February 18, 2014 - 4:02 PM
The Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, a cross-cultural advocacy organization headed by Tod A. Kniazuk, announced today that it is lanching an annual series of cultural awards.
The new awards program is similar to the yearly honors the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County handed out until its demise in 2010. ASI is accepting nominations on its website for lifetime achievement, organization of the year, artist of the year, rising star, cultural supporter of the year, cultural advocate of the year, volunteer of the year and DEC program of the year. The ceremony will be on June 25 in the Hotel @ Lafayette.
Read ASI's release on the new awards program here.
February 5, 2014 - 12:59 PM
The 2014 Buffalo Infringment Festival, scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 3, is now accepting applications from local artists, musicians, filmmakers, poets and performers of all stripes. Some info from the release:
Infringement welcomes all musicians, visual artists, dancers, poets, actors, filmmakers, performance artists and street performers to be involved. There are no fees to enter and every application is accepted. Once you have started an application, you can go back to it at any time and add or change information. Registering early keeps you in touch with the monthly events and fundraisers and links you with an organizer in your genre of art. It also helps organizers plan ahead with volume, as the festival grows larger every year. To celebrate our 10th year we encourage everyone applying to step outside with their creative ideas and transform the streets of Buffalo into the ultimate free venue!
To submit your proposal, click here.
January 29, 2014 - 12:27 PM
Jason Schupback, director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts, will lead a forum on the role of art and culture in the development of urban spaces tonight at 7 in Babeville's Asbury Hall.
As projects such as Larkinville and Canalside spring up in American cities recovering from decades of economic stagnation, developers, architects and politicians are thinking much more about the role of culture in creating new urban landscapes and economies. The term for that trend is "placemaking," a highly lampoonable piece of jargon The Atlantic Cities included on its list of "Urbanist Buzzwords to Rethink in 2014."
Whatever you may think of the word itself, the trend is well worth exploring. Tonight's forum is sure to touch on many important issues central to the development of Buffalo in the next few years. Anyone interested in the rapid development of the city should check it out.
The forum is sponsored by Partners for a Livable Western New York, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and presented by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. As seating is limited, those interested in attending should RSVP by calling Hallwalls at 854-1694.
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.
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 29, 2013 - 2:50 PM
My item today on David Butler's production of "Grain Dances, Steel Floats" gave the incorrect location for the production. It will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday near Mutual Riverfront Park at the end of Hamburg Street, not at Silo City.
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:
Continue reading "A brief look at City of Night" »
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.