Oscar night viewing party sets 'black and white' theme
Students in Buffalo State College's Television and Film Arts program will unfurl their own red carpet for a glitzy Oscar night viewing party from 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday.
The party will take place in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall.
The public is invited to watch the nationally televised Academy Awards ceremony on a 30-by-30-foot screen.
The festivities will include red carpet interviews, during which those who attend may share their own picks for the likely winners of the Oscar statuette. Light refreshments will be served and Twin City Kings, a local rock band, is scheduled to perform.
"Black and white" is the theme of this year's event in honor of the critically acclaimed, 2012 Best Picture nominated "The Artist," which was filmed in black and white and without sound in the tradition of silent films from roughly 100 years ago.
Bars raise about $3,000 for Hospice Buffalo
A coalition of 13 downtown Buffalo bars raised about $3,000 for Hospice Buffalo during Mardi Gras, organizers announced.
The bars, members of the Buffalo Entertainment District Association, donated to Hospice all of the money collected in cover charges at their establishments between 5 p.m. and midnight Tuesday, according to Jay Manno, the association's president and general manager of Soho Burger Bar.
The association drew some notoriety for its "Boobs for Beads" promotion the same evening.
The promotion promised a free breast-augmentation procedure to the person who collected the most Mardi Gras beads over the course of the evening. The contest was open to men and women and the surgery gift certificate could also be applied to another cosmetic-surgery procedure.
Sean Coughlin, manager of Bayou nightclub, said the winner was a 29-year-old Buffalo woman who didn't want her identity released.
$93,000 allocated for housing rehab
The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency on Thursday allocated about $93,000 for additional administrative costs to continue an emergency housing rehabilitation loan program.
The allocation brings the total cost of the agency's contract with Belmont Housing Services of Western New York for the administration of the loans to nearly $1.2 million.
The program has cleared 288 loans since it began, with 136 applications currently being processed, agency representatives said.
The agency also extended until July 31 a contract for a youth job-training program with the Buffalo Urban League. The extension will allow the organization to provide help to about 15 individuals.
The agency also approved an allocation of $25,305 to the Erie Regional Housing Development Corp. and Friends Community Center for services for the elderly in the Masten District.