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Gurney Play Launches Theater Revival in Lockport

Gurney Play Launches Theater Revival in Lockport

The Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater in Lockport is embarking on an eagerly anticipated revival of live theater, starting with the April production of “Love Letters,” by Buffalo playwright A. R. Gurney.  Performance dates are April 21 and 22 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 PM at the Taylor Theater, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Tickets are $20 general admission or $15 for Kenan members, and can be purchased online through Ticketleap or at the Kenan Center Business Office. To charge by phone, call 716-433-2617.

Gurney’s “staged reading” is a story of love that lasts a lifetime. It centers around two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Ladd, III, who meet as children. They share a correspondence that begins with a thank you notes and summer camp postcards and evolves into an exchange of letters in which they share the most important milestones of their lives.

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CEO Magazine: Niagara University’s MBA Program Among Best In World

CEO Magazine: Niagara University’s MBA Program Among Best In World

Niagara University’s MBA programs are among the best in the world, according to rankings released yesterday by CEO Magazine.

The British-based magazine listed NU’s MBA programs in its Top Tier of North American institutions, a distinction earned by only 68 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Results were based on the quality of an institution’s in-class experience and teaching faculty, which took into account metrics such as smaller class sizes, student work experience, international diversity within the classroom, faculty-to-student ratios, accreditations, tuition cost and faculty qualifications – both academic and professional.

According to its website, CEO Magazine uses a ranking system entirely geared and weighted to fact-based criteria to cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.

NFL’s Troy Vincent Brings Message Of Leadership, Accountability To Niagara University

NFL’s Troy Vincent Brings Message Of Leadership, Accountability To Niagara University

Early on in his presentation Tuesday night at Niagara University, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent asked attendees to put their phones away. His intention was to create a safe space for dialogue to take place on a topic that he’s dedicated much of his adult life advocating for: ending domestic violence.

Truth be told, the physical punishment that Vincent endured during a standout 15-year NFL playing career is miniscule when compared to the emotional toll he has experienced off the field.

Vincent, during his 90-minute presentation, recounted how, at age 8, he would hide in a closet with his younger brother while his mother was being beaten by a boyfriend. His memories of those instances of domestic violence remain crystal clear, as did his message for the more than 220 students and community members packed into the Clet Hall Dining Commons: There is no such thing as an innocent bystander.

Full Summer Season Kickoff Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Full Summer Season Kickoff Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst, is proud to announce a full May calendar celebrating the season opening! 

Free Farmstead Thursdays, made possible through funding by M&T Bank, will begin Thursday, May 4. Admission is free for all to enjoy from 4 to 8 p.m. and offers visitors access to family-friendly educational programming, demonstrations by costumed historic interpreters, guided tours of the historic village and farmstead, and 20,000 square feet of curated exhibit space. Free Farmstead Thursdays run May through August. 

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Kenan Center to Present All High Photo Show

Kenan Center to Present All High Photo Show

For the 32nd year, the Kenan Center in Lockport will present the STORRS ALL HIGH PHOTO SHOW, featuring the work of high school students from 28 schools from across Western New York. This year’s show opens Sunday, April 2, with a free public reception from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust Street in Lockport. Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through Sunday, April 23.

Kenan Center House Gallery exhibitions are generously sponsored by the Grigg Lewis Foundation, M&T Bank, Kenan Arts Council, Kenan Quilters’ Guild, and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. Award support for this exhibit was provided by The Buffalo News/NeXt, the Buffalo Society of Artists, and individual sponsors.

For more inmformation, go to www.kenancenter.org.

Benefit to Help 5-year-old ‘Wolfman’ Fight Leukemia

Benefit to Help 5-year-old ‘Wolfman’ Fight Leukemia

A “Wheelbarrow of Booze,” a flat-screen television, and a lottery tree holding about $100 in scratch-off tickets are just some of the prizes that will be up for grabs as the family and friends of Edward “Wolfman” Carias help the 5-year-old take a bite out of leukemia.

Edward was nicknamed “Wolfman” by his uncle, Joe Kowalewski, from the first time he saw him because Edward had tufts of hair on his ears, and the name stuck. Now “Wolfman” is fighting for his life. On December 8, 2016, Edward was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. After spending 23 days at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, Edward now faces two to three years of traveling between his home in Eden to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo to undergo chemotherapy.

Kenan Center Named Finalist for Arts Award

The Kenan Center in Lockport has been selected as one of three finalists for this year’s Spark Awards “Organization of the Year.” The fourth annual awards are presented by Arts Services Initiative serving Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties. The other two finalists are the Springville Center for the Arts and Fredonia Opera House. Past recipients of the award are Just Buffalo Literary Center (2016), the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (2015), and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (2014).