When Ruben Santiago-Hudson's one-man show "Lackawanna Blues" debuted at the Public Theatre in New York City in 2001, his place among Western New York's most beloved artistic sons was secured. Because of Hudson, whose play eventually became a popular HBO film, another piece of the story of this region -- deeply honest about its protagonist and the city in which he was born -- had made it out into the world.
Santiago-Hudson, who grew up in Lackawanna and went on to Tony and Obie-winning appearances on Broadway and beyond, has a wealth of experiences to share. He'll talk about his career at 7 p.m. Monday in the WNED Studios (140 Lower Terrace) as part of a fundraiser for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's Cultures of Giving Legacy Initiative.
Santiago-Hudson will introduce clips from his productive acting and writing career and talk about the lessons he's learned along the way. The Legacy Initiative, according to a release, is building an endowment "to support and create positive change in the lives of youth living in low-income communities of color via access to people, places and experiences." Tickets are $100 for the event, or $200 for the event and a 6 p.m. reception. More information is at www.thecgli.org or 852-2857.
-- Colin Dabkowski