Vincent O’Neill takes part in the celebration of Charles Dickens and his works. Sharon Cantillon/News file photo
On the last international tour he took before his death, Charles Dickens stopped in Buffalo for two popular readings of his work. (His tour manager was terrified, according to his report of the trip, that a "rowdy element" of Western New Yorkers would overtake the affair, though it did not. Dickens himself was "much struck by the absence of female beauty from the readings.")
Since that visit -- researched and re-created by local actor, meteorologist and Dickens enthusiast Mike Randall for his annual performance of "A Christmas Carol" -- Western New York hasn’t let go of its appetite for the popular and prolific chronicler of Victorian society and its seedy underbelly.
This afternoon (March 25) at 2, prompted by the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth in February, a group of local actors will give a reading of Dickens’ works in the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.). The roster includes Megan Callahan, Morgan Chard, Wendy Hall, Jimmy Janowski, John Kaczorowski, Patrick Moltane, Vincent O’Neill, Adam Rath, Eric Rawski, Doug Weyand and Katie White. They’ll read excerpts from "The Pickwick Papers," "Oliver Twist," "David Copperfield," "Bleak House" and "Great Expectations."
Admission is free.
-- Colin Dabkowski
March 25, 2012 - 7:10 AM
March 24, 2012 - 7:10 AM
The Small Press Book Fair returns to the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. Charles Lewis/News file photo
The presses themselves are small, sure, but the book fair that local artist and print shop manager Christopher Fritton founded to showcase them is anything but. Every year, as the small press movement grows and vendors seek spots for Fritton’s annual Small Press Book Fair, he is surprised at the speed with which the space runs out. And this year, to no one’s surprise, the record has been shattered again for the sixth annual event.
The fair runs from noon to 6 p.m. today (March 24) in the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (453 Porter Ave.) and features tables from well over 100 individual artists and presses from across the region. Participants include local outfits like BlazeVOX, the University at Buffalo’s Poetry Collection and Sugar City and farther-flung organizations and artists, including Houston-based Night Owls Poster Shop, Toronto-based Broken Pencil magazine and Philadelphia’s Little Beast Press, among scads of others.
As in past years, the schedule includes a series of workshops on letterpress, screen-printing and other topics today. It’s also complemented by a post-fair party featuring music by Jack Toft, Energy Club, Damian, UVB-76 and others at the Vault (702 Main St.) at 9 tonight.
Admission to the fair is free; find more info at www.buffalosmallpress.org.
-- Colin Dabkowski
March 20, 2012 - 10:43 AM
Give for Greatness, the fundraising and arts advocacy organization launched last year during the Erie County cultural funding crisis, is hosting its first Students for the Arts festival this afternoon in Kleinhans Music Hall.
The event, meant to highlight the organization's incipient mentorship program and to spread the word about its 2012 fundraising campaign, features work by G4G mentors Jennifer Fitzery, Cassondra Argeros, Patrick Moltane, Jill Greenberg, Jim Bush, Sarah Haykel and Marcus Wise and many local students. Representatives from 18 local cultural groups will also be on hand so local sutdents can learn more about the educational opportunities they offer.
Visit G4G's website for more info.
March 8, 2012 - 11:51 AM
January 4, 2012 - 12:07 PM
Jeff Miers and I are back from vacation and will be ready and willing to chat on camera today at 1 p.m. Right off the top of my head, I can think of a lot of subjects that beckon: our best of 2011 lists, the current brawl between Time Warner Cable and the MSG network and what it means to Sabres viewers, all manner of things.
We'll be happy to hear what you have to say about all of it 1 p.m.
So join us if you want to.
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January 3, 2012 - 2:19 PM
Last week, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library released its annual list of the top-read books of the year. Here's what Erie County's been reading lately:
Adult Fiction: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson
New Adult Fiction: "The Confession" by John Grisham
New (21-day) Adult Fiction: "Sing You Home" by Jodi Picoult
Graphic Novel: "Grim Hunt (The Amazing Spider-Man)" by Joe Kelly, Fred Van Lente and others
Adult Non-Fiction: Without a Word: "How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything" by Jill Kelly
Adult Paperback: Eat This, Not That! 2011: "The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution" by David Zinczenko
Children’s: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth" by Jeff Kinney and Princess Bedtime Stories (Disney Princess) (no specific author)
Children’s Non-Fiction: "The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary" by Jeff Kinney
Children’s Paperback: "The Sea of Monsters" by Rick Riordan
Fiction: "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
Non-Fiction: "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand
December 14, 2011 - 11:42 AM
News Arts Editor Jeff Simon and Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers answered your questions about books, movies, television, music and more directly into the camera. Please allow extra time for the large video file to load.
December 12, 2011 - 10:28 AM
The News' Charity Vogel is hosting the monthly Buffalo News Book Club live chat with guests Vincent O'Neill from Irish Classical Theatre and Laurence Shine from Buffalo State. This month's News Book Club selection was James Joyce's "The Dead."
December 3, 2011 - 1:30 PM
Shortly after turning 40, Amos P. Kennedy Jr. quit his job as a computer programmer at Indiana University submitting his resignation letter, rumor has it, on a piece of toilet paper to pursue a far more unpredictable and less lucrative career as a letterpress printer. This is a move that would strike most people as foolhardy, if not insane. But for Kennedy, who went on to develop formidable skills as a creator of prints and bound books along with a serious following, it was a true calling.
Kennedy will be in Buffalo to give a printing workshop as part of the "Analog Artist Showcase" in the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.). Kennedy will demonstrate his techniques on the Vandercook press, a favorite of letterpress printers, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 3). Following the second workshop, Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center (712 Main St.) will screen "Proceed and Be Bold," a documentary about Kennedy’s life and work by filmmaker Laura Zinger.
"The work of this self-proclaimed ‘Humble Negro Printer’ raises emotionally-charged questions and reveals remarkable depth beneath the bold print," according to Zinger’s website. "By learning the rules and then choosing to break them, Amos redefines what life (and letterpress printing) can be: exhilarating and subversive."
Tickets to the screening are $7 or $5 for WNYBAC or Squeaky Wheel members. For more information or to register for the free workshop, call 348-1430 or visit www.wnybookarts.org.
-- Colin Dabkowski
November 30, 2011 - 1:01 PM
News Arts Editor Jeff Simon and Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers answered your questions directly into the camera. Questions about books, movies, television, music and more were submitted in the chat console below the video player.
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