As the 10th annual Buffalo Infringement Festival heads into its final weekend, Western New Yorkers will be spoiled with options. Today's schedule includes a mindboggling array of activities, out of which I have tasked myself with recommending just five. Here goes nothing:
Are you interested in both root vegetables and social justice? Then this act, "a collective of puppeteers who strive to improve their local community through creation," is for you.
In an attempt to attract festivalgoers who might not otherwise be interested in poetry, this event, organized by Just Buffalo Literary Center's education director Noah Falck, includes a range of permutations on poetry including sound art, projections and audience interaction. It will also be the premiere of a Falck's new "poem-film," which shows local artists illustrating a long poem of his. "It turned out better than I expected," he said.
The event also features performances by Rachael Katz, Joe Hall, Kyem Brown, Robin Jordan, Amanda Montei and many others.
This buzzworthy music event comes highly recommended by organizer Marty Boratin, who specifically called out Rhode Island-based folk musician Allysen Callery, who is in town for the fest and plays again tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Geoff Kelly's house and 7 p.m. Sunday at Epic. She'll be joined on the 9th Ward stage by the Nickel City String Band, Chris Whitmer, Folkfaces and The Observers.
Local filmmakers often have a tough time finding good venues to show off their work, which is why Infringement strives to include as many local film events as possible. Tonight's presentation in Hallwalls includes "'C': A Performance Art Experience," "Cartoon Platoon," "Katie Ann The Ride" and "Cold Nature." Also worth checking out tonight filmwise is the "Street and Eat Film Fest" at the Whole Hog Food Truck, running from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
In association with the opening of Rich Tomasello's new show in Glow Gallery, Keith Harrington, also known as Projex, will be displaying digital projections he worked on with Tomasello. One of them is above.