The Twelfth Annual Music is Art Festival 2014

Listening to MIA founder Robby Takac describe this Saturday’s Music Is Art Festival was one of those “wow!” moments for me. Burmese dancers, a Punk Rock Puppet Show, the Fire Faery, DJs in the woods, the amazing menu of entertainment is endless.

If you’ve never been to a Music Is Art Festival, or haven’t been since it’s early years in Allentown, you’ll be blown away by MIA 2014. From it’s humble block party beginnings in a Franklin St. parking lot with one tiny stage and art work hung on a chain-link fence, the festival has grown into a large and eagerly anticipated end-of-summer cultural celebration, summer’s grand finale. And it’s all free!

Spread across the back steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and extending deep into… Continue reading.

Curtain Up! 2014
by Anthony Chase
33rd annual Curtain Up!, celebrating the opening of Buffalo’s professional theater season will take place on Friday, September 19th. As always, the evening will follow a familiar Three Act format:
Act I—an elegant 1920-themed black-tie dinner on stage at Shea’s catered by Frontier Catering, or dining at any of downtown’s restaurants. This year’s honorary chair is jazz legend Bobby Militello along with the Militello Family. Cocktails at 5:30 and dinner at 6:15.
Act II—after dinner, see a show at any of Buffalo’s 19 participating theaters. Curtains rise at 8pm.
Act III—a free street party in the Theater District featuring… Continue reading.

Curtain Up! 2014

33rd annual Curtain Up!, celebrating the opening of Buffalo’s professional theater season will take place on Friday, September 19th. As always, the evening will follow a familiar Three Act format:

Act I—an elegant 1920-themed black-tie dinner on stage at Shea’s catered by Frontier Catering, or dining at any of downtown’s restaurants. This year’s honorary chair is jazz legend Bobby Militello along with the Militello Family. Cocktails at 5:30 and dinner at 6:15.

Act II—after dinner, see a show at any of Buffalo’s 19 participating theaters. Curtains rise at 8pm.

Act III—a free street party in the Theater District featuring… Continue reading.

With summer almost gone, fall brews take the spotlight
At this time of year “Harvest Ales” begin to appear on shelves. The name suggests styles of beer made with freshly harvested malts and hops, perhaps with a tendency toward pale ales and IPAs. Ales such as these using local ingredients would be expected to start turning up more frequently as the effects of the Governor’s Farm Brewery Act begin to mature. This result will surely be seen more commonly around WNY as farm breweries like Old First Ward and Hamburg Brewing begin to use more local ingredients from NY Craft Malts, Niagara Malt, and from hopyards such as McCollum Orchards and East Prairie Hops. In fact, in May the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association hosted a Farm to Pint event at which seven local breweries used NYS ingredients to craft six unique brews.
However, the reality is that the moniker, Harvest Ale, is less of a beer style than a collection of styles that come out around this time of year with harvest, or autumnal, themes such as… continue reading.

With summer almost gone, fall brews take the spotlight

At this time of year “Harvest Ales” begin to appear on shelves. The name suggests styles of beer made with freshly harvested malts and hops, perhaps with a tendency toward pale ales and IPAs. Ales such as these using local ingredients would be expected to start turning up more frequently as the effects of the Governor’s Farm Brewery Act begin to mature. This result will surely be seen more commonly around WNY as farm breweries like Old First Ward and Hamburg Brewing begin to use more local ingredients from NY Craft Malts, Niagara Malt, and from hopyards such as McCollum Orchards and East Prairie Hops. In fact, in May the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association hosted a Farm to Pint event at which seven local breweries used NYS ingredients to craft six unique brews.

However, the reality is that the moniker, Harvest Ale, is less of a beer style than a collection of styles that come out around this time of year with harvest, or autumnal, themes such as… continue reading.

Cosmic NatureCasa de Arte features works by Natalia Porter and Alicia Marván

One artist looks for inspiration to the infinitely expanding cosmos—once thought to be immutable—one to the emphatically mutable and evolving natural world on earth, in the current show of two women artists, both from Mexico, at the Casa de Arte.

Artist Natalia Porter’s more spectacular pieces are collaborations with astronomers and their scientific organizations worldwide and constitute artwork expositions of their labors and discoveries. One piece is a large metal plate with numerous tiny holes marked with identifying numbers. A component of a complex instrument in which light… continue reading.

