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Forty-five minutes with Kevin Cain

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Kevin Cain, former director of The Vault, in a portrait by local artist Julian Montague. (Photo courtesy of Montague)

Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with local musician, artist and curator Kevin Cain to talk about the closure of The Vault. That Main Street art space, which shut down at the end of June, gained a reputation as an indie art and music hot spot in its four brief years of existence.

During our talk, Cain's thoughts ranged into some fascinating areas that I wasn't able to include in 18 column inches, so I'm posting the audio of our conversation below for anyone who's interested. Cain had some important things to say about the direction of development in the city, the nature of creative art spaces like the one he ran and just what makes Buffalo's art scene and its underground tick. Here he is:

--Colin Dabkowski

Buffalo awards grants to cultural groups

Today, at long last, the City of Buffalo annouced a series of grants from its newly established $200,000 cultural and anti-violence fund that it had been slow to release. Here is the list:

Organization

Program Name

Awarded

100 Mighty Men Ministry

Mighty Men Street Clean Up & Peace Initiative

$1,000

African Cultural Center of Buffalo, Inc.

Educational Cultural Enrichment

$7,500

Alleyway Theatre Inc.

2013-14 Season of Live Theatre

$4,000

Back To Basics Outreach Ministries, Inc.

Youth Strengthening Program

$7,500

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.

Project Empower

$2,500

Buffalo Arts Studio

General Operating Support

$5,000

Buffalo Christian Center

The Merge

$5,000

Buffalo Fine Arts Academy / Albright-Knox Art Gallery

2013 Art Alive!

$2,500

Buffalo Inner City Ballet

Dance Enrichment Program

$5,000

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

Comprehensive Music Database and Archival Project

$2,500

Buffalo Naval Park Committee, Inc.

Inner City Overnight Program

$1,000

Buffalo Niagara Concert Band, Inc.

USS Little Rock Summer Concert

$1,000

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Celebration of Music

$2,500

Buffalo United front, Inc.

Family Fishing Day 2013

$5,000

Burchfield Penney Art Center

Tours & Art Education Workshops

$2,500

Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art, Inc. (CEPA)

CEPA Gallery/Big Orbit Gallery Merger

$2,500

Central Terminal Restoration Corp

Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Workers Local 3 and Job Corps Security Remediation

$4,000

Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo, NY, Inc.

Queen City Jazz Festival

$5,000

Community Action Organization    of Erie County Inc.

Sports P.L.U.S.

$7,500

Community Music School of Buffalo

Outreach Concert Series

$2,500

El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera, Inc.

Visual Arts Exhibitions for Artists of Color

$5,000

GIRLS Sports Foundation, Inc.

GSF/ NICYO 2013 Slam Jam & Cultural Expo

$2,500

H.E.A.L. International

H.E.A.L. Weekend Recreation Program

$4,000

Hallwalls, Inc. (Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center)

Year-Round Public Cultural Programing in the Contemporary Arts

$5,000

Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY

Hispanic Heritage Month Main Event - Restauracion Cultural

$5,000

Irish Classical Theatre company, Inc.

General Operating Support

$2,500

Iron Island Preservation Society of Lovejoy

Cultural Preservation

$2,500

Juneteenth Festival Inc.

Sankofa Days

$5,000

Just Buffalo Literary Center

Babel

$5,000

Latin American Cultural Association, Inc.

Cultural Extension

$2,500

Mad DADS of Greater Buffalo

Youth Basketball

$5,000

Martin House Restoration Corporation (MHRC)

General Operating Activities

$2,500

Metro CDC Delavan Grider Community Center

Nonviolence for Youth Program - "Acting In"

$7,500

Michigan Street Preservation Corp.

