Author: Jordan Soldaczewski

Buffalo native Gabe Amato was 15 years old when he broke his leg. He had to quit his beloved sport of track, and he could no longer perform the lead role in the high school show. He was devastated. At one of his lowest points in his young life, Amato felt as though his life was over. Stuck in a wheelchair for three months and on crutches for another three, Amato’s mom explained to him that “things unfortunately happen for reasons we don’t know.” With the support system of his friends and family, he slowly came to terms with what…

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Today (Tuesday, August 29), Buffalo’s Outer Harbor is gaining a piece of art from locally and nationally known sculptor, Larry Griffis III of Griffis Art Studio. The piece is one which he took part in helping his father, Larry Griffis Jr, create when he was a young boy. The sculpture which once resided in at Griffis Sculpture Park is now located at the Bell Slip, right next to the Greenway Nature Trail in the Outer Harbor. The 25 foot tall sculpture, named Flatman, is made out of steel. It was refurbished for its unveiling at its new location today at…

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Once a blank wall, now full of color. The mood of an entire block on Seneca Street on the West Side of Buffalo has partially transformed. The community started to cheer as the project came to an end, and everyone smiled as they looked at the final result.  Located in the old First Ward of Buffalo, Team Razor Wire is spreading positivity through community building, with their original and bright murals. Each mural is designed alongside the community, to ensure that they feel part of the project taking place within the respective neighborhood. While only working together for a year…

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What started out in a kitchen has turned into 9000 sq. feet. Heather Lucas, Jeff Empric and Todd Salansky have been making kombucha tea since 2015 and now they are going to face their biggest expansion yet. When their business Bootleg Bucha became too big to operate out of a home, they moved into the basement of Horsefeathers for eight months. Then, Bootleg Bucha moved in to its 1250 Niagara Street location a year ago at the end of August. Now, they have big plans to expand their kombucha making business, to keep up with the demand for their products.  If…

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Arrows indicate direction toward something. Whether it be a promise land, a safer route or organizational purposes, arrows help to guide us. On August 19 at 6 p.m. (rain date August 20 at 6 p.m.), artist Kim Beck will direct a skywriter to make arrows in the sky, pointing to the US / Canada border as part of her project, There Here. These arrows will point to something of major significance, the history between the two countries and what purpose this border has served for them. Best seen between Canalside and the Peace Bridge, the arrows can be seen from almost…

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Media art is not explored too much at a young age. Luckily, I was introduced to it as a sophomore in high school. I learned the basics of video editing, graphic design, and the power of storytelling through a multimedia platform. Without this class in high school, I would not have found my current career path of multimedia journalism. Exploring these different forms of art at a young age can steer someone’s life into following a path they never knew they were destined for. As the arts get cut more and more from public schools, young students may need to…

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Scott Patterson, a.k.a. Luke, from the early 2000’s show Gilmore Girls and from multiple Saw movies, was in Buffalo debuting his new career: music. Patterson’s band SMITHRADIO started their acoustic coffee house tour in Sacramento on July 16. They have started to work their way across various states on the East and West Coast, landing in Buffalo on Monday, July 31 at SPoT Coffee on 765 Elmwood Avenue, a place that should consider doing more concerts like this one due to its success. The Atomic Love tour will continue all the way up until August 5, ending in Cincinnati.  Some shows…

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Roots from Ireland and a passion to connect with the world has inspired Ann Peterson to sell cards and other works of original photography through local business Mundo Images for the past 10 years. She has worked in the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panama, along with other parts of Central America, and she has lived in various parts of Europe. With degrees in Studio Art and Spanish, Peterson’s experiences through her upbringing and her young adult years has shaped her into the worldly person and business owner she is today. The name Mundo Images is derived from Spanish [mundo,…

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Back in June, Buffalo Rising pondered if Buffalo could plant fruit trees in public spaces similar to the work of a Los Angeles organization, known as Fallen Fruit. It turns out that Fallen Fruit brought their project, Endless Orchard, to Buffalo this past May. University at Buffalo Senior Art Curator Rachel Adams organized a fruit tree planting project with Fallen Fruit co-founders and artists Austin Young (lead image, left) and David Burns (lead image, right). Fallen Fruit is based out of Los Angeles, with a mission of planting fruit trees and bushes in public parks and public spaces across the globe.  Young and…

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The second Buffalo Tiki Tour boat is up and running at RiverWorks. If you plan on taking one of these tiki boats down the lazy Buffalo River this summer, you better book it now because time slots are filling up fast… again. How fast? At one point, owners Mike Bartolotta and Craig Schultz were averaging 80 phone calls per hour. Talk about a city getting excited about its waterfront tour excursions. The two gents behind the project got the idea from seeing one of these boats go by on the inner-coastal in Florida four years ago. After putting the company…

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