By Jennifer Ryan, Starlight Studio and Art Gallery
Starlight Studio and Art Gallery is proud to be part of Buffalo’s ever-growing art scene and even prouder to be part of such a tightknit community. We take pride in exploring the world around us and inviting other members of this city to share their art and ideas with us.
Starlight always features an array of affordable and dynamic works in a multitude of mediums: paintings; ceramics; weaving; stitched works; jewelry; multimedia sculptures and other totally unexpected combinations of materials. You need to see it to believe it. Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
Addressing race relations and their effect on society brings about a wide range of responses – such discussions are usually uncomfortable, often profound, sometimes funny, and generally necessary.
Framed within this context and the issue of the “white flight” form of suburban sprawl is Bruce Norris’ Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park, a bit of a sequel to what The New York Times called “The play that changed American theater forever,” Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 classic A Raisin in the Sun. Inspired by its relevance to life in Buffalo, Road Less Traveled Productions Artistic/Executive Director Scott Behrend has brought Clybourne Park to Buffalo, with Read more
By Nancy Sterman, Director of Education, Young Audiences of Western New York
It is one of the great joys of my job to watch professional, talented artists see themselves in the children that they touch and in turn, see a light of recognition in the eyes of the kids. This light shows a little bit of them in each artist they connect with, and brings them into a community of artists created in that space at that moment. Throughout it all, we will be here, playing tug-o-war with schedules, balancing personalities and counting our blessings that somewhere a kid feels good about themselves because they had a taste of success. Read more
By Bryana DiFonzo, Volunteer Manager, Journey’s End Refugee Services
Volunteering can look different than you expect: how about driving people to see Niagara Falls for the first time; carving turkeys for someone’s first Thanksgiving meal; driving around dropping off toys for Christmas; selling raffle tickets at an art opening? Most of our volunteering opportunities are long-term, but not all of them. This is good news for you if you’d like to help but can’t commit to a long period of time. Read more
Note: Prom of the Dead is still seeking volunteers for two-hour shifts – to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Seamus Gallivan
I’m not crazy for costume parties in general, but Torn Space Theater‘s annual Prom of the Dead is my favorite one in Buffalo. Each year since 2010, its heavy hints of hedonism have drawn hundreds of heathens to many many rooms and mysterious grandeur of its home at the hundred-year-old Dnipro Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee Street, East Side), where artistic and often odd approaches to many angles of entertainment from music and dance processions to prom portraits and projections help bring about a wild party. Read more
While Halloween may seem a suitable time to hold a traditional séance – defined as a session to seek communication with the spirits of the dead – budding Amherst Street staple Black Rock Kitchen & Bar (BRKB) is teaming with The Good Neighborhood to host a séance with spirits of a different kind, seeking to better connect with fellow neighborhood watering holes by creating a uniquely spirited street scene in which a troupe of musicians will lead a procession from its back patio out along the street and into three other venues.
The Amherst Street Séance, sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing Company, will be highlighted by a roving performance by Buffalo’s 12/8 Path Band, a colorful collection of characters that aims to revive the energy, fun and history of the traditional street band. Read more
By Kerry Alsheimer, The Brazen-Faced Varlets
October is not only a time to celebrate fall and Halloween; it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every 9 seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten. The Brazen-Faced Varlets have collaborated with Crisis Services Advocate Program to present “Talk Back Fridays” for Domestic Violence Awareness Month during their three-week production of Some Wicked Women This Way Come. Each Friday performance will feature an opportunity to ask the cast questions regarding the writing and rehearsal process, and will also feature two representatives of Crisis Services to talk about the Domestic Violence Awareness Month theme: Empowerment. Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
Amidst the bustle of a thousand some-odd people in Larkin Square tonight for the continuation of Food Truck Tuesdays stood a silent but significant new staple of the inviting space – near the center of the boardwalk, two wooden stands filled with books, magazines and newspapers under the banner of the “Little Larkin Library,” all free for visitors to take and return at their leisure. Read more