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Explore Buffalo Plans African-American Heritage Tour

Explore Buffalo Plans African-American Heritage Tour

Explore Buffalo is honored to be partnering with the Colored Musicians Club and the Michigan Street Baptist Church for the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Tour. 

African-American history in Buffalo is centered in the neighborhood surrounding the Michigan Street Baptist Church. Join Explore Buffalo for a tour of important locations in this neighborhood and to learn about the major milestones in African-American history in Buffalo, as well as how this affected national history. Buffalo has played a major role in African-American history, from the days of the Underground Railroad to the formation of the Niagara Movement, a precursor to the NAACP. 

This unique tour includes an interior tour of the Michigan Street Baptist Church, Nash House Museum and the Colored Musicians Club Museum, three important landmarks in this neighborhood.

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

No Frills Buffalo publishing company has released two new books by local authors David Coleman and Sinead Tyrone.

Coleman’s novel, “Hard Times in The Hollow,” tells the story of the Avery’s, a farming family in Cattaraugus County, and the struggles they endure through war, prohibition and the Great Depression. As their difficulties mount, family matriarch Iris pushes the family to extremes in her quest to keep them together and their farm afloat. Her grandson, Adam, is at first an observer and then an unwilling participant. How far would one family go to ensure their survival?

Ladies First Jazz Big Band to Perform at Annunciation

Ladies First Jazz Big Band to Perform at Annunciation

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host a concert featuring the Ladies First Jazz Big Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

The Ladies First Jazz Big Band is a 16-piece all-female group formed by bassist Jennifer May. The band has roots as a six-piece ensemble that started in 1994. Ten of its current members will be performing at the Church of the Annunciation.

The band has performed from Jamestown to Rochester, including concert venues such as the Tralf Music Hall and Riviera Theatre, and events including the M&T Noontime Summer Concert Series, Canal Fest and Taste of Buffalo.

A pre-concert event will take place in Annunciation’s Selbert Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 6. Guests are invited to bring their own beverages and snacks. 

Annunciation to Host Chris Wilson Concert

Annunciation to Host Chris Wilson Concert

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host singer and songwriter Chris Wilson for a songs of faith concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28.

A New York native, Wilson has gained celebrity status for his vocally driven songwriting and passionate live performances. His career brought him to Los Angeles for a brand new MTV show called “The Cut,” where he became one of only 10 artists to win their way to the finals from a field of 160 competitors and over 10,000 hopefuls from around the world. Wilson went on to win MTV’s Viewers Choice Award for his performance in the finals. 

Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting April Tours

Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting April Tours

As the weather warms up, so does tour season in Western New York! Following is a listing of Explore Buffalo tours scheduled during the month of April.

AMERICAN MASTERS
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 10 a.m.
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour metered parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Holders FREE 

Explore Buffalo Plans a Unique and Questionable Tour of Buffalo

Explore Buffalo Plans a Unique and Questionable Tour of Buffalo

How well do you think you know Buffalo’s history? Join Explore Buffalo on April Fool’s Day for Fact or Fiction: A Questionable Tour of Buffalo. This is the only time you will hear Explore Buffalo docents give a tour that is only half true! 

As you walk through downtown on this happy hour tour, the docents will keep you guessing with stories that are true but unbelievable, mixed with some tall tales of their own creation. Keep track on your scorecard along the way, and if your ability to sniff out lies is the best of the bunch, you’ll win a prize!

Annunciation to Host Unique Theatrical Presentations with Actor Mark Price

Annunciation to Host Unique Theatrical Presentations with Actor Mark Price

The Church of the Annunciation in Elma will host a unique three-day parish mission with actor Mark Price at 7 p.m. April 3-5 in the church, located at 7580 Clinton St.

The theme for this three-day parish retreat is transformation, and three individuals who experienced transformation — St. Thomas, St. Paul and St. Francis — will be brought to life in Bible-based theatrical presentations. As Price brings these key figures of history to life, they will speak to you about their lives and experiences with Jesus. 

The events are free and open to the public; a free will offering would be appreciated.