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If you can play an instrument, the Buffalo State College Philharmonia needs you. This is a call for all local musicians to audition for Buffalo’s new community orchestra, led by maestro Paul Ferington.The Philharmonia is composed of Buff State faculty, students (both music majors and those not majoring in music), WNY professionals, music educators, and any capable community enthusiasts who are ready to commit to this high performance symphonic group.Ferington, a resident conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, is looking for musicians who preferably have previous experience in an orchestra ensemble. Auditions consist of one orchestral excerpt as chosen by…

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East finally meets Western New York – this Friday starting at 5 PM, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will be hosting a Gusto event all about Japanese culture of peace. Events include a lecture on Japanese gardens, traditional Japanese music, and a demonstration of Japanese Tea Hospitality.Viewers can experience the serenity of Japanese culture by watching Atsuko Nishida-Mitchell’s Japanese tea ceremony performance, a complex ritual meant to show hospitality and respect. You can also hear the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, to be played by Buffalo’s own Joshua Smith. Joshua has been abroad studying the shakuhachi in Japan for several years.…

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Summer is almost over for some of us. Thursday in the Square is no more. School begins again in a couple of weeks. Now those days in the sun seem to be desperately slipping from our grasp. Luckily, Buffalo ReUse has you covered. Their calendar lists what they’re doing, along with the activities of all their other favorite local organizations.For the month of August, Buffalo ReUse has a jammed packed schedule of free workshops and events to keep you busy. Not only do they offer free workshops that can help you learn how to replace stairs or insulate the home,…

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The year 2009 is very important for Hallwalls, marking their 35th anniversary. To help celebrate this special milestone, Hallwalls has planned a massive two-part benefit art auction that will feature donated works from selected artists who either got their start from Hallwalls or had exhibited work there early in their careers.The first part of the auction will be held on Thursday, August 6th at Asbury Hall. The second part will held at Christie’s in New York City on Wednesday, September 23rd. The art in the New York City auction will be a part of Christie’s “First Open” sale of Post-War…

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The end of July is almost here! Next week, the fifth annual Buffalo Infringement Festival will return to showcase over 300 presentations in over 40 venues around Buffalo and Allentown. From July 23rd to August 2nd, the festival will transform the city into a melting pot of engaging art and entertainment to make the streets really come alive.The Buffalo Infringement Festival is dedicated to uniting artwork of all forms during its eleven-day run. No style is dominant, and artists are free to create as they please. Because of this diversity, the festival has become a popular event during the summer.By…

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Margaret Cho will be making a stop in Buffalo during her fall comedy tour. On Monday, September 28th, Margaret Cho will be performing at Town Ballroom which will feature a mix of stand-up comedy and live music Cho will be showcasing songs from her forthcoming album, titled Guitarded. Tickets go on sale today at noon.Cho has been known for her stand-up routines which are often explicit. In her routines, Cho has been known cover social and political issues, especially those which deal with racial stereotypes and sexuality. Cho started performing stand-up when she was just sixteen years old in a…

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The last weekend of July seems to be rapidly approaching for the 2009 Garden Walk and guides are now available! The Garden Walk Guide gives a comprehensive map with locations and descriptions of each garden for the Garden Walk Buffalo 2009.Garden Walk Guides are available at the following sponsor locations prior to the walk:Dibble True Value – 262 West Ferry Street, BuffaloLockwood Greenhouses – 4484 Clark Street, HamburgAbordale Greenhouses – 4880 Dodge Road, GetzvilleHunt Reality, Elmwood Office- 720 Elmwood Avenue, BuffaloDuring the walk, complete versions of the guide can be found at the three headquarter locations:Richmond-Summer Senior Center – on…

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Looking for something to do this summer? Well, this year Sorrento Cheese is taking us on a journey through the past in its Roman themed Italian Heritage Festival. Running from Thursday July 16th through Sunday July 19th, the festival will be held on Hertel Avenue between Delaware and Colvin and will feature historical and fictional Italian characters, tributes, displays, and dancing.”We love that the cultural aspects of the Festival grow every year,” said Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Sorrento Cheese. “Sorrento Cheese is proud to be part of a tribute to Italy’s history and its strong ties with Western New York.”The…

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Buffalo’s 40 annual Grease Pole Festival, “El Paolo Ensebao”, is coming up on the weekend of July 10th, 11th, and 12th. This celebration of Spanish culture is the oldest ethnic festival within the City of Buffalo. The festival is free of admission, and will take place at 261 Swan St., the corner of Swan and Chicago. The entertainment will include various genres of Latino music including salsa, reggaeton, meringue, and bachata, with artists coming from New York City, Orlando, and Puerto Rico. There will also be local musicians performing from Buffalo and Rochester. The festival will also feature several dance…

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More than 300 volunteers gave home exteriors in the University District a boost during Brush Up Buffalo – an annual event that is typically a day-before-Father’s-Day tradition in the city. Sixteen low-income, single-family, owner-occupied homes were revitalized in the area surrounding the University at Buffalo South Campus. When Brush Up Buffalo was rained out for the first time in history on Saturday, June 20th, the rescheduling resulted in a loss of more than half the organization’s volunteer base. But the remaining volunteers and additional kind-hearted Western New Yorkers came to the aid of the University District homeowners. Painters arrived at…

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