Today at Main(ST)udios (515 Main St, Buffalo, 3-6pm) is a fundraiser for the fourth annual sojourn to Ghana, West Africa, by the School of Music. The event will feature members of one of the premier resident ensembles at the Slyboots School of Music, Art and Dance – The Slyboots Circus – offering drumming, dance, acrobatics, aerialists, hula hoops, art, face painting, food and more.
By Griffin Brady, founder, Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance
“In Ghana, your feet must do the seeing…” Read more
By Abhi Nangia, Founder, reweave
Our world is full of passionate people. Locally and globally, there is a growing group giving up the pursuit of profit and realizing a much greater purpose. The social enterprise space has erupted in past years with businesses built around this dual purpose of impact mixed in with profit. We believe that together, we can do it better. We want to work with people committed to impact first, over all else. We want to work with people and entrepreneurs who put the betterment of society before any other priorities. We want impact. We need impact entrepreneurship.
From Cape Town to Buffalo, from Bali to Ghana, from Boston to Managua, the story is the same. People are striving to do good in their communities and don’t have the resources they need. During an internship in Buffalo a few years ago, I Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
Greetings from San Antonio, where I may be moving in the opposite direction of the damage from a fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday night in West, Texas – just a couple hours up I-35 from where I sit at the Madhatter Tea House & Cafe – but I’m thinking of the must-stop in that tiny town between Austin and Dallas known as the Czech Stop, the Little Czech Bakery famous for its kolaches, a “Czech-xan” creation on which I load up every time I pass through.
Willie Nelson has West-made kolaches in his soul, too, as he told Texas Monthly’s Andy Langer on his tour bus last night in Nashville while declaring that his 80th birthday show at The Backyard in Austin on Sunday, April 28th, will benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department – at last report, 11 volunteer firefighters are either confirmed dead or unaccounted for, a large fraction of the still-growing casualty count. Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
Greetings from the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, home of the Triple-A Round Rock Express and today’s 5th annual Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam, which to date has donated over $130,000 to youth baseball in Austin and throughout Central Texas with proceeds from a fun rock-n-jock-style softball game played by professional musicians, athletes and media followed by a six-hour concert on a stage in centerfield. Read more
Although The Good Neighborhood does not endorse any single religion, we appreciate any message dedicated to the greater good as well as the lifetime of contributions to community and writing of Monsignor David M. Gallivan, Pastor of Holy Cross Church on Buffalo’s Lower West Side (345 Seventh St), who offers us a weekly Sunday Sermon.
By Msgr. David M. Gallivan, Pastor, Holy Cross Church
Reports keep surfacing that Pope Francis had collaborated, at least passively, with the Argentine Junta during the “Dirty War,” which claimed the lives of 6,000 -10,000 activists from 1976 to 1983. Some of these were priests, seminarians, nuns and bishops.
As a member of the U.S. Bishops’ staff for Latin America, I visited Argentina twice between 1988-89 where I listened extensively to some remaining activists and church workers. Read more
By Dan Gigante, President, You and Who
A year exactly to the date of last year’s launch at SXSW, You and Who launched our new 2013 shirt line, “City Pride“, on Monday. The line boasts 40 new designs by 40 new artists from 40 U.S. cities, 7 of which are new cities for You and Who–Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, Rochester and St. Louis. It was our biggest launch since last year’s new branding and website unveil at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar in Austin, Texas.
Unlike last year, we rolled out our entire line of new shirts for the year, one from each of the cities we serve. We asked our artists to come up with something they felt embodied their city while celebrating a sense of place. Each design is the artist’s love letter to their community, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. Read more
Last July, we held a benefit concert at Nietzsche’s for Hope for Hope, an organization championed by new friend Henry Klion, a former Buffalonian working to build a children’s home in Kenya. Henry told his inspirational story here in the weeks leading up to the event - Part One – Part Two - Part Three - Part Four - and now checks in from Kenya with an update.
By Henry Klion, Hope for Hope
Last July I had the great pleasure of putting together a benefit concert in Buffalo to raise funds for the construction of the Hope for Hope Little Drops Children’s Home in the Central Province of Kenya. Buffalo greats Peanut Brittle Satellite, A Hotel Nourishing, Slyboots Circus, Andrew J. Reimers & Kate Panfil, and Gonzai were the stars of the night, gracing us all with their spectacular performances at Nietzsche’s on Allen. Beautiful artwork from local Buffalo artists done on blank skateboards donated from Sunday Skate Shop hung on the walls to make a perfect environment. I was so happy to be in Buffalo and to simply put the event together, and that joy felt in July has returned as I stand in front of the newly constructed Children’s Home. Read more