Aries (March 21-April 19): French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is regarded as one of the greats, in the same league as Picasso and Kandinsky. Even in his eighties, he was still creating marvels that one critic said seemed “to come from the springtime of the world.”
The first thing that appealed to me about Luminae was its vibrant cover art of a woman with seemingly armored wings holding a magically glowing bow that was aimed straight at me. Upon seeing the name of the author/illustrator, one of first things I thought was, “Who the hell is Bengal?”
The secret identity is easily one of the most important aspects of super hero action fiction. While it stretches all the way back to the genre’s earliest beginnings in the pulp novels of characters like The Shadow and The Phantom, over the years the concept has started to feel a little anachronistic.
Just how many years ago did the vibrant, and long-standing traditions of the art song recital begin to slip towards its current, almost invisible status on the local classical music scene? It seems that it was only yesterday that the UB department of music would co-sponsor a yearly recital, along with the Marilyn Horne Foundation, of German lieder, French melodie and English language art song, featuring an up-and-coming young vocalist. And, very often, the now defunct QRS series and its now equally defunct successor, the Ramsi P. Tick concert series, made a yearly vocal recital a must.
There’s a distinct look and feel of the ‘60s about artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s elaborate video and sound installation called The Visitors, currently at the UB gallery in the Center for the Arts. This peacefully hippie-looking bunch of musicians from Iceland of all places takes over this rather magnificent but pretty down at the heels old estate mansion along the Hudson River–more or less Woodstock territory–and puts on this kind of bizarre, kind of beautiful musical event for themselves and a few friends. Well, also to make a nine-channel video of the happening.
The best way to learn a job may still be from the ground up, and the new CEO of the Buffalo Metropolitan Federal Credit Union is a perfect example of that process, starting as a teller in 1994 and rising to the position of chief executive officer last Nov. 1, leading a full-service financial institution with 16,500 members and $95 million in assets.
Buffalo Councilman and Pastor of the True Bethel Baptist Church, Reverend Darius G. Pridgen has evidently created and had posted on Facebook a photo-shopped, Mount Rushmore-esque image where he appears alongside Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Barrack Obama.
For those of you in the Buffalo Film and Arts community, the name DefTone Pictures Studios may be a familiar one. DefTone Pictures Studios is a local Buffalo based film production company that’s been producing independent film in the horror/comedy genre for the past 10 years.
The upcoming 2016 festivities, which marks the events 10th anniversary, is set to take place next week from Wednesday, April 13th through Sunday, April 17th at the historic Tonawanda castle. Described as a “festival by filmmakers, for filmmakers,” the BNFF has long been a great place for producers, directors, and screenwriters based on the East coast to network with industry professionals from around the world.
To get a glimpse of exactly what Buffalo fans have to look forward to, maybe for years to come, one only had to watch last week’s Saturday matinee at home against the Winnipeg Jets, won by Buffalo 3-2.
Police, finally armed with a warrant after months of neighbors’ complaints about loud music, raided Michael Baker’s small one-bedroom apartment in Croydon, England, in March and confiscated 34 loudspeakers that allegedly Baker had been using at high volume at “all hours.” After entering the home with the aid of a locksmith, police left Baker with only a CD player and a pair of earphones.