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No Frills Buffalo Set to Release Two Books

No Frills Buffalo Set to Release Two Books

No Frills Buffalo, a new Buffalo-based publishing firm founded by Mark Pogodzinski, will soon be releasing two new books, “Broken and Profane” by Jeff Schober, and “Fragments of a Life,” a collection of poetry by Judith A. Rucki. 

In the past year, No Frills has published three books by local writers: “Flashes and Specks,” a novel by Pogodzinski; “Diamonds in the Rough,” a compilation of short sports-related stories by Joe Kirchmyer; and “How to Tame a Macker,” a children’s book written by Mark Privateer and illustrated by Nicole Haberer. 

Red Jacket Awards at the Historical Society Honor Letro, Walsh

Red Jacket Awards at the Historical Society Honor Letro, Walsh

The Board of Managers of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society is pleased to announce that they have selected Cindy Abbott Letro, and John N. Walsh as recipients of its annual Red Jacket Award. The board will present the awards at a dinner and ceremony at the Historical Society’s museum on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

The Red Jacket Award is given annually in recognition of quiet, continued, unbroken devotion to civic progress. Created 54 years ago, in 1957, by the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, the award is based upon a medal presented in 1792 by President George Washington to the renowned Seneca orator and leader Red Jacket.

Local Publishing Company Looking for Aspiring Writers

Local Publishing Company Looking for Aspiring Writers

Founded by Buffalo native Mark Pogodzinski, No Frills Buffalo will consider works submitted in the fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, young adult and picture book categories. In the past year, No Frills has published three books by local writers: “Flashes and Specks,” a novel by Pogodzinski; “Diamonds in the Rough,” a compilation of short sports-related stories by West Seneca resident Joe Kirchmyer; and “How to Tame a Macker,” a children’s book written by Mark Privateer and illustrated by Nicole Haberer. Several more books by Western New York writers are currently in the works.

'Rock for Food' Teams Up with Wing Fest to Benefit Food Bank

 'Rock for Food' Teams Up with Wing Fest to Benefit Food Bank

9th Annual ‘Rock for Food’ Teaming Up Once Again with Wing Fest to Benefit Food Bank

Some of Western New York’s top music acts will be gathering together for an evening of live original music to help the hungry in anticipation of the holiday season.  Now in its 9th year of existence, “Rock for Food 2011” - will be held on Friday, September 2nd at The Pearl Street Grill & Brewery on 76 Pearl Street in downtown Buffalo. The event is a benefit for The Food Bank of Western New York and is once again the official kickoff party for The National Buffalo Wing Festival.

Post Your Pictures to the 2 Your Town Photo Galleries

Post Your Pictures to the 2 Your Town Photo Galleries

A viewer has added some terrific new pictures to our Downtown Buffalo community website.

If you have photos taken in Western New York you'd like to share with a couple hundred-thousand of your friends and neighbors, send them to neighborhoods@wgrz.com.

You can also create a new gallery of your own on any of our 17 WGRZ-2 Your Town community websites. Ask for details.

 

Just Buffalo Literary Center Working to Raise $5,000 by Aug. 31st to Publish "Wordplay"

Just Buffalo Literary Center Working to Raise $5,000 by Aug. 31st to Publish "Wordplay"

Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center can hear the clock ticking. By 5 PM on August 31st, they need to raise $5,000 to help students in Western New York see themselves in print. Just Buffalo is partnering with Kickstarter -- the internet pledging website for creative projects -- to support the publication of Wordplay, the annual anthology of student writing which highlights the most powerful work from the organization's K-12 writers-in-education program.

Artpark's 'Fame': Struggles, Hope ... and One Super-Catchy Theme Song

Artpark's 'Fame': Struggles, Hope ... and One Super-Catchy Theme Song

Though the storyline is a little thin, Artpark & Co.'s production of "Fame -- The Musical" does, in fact, light up the sky like a flame. A talented cast and bright, lively dance numbers make up for character deficiencies and odd time jumps.

Set in 1980 at New York City's High School for the Performing Arts, "Fame" tells the tale of a ragtag group of students, each one dressed as befitting the decade of Madonna, Spandau Ballet and "Miami Vice," and praying to become a real, live star. Though these teens are the cream of the crop of a vast applicant pool, they're told right from the start success will only come from hard work. Their subjects -- acting, dance, music -- are "the hardest professions in the world."

Read the full review, see photos and find show times and ticket prices on the Niagara Frontier Publications website, www.wnypapers.com.