By Kerry Alsheimer
The Brazen-Faced Varlets: Buffalo’s Progressive Feminist Theater Company. What does that even mean? The Varlets came together back in 2006, as the brainchild of Lara Haberberger, Heather Fansgrud and Kelly Beuth with some pretty big goals in mind. The trio wanted to see more complex roles in theater for women, to produce work that focused on political issues affecting women, and to raise awareness and funds for charities and organizations that provide needed services for women. Read more
By Lonnie Barlow, Organizer, PUSH Buffalo
“I estimate that there were at least 4,000 people inside this particular intersection, with thousands more behind them, and even many more thousands coming further behind them. I’ve never seen so much joy, happiness, and downright partying of this many people in an urban festival. The energy, the excitement, the music, the floats, the colors, the people, and the dancing, oh the dancing.” Read more
Words by Stacy VanBlarcom/Photos by Joed Viera
Internationally and locally renowned dancers in head-to-head competition. Artist exhibitions in the four elements of Hip Hop, B-boying, MCing, DJing and Graffiti. Buffalo residents of all backgrounds coming together to celebrate B-boying and Hip Hop culture, or discover it for the first time.
This is a short list of all you’ll get to experience at the fourth annual Battle @ Buffalo Under the Lights festival, hosted by Verve Dance Studio on Saturday, August 23rd, at the New Era Cap headquarters. Read more
By Griffin Brady
Summer has arrived. Time to soak up some sun, reunite with old friends, meet new people and enjoy the many blessings the season has to offer. Just a short drive from the City of Good Neighbors you will find one of my all-time favorite summer spots – the Griffis Sculpture Park. From my first visit to the 200+ acre park, I simply fell in love. Laden with brilliant sculptures of all shapes and sizes, the stunning landscape of hills and ponds comes alive with thousands of visitors each year to come and explore, hike, picnic and become inspired. Read more
Starlight Studio and Art Gallery is once again bringing together Buffalo’s local favorites for their 2nd Annual Grapes and Hops in the Gallery on Thursday, July 17th, from 6-9pm. Located at the art program of the Learning Disabilities Association of WNY (LDA of WNY) at 340 Delaware Ave. in downtown Buffalo, Grapes and Hops in the Gallery showcases local beer, wine, food, music, and of course, art!
By Seamus Gallivan
Among the approximately 16,000 attendees over the first two annual installments of City of Night Buffalo, surely there are a few more who’ve thought, “I’d like to get involved here” – we’re looking for a few good hands who’d like to volunteer for a few fun hours of pouring drinks and parking bikes when the event returns to Silo City this Saturday, June 28th (100 Childs St, 4pm-1am, free/suggested donation, VIP preview party Friday night). Read more
The Greater Allentown Gallery Association (GAGA) hosts the First Fridays Allentown Gallery Walk every first Friday of the month, and this month we’re bringing some of that artwork to the streets! On Friday, June 6th, from 6-9PM, Allen St. will be closed from Franklin St. to Virginia Pl. to accommodate our 2nd Annual Artisan Craft Fair. Over a dozen local artisans will line Allen St. with a variety of handmade works including pottery, jewelry, stationary and more! (Full list of vendors below) Read more
By Kerry Alsheimer, Community Relations Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC)
Late this past April, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC) collaborated with Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS) to host an event that not only educated the Buffalo community about each organization’s mentoring programs, but also provided a few different arts participation opportunities to the children being mentored in each program. Read more