September 2009

by Susan Braun

Looking for music and art events to get involved with this coming weekend, October 2-4? Well, here are some great ideas!

The much anticipated Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Opening Night Gala, “Ode to Joy”, will be held at Kleinhan’s Music Hall on October 3rd, 2009. The concert, which begins at 8:00 pm, will be preceded by an optional black tie event including drinks, hors d’ oeuvres and dinner! In the first half of the program, Music Director JoAnn Falletta, and the BPO will be joined by the world-renown violinist, Gil Shaham, in a performance of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy. That will be followed by J. S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, featuring Mr. Shaham and his wife, Adele Anthony, a very accomplished violinist in her own right. After the intermission, the BPO and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus will present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for a grand finale. You may purchase tickets for either the Opening Gala, which includes the concert, or you may opt for the concert only. For more information about this and upcoming classical and pops concerts, go to

There will be plenty of art to see in Buffalo this weekend.

You can get your exercise and your visual arts fix on the evening of October 2nd by joining the Allentown First Fridays GalleryWalk when 16 venues with works by 50 artists will be open from 6 until 9 pm. This free monthly event brings people together to view art work, dine at great restaurants and visit local businesses in the Allentown area. Welcome to El Buen Amigo and Nest Interiors as new participants! Here’s a sampler of the galleries that will be open:

  • Betty’s (restaurant)
    Ilania Kaplan Stanger, paintings
    370 Virginia Street
    8am to 10pm
  • C. J. Jung Center
    Dianne Baker, “Transformations”
    Mixed Media Assemblages
    408 Franklin Street
    6-8pm—Artist Talk at 7pm
  • El Buen Amigo
    Latin American Cultural Association (LACA)
    Building Bridges to the Community
    Works by Nancy Richert, Brian Federick, Ann Miliken, Betsey Roshner and Dan
  • Mika
    114 Elmwood Avenue
    11am to 9pm with opening reception 7-9pm
  • Indigo
    Work by 12 NYFA MARK artists
    74 Allen Street
  • Nest Interiors
    Work by Sandra Bartz
    68 Allen Street

A complete list can be found at

The Burchfield Penney Art Center has devoted most of the gallery space to a wonderful exhibition entitled “Art in Craft Media”. This first craft biennial features works created by Western New York artists who use clay, metal, fiber, glass and wood, all media associated with the craft arts. You can view a wide range of works including such standouts as the “Coffee Cup Conveyor Belt” by Alicia Eggert, tongue-in-cheek embroideries on found objects by Lily Booth, fiber works by Nancy Belfer, disintegrating window screens by Andrea Marquis, beautiful wooden furniture including the “Scotch Cabinet” by Douglas Figler and a silver necklace by Suzanne Hofmeister that is included in a display of other works by Hofmeister and Temi Kucinski. To learn more about the Burchfield Penney Art Center and this exhibit, check out

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by Karen Huefner

Body WorldsBODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart has reached unheard of attendance at the Buffalo Museum of Science— pulling in more than 1,500 visitors per day. Now, it’s about to do something even more unheard of— stay open for 58 continuous hours through the close of the exhibit. Beginning on Friday, October 2nd at 9am, the museum marathon will allow a last-minute look at the international exhibit before it ends its run in Buffalo on Sunday, October 4th at 7pm.

The exhibition— which features more than 200 real bodies and specimens— opened for the first time in New York State in Buffalo. We were fortunate enough to scoop up this world-class blockbuster before New York City, which is awesome for the community here.

BODY WORLDS shows the public the details of disease and anatomy that can’t be shown with models. Called “plastinates,” the posed bodies are fixed in dramatic and athletic poses, showing off the body’s muscles and skeletal system. One of the most startling images that hits people of all ages is the comparison of unhealthy, black smoker’s lungs with healthy lungs. Looking through the comment book, you can see all the people that have decided to make conscious changes in their lifestyles after seeing the exhibit.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets to avoid sell-out days and time slots. For more information, visit

Monday, September 28th-Thursday, October 1st 9am-12am midnight
Friday, October 2nd-Sunday October 4th 9am-7pm (58 hours straight!)

