Pop producer K.Flay speaks on her Life as a Dog
by Alicia Greco
When Kristine Flaherty was in California attending Stanford University, she was talking to an RA about mainstream rap music. After making her complaints, someone suggested she make a rap song herself.
“A guy in my dorm, he made beats, electronic music and had a microphone,” Flaherty says. “So we made a song together.” That parody track opened the door to her passion for music and writing, and sparked her career as K.Flay.
“I’ve always liked writing. I just never knew what kind of outlet would be best for it,” she says.
She signed to major record label RCA and was there for about two years but never released an album. The 29-year-old musician began creating tracks last fall, uncertain of what… Continue reading.

Pop producer K.Flay speaks on her Life as a Dog

When Kristine Flaherty was in California attending Stanford University, she was talking to an RA about mainstream rap music. After making her complaints, someone suggested she make a rap song herself.

“A guy in my dorm, he made beats, electronic music and had a microphone,” Flaherty says. “So we made a song together.” That parody track opened the door to her passion for music and writing, and sparked her career as K.Flay.

“I’ve always liked writing. I just never knew what kind of outlet would be best for it,” she says.

She signed to major record label RCA and was there for about two years but never released an album. The 29-year-old musician began creating tracks last fall, uncertain of what… Continue reading.

Theatrically Speaking
by Anthony Chase
SEUSSICAL
Directed and choreographed by Michael Walline, Seussical, at Theatre of Youth has set and costumes by the company resident designer, Kenneth Shaw. This is an explosion of the lines and colors from Dr. Seuss’s beloved books, complete with actors dressed to look like an improbable menagerie of fantastical animals, from Ben Puglisi as the iconic Cat in the Hat, to Loraine O’Donnell as a snarky kangaroo whose joey is played by a puppet. Shaw fills the proscenium frame of the Allendale stage with constantly moving stage pictures, mirroring the shifting locals and narratives of the exuberant Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical. Todd Proffitt’s lighting expertly emphasizes the… Continue reading.

Theatrically Speaking

SEUSSICAL

Directed and choreographed by Michael Walline, Seussical, at Theatre of Youth has set and costumes by the company resident designer, Kenneth Shaw. This is an explosion of the lines and colors from Dr. Seuss’s beloved books, complete with actors dressed to look like an improbable menagerie of fantastical animals, from Ben Puglisi as the iconic Cat in the Hat, to Loraine O’Donnell as a snarky kangaroo whose joey is played by a puppet. Shaw fills the proscenium frame of the Allendale stage with constantly moving stage pictures, mirroring the shifting locals and narratives of the exuberant Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical. Todd Proffitt’s lighting expertly emphasizes the… Continue reading.

Mark Leo Lavatelli at Big Orbit Gallery
by J. Tim Raymond
“Tracing” is the experiential focus central to making art. Every painter paints from memory since the act of painting must follow from the act of seeing. Freud called it “nachtraglichkeit,” the way in which memory can be deeply altered by earlier unconscious memory thereby providing meaning and giving emotional weight to what one remembers. Rather than a linking chain of events experiential causes and effects fan out in both temporal directions like the tracery of a branching tree. Working from just such an arboreal armature, Mark Lavatelli creates a kind of abstracted representational painting focusing on a tree’s grounded upright thrust of… Continue reading.

Mark Leo Lavatelli at Big Orbit Gallery

“Tracing” is the experiential focus central to making art. Every painter paints from memory since the act of painting must follow from the act of seeing. Freud called it “nachtraglichkeit,” the way in which memory can be deeply altered by earlier unconscious memory thereby providing meaning and giving emotional weight to what one remembers. Rather than a linking chain of events experiential causes and effects fan out in both temporal directions like the tracery of a branching tree. Working from just such an arboreal armature, Mark Lavatelli creates a kind of abstracted representational painting focusing on a tree’s grounded upright thrust of… Continue reading.

Chamber Music for Three and Four
by Jan Jezioro
Jesse Mills, a two-time Grammy nominated violinist, joined with cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, a former founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, which had won the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and pianist Rieko Aizawa, to form the Horszowski Trio in 2011. The members of the Horszowski Trio had previously performed together, one way or another, for quite a while. Mills played with Ramakrishnan at the very beginning of their musical studies at the Kinhaven Music School over twenty years before they decided to form their trio. They met pianist Rieko Aizawa in New York City, where she had been discovered by Alexander Schneider the second violinist of the now… Continue reading.

