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Buffalo, NY and Our Connection to President McKinley

Buffalo, NY and Our Connection to President McKinley

There hasn’t been an attempt on a president’s life since 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. While President Reagan survived, other presidents succumbed to their wounds. In the history of the United States there have been a total of ten presidents as the target of an assassination attempt. Of those ten attempts, four presidents were killed while in office.

There are two out of the four presidents assassinated that people would know right off the bat in a trivia game. Do you know? But the big question is do you know the other two. One of those two has a direct connection to Buffalo, NY. James Garfield is one and William McKinley is the other. President McKinley was assassinated right here in Buffalo NY. Read the full story at Buffalo NY and our connection to President McKinley.

Hauntings in Your Town

Hauntings in Your Town

For paranormal investigators, Halloween means more than just Trick or Treating, dressing up in costumes and scaring the wits out of each other, it’s about the heightened ability to communicate with the spirit world.

While you can communicate and experience the paranormal all year round, there is undoubtedly something extra “spooky” about this time of year that tends to bring out our inner fears.

TV and Hollywood have now brought this field into the forefront with shows such as the Travel Channel’s hit show Ghost Adventures and the Sci-Fi network’s popular Ghost Hunters, and who can forget the major success of the Paranormal Activity franchise.

In fact, those very shows have investigated haunted buildings right here in our own backyard on numerous occasions. 

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Here’s my disclaimer: I do not like scary things.

Never in my life have I gone to see a horror movie and for perspective purposes, the movie “Signs” kept me restlessly awake for over a month.

So take that into consideration when I tell you that the idea of the paranormal scares the be-Jesus out of me. 

The funny thing about the paranormal is that it doesn’t care if you are scared, it will exist without you. That was case when I was growing up and is still the case today.

My first memorable experience with the paranormal was when I lived in Alden, NY.  I was just 4 years old at the time and woke up to the sounds of a party going on downstairs in my basement.  By party, I mean people laughing, talking loudly and music playing.  It was loud enough to wake me out of a sound sleep.  As I crept downstairs to sneak a peek at this party, I noticed that the lights were not on.  No one was down there.

Nina Leo: 'Small Mechanisms for Drowning'

Nina Leo:  'Small Mechanisms for Drowning'

Please join us Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. for a reception to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of new works by Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Nina Leo.


Dueling Double Rainbows

Dueling Double Rainbows

OK, so Marissa submitted her double rainbow photo from Wegman's parking lot on Amherst Street at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday (pointing out that "if you look hard enough there's a double rainbow on top"). Minutes later, Kim sent the photo below, taken from the back parking lot of the WGRZ TV station facing Franklin Street, near Chippewa.

So tell me, two different rainbows? Or the same rainbow seen from opposite directions? Does that even happen? 

How weird is that? 

(And how do you think this guy would react to our double double-rainbow?!)


Evolution | Revolution: Buffalo Arts Studio's 20th Anniversary Exhibition

Evolution | Revolution:  Buffalo Arts Studio's 20th Anniversary Exhibition

Buffalo Arts Studio is pleased to announce a celebratory group exhibition in commemoration of its twentieth anniversary. A free public opening reception with live music, performance art, and refreshments will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 7-11 p.m.

The exhibition will feature new works by selected artists who have previously exhibited at the gallery or been in residence at Buffalo Arts Studio. An accompanying catalog will be produced, including color photographs, essays, and a timeline documenting past exhibitions, artists in residence, Board of Directors members, education programs, events, community outreach, and notable accomplishments at the center from its conception in 1991 to the present.

Featured artists include:

John Aäsp
Joanna Angie
Jozef Bajus
Michael Beitz
Dennis Bertram
Amanda Besl
Krista Birnbaum
Robert Booth
Marie-Claire Bozant
David Buck
Bob Budin
Kyle Butler

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011: July 28th - August 7th

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011: July 28th - August 7th

11 Days of Art Under the Radar

1200 performances!
52 venues
50 visual artists
190 musical acts
24 films/videos
90 performance projects including:
20 dances troupes/performers
35 theater groups/performers
27 poetry/ spoken word

The Buffalo Infringement Festival is an 11 day celebration of art of all kinds. It takes place in over 50 venues centered in Allentown and spans across the whole city of Buffalo. 

Artists perform in the usual venues and take over the streets of Allentown and the Elmwood Village.

There are 1200 performances and events scheduled in dance, theater, music, poetry, film, and visual installations.

In its 7th year, Infringement has grown tremendously from under 50 proposals in 2005, to 350 this year. Just about every artist in Buffalo takes part in the festival somehow and this year has 30 out- of - town acts coming to perform.