Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Artists United For Human Rights: USS Little Rock

Artists United For Human Rights Buffalo, NY, October 4, 2009 12n - 6pm

On October 4, 2009, aboard the USS Little Rock, Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, musicians and artists combine forces to support human rights. From 12n-6pm Sunday, this festival features non-stop live music, artists and business selling their wares, and directors of task forces and organizations that support human rights focusing on education, awareness and prevention of child abuse and trafficking. This all day event is free and open to the public in direct support of Maiti Nepal (ATSEC) and Prevent Child Abuse NY (Citizens Task Force Buffalo) with a focus on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Coordinators of this event, musician, Noa Bursie and Susan Marie, Public Relations, were compelled to support human rights focusing on abuse and trafficking after viewing the PBS Documentary by Andrew Levine, "The Day My God Died." Bursie and Marie contacted Maiti Nepal, the main focus of the film, combining that with the main abuse prevention organization in New York State. ATSEC (Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children) in Nepal responded with full support, as did Prevent Child Abuse NY with Citizen's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect (CTFCAN) (7 task forces in Buffalo.)

When asked why they wished to hold this event, Susan responded, "One day I hope to be a part of legislation passing The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a legal document. Issues that exist globally are in my own backyard, we have to start somewhere and my city (Buffalo) is ready and willing to give." When asked of her involvement, Noa replied, "When I saw the video, the experience of these women and children resonated in me. The connection with this suffering transcends culture or nationality - language or religious beliefs, and I knew I had to do something.

The Organizations

Prevent Child Abuse New York:
Since 1980, Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) has inspired parents, policy makers and community members to put the needs of kids first. Focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start, PCANY works to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur. Through statewide leadership and collaboration, PCANY ensures the healthy development of New York’s children, recognizing that physical and emotional health are essential to community well-being and economic prosperity.

“Buffalo musicians and artists are proving to be strong advocates for children,” said Christine Deyss, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse New York. “With our colleagues from the Citizen’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, we are tremendously excited and grateful for their coming together to help prevent child abuse and victimization.”

PCANY is part of the growing movement to prevent child abuse before it occurs. This movement is based on the belief that a greater focus on prevention will decrease both the short and long-term costs to society while eliminating the pain, suffering, and reduced quality of life that victims experience throughout their lifetime. For more information, visit PCANY HERE.

Maiti Nepal,
founded 1993, is a crusade to protect Nepali girls and women from domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor, exploitation and torture. Maiti Nepal was formed to fight against social evils inflicted upon the female populace. It's primary focus is preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing flesh trade victims and rehabilitation. This social organization works to find justice for victimized girls and women by engaging in criminal investigation and waging legal battles against the criminals. It has highlighted the trafficking issue with its strong advocacy from the local to national and international levels.

"My colleagues and myself at ATSEC Nepal think you are doing a great job and HATS Off to your enthusiasm. You [the artists and musicians] have given an emotional and a personal touch to the cause, which I think is truly commendable.", said Sabin Gurung, from ATSEC. Ms. Anuradha Koirala, founder and director of Maiti Nepal added, ""They [women and children] are working to help their sisters and they know the horror of the victims." "Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life."

Maiti's focus are practical steps such as counseling, non-formal education on health, laws, basic reading and writing, and income-generation skills with provided shelter until they are ready to stand on their feet. The sexually abused girls, abandoned children, potential victims of trafficking, destitute women, prisoner's children, returnees from Indian brothels, girls and children infected with HIV and Hepatitis B, and intercepted girls are the major target groups or beneficiaries of The Maiti Nepal Endowment Trust Fund. Visit Maiti Nepal HERE and Friends of Maiti Nepal (U.S. Affiliation) HERE.

The Artists:

Noa Bursie, Emile Latimer, Lance Diamond, The BloodThirsty Vegans, Joni Russ, Van Taylor Project (AFE-USO), Rob Falgiano, Gruvology, Mandrill (International) , Derek McKeith (NYC), Joyce Wilson Nixon Band and more TBA.

Artists & Installations:
Artfully Aware (International), Nomad Magazine Community Painting Project (local), Buffalo Indie Market (local), and Poet Tree Magazine (International.)

Join us for a full day of FREE music, artwork displayed from diverse cultures and genres, and visit the Naval and Military Park to support our Marina and two organizations that assist OUR children. October is National Prevention of Violence Month, this event is between International Day of Non-Violence (Mahatma Gandhi), and Day of Unity Against Domestic Violence.

Support your city, your state, your country, your world. Become a part of the beginning of positive global change beginning in Buffalo, New York on October 4. Work to build the world we want to live in. All you have to do is attend.

All artists are donating 20% of their sales to both organizations and the musicians are playing for free to support the cause. Help us help others.

Artists United For Human Rights © is a registered project under President Barack Obama's Serve.Gov, Million Voices Campaign and The World March for Peace and Non-Violence.

