Friday, July 24, 2009

Stop The Violence Foundation Community Center: Cheektowaga, NY

Buffalo, NY – While most are enjoying their summer, going on vacation with their families and basking in the sunshine, one Bishop in Buffalo, Bishop Perry Davis and his wife, Pastor Gina Davis are working hard to create a better future for the young people of the city of Buffalo and Cheektowaga.

Bishop Perry L. Davis, President of the Stop the Violence Foundation and Bishop of New Life Harvest Ministries at 575 Humboldt Parkway are opening a new Community Center at

10 Century, on the corner of Century and Cleveland in Cheektowaga. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 25th at 1 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Bishop Davis began his vision to create a safe haven for children more than three years ago and wanted to open a community center that would give children a safe environment to go to after school and would offer activities that would help teach the children and community ways in which to help stop violence from happening in our city.

“My goal for this new center is to offer educational resources to children that will help with their learning problems and promote the value of education” says Bishop. “Education is the key to stopping ignorance, and ignorance breeds hate and violence.” I also plan to offer programs that deal with the aftermath of violence for the families of victims already lost to violence in our cities,” he continues. Bishop Perry is passionate about keeping our children off drugs, eliminating hatred and human rights violations and helping our youth to lead a non-violent lifestyle. Bishop Davis and his wife, Pastor Gina Davis continually hold Peace marches spreading the message of non-violence in neighborhoods throughout the city, often ravaged by violence. This community center another way the Bishop Davis is reaching out to further that effort. Everyone is invited to attend this grand opening.

Bishop Perry Davis –(716) 715-1375

Susan Marie
New York USA

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Celebrate 35th Anniversary

To mark Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s 35th anniversary this year, in August and September there is a rare two-part benefit art auction. Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is one of Buffalo’s oldest artist-formed organizations; its mission—to bring the newest and most challenging work in the contemporary arts to the interested public, whether in painting and sculpture, conceptual art, film, video art and activism, performance, fiction, music, or any number of other art form—has long been upheld in creative and collaborative ways.

The first part of this historic auction will feature works by 79 artists associated with Hallwalls over the past 35 years. It takes place in Buffalo on Thursday, August 6. The second part will be at Christie's on Wednesday, September 23, as part of its fall 2009 First Open Sale, featuring Post-War & Contemporary Art. That sale will feature donated works from a select few of the many art world luminaries who either got their start at Hallwalls, or who had important exhibitions here early in their careers.

The August 6 auction in Asbury Hall at Babeville will be only the third auction Hallwalls has undertaken for its own benefit in its entire history. Like the earlier efforts, this event will feature numerous donated works by local, national, emerging, and established artists—the number totals 79, and they represent all periods of Hallwalls' illustrious history. That includes the time from its founding in late 1974 up to visiting artists and artists living and working in Buffalo today.

The August 6th gala affair in Asbury Hall will feature both live and silent auctions, food, drink, and entertainment. The live auction will be conducted by Sara Friedlander, Specialist, Post War & Contemporary Art, Christie’s. There will be a full-color printed catalogue with images of all the works in both auctions. The Hallwalls website also has digital views of the works for sale.

The silent auction begins at 6:00 pm, and the live auction will start at at 8:00 pm. (The silent auction will continue past the conclusion of the live auction.) Hors d'oeuvres and open bar from 6:00-10:00 pm. Pre-event tickets may be purchased at Hallwalls during gallery hours or at the website.


Note: Hi-res images are available, as well as artist and organizer interviews. Full list of participating artists below.

WHAT: Hallwalls 35th Anniversary Art Auction – Part I (Sponsored by Hodgson Russ LLP)

WHEN: Thu., Aug. 6, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Asbury Hall, Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

TICKETS: $35 general admission, $25 Hallwalls members, may be purchased at

INFO: or 716-854-1694

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center 35th Anniversary, Part I (Buffalo Auction)

August 6, 2009

The 81 artists participating are:

