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Given how difficult it is to own or work in a restaurant, it's worth commending culinary students for their ambition and boldness. A little encouragement for those choosing this challenging career path comes Wednesday in Salvatore's through the annual Taste of Education. High school students from four BOCES programs - in Medina, Sanborn, Angola and Ashville - will serve…

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Robby Takac’s Music Is Art Foundation has announced the formation of “The Music Industry Alliance,” a new initiative aimed at connecting elements of the regional music industry in attempt to add muscle to our scene. According to a press release announcing the initiative, which is hosting a kick-off informational event in the Community Room at the Market Arcade at 6 p.m.…

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On one stage, you have Jimyn the Singing Mime, with a stark-white painted face and a small string instrument in hand. Since mimes are not generally known for their verbal skills, that should be interesting. On another is Peelander-Z, a Japanese “action comic punk band” dressed up in elaborate, neon-colored, animal-inspired costumes and that may do something called “huma…

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Robby Takac arrived at Buffalo RiverWorks looking like the world’s coolest dad. He’s got his daughter, Hana, with him, and his hair looks totally rock ‘n’ roll, sticking up in all the right spots in a way that would make Tommy Stinson proud. “I’m a little wiped out today,” Takac laughed. “Not much in the way of sleep,” a reference to the Music Is Art Festival warm-up sh…

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Cinco de Mayo Street Fiesta at Deep South Taco Noon to midnight at all three locations: 291 Ellicott St., 1707 Hertel Ave., and 6727 Transit Road, Lancaster. Presale costs are $15 for two people and $28 for four. Details here. Day-of cost is $10 per person. VIP tickets are $125. The biggest Cinco de Mayo party in town is at all three Deep South locations for the first …

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NIAGARA FALLS – A lack of student musical instruments meant dozens of children at Abate Elementary would not be able to participate in the music program, but Music is Art stepped in Monday and donated $24,000 worth of instruments after learning about the shortage on social media. Music teacher Michael Kinecke said he was ecstatic. The donation solved the school’s problem …

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The 13th annual Music Is Art Festival kicks off this Saturday at its home base of Delaware Park, and while it’s been well known for some time that festival organizer Robby Takac and his Goo Goo Dolls will be making a special appearance at this year’s event, there are still 12 hours of MIA to experience. Here are three acts that are worth checking out while you eagerly awa…

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This summer may well go down as the season when consistent and mostly behind-the-scenes hard work on the local music scene has paid dividends. There is a sense of potential becoming reality, of possibility being realized, and a feeling that things are on the upswing. From the end of May on, it was more than a feeling in the air: It was the sound of music filling the summer…

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When Ryan Casullo died following a traffic accident on Saturday night, a light went out in Western New York. There’s just no other way to put it.As Music is Art board chairman for the past six years, Casullo brought energy and vision to his role as an ambassador for the arts in general, and for MIA’s mission statement (“Inspiring WNY to ignite its creative voice”) in parti…

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It might not look like it today, but it won't be long before the streets are filled with people and music and the air is filled with the aromas of summer. Summer festival season is upon us. The Buffalo News will publish a guide to all things festival, but it's never too soon to start planning. This should get you started. Buffalo Greek Fest - June 5 to 7 Kick off your …

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Just across the border, in Cambridge, Ontario, three brothers have been perfecting their own take on the grandiose, anthemic, skyward-reaching indie rock that has its roots in U2, and has been carried forward by bands like Muse and the Killers, bands tailor-made for the job of making arena-sized gigs feel intimate and personal. Menew – pronounced “menu” – is a trio compri…

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While Foster the People sealed the summer slate of top-notch outdoor gigs in Western New York, attractive live music options don't suddenly disappear -- they just change form. The genres of shows that dominate Artpark, Canalside and Darien Lake -- classic rock, Top 40, indie, country and hip-hop -- take a backseat, while different branches of music grab the spotlight. Thr…

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We’re about to begin one of those packed Buffalo weekends, one you can point to when that moping, pessimistic friend of yours says things like, “there’s never anything to do around here.” If the next few days were simply build-up to arguably the most anticipated home opener in Bills history, they would be enough to note. Throw in the unexpected return of Queen City rock h…

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I remember the first Music is Art Festival in 2002 like it was yesterday. Goo Goo Dolls bassist and MiA founder Robby Takac hosted the event in the parking lot and surrounding environs of the building that, at that time, housed his Good Charamel Records and recording studio on Franklin Street. It ran concurrently with the yearly Allentown Art Festival. It was an incredibl…

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It might be called Artpark, but the fierce commitment to the visual arts that gave the picturesque Lewiston venue its name has taken a back seat in recent decades to concerts and other more profitable events. But thanks to a renewed drive to amp up the venue’s visual arts activities, that’s slowly beginning to change. One case in point is the installation of new sculpture…