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The Buffalist: Oct 5-11


“Watch the dust start to rise through the air
I don’t know if it ever comes back again
Breathe it in so I never forget where we came from

Don’t put out the fire
It’s been the summer like I wanted but it’s never enough
And although my bones are tired
I won’t change a thing”

  “Wipe Yourself Off Man, You Dead” – Four Year Strong


5.  Sugar City Soul Night @ Milkie’s (Oct 10)

So the Bills just lost and you’re feeling the blues.  Well, you can get yourself a little jolt of soulful energy this Saturday at Milkie’s when some great local DJs will be spinning some of the best Soul records from their extensive collection.  Milkie’s is a Buffalo staple of course, and if you aren’t familiar with Sugar City check them out here.  They have done some phenomenal things for the Buffalo arts community and run one of the most unique music venues in the city.  They’ll be taking $5 “donations” at the bar this Saturday, so I highly recommend you throw them a couple extra bucks for what they do.

4. Four Year Strong @ Waiting Room (Oct 10)

Pop punk can sort of get a bad rap due to the extensive list of corny bands that have showcased the genre on the big stage over the years, but this is not one of those bands.  They’re closer to the Bouncing Souls then they are to Sum 41 in terms of the “pop” punk sound, so don’t be afraid that you’ll have to check your punk cred at the door.  The Waiting Room is a pretty cool venue too so this ought to be a pretty awesome show.  Make sure you get nice and close to the pit and get a little sweaty, that’s all part of the fun. 

3. The Dodos @ Mohawk Place (Oct 8)

Riding high on their well received 2015 album Individ, The Dodos will be bringing their kinetic brand of indie rock to Buffalo’s Mohawk Place this Thursday.  Although beset by tragedy in 2012 with the death of guitarist Christopher Reimer, the band formerly known as “Dodo Bird” has kept moving forward and have built up quite a following over the years.  They have an incredibly fresh and energetic sound that ditches some of the snarkyness of modern indie rock in a great way.  Mohawk Place might be my favorite venue in Buffalo so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out A) why do you choose to live under a rock and B) this is as great an opportunity as any to give it a try.

2.  Carrie: The Musical @ The American Repertory Theater of WNY (Oct 3)

Take advantage of one of your last opportunities to see The American Repertory Theater of WNY‘s production of Carrie: The Musical.  If you haven’t been, the venue location is located at 18 Agassiz Circle (otherwise known as Medaille College).  The reviews have been pretty solid, with the Buffalo News giving it 3.5 out of 4 stars along with plenty of other positive buzz.  The talent is mostly home-grown, with theater veterans Christopher Standart and Michael Hake running the production, directing and musical duties.  The last 2 shows will be this Friday and Saturday so get on over there and check it out while you still can! 

1. Sabres Opening Night Festivities @ First Niagara Center/Harborcenter (Oct 8)

It’s here!  It’s finally here!  We can root for the Sabres again!  If the Giants beating up on the Bills has got you down, you should hopefully be able to get your sports fix with the other Buffalo sports team the Buffalo Sabres.  The great news is that they are looking to finally be pretty good, although anything is better than the hell that has been the last 2 years of Sabres Hockey.   They might not be good enough for the playoffs but they’ll at least be exciting.  They’ve looked pretty good in preseason, with the new savior of Buffalo Jack Eichel scoring a couple beauties.  Even vets like Tyler Ennis have been looking pretty damn good, and that doesn’t even include all the shiny new tools in the form of Ryan O’reilly and Evander Kane.  They’re a little green on defense and the goaltending is very suspect, but like I said we’ve got nowhere to go but up for this team.  Let’s Go Buffalo!

Hot Takes:  Joywave @ The Waiting Room (Oct 9).

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


The Buffalist: Aug 10-16



“We know where we’re going / But we don’t know where we’ve been / And we know what we’re knowing / But we can’t say what we’ve seen / And we’re not little children / And we know what we want / And the future is certain / Give us time to work it out.”

