Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2nd Annual Walk Off Hunger Food Bank WNY Sun. Aug. 2nd In Memory Of Cantor Susan Wehle, Crash Flight #3407

Food Bank of WNY

91 Holt Street

Buffalo, NY 14206

(716) 852-1305

Fax (716) 852-7858


Mike Billoni

BUFFALO, NY, JULY 27, 2009 – The second annual Walk Off Hunger for the Food Bank of WNY will be held this Sunday, August 2, beginning on the grounds of Temple Beth Am at 11:00 AM. Participants will be walking in memory of Temple Beth Am’s Cantor, Susan Wehle, who, along with 49 others, lost her life in the Flight 3407 plane crash in February.

Last year, Cantor Wehle spoke at the opening ceremonies for the inaugural Walk Off Hunger, calling for unity and encouraging people from all faiths and cultures to help fight hunger in our community. Her inspirational words urged everyone to take on the task of healing the world, and through this walk, we can make big strides in reaching this goal.

“This is a great opportunity for families and people of all faiths and cultures to join in a common goal – feeding the hungry in our community, and, in the process, demonstrating that we can make a difference, together,” said Gary Bluestein, Chair of Walk Off Hunger.

The 2-mile family-friendly walk will begin and end at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville. Check-in and registration will begin at 10:00 AM and the walk at 11:00 AM. To pre-register on-line or for more information, please visit the Food Bank’s website at: Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard and members of the Sheriff’s Dept. Mounted Division will be in attendance and will participate in the walk. Jodi Johnston of Ch. 2 Daybreak is the emcee.

Platinum sponsors for Walk Off Hunger are: Bluestein & Muhlbauer, P.C.; Freed Maxick & Battaglia; General Mills; Gleichenhaus, Marchese and Weishaar, P.C.; Tops Friendly Markets; Uncle Bob’s Self Storage and Wegmans.

There will be limited parking available at Temple Beth Am along with parking in surrounding neighborhoods. Additional parking with a free shuttle bus is available at the old Vic’s Plaza located at North Forest and Maple Road, in Williamsville.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The 2009 Niagara Music Forum

Niagara Music Forum (NMF) is getting ready to bring the Music industry’s best and brightest to Niagara once again. Norris-Whitney Communications, publisher of Canadian Musician magazine: Canada’s premiere magazine for musicians and music practitioners will host the event on Saturday, October 17 at the Four Points Sheraton (Brock Room) 3530 Schmon Parkway, Thorold, Ontario. Attendance by registration is at a cost of only $45. Registration information is available HERE.

The Niagara Music Forum (NMF) is a 1-day event to connect with musicians and music industry professionals from Ontario and surrounding U.S border-states. It is an opportunity to hear from industry experts that are at the top of their game.

NMF is a chance to gain a competitive edge, access industry resources, get connected with some of the different areas of the music industry as well as open up new markets. “The Niagara Music Forum is a much needed outlet to sustain connection between the United States and Canada. As a result of this forum (08), I was able to write about and book musicians in the United States”, says Susan Marie, Public Relations Liaison from Buffalo, NY.

NMF '09 will feature topics such as publishing, recording, distribution, promotion, booking, contracts and more. Speakers come from a variety of fields such as recording label, entertainment law, marketing and promotions, booking, and media.

The Forum provides a unique learning experience, industry knowledge on a range of topics, opportunity to engage the industry representatives, and topped off with a reception for all attendees and speaker. All registered attendees will also have exclusive access to the database of attendees and speakers. Additional information is available at

NMF will bring new markets together to connect with each other, open dialogue for partnerships and collaborations, and provide a wealth of knowledge and resources. “We originally did the Forum to connect musicians and music related professionals from in and around southern Ontario and Buffalo. The response was overwhelming, and this year we are looking forward to a bigger and more exciting event, says Jim Norris, President of Norris-Whitney Communications.

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For media information, please contact Nik Duncan, 905-641-3471

Monday, July 27, 2009

Habitat For Humanity: Lowe's Gift Card Fundraiser August 6, 2009

A new Lowe's store is opening on Southwestern Blvd in the Southtowns, and on one August 6, 2009, if you buy a gift card in any amount, Lowe's will donate a matching amount to Habitat for Humanity.

An example:

Buy a $50 gift card (to be used at ANY Lowe's nation-wide with NO expiry), and you will get the gift card. On that day only, for purchases at that store on that day, Lowe's will match the gift card amount with a gift to Habitat. Your gift card purchase gets you the card and Habitat gets the equal amount to help build more homes.

If you are unable to get to the store on that date, please contact Bonnie Botsford: and she will gladly purchase it for you. She will be staffing a table there mid-day, and would gladly mail you the gift card in exchange for a check made out to her for the identical amount.

If you're anticipating a new appliance, deck, shelving unit,lamp, you name it, it's the perfect way to simplify your selection and help Habitat at the same time.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

WUFO's 2009 Wellness Campaign: "Get in Shape for Life"

WUFO 1080 AM, one of the most influential mediums within the communities of the City of Buffalo is promoting “Good Health,” in addition to spreading awareness about the steps to cancer/illness prevention and treatment.

Their “2009 Wellness Campaign July - October" is specifically designed to encourage our communities to become educated and informed about:

1. How do I prevent this cancer/illness?
2. Where do I go if I’ve been diagnosed?
3. How do I treat this form of cancer/illness, and what are the costs?

Partner with WUFO 1080 AM in order to be fully successful in this awareness campaign, for every little bit goes along way. Any organization(s) group(s) or individual(s) interested in sponsoring WUFO’s Wellness Campaign: “Promoting Good Health for Life” is strongly encouraged to join and jump aboard!

Everyday Health Awareness and illness preventions are a number one focus for all of us, especially when so many of us are or know someone suffering from or combating- Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Mental health disorders, and more.

*Help us spread awareness by becoming a sponsor today!*


SheMisa Ali
WUFO 1080 AM
Radio Personality/Advertising Account Exec.
Office: 716-834-1080
Cell: 716-949-3276
WUFO 1080 AM

WUFO’s promise: Over 45 years of serving the WNY community.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Music Is Art Needs Volunteers Sept 2009

MiA is looking for volunteers to help out at the Festival Sept 12. With 30 bands, 3 stages, 50 artists, DJs, dancers, non-profits, a Kid's Village, beer tent and everything else involved, we need your help to make sure this year's festival is another success. If you want to be involved in Buffalo's biggest free cultural festival, please reply to:

Caroline Barry
Music Is Art
450 Masten Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
p 719-816-4224
f 716-888-7136

Friday, July 24, 2009

The 4th Annual Queen City Jazz Fest

The 4th Annual Queen City Jazz Fest

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Historic Colored Musicians Club

Broadway and Michigan Ave
145 Broadway Buffalo NY
716- 855-9383

1 - 9pm


Larry Salter Big Band
Melissa Kate Project
Sharon Bailey
Jenny May Quartet
Joyce Wilson Nixon
Will Holton

The Colored Musicians Club is located at 145 Broadway between Elm and Michigan Streets in Downtown Buffalo.

Click here for a map and directions to the Colored Musicians Club from MapQuest.

From Canada: Take QEW to the Peace Bridge. Take the NY 190 South to Exit 6, Elm Street. Turn right on Broadway go to 145 Broadway. From Interstate 90: Take Exit 53 Kensington Expressway (Route 33) West into downtown Buffalo. Turn left onto Broadway go to 145 Broadway.


Susan Marie
New York USA

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