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The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011: July 28th - August 7th

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011: July 28th - August 7th

11 Days of Art Under the Radar

1200 performances!
52 venues
50 visual artists
190 musical acts
24 films/videos
90 performance projects including:
20 dances troupes/performers
35 theater groups/performers
27 poetry/ spoken word

The Buffalo Infringement Festival is an 11 day celebration of art of all kinds. It takes place in over 50 venues centered in Allentown and spans across the whole city of Buffalo. 

Artists perform in the usual venues and take over the streets of Allentown and the Elmwood Village.

There are 1200 performances and events scheduled in dance, theater, music, poetry, film, and visual installations.

In its 7th year, Infringement has grown tremendously from under 50 proposals in 2005, to 350 this year. Just about every artist in Buffalo takes part in the festival somehow and this year has 30 out- of - town acts coming to perform. 

'Wicked Niagara' Author to Sign Book About Our Nefarious History

'Wicked Niagara' Author to Sign Book About Our Nefarious History

On Saturday, July 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., author and performer Lorna MacDonald Czarnota will speak and sign copies of her new book, “Wicked Niagara: The Sinister Side of the Niagara Frontier” (The History Press, Inc., 2011). She will tell stories about the dark side of the Niagara Frontier’s history. All hidden in the region’s past are tales of a plot to invade Canada, a Mafia stronghold, madness, murder and savagery. From the blood-soaked grounds of battle, local storyteller Lorna MacDonald Czarnota brings Wicked Niagara with its and grim tales of the region’s early struggles into the light.

The event is free for Historical Society members, and free with regular museum admission for non-members. 

WHAT: “Wicked Niagara: The Sinister Side of the Niagara Frontier,” by Lorna McDonald Czarnota—author talk, reading and book-signing

WHERE: Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court, Buffalo 

ART Community Dialog: The Voices of Western New York Artists

ART Community Dialog:  The Voices of Western New York Artists

In keeping with the mission statement of community support, American Repertory Theater of Western New York has created a website and Facebook Page dedicated to opening up online forums to discuss issues facing WNY Artists. This new Website Public Forum page is entitled "The Voices of Western New York Artists."

These public forums are designed for all members of WNY Cultural Groups, media, individual artists and anyone with an opinion that faces Artists in Western New York.

Those visiting The Voices of WNY Artists website and the Facebook page are encouraged to post opinions, offer links to blogs & websites, announce upcoming shows and, most importantly, utilize their voices for the sole purposes of creating dialog and being heard.

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011

The Buffalo Infringement Festival (BIF) is an 11-day long multi-genre arts festival in Buffalo, NY.

It is free for all artists to participate, everyone is accepted and artists keep 100% of the profits from their projects and performances. The art that is typically Under the Radar is exemplified.

The Buffalo Infringement Festival is a non-profit-driven, non-hierarchical grassroots endeavor bringing together a broad range of eclectic, independent, experimental, and controversial art of all forms. Visual, performing, musical, and media arts are all welcome here. Taking place in multiple venues in and around Buffalo’s Allentown District, the festival is an annual eleven-day event running from the last weekend of July through the first weekend of August.

Real Men Don't Use Barrels

Real Men Don't Use Barrels

  Everyone is familiar with the many daredevils who sought glory making attempts to go over Niagara Falls in barrels.  Buffalo, not to be outdone, had its own daredevils going over the largest things we had to offer, GRAIN ELEVATORS!

   The Watson Elevator was for many years the highest and most prominent among the large grain storehouses on the Buffalo waterfront. It was a unique elevator situated on an island the same size as the structure itself giving the illusion of the elevator floating on the water. The marine leg tower, about 110 ft. high was the point from which daring men, ambitious to win notoriety, essayed to leap or dive into the Buffalo River. 

Mason Winfield to Discuss Book at West Seneca East Middle School

WEST SENECA, NY -- West Seneca East Middle School’s War of 1812 Club invites the community to attend an upcoming program it will host with Mason Winfield, author of “Ghosts of 1812” and several books on supernatural folklore in Western New York.

Winfield will talk about “Ghosts of 1812” on Wednesday, Jan. 12 in the East Middle auditorium, 1415 Center Road in West Seneca. The program will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.  The club is asking for a $3 donation for admission. 

The War of 1812 Club was founded two years ago by social studies teacher Scott Frank to cultivate the interest of students in local history, particularly the War of 1812, much of which took place nearby.

For more information on the guest speaker, visit his website: http://www.masonwinfield.com.