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9 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Buffalo

Buffalo is a surprising, some might say unexpected, place to celebrate Hispanic culture. From the waterfront, deep into the West Side and all throughout the region, visitors can experience the music, history, artistry, and food of Buffalo’s proud Hispanic community. A melting pot of folks from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and several other countries, all walks of life come together to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15.

This year the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York has pulled out all the stops to make this year’s festivities the best ever. So put on your dancing shoes, get your cameras ready and loosen up your belts for these tremendous events taking place over the course of the next 30 days:

Buffalo Public School Family Art Night & Niagara Street Mural Unveiling
Friday (9/14) from 4:30p – 7:30p, 448 Niagara Street, Buffalo
Celebrate the newest mural on Niagara Street with a community dedication, along with music and arts activities for children of all ages.

Cooking with Sabor at The Buffalo Museum of Science
Sunday (9/16) from 11:00a – 3:00p, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
Learn some simple Latino cooking skills that will make you look like a pro. Then take a family stroll through the various science exhibits at the museum.

The BPO & HHC Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Bomba y Plena with Tamboricua / El Batey
Friday (9/21) from 6:30p – 11:00p, Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
A night of music and dancing in all genres: watch professional dancers Fanny & Calvin interpret the orchestral musical serenade performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra along with Puerto Rican musicians El Batey and Tamboricua go from Bomba to Plena. The night is capped with an after-party hosted by DJ Vertigo and DJ Milk. Dance until you can’t move!

Bombazo at the Naval Park with Tamboricua / El Batey
Sunday (9/23) from 1:00p – 4:00p, Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo
Practice your Bomba and Plena dance moves with a visiting dance troupe right on USS Little Rock at Buffalo’s majestic waterfront. Discover the history of Buffalo’s Hispanic veterans and their stories as the HHC honors the many accomplishments of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Buffalo History Museum Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
Sunday (9/30) from 11:00a – 3:00p, Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Buffalo
Explore the importance of Latinos in Buffalo from the past to the present with the Hispanic heritage history display. Visitors can then create their artifacts that celebrate their own history through a guided art activity.

Albright Knox Art Gallery Celebrates a Latinx First Friday
Friday (10/5) from 10:00a – 10:00p, Albright Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
Enter the prestigious Albright Knox and wander the halls for free while viewing the art of several Hispanic artists: Pasos Gigantes; Artistas y La Década de 1960 & a Spanish-Speaking Tour of Giant Steps – Artists and the 1960s

Botanical Garden Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Monday (10/8) from 10:00a – 4:00p, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo
Discover the bounty of flowers from Latin American countries right here in the City of Buffalo. See if you can find them all in a scavenger hunt created just for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Salsa for a Cure Amateur Dance Competition: A Benefit for Roswell Park
Friday (10/12) from 7:00p – 11:00p, Pucho Olivencia Social Club, 261 Swan Street, Buffalo
Get your tickets early, don your best all red attire and unleash your best moves at this festive dance competition.

Isaías González-Soto Branch Library Inauguration
Monday (10/15) at 5:00p, Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Branch Library, 280 Porter Avenue, Buffalo
A fitting end to a month-long celebration, the Hispanic Heritage Council closes Hispanic Heritage Month with a dedication to local this powerful local legend.

For more information on Buffalo’s robust and diverse Hispanic heritage visit: Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY

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Curtain Up! 13 Shows to See in September

Buffalo’s remarkable theatre season officially kicks off tomorrow with the annual celebration that is Curtain Up! Stretching a full block of Main Street in front of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo’s historic Theatre District, this street party ushers in the spectacle and grandeur that come from our local production companies. And what a season it’s bound to be. Here are all of the jaw-dropping plays and perfromances to see in September:

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory at Shea’s, 646 Main St, Buffalo
This play is the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more at this everlasting showstopper!
Playing September 22 to 29 — Tickets & showtimes at Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo
With eight Tony Awards under its belt, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, dramatic, yet funny musical theatre classic.
Playing until September 30 – Tickets and showtimes at Kavinoky Theatre

Purlie at Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave, Buffalo
Purlie Victorious, that strutting, new fangled preacher man is back home and he wants a church and he wants freedom. Witty, memorable music and a whole lotta of fun unfold in this play.
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Paul Robeson Theatre