  “Road to Nowhere” -Talking Heads






5.  They Kill Things @ Silo City (Aug 13)


Torn Space Theater will be presenting They Kill Things at Silo City this Friday and it is looking to be a very unique and exciting event.  Not only is this the first opportunity to see the guts of the Perot and Malt House grain elevators, but also you will be able to enjoy and support some tremendous local theater.  For the un-initiated, Torn Space Theater is a collaborative collective of local artists working together to create “original, aesthetically innovative performances” and to “introduce internationally-renowned, contemporary drama to Western New York.”  According to the Facebook page, they will “transform Silo City into an epic landscape, focusing on a secluded society celebrating the summer harvest as they prepare for the arrival of a visitor.”  Sounds like some sort of uniquely Buffalo Children of the Corn scenario to me.  Gen Admission tickets are 20 bucks and VIP tickets are 50 and can be purchased here.  

4. Keb’ Mo’ @ Asbury Hall (Aug 13)

Keb’ Mo’ (AKA Kevin Roosevelt Moore) will be bringing his modern take on the “Delta Blues” to Asbury Hall and if you are the kind of person who enjoys Robert Johnson (he actually played him in a documentary) or Muddy Waters you ought to enjoy this show.  Hailing from Compton, CA but residing in Nashville, TN, Keb’ Mo’ expertly combines modern blues with its old-fashioned country cousin.  Give the above video a listen and if you close your eyes you’ll swear it was recorded long ago.  Not only is Keb’ Mo’ an accomplished musician (he has 3 Grammys to prove it), but he also is very involved in political activism.  He is an active member of the No Nukes Group and has performed and recorded several songs for charity.  Asbury Hall is one of the best sounding venues in Buffalo so I expect this is an event you won’t want to miss.

3. Mac Demarco @ The Tralf (Aug 16)

The sometimes distantly bizarre and sometimes deeply emotional (yet always interesting) Mac Demarco will be playing The Tralf this Sunday.  He just dropped his fourth album Another One last week and it is a fascinating listen that ought to be making some waves on end of the year top album lists in a few months.  If you’ve never heard of the guy and think he just popped up out of nowhere you’d be right.  The Edmonton native picked up and moved to Vancouver after High School and pretty much consistently has gained more notoriety since then.  His first album Heat Wave had a small release under the weird monicker Makeout Videotape and sold out faster than they could make them.  In 2012 he made the change from Makeout Videotape to his own name but continued to make infectiously relaxed and often strange music.  Give his new album a listen as I’m sure of course that he’s going to be playing a lot of it at the show.

2.  Authority Zero @ Town Ballroom (Aug 11)

Although formed in 1994, Authority Zero didn’t record its first full length album until 2002’s A Passage in Time.  That makes them technically a 90’s California punk band and if you know anything about that style of music, then you know what to expect.  Best listened to while skateboarding or a dank basement with empty Jolt Cola cans all over, Authority Zero’s sound embodies a specific time and place in the history of punk music when bands like Rancid, Blink 182, NOFX, Offspring and Green Day reigned supreme.  I know, older folks may cringe at the notion that 90’s melodic pop punk bands have joined the likes of Black Flag and the New York Dolls in the annals of punk legend.  But let’s face it, Authority Zero began in 1994- over 20 years ago- and Green Day was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Get in touch with your 90’s angsty teenage self and check this show out, I’m sure it’ll be a blast.   

1.  Screen Play: Life in an Animated World @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery (All Week)


Tabor Robak (American, born 1986). A*, 2014. Fourteen-channel HD video with real-time 3D, edition AP 1/edition of 3 and 2 APs. Running time: 9 minutes, 46 seconds. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange, 2015. Photograph courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.).

Tabor Robak (American, born 1986). A*, 2014. Fourteen-channel HD video with real-time 3D, edition AP 1/edition of 3 and 2 APs. Running time: 9 minutes, 46 seconds. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange, 2015. Photograph courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.).