Bruce Adams, Chuck Agro, Laylah Ali, Julio Alvarez-Perez, Meredith Allen, Joanna Angie, Deborah Aschheim, Mary Begley, Roberley Bell, Diane Bertolo*, Kathe Burkhart, Ellen Carey, Carlo Cesta, Millie Chen, Charles Clough*, Kara Daving, Josh Dorman,Wayne Edson Bryan, Jackie Felix, A.J. Fries, Hans Gindlesberger, Mike Glier, Maria Elena González, Lee Goreas, Megan Greene, Duayne Hatchett, Biff Henrich, Tom Holt, Jenny Holzer, Ani Hoover, Bryan Hopkins, George “Afedzi” Hughes, Richard Huntington, Bruce Jackson, Jed Jackson, Eric M. Jensen, Jacob Kassay, Kevin Kegler, Becky Koenig, Catherine C. Koenig, David Kramer, Suzy Lake, Mark Lavatelli, Daniel Levine, Joan Linder, Polly Little, Joshua R. Marks, Jennifer McMackon, Gerald Mead, Lillian Méndez, Julian Montague, Nathan W. Naetzker, Gary Nickard, Nancy J. Parisi, Ester Partegàs, John Pfahl, Ann Pibal, Alberto Rey, Kelly Richardson, Alicia Ross, Barbara Rowe, Christy Rupp, Kathleen A. Sherin, Catherine Linder Spencer, Chrysanne Stathacos, Ellen Steinfeld, Peter Sowiski, Kara Tanaka, Rodney Taylor, Mark Dean Veca, Siebren Versteeg, Virocode, Alfonso Volo, Kurt Von Voetsch, Patty Wallace,
Jesse Webber, Adam Weekley, William Wegman, Barbara Weissberger, Jacqueline Welch.

Christie’s First Open Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale – Part II

September 23, 2009

The nine artists Included in the Hallwalls benefit portion of the sale are:

Laylah Ali, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Nancy Dwyer*, Robert Longo*, Sol LeWitt, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman*.

* Indicates founding artists of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.


Polly Little, Development Director
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Radio 8 from Studio 8

The July Radio8 Show is up online featuring a variety of great music and spoken word, including music by the infamous Holy Modal Rounders, Woody Lissaur, singer-songwriters Jym Ponter, Michael Bonanno, and Mr. Troll, Texas musicians Lightning Rod, Barry Kooda & Jenni Mansfield Peal, jazz & spoken word vocalists Carolyn Malachi, Theda Spracklin, & Linda Joy Burke, spoken word by Luigi Monteferrante, Judih Haggai and Susan Marie, plus the awesome blues guitarist Tom Principato and some rockin' Jugglers Ink.

Here's the playlist -

No Reggae in Texas - Lightning Rod
Lazy Bones - The Holy Modal Rounders
Texas' Newest Millionaire - Barry Kooda
I Ain't Gonna Hang For This - Jym Ponter
Goa - Lasse Dahl & Jugglers Ink
Palm of the Creator (a Satire) - Carolyn Malachi
Give Seven - Barry Gremillion
Buckshot - Luigi Monteferrante
Walkin' - Carolyn Malachi
Ego Sandwich - Judih Haggai
Linctus Starlet Coughs up Her Leading Role - Jym Ponter
Leaving Suburbia - Linda Joy Burke
Somebody To Love - Woody Lissauer
River - Susan Marie
Green Streak - Jenni Mansfield Peal
Too Far - Doreen Peri
If You're Hurt I'm Sorry - Michael Bonanno
Let You Go - Mr. Troll
Coldest Woman - The Holy Modal Rounders
In the Middle of the Night - The Tom Principato Band
Loverman - Theda Spracklin


hit it HERE and listen!


Thanks to all the artists who participated! I'm honored to present your material!
-Doreen Peri

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Naval/Military Park to Host Unique Weekend Events

Sunset Celebration, a free 18-minute extravagant sound and light celebration timed to the evening’s sunset, will be staged on Buffalo’s flourishing waterfront each Friday and Saturday beginning July 10 and continuing through Sept. 5.

The unique celebration to showcase Buffalo’s beautiful sunset across Lake Erie will be held at the bow of the USS Little Rock and the submarine, The Croaker. It will feature specially themed music as guests relax on the large grassy area adjoining the walkway at the Naval & Military Park.

“Western New York has never had the opportunity to see and hear something like this. It will be a memorable experience for all and this will clearly be another unique weekly waterfront experience,” said Anthony P. LoRusso, chairman emeritus of the Naval & Military Park. “We encourage everyone to come down to the waterfront to be entertained while watching our sunsets on Friday and Saturday evenings,” he said.

For more information, contact Buffalo Naval Park - Anthony P. LoRusso at 818-3683.

One Hour Interview: Ray Manzarek (The Doors)

One Hour With Ray Manzarek

I am just so pleased - this was amazing. Please click below to check out One Hour with Ray Manzarek (of the Doors) its an amazing conversation, Ray is a beautiful spirit and I am honored to have spoken to him. Check out the websites, grab his books, CDS and check out the history and most importantly, listen.