The Sponsors:

The Naval and Military Park, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, International Justice Mission, Van Taylor Production, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Think Twice Radio, Artfully Aware, Buffalo Indie Market, Nomad Magazine, Poet Tree Magazine, Noa Bursie and Susan Marie.

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For sponsorship/donations/volunteers/press:


Susan Marie Public Relations
Noa Bursie


New York USA 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

40th Anniversary of Woodstock: Free Concert Golden Gate Park

40th Anniversary of Woodstock "West Fest"

Free Concert Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, Sunday, October 25, 2009 9-6pm


Woodstock was not just an event, a happening, or a concert with 400,000 people. It was a pivotal moment of realization for an entire generation, an epiphany, a moment of realization for the entire country. The hip movement started in San Francisco a couple of years earlier in the Haight Ashbury and the “Summer of Love” had spread across the nation. There were now millions of hip people with 400,000 of them converging on Woodstock.

Woodstock was a statement to the world, “humanity had evolved”, coming together through peace, love and spirituality. An event whose original intent was to make money became the largest FREE event in history. The hip movement had come of age and was recognized by the world. The principles of love swept the country and we had become the ‘Woodstock Nation”.

Hundreds of San Francisco stars and musical luminaries will perform at this October 25, 2009 event to commemorate the original principles of peace, love and spirituality. The Woodstock 40th will begin with a blessing by the American Indigenous People and several Beat Generation poets. There will be many speakers from the Peace Movement, the Free Speech Movement and the Anti-War Movement along with many of the acts who originally performed at Woodstock (to be announced). There will also be an “Eco Friendly Green Village” highlighting the products, services, and information of the emerging green movement.

Acts confirmed with more to come: Denny Laine (of Paul McCartney, Wings, Moody Blues) - Lester Chambers (the Chambers Brothers) - The Original Lowrider Band (with Lee Oskar) - Greg Errico, Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson (From Sly and the Family Stone) - Harvey Mandel and the Snake band - Barry “The Fish” Melton - Alameda All Stars (Gregg Allman’s Band) - Michael McClure (Beat Poet) and Ray Manzarek (from the Doors) - David Denny (from Steve Miller) with Prairie Prince of "The Tubes" - Diana Mangano (formerly of The Jefferson Starship) - Greg Douglas, Carlos Rios; PF Sloan; Jimmy McCarty (from Detroit Wheels) - Peter Kaukonen (from Jefferson Airplane) - Terry Haggerty (from the Sons of Champlin) - John York (from the Byrds) - Leigh Stevens (from Blue Cheer) - Narada Michael Walden - The Great Jeffersonian (members of the Original Jefferson Airplane) - Kathi McDonald and Friends - El Chicano - Cathy Richardson band - David and Linda La Flamme (It’s a Beautiful Day) - Lydia Pense and Cold Blood - Lost Creek Gang and the Merry Pranksters with Ken Babbs - George Walker, and Mountain Girl - Volenti and Saunders - Mitchell Holman - Jose Neto and Friends - The Mutaytor - Rock Hendricks (Bobby Womack - Edwin Hawkins Singers “Oh Happy Day” 40th Anniversary - Scoop Nisker - KFOG - David Harris – speaker - Matthew Rosenthal – Prevent Hate - Bettina Aptheker – Free Speech Movement - Ben Fong -Torres (Rolling Stone) - David Hilliard - Black Panther Party - Benjamin Hernandez – Harts and Hands elders - Blue Thunder Dennis Banks – AIM Wounded Knee - Dennis Peron and Richard Eastman (Marijuana Initiative) - David Rovic; Rabbi Joseph Langer - Terrance Hallinan (Former SF DA) - Paul “Lobster” Wells (DJ) - Aron “Pieman” Kay (from the Yippies) - Some acts can not be advertised until 30 days out.

Poster series: Stanley Mouse, Arnold Skolnick (original Woodstock 69 poster artist), Chris Shaw, Mike Dolgushkin, Wendy Wright, David Singer, Mark Henson, Carlon Ferris, Dave Huckins, Lee Conklin, Bob Masse, Andrew Annenberg, Victor Moscosco, Michael Moss, Thomas Yeates, Chrissy Costello, Gilbert Johnson and Dusty Hughston, Michael V. Rios, Burry Olsen, Pat Ryan, Ron Donovin – Fire House Crew.

In honor of Jimi Hendrix, who headlined the festival in 1969, 3,000 guitar players will attempt to break the World's Record for the Largest Guitar Ensemble playing "Purple Haze" -- all at the same time! Players are encouraged to register at:

Producer: 2b1 Multimedia Inc. and the Council of Light in association with Artie Kornfeld, the original producer of “Woodstock 1969”

Where: Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA USA

Non-Profit: 501-(c) 3

Admission: FREE

Contact: Boots Hughston, 415-861-1520 or

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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