A Musical Feast – “À la française”

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The final concert in this season’s “A Musical Feast” series will take place in the Tower Auditorium of the Burchfield Penny Art Center on the Elmwood side of the Buffalo State College Campus on Friday May 13 at 8pm.






Stagefright

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Broadway legend, lyricist Sheldon Harnick (pictured above) will receive a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s ceremony. Harnick, who turned 92 this past April 30th, has two of his musicals running on Broadway this season.






A Baseball Oddity: The “Switch Pitcher”

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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.






On The Boards – Presented by Irish Classical Theatre

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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).






Mozart & Mahler 5th

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“Mozart was like a god to Mahler” says BPO music director JoAnn Falletta. “When you hear the music of Mozart and Mahler, it’s almost like listening to the beginning and the end of a musical tradition that was truly Viennese.






Pilsner

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> by Brian Campbell

Pilsners come in all shapes and sizes. From the soft and floral bitterness of Czech (Bohemian) styles to the spicy hop flavors of classic German (Bavarian) styles, pilsners are often a delicate, crisp and thoroughly refreshing beer.






Now Playing in Theatres

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OPENING THE AMERICAN SIDE- Independent film shot partially in Buffalo about a low-rent detective searching for a long-lost design by enigmatic genius Nikolai Tesla. North […]

Celebrating Sammy

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Anthony Chase

Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990) was one of the great entertainers of the 20th century. If you are of a certain age, and the 1960s, ‘70s, or ‘80s loom large in your cultural memory, chances are that Sammy was a big part of your life.






Composer Amy Williams Invents Cineshape

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Amy Williams, a Buffalo native and video artist Aaron Henderson, two acclaimed Pittsburgh-based artists, have been working for over a year on this collaboration, which is the culminating project for Williams’ year as a prestigious Guggenheim Fellow.






On the Boards – Presented by Irish Classical Theatre

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Opening

DIRTY DANCING, The Classic Story on Stage, touring production of the musical based on the popular movie, presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. May 3-8, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org






Stagefright

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Three of the most popular movie musicals of the 1980s, Flashdance (1983), Footloose (1984), and Dirty Dancing (1987) have been adapted for the stage but only one of them ever made it to Broadway. Footloose opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 1998 and ran for almost two years.






Minor League Baseball Chief

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The president of Minor League Baseball, Pat O’Conner, was in town last week, making the visit to Coca Cola Field to deliver a prestigious award to Buffalo Bisons third baseman Matt Dominguez.






Enter a Divine Land

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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. 






Bach to the Future

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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.






Jon Lehrer Talks Yeats

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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.  






Daniel Bassin’s UB Farewell

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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.






Hello, My Name is Doris

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By Jordan Canahai Hello, My Name Is Doris, the oddly endearing and unconventional effort from director Michael Showalter (The State, Wet Hot American Summer) stars a wonderful […]

Stagefright 4.14

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By Javier Ten-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune (pictured above) will be a special guest of honor this Saturday at the sold out gala event […]

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On The Boards Theater Listings

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OPENING THE DINING ROOM, play by A.R. Gurney, presented by Lancaster Regional Players, directed by David Hall, starring Catherine Burkhart, JoeCassidy, Deborah A. Krygier, Joel […]

Deadpool: Dead Presidents

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By Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn (Authors) and Tony Moore (Illustrator) Marvel Comics (Publisher) Review by What do you get when you combine over-the-top graphic […]

Insufferable, Vol. 1

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By Mark Waid (Author) and Peter Krause (Illustrators) IDW Publishing (Publisher) > Review by Gabriel Allandro Irredeemable was a horrifying take on the Superman concept: […]

Stout

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With two solid weeks of spring weather, it seems that winter will not relinquish its icy grip on Buffalo. While it is easy to lament the return of the cold temperatures and grumble about digging the snowbrushes out from the depths of our basements, there is also reason to celebrate






Loie with Sculpture as Herself (1995)

George Woodman Photographs

April 14, 2016 Artvoice 1






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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. 






Buffalo Bison Bobbleheads

Bisons Open 29th Season Downtown

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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.






Luminae

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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?”






Identity Crisis

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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. 






Lynne McMurtry (left) and Alison D'Amato (right)

The Art of Song

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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.






The Visitors

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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.  






Brandyn T Williams becomes a ‘Reaper’ in a “Grim Becoming’, a Deftones Pictures Studios production. It will be screened at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Saturday April 16 at noon at the Tonawanda Castle.

Be Calm… Death Awaits You…

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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.






Poster image for Land of Smiles

Lights, Camera, Action!

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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.






Hudson Fasching

The Future Looks Awesome

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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.






Film Review – I Saw the Light

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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”.