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.
The Honesty Theatre performs the original short play "Cashier's Manifesto" Saturday afternoon near Casa De Arte on Elmwood Ave.
Earlier this afternoon, I caught up with the gifted performers of The Honesty Theatre, whose members I first saw in a revelatory performance during last year's festival in Burning Books. They were getting ready to perform the original short play "A Cashier's Manifesto," a reflection on the hellish experiences of customer service workers everywhere.
The troupe, headed by writer and director Heather Rae Ackerman was nice enough to let me ask them a few questions about the show before Saturday's hilarious performance. Here they are:
Earlier in the week, I stumbled across an advertisment for the show outside of Rust Belt Books, which, because it was made entirely from yarn and ranks as one of the more creative Infringey advertisements I've seen, seems worth re-posting here:
Because of a scheduling mixup, I missed Annette Daniels-Taylor's reading of "Write Out of Here: Voices from East Ferry" a couple nights ago. And earlier this evening, when I showed up at El Museo to see the 10 p.m. performance, I was the only one there. So instead of doing the show for one lonesome critic, Daniels-Taylor was kind enough to talk a little bit about the inspiration for her fascinating show, which she said she hopes to develop into a longer piece in the future. Here she is (please forgive the rickety, overexposed iPhone video -- I promise what Daniels-Taylor says is worth watching):
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.
The final days of the Buffalo Infringement Festival are upon us. For the eighth day of the fest, here are a few suggestions:
• The Left Hand of Darkness, a band familiar to many Infringement veterans, will play from 7 to 7:45 p.m. in Casa de Arte. The outfit features Ted Reinhard on drums and Charles Quagliana on a unique "Krappy Touchstyle 10 and 12 string guitar/bass."
• The description for this event should be enough to entice any curious Infringementgoer: "Tree of Liminality" is an interactive performance where participants can engage in existential conversation with a visionary being who lives amongst the trees enchanted branches. All thats required is to come as an alternate version of yourself: who you were, or might have been, or could be." It gets started at 6 p.m. in Days Park and repeats at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
• Local actor and playwright Anette Daniels-Taylor will present her piece "Write Out of Here: Voices from East Ferry," at 6 p.m. in Rust Belt Books and again at 8 p.m. in El Museo. The play is inspired by Daniels-Taylor's work with the young residents of Erie County Youth Detention Center.
• There's been some buzz about Noise Night at Night House, and especially about performer Fe Vajen. That gets going at 7 p.m.