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'Songs I Wish I Were Cast To Sing' Features NU Theatre Department Alumni

NIAGARA FALLS N.Y. -- Niagara University Theatre’s 2010 – 2011 season offers an exciting array of entertainment options to suit a variety of tastes. For those who enjoy Broadway show tunes, a special limited engagement cabaret is being featured this fall.

To benefit the theater program, on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Friends of Niagara University Theatre will present a benefit cabaret production, “Songs I Wish I Were Cast To Sing,” with Broadway veteran Michele Ragusa, ’87 (“Young Frankenstein,” “Titanic,” “Adrift in Macao”), and  eight other multi-talented Niagara University theater studies alumni: David Autovino, ’03, Peter Bennett, ’03, Nicholas Cocchetto, ’09, Paschal Frisina III, ’00, Adriano Gatto, ’06, Kristin Nixon Frisina, ‘02, Carol Flanagan Propp, ’87, and Paul Todaro, ’87. Like Ms. Ragusa, many of these alumni have appeared in musicals, dramas and comedies in Western New York theaters and across the country.

Disco Duck to play Niagara U's Live Music Series

 Oct 15, 2010 - 8:00pm — 11:00pm 

Location:  Niagara Un

Renovation on the Somerset Church Continues with a New Roof

SOMERSET NY – The Somerset Union Methodist Episcopal Church has a brand new red roof.  The old roof was made up of two layers of roof coverings: asphalt roof shingles over old cedar shake shingles.  The old roof layers were removed to reveal the spaced sheathing used for the original cedar shingles.  A plywood deck was installed followed by new red laminated shingles cut to simulate the dimensional look of wood shakes.  We think the asphalt shingles were installed in the 1950’s when the third expansion was made to the church. 

Gavin Castleton, Happy Body Slow Brain at Niagara University

Niagara University Live Music Series gets underway tonight with

Gavin Castleton, Happy Body Slow Brain and Special Guest, Zak Ward

Date:  Oct 01, 2010  - 8:00pm — 11:00pm
Location:  Niagara University's Gallagher Center

Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation Launches Fall Advertising Campaign Targeting Empty Nesters

The latest advertising campaign from the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation (NTCC) is focused on targeting empty nesters within a few hours drive to visit the area during the fall months.

The six week long campaign kicked off September 6 and runs through October 10 in Syracuse, Utica, Elmira, Cleveland, Columbus, Erie, Pa. and Pittsburgh. The $165,000 campaign features radio, television and online advertising in addition to more than $150,000 in added value media. This is the second full scale advertising campaign of the year for NTCC.

“While summer is the prime tourism season for our region, we have seen increased interest in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall,” said President and CEO John Percy, NTCC. “Many of the region’s popular attractions operate through late October or maintain a year-round schedule. Empty nesters tend to have more flexible travel schedules than families and can travel in the fall.”

Writing With Light Student Exhibition

Just Buffalo Literary Center and CEPA Gallery are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Writing With Light Student Exhibition. A celebratory reception will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo.

Featuring selected works from Just Buffalo & CEPA Gallery’s education programs from the past year, the exhibit will display work from Picturing Poetry, Writer Residencies, and Bookmaking projects.

Writing With Light reached more than 3,500 K-12 students across the region this year, and its emphasis on intensive one-on-one contact between teaching artists and students yields powerful creative results. 

Genevieve DeCarlo, a 3rd grade teacher at Discovery School, P.S. 67 explains, "It was amazing to see the growth of my students... All children should be able to have this awesome learning experience!"

NU Live Music Series Line-Up Announced

Niagara University opens its 2010-2011 Live Music Series with four great shows.  All shows are held from 8 to 11 p.m. in the “Under the Taps” club in the Lower Level Gallagher Center. Admission is $5 at the door, and includes free pizza. Refreshments are also available. The community is welcome.

First up is Son of the Sun, with special guest Robots Are Thieves, on September 17. Band mates and friends Joseph Stocker (guitar, keyboards) and Zak Ward (lead vocals, guitar) released their first full-length album, The Happy Loss, in June.