by Pete Burakowski

Sick of your friend going on and on about how he grabbed his kitchen table at IKEA and found his sweet man bag at the mall?

One-up him by saying you got the same things handmade by a Roycroft master artisan! That’ll teach him!

On June 26 and 27, swing out to East Aurora for the Roycrofters at Large Summer Festival, where you’ll meet dozens of artisans from across the country selling furniture, pottery, paintings, leather goods and more.

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by Carolyn Batt

Want to see 25 of Western New York’s greatest attractions—literally from A to Z in two hours? On Tuesday, December 1st, at 8pm on WNED, it will be possible as this special spotlights more than two dozen local cultural attractions, one corresponding to each letter of the alphabet. From the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to the Buffalo Zoo, get ready to be taken on a journey across Erie, Chautauqua, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties.

Highlighted through a series of “video postcards,” viewers will be able to experience unique nearby places, including attractions that house pop art by Andy Warhol and original manuscripts by Mark Twain.

Best of all, for all you Buffalo fans out there, 17 of the 25 attractions are located right in the Queen City!

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by Ed Healy

For those of you who may still subscribe to the notion that Buffalo is a sleepy, snowbound city with little to recommend it and even less to do, let’s take a look at the weekend just past and put this nasty and dated (if it was ever remotely true) little stereotype to rest once and for all. Buffalo rocks and most weekends it rocks pretty hard with something for every taste and disposition.

If you happened to be in Buffalo this past Friday you would have done well to make your way to the always engaging and entertaining Gusto at the Gallery. That the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of the world’s (yes, world’s) greatest museums of modern and contemporary art is almost beside the point on Friday nights. Yes, the art provides a spectacular, stunning backdrop, but the real action is in Gusto’s provocative programming and party-like atmosphere as the Gallery opens its doors for free programs and events. On Friday night you would have been able to hear acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson discuss his amazing images that merge the craft of set design and film lighting with the artistry of still photography. Crewdson spoke about his groundbreaking and hugely influential approach to photography in a conversation with curator Heather Pesanti.

On Saturday night, the Albright’s Art of Jazz series got its groove on with the hard bop blues of legendary alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson. At age 83, Donaldson can still rain a sheet of staggering sound on his listeners in an amazing display of technique or pour his heart into a funky rendering of a soul jazz classic like “Alligator Boogaloo.” This jazz master’s between song patter and charming vocals made this a concert to remember in a series that continues to provide Buffalo’s jazz fans with amazing musical memories.

Across the street, the new Burchfield Penney Art Center was celebrating its first anniversary with Rendezblue, a four-day festival of free art and music. In its brief time in its new home, the Burchfield Penney has established itself as a vibrant center for the arts, presenting multi-disciplinary programs featuring concerts, lectures, performance and installations. The Gwathmey Siegel & Associates-designed space is warm and inviting and the crowds have been prolific, complementing, rather than competing with, the action at the Albright. Elmwood Avenue and Rockwell Road is now the nexus of Buffalo’s vibrant and ambitious art scene – one that any city would be thrilled to call its own.

Elsewhere in the city music, art and theater lovers were able to enjoy a program of Schubert and Strauss by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the spectacular surroundings of Kleinhans Music Hall, the Viva Vivaldi Festival at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, an opening at the new Vault Gallery, a lecture by documentary photographer Brendan Bannon at Studio Hart, even an incredible performance by Liza (with a “Z”) Minnelli at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts.

Oh, and one more thing: the Boss was in town. That’s right, Bruce Springsteen and the legendary E Street Band capped off the weekend with a tour-ending concert at HSBC Arena on the city’s waterfront.

What’s going on in Buffalo? More than you could possibly do in a single weekend!

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by Ellen Goldbaum
Courtesy the UB Reporter

Whether you’re a total non-science person or the next Einstein, the Science and Art Cabaret was made for you. This is science as never seen before.

The first Science and Art Cabaret, sponsored by UB and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, will be held from 7-9 p.m. October 20 in the Ninth Ward in Babeville’s Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Admission is free and open to the public; a cash bar will be available.