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by Mark Utzig

SabresThe Buffalo Sabres are ready to jump into the mix this Saturday, October 3rd in Downtown’s HSBC Arena playing host to the Montreal Canadiens. Coming off an impresive preseason record of 4-2, the fast skating, young Sabre team will try and fend off the talented, veteran stacked Canadians. Our home team is trying to advance into the playoffs this year after going the past two seasons without. The action packed game is sure to be a fun-filled event. Looking for an upbeat place to stop before the game? Located within minutes from the Arena, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery is an excellent choice for a pregame drink and appetizer. So head downtown this Saturday and cheer on your hometown favorites. For more information regarding tickets or schedule, go to

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by Leah Mueller

Spirit of BuffaloThe Spirit of Buffalo is a new attraction at the Erie Canal Harbor. They are a pleasant and eye-catching addition to Erie Basin Marina and the overall harbor. I’ll begin with an insider tip about parking; there is a stone lot adjacent to the harbor on the East side; you can park here and cut your walk down considerably. The ship, the cruise and the crew were all very enjoyable. My kids got to steer the ship, raise the sail and pick a surprise from the pirate’s treasure chest.

It is a two hour sail on Lake Erie with beautiful views of the city! They offer morning, afternoon and sunset cruises. The ship holds about 45 people and is 73 feet in length. The crew was very friendly and I noticed they spent time visiting with all the guests on board this full excursion. They do private charters, birthday parties and pirate themes along with the public sail.

You’ve only got a couple weeks left to take advantage of this vessel and then it will go into storage for the winter. Relax and allow yourself to go back in time on this coastal sailing ship.

Don’t wait until next year, enjoy the autumn colors and get out on the lake one more time; I’m so glad we did!

PS. Save time to stroll along the waterfront and treat yourself to some ice cream at The Hatch!

For more information visit

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by Matt Steinberg

OinktoberfestBuffalo’s annual autumnal celebration of “low and slow”, the deliciously titled Oinktoberfest, will be fired up this weekend. Held in conjunction with the Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, this year’s Oinktoberfest is happening during the festival’s opening weekend, September 26 & 27. Saturday is once again a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event and one of New York State’s Championship contests. Sunday has two events: The Outdoor Cooking Contest & a Chili Cookoff. This year’s theme is “Las Vegas Style,” and visitors can indulge in all manner of smoky goodness from a number of barbecue jockeys. If you want to sample lots of pork and brisket in one place, along with beer and the blues, Oinktoberfest is where to go. For more information, visit

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by Mark Utzig

ChicagoBuffalo’s much anticipated theatre season is back! The curtains have risen in Buffalo’s theatre district and Shea’s Performing Arts Center is kicking things off with a fan favorite! The triumphant hit musical, Chicago the Musical, will be showing from September 22- 27. Chicago tells the story of corruption in the criminal justice system in prohibition Chicago. It’s based on a 1926 play by news reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins who wrote stories on real criminals and the crimes they committed. Now’s your chance to experience a musical masterpiece…and all that jazz! Not only will you get the pleasure of seeing an award winning show, but will get to view the truly breathtaking and historic Shea’s theatre. Opening its doors in 1926, Shea’s has returned itself to its original grandeur and it’s a must see.

For information about historic Shea’s theatre or ticket information, go to

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by Eric Jackson-Forsberg

When Frank Lloyd Wright inscribed a copy of his Autobiography to Darwin and Isabelle Martin of Buffalo, he characterized their role in supporting his career as an architect in characteristically dramatic terms: “To Darwin D. Martin and his wife—hero and heroine of this tale—with esteem, affection and gratitude from their architect – Frank Lloyd Wright.” But, aside from the definitive, Prairie-era commission of the Martin House Complex (1903-05), how did the unassuming Martins warrant such top billing in Wright’s self-styled biographical drama? Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo Venture: From the Larkin Building to Broadacre City, coming to the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery October 2 – December 30, will illustrate the depth and breadth of the Martins’ role in sustaining the work of America’s greatest 20th century architect.

Curated by Jack Quinan, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at UB and a leading Wright scholar, this exhibition opens in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s meeting in Buffalo. The group is dedicated to saving Wright’s built work, and Quinan was a founding stakeholder. Through more than 130 objects including drawings, photographs, models and original Wright furnishings, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo Venture will explore the rich story of the Martins’ patronage, from the Larkin Building—seminal to European modernism and Buffalo’s greatest architectural loss (and the logo for the Conservancy itself) to unsung, unbuilt projects such as the Rosenwald School for “Negro Children.” The exhibition will make the case that, while Wright’s best-known clients may be larger-than-life figures like Susan Lawrence Dana, Solomon Guggenheim or Edgar J. Kaufmann, his most important client might just be an obsessive, self-made accountant from Buffalo, NY.

The UB Anderson Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, 1 – 5 PM. Admission is free. Visit

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