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There is only one Betsy Carmichael and there is only one chance this season to see her in her element, in O'Connell & Company's bonus show for November, "Betsy Carmichael's Bingo Palace." Born the daughter of a Buffalo bingo caller (according to her unofficial biography), Betsy grew up determined to spread bingo joy to all the world. With help from alter-ego Joey B…

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The Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn dance company, will present one public performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts drama theater on the UB North Campus. "Walking with 'Trane" is inspired by the late great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Local pianist, educator and composer George Caldwell is co-composer of the work and will acco…

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During a ceremony last week where he was receiving the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, it was revealed that the glam rock and ambient music pioneer Brian Eno was also going to have an asteroid named after him. The celestial body formerly known as 81948 (2000 OM69) will now be known as "Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno," or Eno for…

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It was an often deeply moving cultural mashup, structured around themes of connectivity, compassion, mutual respect and inclusivity. On Saturday, the inaugural Strawberry Moon Festival took place at Artpark. Not just a music festival, Strawberry Moon celebrated the fact the sky does not acknowledge borders, as different cultural factions from Western New York and Canada…

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There’s a great piece written by educator, writer and Steam Donkeys leader Buck Quigley on the Sportsmen’s Americana Foundation web site, wherein Quigley recalls the time his former band, the legendary Jacklords, opened for Roy Orbison at Kleinhans Music Hall. I was profoundly touched by Quigley’s recollections of meeting one of his idols and one of 20th century American m…

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My first exposure to the singing of Curtis Lovell – the Buffalo vocalist, songwriter and musician I recently profiled in The Buffalo News - came via her work with the uber-virtuosic Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra, a collective largely dedicated to celebrating the music of Fela Kuti, the Nigerian musician, producer, political activist and band-leader largely credited with the i…

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See the crowd that turned out to see the Buffalo-based burlesque troupe on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Misuta Chow's, the arcade-restaurant-bar on Main Street.

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Fusion Dance Studio decided to out-Halloween itself this year, shutting down Franklin Street to perform the "Thriller" dance. The Buffalo dance studio recruited dozens of dancers to re-create the famous Michael Jackson video Wednesday night. At the event, Mayor Byron Brown's Office lauded the studio's owner, Kelli Wagner, who has owned Fusion since 2006 and was the f…

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If your dance moves are feeling a little tired, the Buffalo Museum of Science has just the thing for you: A dance festival based on the dank stylings and cutting-edge movements of intestinal bacteria. The institution is hosting a four-day dance and art festival based on the human microbiome – that is, the diverse community of living bacteria that inhabit the human body …

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Baila Salsa Dance taught a variety of salsa branches, including bachata, merengue and Kizomba, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in EXPO Market in downtown Buffalo. See who learned, then let loose.

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LehrerDance, Buffalo's only professional dance company to regularly perform outside Western New York, closed in early February. In a statement emailed to The Buffalo News Thursday, the company's Board of Directors announced it had terminated founder and artistic director Jon Lehrer Feb. 7. The board's statement also said the company was in the process of "determining t…

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For nearly 50 years, Rochester-based choreographer Garth Fagan has been honing his signature style of contemporary dance. The Tony-winning artist is perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 Disney musical "The Lion King," which recently played in Shea's Performing Arts Center. But equally impressive is his century-spanning career with his eponymous dance company. …

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UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has announced the recipients of its third-annual CommunityCare Grant: WNY STEM and Danceability. Each program will receive $5,000. “In evaluating the numerous applications we received this year, we were drawn to the mission and impact of both WNY STEM and Danceability,” said Amanda Clark, physician relations and marketing manag…

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In September, celebrity vocal coach Andy Anselmo gave $500,000 to Canterbury Woods, the Amherst retirement community where he lives. The gift was a pledge toward a new arts center on the campus. Now, with Christmas in the air, Anselmo is announcing a new gift. He is pledging an additional $200,000. This new bequest will help fund a residency in the arts center by the ed…