“It’s an entertaining mash-up of cutting-edge science and technology, with art, music, poetry and performance,” says Will Kinney, UB cosmologist, associate professor of physics and cabaret organizer.

The topic will be “Taking Nature Apart,” and UB’s scientists and artists will be weighing in.

The Science and Art Cabaret is part of the Café Scientifique movement that has swept the U.S. and Europe.

Now, Buffalo has its own place for artists and scientists to connect, created by UB physicists and visual artists who have collaborated on such successes as the UB Physics and Arts Summer Institute and the permanent “Physics and Arts Exhibition” in Fronczak Hall on the North Campus.

“Order a drink at the bar and hear top university researchers discuss their work in context with creative minds from the arts and humanities,” Kinney explains. “We pick a topic and look at it from all angles.

“Physicists, biologists, musicians and poets will riff on reductionism, that peculiar scientific notion of learning about the world by breaking it into component parts,” he says. “What do we learn by taking an organism apart? What do we learn by taking matter itself apart? What don’t we learn? Should we feel alienated or illuminated by the creative destruction of scientific inquiry?”

In addition to Kinney, the panel includes College of Arts and Sciences faculty members Ulrich Baur, particle physicist and professor of physics; Katharina Dittmar de la Cruz, assistant professor of biological sciences; and Gary Nickard, clinical assistant professor of visual studies.

Local artist Patty Wallace will do a reading, and live music will be provided by The Vores (unplugged), Buffalo’s late ’70s alternative band whose music is described as punk rock and surfer, and which features UB artists Nickard and Biff (Kenneth) Henrich, and UB grant writer Catherine Carfagna.

To provide the critical connection to the world of quarks and questions about our place in the universe, particle physicist and UB assistant professor of physics Avto Kharchilava will host a live video link to the control room at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

For more information, contact Nickard at 645-0529 or Kinney at 645-2017, ext. 111.

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 Doug Sitler

Many years ago, Buffalo political and civic leader George Arthur began taking photographs of various street signs throughout Buffalo. During his travels, Arthur noticed numerous neighborhood murals painted on buildings, bridges and houses. To his surprise, the murals were of pretty good artistic quality and had a deeper meaning to the neighborhood artists. Some images gave messages of hope to the community, while other murals paid homage to residents who have passed away. He could tell that the painting had a story behind them…who painted these images? Where are the families and artists? Before the work began, did the community approve of the images?

They were all questions Arthur would ask himself upon discovering and photographing the murals. The photographs that evoke these thoughts are on display at the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Community Gallery, located at the visitor center inside the Market Arcade building at 617 Main Street. The opening of the show “Street Art” is Friday, September 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit is sponsored by CEPA Gallery, with assistance from the CVB. For more information about the visitor center, go to

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by Doug Sitler

olmstead_carvingThere are a myriad of activities that can be found at the Erie Basin Marina on downtown Buffalo’s waterfront. It is a destination for recreational boating, waterfront dining, bike and walking paths, and beautiful gardens. This summer some familiar faces have returned and are overlooking this abundance of activity…lifesize wood carvings from the Carvings for a Cause art project.

Carvings for a Cause is a charitable effort to retree Western New York using trees and wood from the disastrous ice storm of October 2006. The wood leftover from the storm has been transformed by a chainsaw artist into 25 lifesize figures of historical personalities with ties to Buffalo. Sponsorships of individual carvings have help support planting efforts to replace the thousands of trees that were destroyed during the surprise storm.

Currently at the entrance to the marina, ten prominent figures reside welcoming visitors to the waterfront. Thomas Edison, DeWitt Clinton, Frederick Law Olmsted and Tim Russert are a few celebrated people who are immortalized in wood. The carvings make an excellent backdrop for photos or an impromptu history lesson.

The marina is not the only place where you can see these unique creations. Carvings currently reside in Buffalo, Clarence, Orchard Park, South Buffalo, Tonawanda and Williamsville.

To learn more about Carvings for a Cause and where you can view them, visit

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