Thank you Ray and Steve . . . and to all the Doors . . .
Jim, Robby, Ray and John . . . you have created something sacred for us all.



Susan Marie
New York USA

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tunes 4 Food On Think Twice Radio

On June 22 at 11am to July 23rd at 12pm, Western New York gathered for a 2 day, 25 hour non stop free music event in Niagara Square, downtown Buffalo, NY where local musicians performed to support The Food Bank of Western New York for For this first time event, we collected 1,959 pounds of non perishable food and $440 which gives the Food Bank power to distribute 3,923 meals to the needy in the four counties they serve in WNY. A heartfelt thank you to all musicians who performed, everyone who donated food and the media coverage we received. 50 - 1/2 hour slots were filled, I recorded as much as I was able.

Click below, second show down, for pictures and live audio:

Thank you to everyone who was involved and supported this event.



Monday, July 13, 2009

The Drepung Loseling Monastery Buffalo New York

The monks visited Unity Church in Buffalo, NY to perform and share the sacred ceremony, Lama Chopa, through The Mystical Arts of Tibet. The Buddhist monks travel to raise awareness about Tibetan tradition, the history and hardship of their culture in Tibet and India, to secure educational funding, and to acquire sponsorship for individual monks. The only support for the continuation of all of this is through donations, sale of handmade items by Tibetan refugees and the kindness of communities, business and organizations. To support any of their initiative's and Unity Church, please access the links provided above. The Lama Chopa Ceremony below is a musical guided meditation in Tibetan language.

Please click HERE or live audio and photo of the event

Susan Marie
New York USA

Buffalo/Rustbelt Episode of A. Bourdain: No Reservations

On Monday, July 27, 2009 at 7:30 pm there is a screening party at Pearl Street Grill and YOU are invited!

Later that evening, at 10 PM on The Travel Channel, Anthony Bourdain - No Reservations, "Rustbelt" Episode, featuring Nelson Starr will air with Starr giving Tony Bourdain a tour of some of Buffalo's finest under-the-radar, old-school food joints.

Nelson Starr, local musician and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Inductee and filmmaker John Paget, reached out to Bourdain and The Travel Channel by making a three-minute video a contest to entice Bourdain to visit the city of the winning entry. Nelson Starr was a finalist, resulting in Bourdain to promise he would eventually come here.

You can view the video HERE.

For more information, contact Nelson Starr.

© Susan Marie
New York USA

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Buffalo Business Receives National Recognition: President’s Volunteer Service Awards

In July of 2009, Susan Marie Public Relations was certified as a business that continues to support faith based, organizational and community related events through her volunteer service over a two year span. A Certifying Organization is an entity that is approved to review and verify a volunteer’s hours, and nominate and distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. COs are oftentimes, local offices, chapters, affiliates, offices, stores, or member organizations that operate under the auspices of a national Leadership Organization.

The Corporation for National and Community Service was formed to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet community needs. Each year, more than 1.5 million individuals of all ages and backgrounds help meet local needs through a wide array of service opportunities. These include projects in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security and other critical areas through the Corporation's three major programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.

Certifying Organizations agree to perform the following roles:

  • Verify that the volunteer(s) has completed the number of service hours required to earn a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

  • Nominate verified volunteers by completing and submitting forms to receive the award(s).

  • Pay the nominal cost for the award package and its shipping, either directly or through local sponsorship.

  • Receive the award package and distribute the award to each recipient.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime. There are more than 28,000 certifying organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nations deserving volunteers.

Awards to be given include:

  • Personalized Certificate (with individual’s name)
  • Lapel Pin (bronze, silver, gold or lifetime depending on total volunteer hours)
  • Congratulatory Letter from the President of the United States
  • Letter from the President's Council on Service & Civic Participation
During involvement with, Susan received this certification after tracking her volunteer hours after 2 years plus of volunteer service in her community and the Nation through her business and Think Twice Radio. Tunes4food was listed as a project under President Obama's Serve.Gov, his call to action for Americans to volunteer in their communities.

Awards to be distributed specifically for tunes4food under Susan Marie Public Relations are: Grace Stumberg, for her committed 25 hours during the entire event, performing and organizing and past involvement with Music in Action, WUFO 1080 AM, a spiritual based AM radio station that commits their time to supporting Western New York and Brooke Noelle Zarcone, who organized a food drive on her own in her high school that collected approximately 500 lbs of food for The Food Bank of Western New York.

To view more information regarding this incentive:


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Susan Marie Public Relations
New York USA 2009