz" open this week, among others), there is just one lonely entry in this week's roundup:
"Miracle on South Division Street," through Dec. 8 in the Kavinoky Theatre. ★★★½
December 4, 2013 - 3:18 PM
Groundbreaking progressive/funk/metal hybrid Living Colour will headline the annual New Year's Eve Guitar Drop in Niagara Falls. The free concert will take place outdoors on Old Falls St. adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe, beginning at 8 p.m. A pair of high-profile Western New York bands - Randle and the Late Night Scandals and Breakerbox - will share the opening act duties. Food and drink will be available at vending sites on Old Falls St. , as well as in the Hard Rock Cafe's heated party tent. Check hardrock.com/niagarafalls for information on VIP offers.
- Jeff Miers
December 4, 2013 - 2:50 PM
On Tuesday, the Erie County Legislature passed County Executive Mark Poloncarz's 2014 budget along party lines, as Harold McNeil reported. Just as a refresher, here's a look at what the budget contains for Erie County arts organizations:
- A 1.5 percent increase in operating funding support for 63 arts organizations, bringing total 2014 cultural funding (not including libraries) to $5.64 million
- Funding for previously unfunded groups including Arts Services Initiative, Buffalo Niagara Choirs Inc., Central Terminal Restoration Corp., Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society, Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra.
Take a look at the full list below or download a PDF copy here.
December 4, 2013 - 1:34 PM
Above: Dennis Maher's "Fargo House." Photo by Douglas Levere
Above: Joyce Hwang's "Habitat Wall" project. Photo courtesy of Joyce Hwang
Dennis Maher and Joyce Hwang, faculty members at the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning, have each received $7,000 grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Maher's work, on view in his Fargo House as well as a current Hallwalls exhibition, uses the detritus of demolished homes and other collected items to create elaborate sculptures and architectural environments. Hwang has been working on her ongoing "Habitat Wall" project, described in a UB release as "a sculptural habitat for birds and bats that addresses the condition of habitat loss in cities."
Read more about it here.
December 4, 2013 - 1:30 PM
Winter is the perfect time to return to Narnia. News Staff Reporter Charity Vogel will be talking about The Buffalo News Book Club December selection, C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" at 2 p.m.