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The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011

The Buffalo Infringement Festival (BIF) is an 11-day long multi-genre arts festival in Buffalo, NY.

It is free for all artists to participate, everyone is accepted and artists keep 100% of the profits from their projects and performances. The art that is typically Under the Radar is exemplified.

The Buffalo Infringement Festival is a non-profit-driven, non-hierarchical grassroots endeavor bringing together a broad range of eclectic, independent, experimental, and controversial art of all forms. Visual, performing, musical, and media arts are all welcome here. Taking place in multiple venues in and around Buffalo’s Allentown District, the festival is an annual eleven-day event running from the last weekend of July through the first weekend of August.

Buffalo Poet Robin Brox Joins Michigan Poets for Regional Tour

Buffalo Poet Robin Brox Joins Michigan Poets for Regional Tour

Just Buffalo Literary Center Teaching Artist Robin Brox to Join Poets from Michigan for Binge Press Literary Tour Starting  at Buffalo’s Rust Belt Books, Thursday, 5/12 at 7:30 P.M. 

Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center’s very own Robin Brox, a teaching artist and the organization’s marketing and publicity coordinator, has been invited to participate in The Binge Press Instant Mini Tour with three poets from Michigan. Brox will perform alongside JodiAnn Stevenson, the tour’s organizer and the founder and managing editor of Binge Press, Gina Myers, and Ashley Niedzwieki. Buffalo is the first stop, with an evening of poetry on Thursday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m. at Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., Buffalo. The tour continues with engagements in Port Huron, Ferndale, and Saginaw, Michigan.

Robin F. Brox is a poet making her home on Buffalo’s west side.

Sakura Walk for Japan Relief

Sakura Walk for Japan Relief

The Buffalo State College Japan Relief group, along the Japanese Group of Buffalo and the Japanese Student Association at SUNY Buffalo, are hosting Sakura Walk, Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m., in Delaware Park, with all proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross. Registration is $10.

The walk, which has purposes of raising money for the Japanese tsunami victims, increasing awareness of the disaster and promoting the health of the community, will start at the Japanese Garden along the ring road of Delaware Park, near Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street.  The short walk consists of one round and the long walk is two times around the ring.

The walk is named “sakura,” meaning cherry blossom in Japanese, which is the national flower of Japan.

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

 Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere 

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, which supports projects to secure peace with justice.

Buffalo Churches Provide Help, Hope Near and Far

Buffalo Churches Provide Help, Hope Near and Far

A chance encounter in New Orleans in the summer of 2009 with an enthusiastic group of youth missioners from the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, prompted Jim Melchiorre, senior video producer for Trinity Wall Street, to bring his video crew from New York City to Buffalo last fall. The crew's assignment: to tell about outreach efforts sponsored by Episcopal churches here.


The resulting video, "Refuge and Rebirth: The Church in Western New York," pays homage to Buffalo's impressive history, while it meets our region's current difficulties head on. Yet it is the ministries of hope and goodwill found in Episcopal churches in Western New York today that emerge as the real stars. You can watch the video at http://www.episcopalwny.org

Saying "THANK YOU!" During National Volunteer Week

Saying "THANK YOU!" During National Volunteer Week

The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County today gathered more than 100 volunteers who have helped with the organization’s Campaign, community investments, and other activities for one simple purpose: to say thank you.  The breakfast at Templeton Landing was held to acknowledge the dedication of volunteers during National Volunteer Week, an annual commemorative week that recognizes the importance of volunteer service in communities across the country.

Michael Weiner, United Way president, welcomed the assembled volunteers and noted that their efforts, which are individually significant, are even more impressive when taken as a whole.  “Whether you are one of our 30 Board members, or one of the 800 Campaign Coordinators whose efforts contributed to the success of our campaign, you make a difference,” he said.  “Whether you gave one of the more than 200 presentations that inspired others to make their contribution, or reviewed one of the nearly

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

Common Council of the City of Buffalo

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

By: James N. Jackson

Despite some of the highest spending per pupil in the region, the City of Buffalo’s schools suffer from low achievement and are consistently among the lowest producing schools in New York State. The overall graduation rate in the City is around 60 percent, and amongst boys, only 25-33 percent of black males and only 55 percent of white males finish school.  Students who drop out of school are more likely than their peers who graduate to be unemployed, live in poverty, receive public assistance, be incarcerated in prison, have health problems, divorce, and be single parents with children who drop out of high school themselves.