Chamber Music for Three and Four

Jesse Mills, a two-time Grammy nominated violinist, joined with cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, a former founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, which had won the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and pianist Rieko Aizawa, to form the Horszowski Trio in 2011. The members of the Horszowski Trio had previously performed together, one way or another, for quite a while. Mills played with Ramakrishnan at the very beginning of their musical studies at the Kinhaven Music School over twenty years before they decided to form their trio. They met pianist Rieko Aizawa in New York City, where she had been discovered by Alexander Schneider the second violinist of the now… Continue reading.

Busker takes performance to the people for the Allentown Fall Festival
by George Sax
Like multitudes of other people, David Adamczyk has seen the online video of the internationally prominent classical violinist Joshua Bell playing for passengers during an ill-fated 2007 foray into a Washington, D.C. Metro stop. He attracted little interest or attention. Adamczyk thinks he knows why: “His technique is bad.”He’s not faulting Bell’s famous musicianship, but his approach to public space performance. “He doesn’t know where to stand, how to relate [to the people passing by].”
Adamczyk isn’t just an ordinary grump; he has credentials to critique Bell’s efforts. He’s not only a classically trained violinist himself and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York; despite his youth he’s … Continue reading.

Busker takes performance to the people for the Allentown Fall Festival

Like multitudes of other people, David Adamczyk has seen the online video of the internationally prominent classical violinist Joshua Bell playing for passengers during an ill-fated 2007 foray into a Washington, D.C. Metro stop. He attracted little interest or attention. Adamczyk thinks he knows why: “His technique is bad.”He’s not faulting Bell’s famous musicianship, but his approach to public space performance. “He doesn’t know where to stand, how to relate [to the people passing by].”

Adamczyk isn’t just an ordinary grump; he has credentials to critique Bell’s efforts. He’s not only a classically trained violinist himself and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York; despite his youth he’s … Continue reading.

MxPx Frontman Mike Herrera Talks About His Life in His High School Band
by Cory Perla
When Mike Herrera started MxPx in high school he never thought his band would still be together 22 years later. That’s not for a lack of hard work, and that’s not to say the 37-year old musician hasn’t considered ending the band. MxPx comes to the Waiting Room this Sunday, October 5 with Zebrahead, Allister, and Survay Says, but first we spoke with Herrera about how he keeps his high school band fun and positive after all these years.
Artvoice: “Chick Magnet” was one of the first songs I ever learned how to play on a musical instrument. The bass line to that song is not the most punk rock riff I’ve ever heard but it’s really fun. How do you keep your music fun after 22 years?
Mike Herrera: As we all become adults and realize there is more to life than just punk rock, skateboarding and chicks. But being in a band doesn’t do well as far as aging you and giving you a sense of responsibility, you’re just kind of like set free upon the world to go and be creative. That right there is fun, especially because you’re usually with a group of friends and you’re meeting people along… Continue reading.

MxPx Frontman Mike Herrera Talks About His Life in His High School Band

When Mike Herrera started MxPx in high school he never thought his band would still be together 22 years later. That’s not for a lack of hard work, and that’s not to say the 37-year old musician hasn’t considered ending the band. MxPx comes to the Waiting Room this Sunday, October 5 with Zebrahead, Allister, and Survay Says, but first we spoke with Herrera about how he keeps his high school band fun and positive after all these years.

Artvoice: “Chick Magnet” was one of the first songs I ever learned how to play on a musical instrument. The bass line to that song is not the most punk rock riff I’ve ever heard but it’s really fun. How do you keep your music fun after 22 years?

Mike Herrera: As we all become adults and realize there is more to life than just punk rock, skateboarding and chicks. But being in a band doesn’t do well as far as aging you and giving you a sense of responsibility, you’re just kind of like set free upon the world to go and be creative. That right there is fun, especially because you’re usually with a group of friends and you’re meeting people along… Continue reading.

Theatrically Speaking
by Anthony Chase
The expression, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” has permanently entered the English language. An elegant if imprecise translation of the title of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel about a group of German soldiers during World War I, the phrase ironically refers to a kind of horrible stagnation, a deadly stalemate.
The Western Front was a wandering line of barbed wire and trenches that cut across Europe from the sea at Belgium to the French frontier with Switzerland from 1914 until 1918. Millions of men died in a series of battles along this line as war technology became more and more gruesome, but no major advances were ever made.
Robert Waterhouse’s stage adaptation of Remarque’s novel follows all of the book’s major episodes. Paul, played by Geoff Pictor, and a group of his German school friends enter the war, urged on by their fatuous schoolmaster. These young Germans engage in… Continue to read. 

Theatrically Speaking

The expression, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” has permanently entered the English language. An elegant if imprecise translation of the title of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel about a group of German soldiers during World War I, the phrase ironically refers to a kind of horrible stagnation, a deadly stalemate.

The Western Front was a wandering line of barbed wire and trenches that cut across Europe from the sea at Belgium to the French frontier with Switzerland from 1914 until 1918. Millions of men died in a series of battles along this line as war technology became more and more gruesome, but no major advances were ever made.

