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.
November 5, 2013 - 4:30 PM
Yes, that mellifluous voice you hear speaking French at the start of this video belongs to Vincent O'Neill, co-founder of the Irish Classical Theatre. Yes, that is local actor Jimmy Janowski and female impersonator Bebe Bvulgari lipsynching in a gritty Buffalo alleyway to the strains of Billy Hough and The X- Loves' song "Touralouralay." And yes, that is the author Michael Cunningham ("The Hours," "A Home at the End of the World") engaging in some risqué behavior with The Albright's keyboardist and vocalist Joseph Donahue.
It continues: Yes, that is Alan Trinca, who played Alex in Torn Space Theater's production of "A Clockwork Orange" earlier this year, drinking wine in the bathtub for no apparent reason. And those backing vocals are indeed coming from Gordon Cano of the Violent Femmes. And assorted other strangenesses.
What is all this about? It's a long-simmering video project released this morning by local director Chris Kelly, who shot the entire thing on a pair of iPhones in Provincetown, R.I. and Buffalo. Its meaning is, well, elusive, but its cult appeal is pretty much immediately evident.
It's already been picked up by the LGBT blog Towleroad, which called it "a musical tale of gay love, marriage, booze, drugs and betrayal," and by Out.com. Take a look.
October 24, 2013 - 1:36 PM
thirty years ago, at the dawn of what then called the age of "personal
computing," it became clear that digital technology's influence on the
creative writing process was certain to become both sweeping and
transformative. With the advent of
Apple's graphical user interface in 1984, it became possible to conceive of
"textuality" in multi-dimensional space, making new approaches to
both reading and writing possible.
By the end of the 1980's, an avant-garde of literary talent was already
experimenting with digital narrative forms that yielded a plasticity heretofore
only conceptually suggested by works like Julio Cortazar's
"Hopscotch" or Jorge Luis Borges's "The Library of
Babel." The prominent American
fiction writer and novelist Robert Coover was an early advocate and adopter,
and by 1987 Buffalo native and Canisius College alumnus Michael Joyce's
"afternoon, a story" became the first widely-circulated example of
what came to be known as "hypertext fiction" published by the digital
arts software company Eastgate Systems.
Before long critics and literary journalists--including yours truly--were
touting digital literature as the Next Big Thing, and some cases, even
suggesting that within a decade or two, hypertext fiction would render the
traditional linear means of storytelling obsolete, consigning the novel and
even the Chekovian short story to the ash-heap of history in the name of
technological narrative progress.
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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 19, 2013 - 4:32 PM
On Saturday afternoon, I caught the very start of City of Night, the mammoth arts festival sponsored by Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo. Like last year's version, it was packed with interactive art installations scattered around the post-industrial site and inside its endlessly photogrpahable, out-of-use buildings. Word from organizers is that the second festival attracted some 12,000 people -- about 4,500 more than expected -- though it's unclear exactly how they counted. Here are some pics:
A sculpture by Scott Bye:
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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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August 1, 2013 - 12:15 PM
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.
• At 7:30 p.m., Burning Books presents an evening of films, including "Buffalo by Bicycle," "Hidden Homeless," "Behind Buffalo" and "Political Rallies."