He is a “switch pitcher”, capable of throwing from either the left or the right hand. And in fact, to hone his craft, over the years he has had a specially produced baseball glove made for him with four fingers and two thumbs, to allow him to seamlessly switch from right to left as the situation warrants.
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, comedy classic by Joseph Kesselring presented by The Alden Christian Theatre Society, starring Lynn Errington, Sue Kubick, Bob Aquila, Dylan Brozyna, Danielle Burning, Chris Best, Mark Jablonski. May 6-14, Fri & Sat at 7:30, plus May 15 at 2:30. ACTS Theatre, 1470 Church St., Alden (937-7770).
Shen Yun, the world touring Chinese Performing Arts Company will be returning to Shea’s this weekend. The talented company presents a story-based performance of Chinese classical dance combined with ethnic dance, folk dance and featured solo performers. A western philharmonic orchestra that interestingly integrates traditional Chinese instruments accompanies the dancers.
The young and innovative musicians of the Buffalo Bach Project will make their Friends of Vienna debut this Sunday at 3:30pm in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue, in the final concert of the FOV’s current season. Soprano Maria Lindsey, oboist and French horn player Megan Kyle, cellist Katie Weissman and harpsichordist and pianist Garrett Martin, will present arias from six different Bach cantatas, interspersed with several intriguing modern compositions, as the group’s spokeswoman, Megan Kyle, explains.
This weekend, the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s will open The Yeats Project: Two Plays by W.B. Yeats, a three-way collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater. The production offers a relatively rare opportunity to take in two plays by William Butler Yeats: The Land of Heart’s Desire, the first of his plays to be performed publicly; and At the Hawk’s Well, one of his “Four Plays for Dancers.” Both plays reflect Yeats’ fascination with Irish mythology, and are remembered for their association with the Irish Literary Revival undertaken by Yeats, Lady Gregory, and others.
The UB Symphony Orchestra will end its season with a free performance this Sunday April 24, at 3pm in Slee Concert Hall, under the baton, for the final time, of its Music Director, Daniel Bassin. Sunday’s concert will feature the kind of refreshing and innovative programming that Dan has established as his hallmark. Roland Martin’s new orchestration of George Butterworth’s Six Songs from “A Shropshire Lad”, after poems by A.E. Housman, will be sung by Robert Gerst, winner of the UBSO Concerto Competition.
ne of the works in the current Nina Freudenheim Gallery show of photographs by George Woodman is called Hymn to Classicism. It consists of collage-effect vertical strips of various Greek or Roman classical or classical revival sculptures, and one–one vertical strip–salon academic classicism painting.
But most of the works in the show could be called hymns to Classicism, which they reference in various ways. Often by incorporating images of classical sculpture–often signature classical manner nude figural sculpture–or classical architectural elements, a Corinthian order capital, other architectural fragments. Sometimes by including a nude–or partially nude–model in conjunction with the nude sculptural figures. Or sometimes just the nude or partially nude same model. Or sometimes the model in street dress. Or sometimes another model appearing only in street dress, but often in photos or collage with the sometimes nude or partially nude model.
All as classical reference, the play with the nudity idea. One of the classical statues that shows up in a couple of the works is the modesty Venus, nude but as if caught by surprise in that state, gesturing to hide her nudity, top and bottom.
These are large-format photographs of mixed primary and secondary photos–the immediate photo, the photo of the moment, incorporating other photos–layered and juxtaposed so that sometimes it’s hard to tell what imagery is primary and what is secondary.
And very Italian. The number and variety of classical statues is evocative of an Italian art gallery, plus the titles of several works that include sculptural images specify actual Italian galleries, such as the Museo Nazionale del Bargello and the Galleria Romanelli, both in Florence.
One of the Woodman photos is called Shrine for a Saint. It features a carpentered sort of desk organizer or wall rack with several receptacle boxes and several prints of the same portrait photo of a woman who could be any Italian woman from the second half of the nineteenth century or first half of the twentieth, and another photo of another woman, turned slightly oblique–the photo not the woman–from the plane of the primary photo, so obscured in that way. And not clear what the relation–if any–to the woman in the multiple photos.
Another photo called La Principessa Cowboy Florentina is of the sometimes nude or partially nude model, nude in this case except for a near-miss version of a cowboy hat, straight out of a spaghetti western.
The only explicitly non-Italian-reference work is called Girl in Kimono. Actually two kimonos, or almost. Putting on a black kimono over a white one. Or maybe taking off the black one. All a bit puzzling. She’s also missing her head–or rather, we’re missing her head–which is cut off at the top of the picture.
Woodman is an artist in various media, first and foremost painting, then photography. In addition, he has a major work on permanent display in Buffalo–in the Delavan-Canisius subway station–in the medium of painted tiles. Inspired by Moorish medieval tile work in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.
In an artist’s statement, Woodman talks about his usual work process and usual work. “Most days for the past sixty years,” he says, “I have gone into my studio and made the art that I long for. This has been a painter’s practice…Today I make photographs in much the same way…Pictures come into mind, are reflected upon, often changed, surrendered to and eventually realized…These photographs push themselves into my world. I am usually happy to see them, but sometimes saddened or perplexed. Photography is like painting, but completely different…”
The George Woodman exhibit continues until May 11.
28 years ago to the day, Buffalo unveiled its new downtown ballpark, then named Pilot Field, to rave reviews not only locally, but across the nation and the baseball world. Buffalo was high on the list for Major League Baseball expansion, the new stadium set the bar for design and amenities seen nowhere in the minor leagues, and the city celebrated with a parade, and all the pomp and ceremony befitting such an event.
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 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.
Beloved by American music fans for his one-of-a-kind vocals and inspired take on the folk, blues, and gospel genres, the music of legendary country western singer-songwriter Hank Williams has lost none of its power in over the half-century since the ill-fated musician recorded such classic ballads as “Lovesick Blues”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, and “I’m So Lonesome I could Cry”.