Robert Waterhouse’s stage adaptation of Remarque’s novel follows all of the book’s major episodes. Paul, played by Geoff Pictor, and a group of his German school friends enter the war, urged on by their fatuous schoolmaster. These young Germans engage in… Continue to read. 

Good for What Ales You
by Erik Wollschlager
This summer Buffalo became synonymous with two things: growth and great beer, the kind of beer that makes a place a destination. Our local brewery explosion has drawn the attention of craft beer lovers and craft beer writers. In only five years, we’ve seen Community Beer Works, Gordon Biersch, Woodcock Brothers, the Pan American, Hamburg Brewing Company, and Gene McCarthy’s open, and downtown Buffalo’s new Big Ditch Brewery beers are out and will be available at all of the Buffalo Beer Week Events. Resurgence Brewing on Niagara Street is gaining mentions in national media outlets. Rusty Nickel Brewing is on the cusp of opening their doors as are Barker Brewing Company in Barker and Four Mile in Olean. The injection of these highly touted craft beers the marketplace reflects the growth of the city and the importance of the craft beer industry. Buffalo’s growth is closely tied to … Continue Reading.

Good for What Ales You

This summer Buffalo became synonymous with two things: growth and great beer, the kind of beer that makes a place a destination. Our local brewery explosion has drawn the attention of craft beer lovers and craft beer writers. In only five years, we’ve seen Community Beer Works, Gordon Biersch, Woodcock Brothers, the Pan American, Hamburg Brewing Company, and Gene McCarthy’s open, and downtown Buffalo’s new Big Ditch Brewery beers are out and will be available at all of the Buffalo Beer Week Events. Resurgence Brewing on Niagara Street is gaining mentions in national media outlets. Rusty Nickel Brewing is on the cusp of opening their doors as are Barker Brewing Company in Barker and Four Mile in Olean. The injection of these highly touted craft beers the marketplace reflects the growth of the city and the importance of the craft beer industry. Buffalo’s growth is closely tied to … Continue Reading.

The 15th Annual Buffalo Comicon Takes Place This Sunday

In the fall of 1969, Queen City Bookstore, one of America’s first comic book shops, opened in Buffalo. The three generation family owned and operated business is the city’s oldest running bookstore and its owner Emil Novak would surely bleed comic book ink if you cut him. Novak is also the promoter for this Sunday’s Buffalo Comicon convention 10am to 5pm at the Marriot Inn in Amherst (1340 Millersport near UB).

Comic Conventions, or Comic Art Conventions as they were called back in the beginning, have been around since the mid 1960s. Back then they were… Continue Reading.

Stop your wining—pair a good whiskey with your dining
Nothing goes better with a straight glass of American whiskey than…chicken and waffles? For Louis Garvey, resident whiskey expert at East Aurora’s newest restaurant, 189 Public House, this is a perfect match. It is also one of several whiskey and food pairing specials that 189 Public House will be rolling out each week this fall, starting Oct 1. This week Garvey gave us a crash course in pairing whiskey with food… continue reading.

Stop your wining—pair a good whiskey with your dining

Nothing goes better with a straight glass of American whiskey than…chicken and waffles? For Louis Garvey, resident whiskey expert at East Aurora’s newest restaurant, 189 Public House, this is a perfect match. It is also one of several whiskey and food pairing specials that 189 Public House will be rolling out each week this fall, starting Oct 1. This week Garvey gave us a crash course in pairing whiskey with food… continue reading.

Meet Robbie Giannada of Flat #12 Mushrooms

Robbie Giannada has a fungus problem in his basement. It’s not that he can’t stop it from growing. It’s that he simply cannot grow enough of it.

What initially began as a do-it-yourself project meant to serve as a teaching tool for his daughter who yearned to know where mushrooms came from, Gianadda’s Flat #12 Mushrooms are generating an ever-growing buzz on Buffalo’s culinary scene. If you have dined out in the city within the past 12 months, chances are… continue reading.

Micro-Architecture: New Collages by Gerald Mead at Studio Hart

The thirty small squares lined up across the gray gallery wall are not conducive to window shopping through the glass gallery storefront on Allen Street. They invite a very close engagement. Walk inside, put on your glasses, and look into the tiny worlds created by Gerald Mead. Within the window of a two-inch square slide mount is a visual story. Each mount is centered on a background of architectural blueprint paper within a burnished silver frame and titled after an iconic Buffalo building.

The techniques of cut and paste have been used since the invention of paper in China in 200 B.C., but it was not until the modern times of the early 1900s that artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque formalized the collage approach. The practice has expanded into… Continue reading.