  It’s the dog days of hot summer so what better time to check in at the air conditioned Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Although there is no bad time to visit this jewel of Buffalo, they are currently (until Sept 13th) displaying an exciting exhibit about animation and digital art.  Since they are professionals and can explain it much more eloquently than an amateur like me, an excerpt from their website says: “Animation permeates twenty-first century culture; from movies and television to videogames and advertising, it fills virtually all of the screens ubiquitous in contemporary life. Screen Play: Life in an Animated World is the first exhibition devoted exclusively to examining the work of contemporary artists who use the techniques, technologies, and tropes of animation as tools in their practices.”  Everyone should put this place (along with the Darwin Martin House and Canalside) on their must do list when giving out-of-towners a tour of the city.  I’d be willing to be they have no idea Buffalo has a treasure like this.   

Other notable Events:  You, Me and Everyone We Know @ Waiting Room (Aug 13), G-Nome Project & Sonder @ Buffalo Ironworks (Aug 11)

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


Staycation: What to do in the Finger Lakes


Vineyard, overlooking Cayuga Lake

If you’re looking into having a mini­getaway that will take you beyond the shores of Lake Erie or Ontario, the Finger Lakes region is probably your best choice. You’ll find nestled here some of the things that make Upstate New York great and it’s less than two hours away. The best wine country outside of Napa Valley, beautiful state parks, concert venues, art galleries, historical museums and world class theatres makes this region worth checking out.

In addition to several features in this week’s this week’s print edition, we will be posting near by destinations and day trip ideas here on Artvoice Daily over the course of the week. Today’s picks focus on the Finger Lakes region, care of Artvoice Staffer Robert Creenan. To view all of the other posts as they are added, click here.



Harriet Tubman House in Auburn, NY: The most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman settled in the town of Auburn after escaping from slavery in Maryland. She then made numerous trips back to the southern states to help hundreds of other slaves escape to freedom, leading to the nickname, “The Moses of her People.” Her home is managed by the African Methodist Episcopal Zionist Church.

Phone: (315) 252­-2081
180 South St. Auburn, NY

Women’s Rights National Historic Park: A national historic park dedicated to the birth of the women’s rights movement, this is located in Seneca Falls, the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention. The sites included are the Wesleyan Chapel, where the convention took place, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, another prominent women’s rights advocate, and the homes of Thomas and Mary Ann M’Clintock and Richard and Jane Hunt in nearby Waterloo.
136 Fall St. Seneca Falls, NY

National Women’s Hall of Fame: Also located in Seneca Falls, the hall seeks to showcase great women of American history right where the women’s rights movement was born.

Phone: (315) 568-­8060
76 Fall St. Seneca Falls, NY


Wine Country and Brewing

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail: The easternmost of the Finger Lakes wine trails, Cayuga Lake wineries include Americana Vineyards, Bet the Farm Winery, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Frontenac Point Vineyard, Goose Watch Vinery, Knapp Winery, Long Point Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Montezuma Winery, Ports of New York, Sheldrake Point Winery, Swedish Hill Vineyard, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Toro Run Winery, King Ferry Winery and Varick Winery.

Canandiagua Wine Trail: Wineries along Canandaigua Lake include Arbor Hill Grapery and Winery, Casa Larga Vineyards, Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellar, Inspire Moore Winery and VIneyard, Eagle Crest Vineyards, Finger Lakes Wine Center, and Treleaven Wines.

Keuka Lake Wine Trail: The wineries around Keuka Lake include Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, McGregor Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Keuka Spring Vineyards, Bully Hill Vineyards, Barrington Cellars, Vineyard View Winery, and Pleasant Valley Wine Company.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail: Seneca Lake hosts more wineries than any other of the Finger Lakes. These wineries include Anthony Road Wine Company, Barnstormer Winery, Belhurst Estate Winery, Fox Run Vineyards, Glenora Wine Cellars, Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard, Lakewood Vineyards, Shaw Vineyard, Hazlitt 1852, J.R. Dill Winery, Penguin Bay Winery, and Three Brothers Winery and Estates.