Fahrenheit 451 at Subversive Theatre Collective, 255 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo
The reimagining of Ray Bradbury’s classic tale takes us into a sinister future where firemen are called upon to burn the true enemy of any authoritarian state: books. But one unsuspecting fireman is about to discover that there’s much more to life than what the well-ordered regime spoon feeds the populace.
Playing now October 6 – Tickets and showtimes at Subversive Theatre Collective

Pinkalicious: The Musical at Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St, Buffalo
Let the little ones experience the joy again. This delightful musical will once again paint Buffalo a brilliant shade of pink!
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Theatre of Youth

Wizard of Oz at Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave, Lancaster 
Follow the yellow brick road to this lovingly faithful adaptation of the classic tale of Dorothy, Toto and the whole gang.
Playing until September 23 – Tickets and showtimes at Lancaster Opera House

Pump Boys & Dinettes at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St, Buffalo
The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the ‘Dinettes’, Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country, rhythm and blues and rockabilly songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway and a 1982 Tony nomination for best musical.
Playing until October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at MusicalFare Theatre

Golden Boy at Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main St, Buffalo
In this brilliant and timeless American classic, scrappy young Joe Bonaparte is torn between the desire for the modest and satisfying life of an artist and the pressure to pursue fame and fortune as a prizefighter.
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Irish Classical Theatre

Genetlemen Prefer DIVAs at O’Connell & Company, 4625 Harlem Rd, Snyder
This is the same cabaret format of songs, stories and humor as their ever popular DIVA by DIVA, the longest running show in Western New York.  This time the Gents join the DIVAs to explore the unique relationship between men and women, with a special emphasis on Buffalo Legends.
Playing September 14 only – Tickets and showtimes at O’Connell & Company

Shifting Gears at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo
After six years of hiatus, the incomparable duo of Abel and Basil returns for one weekend only. This special event covers a wide array of topics from the past several years through song and story, with special guests each evening.
Playing September 14 to September 16 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre

Philosophus at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo
An absurd, off-beat and funny reimagining of the famous Voltaire, along with his trusted companion Collini. It seems he’s stolen a treasured notebook from Frederick The Great and the monarch’s men have him surrounded in the German town of Frankfurt. It’s a theatrical entertainment devised for only the stout of heart.
Playing until October 6 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre

Heathers at American Repertory Theatre of WNY, 330 Amherst St, Buffalo
This play tells the story of Westerberg High School being terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the most popular and cruelest girls in all of Ohio.
Playing until September 22 – Tickets and showtimes at American Repertory Theatre

My Old Lady at New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park
A down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris and must live with the elderly woman that has inhabited it for decades. There, he learns friendship, falls in love, and must finally deal with the death of his father.
Playing September 15 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at New Phoenix Theatre

Get the latest news, reviews and theatre listings by visiting the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo.

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Discover Buffalo’s Unsung Past on This New Bike Tour

In Buffalo, there’s no shortage of ways to tour our beautiful, unexpected city – whether by boat, on foot, double decker bus or, my personal favorite, bicycle.

While most tours spotlight Buffalo’s wealth of gorgeous architecture, rich history or delicious food, one brand new bike tour takes a different route, literally and figuratively. The Buffalo Bike Tours B-Sides Ride offers guests an in-depth look at some of Buffalo’s more obscure, unknown and unsung historical moments.

Starting on the West Side in front of the radical book store, Burning Books, tour leader Marc Moscato welcomes guests with an explanation of the tour route in the form of a ukulele-driven song.

From there, guests embark on a roughly 8-mile loop of the city stopping at sites that have a story hidden beneath the surface. Riders will learn the tales of Bruce Beyer and the Buffalo 9 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, the civil rights leaders of Buffalo acclaim at The Freedom Wall and Nash House Museum, the darker past of the Calumet Building, and the social activists of Niagara Street – all told with a bit of humor, music and guest participation.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg on the B-Sides Ride. To learn even more about Buffalo’s somewhat untold stories, you’ll just have to take the ride for yourself.

To sign up, here’s what you need to know:
– Tours are offered for FREE every Saturday and Sunday morning through mid-October (donations encouraged).
– Tours depart from 420 Connecticut Street at 10:30AM.
– Tours are capped at 15 riders.
– Bikes are not provided, but Reddy Bike rentals are available for a discount using promo code BSIDES18 on the Social Bikes (SoBi) app.
– For families, please note that some mature content is discussed on the tour.
– Check out their perfect 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Discover Buffalo’s Unsung Past on This New Bike Tour

In Buffalo, there’s no shortage of ways to tour our beautiful, unexpected city – whether by boat, on foot, double decker bus or, my personal favorite, bicycle.

