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.
November 25, 2013 - 2:59 PM
Last week, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced the launch of four new interactive projects designed to bring its work to a wider audience.
The gallery, which has been working diligently to expand its digital presence in recent years and seems poised to continue doing so under director Janne Sirén, has built two extensive timelines on its 150-year history and its 11 directors using the online tool Tiki-Toki. The gallery also put together two walking tours of its collection of outdoor sculpture and the architecture of downtown Buffalo from 1816 to 1940, based on a 1940 gallery exhibition on the evolving downtown streetscape.
November 25, 2013 - 1:16 PM
A rendering of the new Carnegie Art Center from Goundry Street. Courtesy of the Carnegie Art Center and Flynn Battaglia Architects.
Last week, the North Tonawanda's Carnegie Art Center released plans for a new entrance as part of a $343,000 federal grant to make its 1904 building more accessible. Above is an artist's rendering of the renovated Carnegie as viewed from Goundry Street. Click here to check out some other renderings of the proposed project, produced by Flynn Battaglia Architects.
October 1, 2013 - 10:58 PM
Buffalonians gathered earlier this evening in Larkinville to watch the premiere screening of John Paget's short promotional video "Buffalo: America's Best Designed City." Take a look:
August 21, 2013 - 12:25 PM
In the past couple of years, there has been a steady stream of bloggy roundups of Buffalo's cultural offerings. Some of them have been focused on architecture or visual art, while others have taken a somewhat wider view. Most of them have been little more than glorified lists. For that reason, I've avoided posting every last mention of Buffalo's thriving art scene in the national media (and there have been lots) in this space. But today, a post by Blouinartinfo.com's Rozalia Jovanovic caught my eye. The concise writeup struck me as one of the smarter roundups of Buffalo's scene, from grassroots offerings like City of Night to the top-dog Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Check it out.
August 4, 2013 - 12:17 PM
Well, that was quick.
We've reached the end of this year's Buffalo Infringement Festival, which wraps up today with a series of events in and around Allentown. Here are five suggestions to help you close out the festival:
• Pac-Man Park, an interactive Pac-Man game in Days Park organized by Jose Rodriguez, will have its final outing from 2 to 4 p.m. Read more about it here.
• You might still be able to find a spot for Car Stories, the long-running theater experience that takes place inside a car in the NIetzsche's parking lot. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.
• The Infringment Festival closing parade gets going around 6:30 at Old Wondermoth and will wind its way through the streets of Allentown.
• The grand finale of the festival are the Closing Ceremonies and Iffy Awards, which get started in Nietzsche's at 8 p.m. and run through at least 1 a.m. The event features performances from Crows and Jays, Erin Sydney Welsh, Greengage, Savannah King, manawi thorn, Jen Whitmore, second trip, Sara Elizabeth and Wise Medecine.
• If fire-dancing is your thing, it wouldn't be a terrible idea to close out the fest in Days Park around 9 p.m., when A Buffalo Pyromance gives its final performane.
August 3, 2013 - 11:44 AM
Today is the penultimate day of the Buffalo Infringement Festival. If you're looking for something to do this afternoon, check out the day's busy schedule. Here are five potential highlights:
• At 1 p.m., Squeaky Wheel hosts its Second Saturday Film Festival, featuring eight short films by local filmmakers.
• At 1:30 p.m., Allentown Music will host several hours of music during its Rock on the Porch event, with performances from SIC SIN, Legal the Lifesaver, the Left Hand of Darkness, Warren Daniels and Jupiter Jefferson.
• The Foundry, over on Northampton Street, is throwing a Pirate Party starting at 6 p.m. with plenty of performances and more than likely some hilarious costumes.
• "The Cashier's Manifesto," a theater piece derived from cashiers' true stories about their experiences on the job, runs from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. in Casa De Arte.
• The Hell's Harlots Burlesque troupe performs a half-hour set in El Museo at 9 p.m.
Some tips for the third-to-last-day of the Infringement Festival:
• At 5 p.m. in Burning Books, Infringement Festival co-founder Donovan King will present his 'Critical Report form the World Fringe Congress,' which is sure to be amusing and informative.
• In years past, the Hutchinson Faily Revival has impressed festivalgoers with their old-timey harmonies. This time around the group has dwindled to a single Hutchinson Temperance Songster, who performs at 5:30 p.m. in El Buen Amigo.
• All kinds of gallery closing parties are also happening tonight, including one at Big Orbit, one at Coming Home Buffalo, one at The Dress Shop and another at the Gallery Next Door.
• Pausa Art House is hosting an evening of music and film starting at 7 with new works for solo cello followed by "I Can Hear You Calling," a film about eight New York City museums and their bands.
• Nietzsche's hosts the Friday Infringement Fiest starting at 10:30 p.m., with performances from Andrew Biggie, The Telltale Signs, Lesionread, Look, a Fang! and Eppo. Sounds like it's going to be an awesomely weird time.
The Buffalo Infringement Festival, the city’s annual compendium of underground arts activity, kicked off a week ago and is entering its final days.
The festival’s last weekend is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest in its eight-year history, with a full slate of theater productions, live music performances, public fire dancing, film screenings and impromptu parades through Allentown. Here’s a look at some of the possible highlights, selected from the full schedule posted at www.infringebuffalo.org:
Today at 6 p.m. in Rust Belt Books (202 Allen St.) and again at 8 p.m. in El Museo (91 Allen St.), gifted local playwright and actress Annette Daniels-Taylor will present her latest project, “Write Out of Here: Voices from East Ferry.” The piece is described as a “gritty theatrical report” from forgotten Western New York teens that Daniels-Taylor works with as a teaching artist with the Erie County Youth Detention Center on East Ferry Street. It attempts to capture the voices and aspirations of the kids Daniels-Taylor has met in her difficult but rewarding work.
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