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Give for Greatness becomes part of ASI

Give for Greatness, the arts fundraising organization launched by Artvoice publisher Jamie Moses in the wake of Erie County's 2011 cultural funding crisis, will become part of the Arts Services Initiative.

The merger of the two organizations, funded by a consortium of local foundations known as the Fund for the Arts, will create a new development director position at ASI. It will primarily benefit small cultural organizations and expand G4G's mission to include a larger swath of Western New York.

As the funding crisis of 2011 recedes into memory, ASI board president and MusicalFare Theatre founder Randall Kramer said, "the need for G4G remains as prevalent as ever for small and new organizations, as well as groups in Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties where public sector [support] for the arts is not as strongas it is in Erie."

It's tough to overestimate the importance of a group dedicated to funding new and emerging cultural groups Western New York and Erie County, as the vast majority of public and private funding goes to long-established organizations. Gaining a toe-hold as a new group is remarkably difficult -- a problem this reimagined version of G4G aims to solve.

Since its founding, according to the G4G website, the organization has raised $150,000 for local arts organizations. It was headed for a time by former Studio Arena Theatre director Kathleen Gaffney, who left the organization several months ago.

--Colin Dabkowski

O.A.R., Phillip Phillips team for July 2 show at Artpark

O.A.R. Bio Photo

O.A.R with "American Idol" season 11 winner Phillip Phillips will perform at Artpark on the outdoor ampitheater stage on July 2. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 11 at the Artpark box office, through and, or by calling (888) 223-6000. Tickets are $11 advance for general admission, $26 for limited availability front-of-stage standing room access. Ticket prices will increase by $5 the week of the concert.

- Jeff Miers 


Erie County Fair announces grandstand lineup for 2014

The Erie County Fair has announced its Grandstand lineup. John Fogerty, Bridgit Mendler, Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum will all perform as part of this year's Fair festivities.

Rock legend John Fogerty and his band will perform at the Grandstand at 8 p.m. Aug. 7. Pop singer and star of the Disney Channel's "Good Luck, Charlie" Bridgit Mendler takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Modern country superstar Dierks Bentley arrives at the Fair at 8 p.m. Aug. 11. And award-winning country/pop outfit Lady Antebellum plays the Grandstand at 8 p.m. Aug. 13. 

For the Fogerty, Mendler and Bentley shows, tickets  are $60 for Blue Ribbon Track Reserved  and $45 for general admission. For the Lady Antebellum appearance, tickets are $80 for Blue Ribbon Track Reserved and $65 for general admission. All tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 4 through, at the Fairground Events Center box office (9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) or by calling (888) 223-6000.

- Jeff Miers

Avenged Sevenfold, Korn to headline Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Darien Lake

Live Nation has announced that the yearly Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour will stop at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 20th. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m., through and

This year's event, which will kick off at 1 p.m., will feature bands performing on three stages throughout the day and into the evening. Main stage headliners include Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. Buffalo's own death-metal icons Cannibal Corpse will perform on the Coldcok American Herbal Whiskey stage. 

Other standouts include Body Count featuring Ice-T on the Sumerian records/Headbang for the Highway Stage, as well as a local metal band, to be announced at a later date.

Ticket prices range from$85, $65, $55, and $45 for reserved seats, and $35 for general admission lawn seating. Note: Live Nation is running a promotion offering customers during the first 72 hours following on-sale time lawn seats discounted to $20. 

- Jeff Miers 


WNY Women Musicians unite against youth relationship violence

A fundraising concert for One Voice Buffalo - an organization that workes to end youth relationship violence through area high school informational assemblies and various youth programs - will take place at the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.) on Wednesday, April 2nd, beginning at 7 p.m. 

The event is hosted by area musician and WNY youth services veteran Bob James.

Scheduled to perform, in addition to host band the Love Parade, are singer-songwriters Bethany Fonda, Savannah King, Sara Elizabeth, Erin Sydney Welsh, Five To One, Pauline (of Pauline and the Perils), and Grace Blues Lougen. Admission at the door will be $5. Additional information is available through 

- Jeff Miers

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Thursday Theater Roundup: Closing weekend for 'Red,' 'Good People,' 'An Iliad' and 'Once'


Stuart Ward and Dani De Waal star in "Once" in Shea's Performing Arts Center.

The Thursday Theater Roundup features currently running shows that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks:

"Red," through Sunday in 710 Main Theatre. ★★★

"Good People," through Sunday in the Kavinoky Theatre ★★★

"An Iliad," through Sudnay in the Road Less Traveled Theatre ★★★

"Once," through Sunday in Shea's Performing Arts Center. ★★★½

"Robin Hood," through April 6 in Theatre of Youth's Allendale Theatre. ★★★½

"Mud," through April 13 in Torn Space Theatre's Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library. ★★★

A closer look: Mark McLoughlin's 'Stolen Souls, Willing' series

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Artist: Mark McLoughlin // Title: "Stolen Souls Willing (Neil)" // Exhibition: "Viewpoints," through Saturday in Indigo Art

In his series of pinhole portraits "Stolen Souls, Willing," shot over 10 years from 2000 to 2010, Buffalo artist Mark McLoughlin is out to broaden our ideas about what photography is. To many, a photograph seems to be a frozen instant in time, a clear and faithful reproduction of reality. To McLoughlin, who emerges from a long tradition of photographic artists who have altered our perception of the world around us, a photograph is a recording and reflection of life in action -- a kind of instant fossil that somehow moves without moving.

His ongoing series of photographs, titled "Stolen Souls, Willing," captures friends and acquaintences with a homemade pinhole camera. After the jump, McLoughlin explains the idea behind the series and the process of creating the portrait.

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Ringo Starr Artpark show ticket prices and on-sale date announced

As announced here several weeks back, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band will perform a June 24th show in the Outdoor Amphitheater at Artpark.

The All-Starr Band will feature Toto's Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, original Santana singer Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

Tickets go on sale Friday March 28 at 10am. Pricing will be $17 for Advance General Admission and $32 for a limited number of Front of Stage (Standing Room Only) Tickets. All prices listed include a facility fee, other fees may apply depending on method of purchase. Ticket price increases by $5 the week of the concert (Sunday-Tuesday).

Tuesday in the Park General Admission and “Front of Stage” Season Packages will be available for purchase on March 28 at 10am for $120 General admission/$305 Front of Stage. Price includes reduced facility fees for a savings of $19. 

Tickets for the rest of the Artpark summer 2014 lineup announced so far - Daryl Hall & John Oates (June 10), Widespread Panic (June 17), Boston (July 8), and Sublime with Rome (July 9) - will also go on sale March 28 at 10am. 

Tickets will be available at the Artpark box office, through and, or by calling 1-888-223-6000. - Jeff Miers

Mickey Harmon's 'Life and Times of Grovey Cleves' is online

The Buffalo art world has been buzzing about Mickey Harmon and Scott Mancuso's collaboration "The Life and Times of Grovey Cleves" since its opening last Friday in the Western New York Book Arts Center. Now, Harmon has posted a digital version of the illustrated semi-fictional biography of two-time president and proud Buffalonian Grover Cleveland. Here's a look:

--Colin Dabkowski

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