Nash House Museum

$5,000

Music is Art

Music is Art Festival

$2,500

National Inner Cities Youth Opportunities, Inc. (NICYO)

Safe Structured Youth Sports

$7,500

New Phoenix Theatre on the Park

Pay-What-You-Can Thursday Performance Series - lower West Side Johnson Park Neighborhood Revitalization

$2,500

People United for Sustainable Housing

Grant Street Neighborhood Center

$5,000

Road Less Traveled Productions

Ongoing Organizational Programming

$2,000

Shakespeare In Delaware Park, Inc.

Shakespeare In Delaware Park

$2,500

Squeaky Wheel / Buffalo Media Resources

Youth Education Programs

$2,500

Stop The Violence Coalition, Inc.

Youth Intervention Project

$7,500

The Friends of Vienna

Three Chamber Music Concerts

$1,000

The National Federation for Just Communities of WNY, Inc.

First Time/Last Time Program

$7,500

The Western New York Artists Group

General Programing

$2,500

Theatre of Youth Company, Inc.

School Children Access Program

$5,000

Torn Space Theater

Main Stage Production Activity

$2,500

Tru-way Community Center, Inc.

Tru-way Community Center, Inc.

$2,000

Ujima Company, Inc.

General Operating Support

$5,000

Western NY Book Arts Collaborative

Free Family Workshops

$2,500

Young Audiences of WNY, Inc.

Out of School Time Programs

$5,000

 

Total Amount

$200,000

The full press release from the city is here.

--Colin Dabkowski

Brian Regan comes to Shea's

Comedian Brian Regan announces a show at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 in Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St.

Tickets are $42.50 and $47.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. April 26 through the box office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (800) 745-6000.

For more information, visit www.sheas.org.

ASI releases its annual report

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Tod A. Kniazuk, executive director of the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, in his office in December, 2011. Photo by Robert Kirkham / Buffalo News.

In 2012, the the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, under the direction of Tod A. Kniazuk, has been working on a number of projects aimed at improving the health of the region's cultural vitality. It's tough work, but according to the organization's 2012 annual report, released this week, ASI (still in desperate need of a better name) has been making progress. Check the report out here.

--Colin Dabkowski

Kevin Smith to speak at UB

Screenwriter, producer, director, author, comedian and actor (best known as "Silent Bob") Kevin Smith will head to the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts (North Campus, Amherst) for a talk and Q&A session at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

Tickets are $39.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 through the Center for the Arts box office, online at www.tickets.com or charge by phone at (888) 223-6000.

For more information, call 645-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ubcfa.org.

Better Know an Infringer: Babushka!

Meet the improv comedy duo Babushka!, made up of Eclectic Improv members Todd Benzin and Don Gervasi. The duo has two more performances at this year's Infringement Festival, tonight at 6 p.m. in El Buen Amigo and Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Burning Books.

--Colin Dabkowski

Infringement Festival schedule now online

Later this week, look for my Gusto story on the upcoming Infringement Festival, which runs in an estimated 72 venues from July 26 to Aug. 5. In the meantime, check out the festival's full (and very much subject-to-change) schedule, just posted at infringebuffalo.org.

--Colin Dabkowski

Mochrie, Sherwood brings the laughs to UBCFA

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, the stars of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," will present an evening of improvisational comedy at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts (North Campus, Amherst).

Tickets are $32-$40 and go on sale at 10 a.m. May 2 through the box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, call 645-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ubcfa.org.

Nick Swardson NU show is canceled

Due to a scheduling conflict, comedian Nick Swardson's show on April 28 at Niagara University has been canceled.

Ticket refunds are available at point-of-purchase. Tickets purchased by phone and over the internet will be refunded automatically.

The Men of 'Chelsea Lately' to perform at UB

The Men of "Chelsea Lately", featuring Brad Wollack, Chris Franjola and Josh Wolf, head to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on the North Campus, Amherst for a night of comedy beginning at 8 p.m. May 4.

Tickets are $25 and are available through the box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, visit www.ubcfa.org, www.929JACKfm.com or call the Center for the Arts at 645-ARTS (2787).

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