Tim Wu on the Moreland Commission
Tim Wu is running for Lieutenant Governor of New York State on the Democratic line against hometown favorite Kathy Hochul. Wu, who lives in Manhattan, grew up in Toronto. He is a Harvard Law School graduate and currently a professor at Columbia Law School. He is famous for coining the term “net neutrality”—the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally, without discriminating against or favoring certain users. The principle is designed to ensure an even playing field for users to communicate and conduct business without interference from a third party.
Running on a shoestring campaign supported by many small donors, Wu’s candidacy was recently backed by the New York Times. The Buffalo News disagreed, arguing that… continue reading.

Tim Wu on the Moreland Commission

Tim Wu is running for Lieutenant Governor of New York State on the Democratic line against hometown favorite Kathy Hochul. Wu, who lives in Manhattan, grew up in Toronto. He is a Harvard Law School graduate and currently a professor at Columbia Law School. He is famous for coining the term “net neutrality”—the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally, without discriminating against or favoring certain users. The principle is designed to ensure an even playing field for users to communicate and conduct business without interference from a third party.

Running on a shoestring campaign supported by many small donors, Wu’s candidacy was recently backed by the New York Times. The Buffalo News disagreed, arguing that… continue reading.

10 Fall Concerts: AV’s music editor recommends these autumn shows

Music Is Art

The festival, now in its 12th year, returns to Delaware Park for an all day party featuring dozens of local bands and artists on September 13.

Deafheaven

Shoegazing black metal band Deafheaven bring their effortless dissonance to the Tralf Music Hall on September 18.

Jeff Tweedy

Earlier this summer, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy announced that he’d be releasing a new record,Sukierae, simply as Tweedy. He was quick to clarify though… continue reading.

Fall literary events at Talking Leaves Bookstore

Take comfort in the cool shade of this season’s Talking Leaves Bookstore events and listen to guest authors speak and sign their recently published books (and any other book of theirs you may have).

Talking Leaves is hosting an ambitious series of authors talking about their novels, plays or poetry. The hardworking staff has assembled a variety of book talks from… continue reading.

The fourth annual echo Art Fair comes to the downtown library
A funny thing happened during the preparation for this year’s echo Art Fair. In order to hoist up the walls of a few dozen specially made booths to the second floor of the Buffalo Public Library, organizers required a crane. But, between the constructions at the medical campus, the renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the construction at Harborcenter, and several other locations, there was no crane to be found. I guess you could say it was a pretty novel predicament for Buffalo.
“We were pulling our hair out for a week trying to figure out… continue reading.

The fourth annual echo Art Fair comes to the downtown library

A funny thing happened during the preparation for this year’s echo Art Fair. In order to hoist up the walls of a few dozen specially made booths to the second floor of the Buffalo Public Library, organizers required a crane. But, between the constructions at the medical campus, the renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the construction at Harborcenter, and several other locations, there was no crane to be found. I guess you could say it was a pretty novel predicament for Buffalo.

“We were pulling our hair out for a week trying to figure out… continue reading.

Paper carver Maude White talks about her extraordinary art

This week’s Artvoice cover features Buffalo artist Maude White. White works primarily in cut paper to reveal beautifully intricate birds, elephants, people, and more. Each detailed piece is precisely cut to reveal a unique story. White’s fourth exhibition, Birds I’ve Been will be on display this Friday at the Western New York Book Arts Center. More of her artwork can be seen at bravebirdpaperart.com. We had the pleasure of talking to Maude about her artwork, her influences and what goes into making all those tiny cuts.

AV: What compelled you to start carving Paper?

Maude White: I’ve never been a book reader, but I collect books. In a way, I’m more fascinated by the weight and permanence, the constancy of paper, than I am interested in what’s written on paper. I started cutting paper because… continue reading.

Ramen a la Carbonara

by Chef Mark Krohn

Ingredients

1 package of ramen noodles
1 egg
1 garlic clove
1 shallot
2 cups of brussels sprouts
1⁄4 cup of diced pancetta 
1⁄4 cup diced tomato
1⁄4 cup sweet peas
1⁄2 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons of vegetable broth 
1⁄4 cup grated parmesan 
1 bunch parsley 
salt & pepper
1⁄2 cup white wine (optional)

Click to continue to the directions.