The Finger Lakes are also home to many craft breweries and distilleries to go along with their more famous wineries. Some of these include the Birdland Brewing Company, Black Button Distilling, CB Craft Brewers, Climbing Ales Craft Brew Co., Finger Lakes Distilling, Myer Farm Distillers, and Nedloh Brewing.


Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass


For Kids

Corning Museum of Glass: Learn all about how glass is made and have the opportunity to make your own. Current exhibits include Constellation, Ennion and his Legacy: Mold­Blown Glass from Ancient Rome, and America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex.

Phone: (800) 732­-6845
1 Museum Way, Corning, NY

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum: Dedicated to a pioneer in the fields of flight and motorcycles, Glenn H. Curtis from Hammondsport for a short time became the fastest man on earth in 1907 when he reached speeds of 136 mph on his motorcycle. He also made the first long­distance flight in America in 1910, between New York City and Albany. Collections include antique airplanes, cars, bikes, and motorcycles.

Phone:(607) ­569-­2160
8419 State Route 54, Hammondsport, NY

Roseland Waterpark: Roseland is the largest waterpark in the finger lakes region, located on 56 acres along the shores of Lake Canandiagua. It’s 9 water attractions cater to the whole family, as well as water balloon tossing, canoeing, and beach volleyball.


Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park


Outdoor Activities

Erie Canal: Once the leading man­made waterway in the United States, the Erie Canal is now the site of different forms of water recreation, such as boat cruises, water sports, and fishing. It’s part of the New York State Canal System, along with the Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals.

Phone: (518) 237­-7000

Watkins Glen State Park: Watkins Glen contains the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. Containing a two mile trail hike that takes visitors past 19 waterfalls, 200­ foot cliffs, caverns, and approximately 800 stone steps, this state park is sure to amaze whoever walks through it.

Phone: (607) 535­-4511
1009 N Franklin St. Watkins Glen, NY

Watkins Glen International Racetrack: “The Glen,” as it’s known, hosts NASCAR and Formula One racing, among various other auto racing events throughout the year. A campsite is also on the grounds for far distance travelers.
2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY

Montezuma Wildlife Refuge: Spreading across nearly 10,000 acres in Seneca, Wayne, and Cayuga counties, the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge is home to numerous migratory birds as it’s situated on one of the most active flight lanes for these birds. The grounds also provide hunting for waterfowl and deer, fishing at May’s Point, and other observation areas.

Phone: (315) 568-­5987
3395 E Auburn Rd. Seneca Falls, NY

Finger Lakes National Forest: Covering 16,212 acres between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, this forest contains 30 miles of trails that go across rivers, gorges, and woodlands. Five acres are devoted to blueberry picking. Hunting and fishing are allowed for those licensed to do so. Camping is free.

Phone: (607) 546­-4470
5218 State Rt. 414, Hector, NY


Smith Opera House

Smith Opera House



Smith Opera House: Cosi Fan Tutte, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. July 23, 25, and 26.

Phone: (315) 781­-5483
82 Seneca St. Geneva, NY

Hangar Theatre: The Hound of the Baskervilles, based on the Arthur Conan Doyle book. July 16­-25, Charlotte’s Web, based on the E.B. White book, July 23­-25. Talley’s Folly, by Lanford Wilson, July 30 & ­Aug. 8.

(607) 273-­8588
801 Taughannock Blvd. Ithaca, NY

Bristol Valley Theater: Rent, by Jonathan Larson, July 9­1-9. Black Comedy, by Peter Schaffer. July 23-­Aug. 2, Becky’s New Car, by Steven Dietz, Aug. 6-­16.

Phone: (585) 374-­6318
151 S Main St. Naples, NY


Art Galleries

Arts Center of Yates County: Juried Show of Paintings and Photography, June 22-­July 27. Art in the Finger Lakes, July 27-­Sept. 7.

