August 31, 2012 12:23 PM
The lines between love, music, and art have always been blurred. Whenever two musicians are dating, friends and family continually ask, "...so do you two perform together?"
An answer came quickly to Buffalo performing artists Christopher Wietig and Leah Schneider. Within months of meeting each other, the two were creating and launching New Buffalo Productions, a theatre production company and arts education advocacy organization. There was no question that they wanted to produce professional musical theatre in Buffalo. Their first project, a production of TONY award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, will appear on stage this October. Leah and Chris had always separately wanted to perform the work but had never found a suitable 'partner in crime' to take on the project....until now.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a two person show, a unique story that follows
August 31, 2012 11:39 AM
By Jordan M. Smith:
It's nearing film festival season for the region (the Toronto International Film Fest kicks off on September 6th with the Buffalo International Film Fest to follow shortly after on September 14th) and as I recall the last year of film viewing in Buffalo, I can't help but feel like Nickel City cinephiles are getting shafted.
If you live near downtown Buffalo, not only is your selection of theaters limited to the Market Arcade (located at 639 Main) or Regal Elmwood (located at 2001 Elmwood), both of which
August 31, 2012 11:17 AM
If you can take anything good away from the Bills' preseason, it's the scoring drives the starters have had.
Discounting the penalty that nullified the near-touchdown in the first game, Buffalo has put together a really nice looking drive by their first stringers in each of their four preseason contests.
These are well-orchestrated, largely no-huddle drives, and stand to show how Buffalo does have the ability to march right up the field with the weapons they have, be it against Pittsburgh or Detroit.
August 30, 2012 3:29 PM
One of the greatest parties of the year is coming up on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:00pm until 2:00am at the Pierce Arrow complex - 1685 Elmwood Avenue. Artists & Models introduces this year's 'Showoffs' theme in a building that offers an absolutely incredible and spectacular space, with plenty of room to see, be seen and interact with the various art installations.
Whether you go as an artist or a model, or are merely interested in seeing artists and models, the event is a staple when it comes to fun and fashion, interactive
August 30, 2012 1:32 PM
Elmwood Avenue is a district where there are blocks that look dynamically urban and then there are blocks that look like the last time anyone paid attention to anything was back when the buildings were built. Take, for example, the Verizon building on Elmwood between Lexington and Utica. How is it that such a huge company can associate its image with such a tragic appearance? If there was any company in Buffalo that could afford to make improvements to a prime location, it's Verizon. Just take a look at the cheap planters on the front of the building. They look like temporary fixes, but they've
August 30, 2012 8:59 AM
Going on a year ago, as part of the National Trust Preservation Conference, I participated in a tour of several Allentown buildings that were saved from demolition. All of them at one time were in horrid shape due to long term neglectful ownership which had rendered them economically worthless and often dangerous. All of them are gorgeous economically productive buildings today after being restored due to the efforts and finances of preservationists.
Prior to restoration the parking lot / tear-down crowd was frothing at the mouth just thinking
August 29, 2012 5:14 PM
Here we are, Buffalo, on the cusp of the last preseason game of 2012 and the confidence level of the fans isn't quite where they thought it would be.
Heading into the Detroit game Thursday night, the Bills are answering hopeful questions far too slowly for most.
Maybe the sports world is suffering from over-expectation as per Buffalo, but the facts are that some of these players need to step up in this last preseason game and show their fans something concrete to anchor those quickly escaping hopes to.
August 29, 2012 3:54 PM
It's hard not to notice the new tennis court color combinations at McMillan Courts in Delaware Park. The eye-catching deep purple surfaces are striking to say the least. I spoke to Phil More of Courts and More who was awarded the contract to resurface the courts, and he told me that these are some of the most beautiful professional courts in all of Greater Buffalo. He also told me that the reason for the unusual purple color was because blues and purples allow the eye to pick up a moving tennis ball better (especially for television broadcasting purposes).
In a stroke
August 28, 2012 4:20 PM
A long underutilized shopfront on Bryant Street is landing a fun new business. Called Froggy, the store will specialize in vintage and retro goods, from candy to repurposed furniture. Owner Mario Campana told me that the shop is dedicated to those people who still relish possessions that they have lost along the way, and are open to reintroducing those items back into their lives. So many people have nostalgic memories when it comes to such things as dolls, clothing, toys and yes, even candy.
I asked Mario how he came to call the store Froggy and he told
August 28, 2012 1:48 PM
You may have noticed the many recent improvements along Main Street between Florence and Leroy. Several buildings have undergone some incredible transformations in the past few weeks thanks to the efforts of the Parkside Community Association (PCA) and grant money from the Main Street grant program.
In late 2010 the PCA received a grant award of $500,000 from the
August 28, 2012 9:04 AM
Around noon on Monday morning, Vince Young sent out the following tweet:
"I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity and wish the organization and my teammates good luck this season."
This after Sunday night's reports from both Peter King and Adam Schefter that the Bills had almost gotten a deal done to bring in Seattle backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson for a conditional seventh round pick (it could become a 6th rounder if Jackson is active for more than six games).
For Young, who looked to have