While most tours spotlight Buffalo’s wealth of gorgeous architecture, rich history or delicious food, one brand new bike tour takes a different route, literally and figuratively. The Buffalo Bike Tours B-Sides Ride offers guests an in-depth look at some of Buffalo’s more obscure, unknown and unsung historical moments.

Starting on the West Side in front of the radical book store, Burning Books, tour leader Marc Moscato welcomes guests with an explanation of the tour route in the form of a ukulele-driven song.

From there, guests embark on a roughly 8-mile loop of the city stopping at sites that have a story hidden beneath the surface. Riders will learn the tales of Bruce Beyer and the Buffalo 9 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, the civil rights leaders of Buffalo acclaim at The Freedom Wall and Nash House Museum, the darker past of the Calumet Building, and the social activists of Niagara Street – all told with a bit of humor, music and guest participation.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg on the B-Sides Ride. To learn even more about Buffalo’s somewhat untold stories, you’ll just have to take the ride for yourself.

To sign up, here’s what you need to know:
– Tours are offered for FREE every Saturday and Sunday morning through mid-October (donations encouraged).
– Tours depart from 420 Connecticut Street at 10:30AM.
– Tours are capped at 15 riders.
– Bikes are not provided, but Reddy Bike rentals are available for a discount using promo code BSIDES18 on the Social Bikes (SoBi) app.
– For families, please note that some mature content is discussed on the tour.
– Check out their perfect 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Top Spots for Fall Foliage

This time of year, Western New York is abundant with trees practically dripping yellow, orange and red. Buffalo and its surrounding areas provide perfect autumn backdrops for any memories made over the next few weeks. Here are a handful of spots to explore:

Southtowns

Chestnut Ridge County Park is the perfect place for fall foliage views if you’re considering a trip south of Buffalo. Only about a half hour from downtown Buffalo, this park is the epitome of fall in Western New York. Whether you’re hiking to the Eternal Flame or biking or walking the many other trails, you’ll be surrounded by woods alive with color. Or take in the bird’s eye view of downtown Buffalo, Ralph Wilson Stadium and the foliage from the top of the hill outside of the park’s lodge. Another bucolic setting for fall foliage is  Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, complete with the Knox family’s former barn set in the middle of rolling, tree-lined pastures.

North of Buffalo

Whether you’re exploring Niagara Falls, Lewiston or both, know that going north will also help you fulfill your fall foliage viewing desires. If you want a little mist with your leaves, Niagara Falls State Park is the way to go. Go right up on the observation deck and do a 360 – it’s hard to think of anywhere else that offers such a perfect autumn view of the falls and the Niagara Gorge.

The drive north from the falls on Robert Moses State Parkway to Lewiston offers stunning views of the Niagara Gorge. Once in Lewiston, hit up one of the cafes on Center Street before walking over to Artpark for  its scenic trails. Opt for the Woods Trail to stumble upon sculptures and take in as many trees as possible.

Buffalo

Buffalo is surprising in the best of ways, including the fact that it houses a 264-acre nature preserve. Tifft Nature Preserve provides an escape from reality, and views of colorful leaves at every turn. Explore solo or learn a little about the park with weekly guided treks and “Wellness Walks.”

And before it gets too cold, do yourself a favor and go for a walk (or run) around Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park. The trees bordering the paths provide some of the best fall views Buffalo has to offer, and the historic Marcy Casino that sits upon the lake looks mores stunning than ever with a backdrop of fall leaves. Another advantage of getting your fall foliage fix at Hoyt Lake is its close proximity to the Elmwood Village. Nearby Forest Lawn Cemetery is also beautiful, with stately old trees dotting its gradually sloping terrain and surrounding Scajaquada Creek.

En Route

Just taking a drive down some local highways will give you some of the best views of vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and greens. Whether you’re cruising south of Buffalo down Route 219 toward Springville, 240 toward Colden or Route 5, make sure to cast an appreciative gaze out over the hills (or, in the case of Route 5, the Lake Erie coastline). And pull over every now and then for some photo ops.

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