Phone: (315) 526-­8226
127 Main St. Penn Yan, NY

Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art. Jack Squier: The Arts Make Life Worthwhile. Through Aug. 7. Cast and Present: Replicating Antiquity in the Museum and the Academy. Through July 19.

Phone: (607) 255-­6464
114 Central Ave. Ithaca, NY

Schweinfurth Art Center: Material Remix. June 20­-Aug. 16. Industrial Nature. June 20­-August 16.

Phone: (315) 255­-1553
205 Genesee St. Auburn, NY

2015 Artie Awards Video Highlights

artie_thumbThe 2015 Artie Awards – celebrating the 25th anniversary – took place this past Monday, June 1st at 710 Main. Take a look at these video highlights from the show!

Check back tomorrow for the June 4th edition of Artvoice, where we’ll have our final wrap-up of the event from Artvoice theater editor Anthony Chase, as well as the always anticipated “Best Dressed” care of Jimmy Janowski.

Thanks to AV staffer Peter Soscia for shooting these videos!


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Infringement Festival 2014: Downloadable Program

infringement2014The 2014 Buffalo Infringement Festival starts today and runs through July 24th. Look for the opening parade through the streets of Buffalo at 6, heading to Days Park at 6:30, followed by the opening ceremonies at Netizsche’s, starting at 7pm.

Make sure to pick up a copy of this week’s Artvoice! Inside, you’ll find a full pull-out schedule inserted in the middle of the paper detailing every performance, installation, show, and event taking place as part of this year’s festival.

You can also download a PDF version of the insert by clicking here.

For more information about the Buffalo Infringement Festival, including updates about any last minute changes to the program, please visit

Photo Gallery: 2014 Artie Awards

Photographs by Nancy J. Parisi from the 2014 Artie Awards, held this past Monday, June 2nd at the Town Ballroom. For more Arties coverage, find the full list of nominees here, this year’s award winners here, and take a look at Jimmy Janowski’s best dressed list here.


Tonight: WNED-TV Offers Sneak Peek Into 2014 Shaw Festival

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Artvoice’s own Anthony Chase hosts an an inside look at the Shaw Festival’s upcoming season tonight (Friday,

The Shaw's Cabaret opens April 10.

The Shaw’s Cabaret opens April 10.

February 21) at 9:30pm on WNED-TV.

Chase, AV theater editor and co-host of WBFO’s weekly Theatre Talk sow, will talk with Shaw Festival artistic director Jackie Maxwell and executive director Elaine Calder about the 10 productions in the 2014 season.

“We are thrilled to be once again collaborating with WNED-TV,” said Maxwell. “It is a pleasure to give their viewers, many of whom are also strong Shaw Festival supporters, a preview of our upcoming 2014 season playbill—one which I feel is so full of interesting new worlds for people to visit.”

The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain will air afterward on WNED-TV at 10pm. The film offers viewers a glimpse into the behind-the-stage workings of the internationally acclaimed theater.

Tune in—and then get your tickets.

La Gran Fiesta: Raíces Theatre Fundraiser

Raíces Theatre is preparing to set up shop as the resident Latin troupe at Road Less Traveled. They will launch the venture in December with their production of La Gringa by Carmen Rivera, the tale of a young Nuyorican woman who travels to Puerto Rico to meet her mother’s family. In the meantime, they’re throwing a party to raise the money needed to mount the production. 

Raíces was founded ten years ago by Rolando M. Gómez and Victoria Pérez with a goal of providing a Latin theater for Buffalo. It’s a great idea. The company promises to tap into a decidedly underserved audience in our community, and to showcase a largely ignored repertoire of plays. As they take this next step forward, Raíces needs to raise $5,000. 

“La Gran Fiesta” will be held this Saturday, August 31 at 6pm in the Pucho Olivencia Center at 261 Swan Street (where I once attended one hell of a party honoring actress Rita Moreno when she came to town to perform with the BPO). Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for a couple, and include dinner, live music, performances, poetry, dance, and your first drink. Viva la jarana.

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