The Orchard Park Chorale invites choral enthusiasts to participate in the annual Summer Sing, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday (Aug. 5) in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.
Led by artistic director Kathleen Keenan-Takagi, this year the program features Gabriel Faure's "Requiem in D Minor" with soloists Leah Schneider, soprano and Patrick Gard, baritone.
Orchestral players interested in participating should call 832-2226 for more information.
For more information on Summer Sing, visit www.orchardparkchorale.org.
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.
Franco Corso, billed simply as "Italian singer," sounds intriguing. A few years ago he was described as covering the songs that Andrea Bocelli sings. If you are going to attempt anything remotely operatic you must have some pipes. Corso performs at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the Frankie Scinta stage.
Singer Mike Costley, left, headlines at 8:45 tonight on the Frankie Scinta stage. He sang a few weeks ago as part of the Buffalo News Jazz at the Albright-Knox festival. I couldn't go and all I keep hearing is how good he was.
The Scintas, Las Vegas legends, headline on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on, you guessed it, the Frankie Scinta stage. This is a great opportunity to catch their act, free.
At 7:45 p.m. Sunday on the Frankie Scinta stage, catch venerable Buffalo rockers Junction West.
The Jazz Stage sounds good too. Bobby Militello plays there at 8 p.m. Friday.
And finally, tonight at 8 it's the Buffalo Rat Pack. Whoever they are, they sound like a highlight! And they'll only sound better with that plastic glass of Chianti.
Find other details of the Italian Festival -- including the Cooking Stage -- on the festival website.
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.
If you're looking for a few suggestions for getting your Infringement on during the seventh day of the festival, I've got some:
• At 6 p.m. in Nietzsche's the Waiting Room, the "Wham Bam Thank You Slam III" gets started. It's an insane evening of slam poetry, burlesque and music. And judging from the last two versions of it at Infringement Festivals past, it seems like a pretty sure bet.
• At 7 p.m. the new Allentown space The Loop hosts a "queer-centric" poetry reading featuring work by Amy Upham, Gary Andrews, Lovely and Marek Parker. As good an opportunity as any to check out the new digs for Michael Rizzo's ambitious new venture.