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November Rain (single stanza)

"When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin' when I hold you
Don't you know I feel the same
'Cause nothin' lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it's hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain."

- Guns N' Roses

ON THE MOVE From Celeste Lawson

Greetings, friends, and welcome to November! I’m happy to say that October proved to be a great month with great weather that enabled us to continue to enjoy many outdoor activities, including just relaxing on the porch and in the backyard. It was also a month with wonderful cultural activities, so I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

November is also a great month and one reason is of particular importance to the Buffalo Niagara region. November is Native American Heritage Month and we all know how rich this region is with its Native American history and happenings, from the ancient legend of the Maid of the Mist to the hi-tech and entertaining casinos built by the Seneca nation that operate in Western New York.

Native American Heritage Month is relatively new compared to the many other heritage celebrations in this country. It was established in 1990 when President George H.W. Bush approved the House Joint Resolution 577 that designated November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage Month. The proclamation was issued on November 14, 1990. At this point in time, Indians are more often referred to as Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, mainly because they were already inhabitants of the land when other explorers landed on the shores of the Northern and Southern continents and the many islands found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. There are approximately 69 million indigenous peoples in the 26 major regions of the world, including the U.S. and Canada and nations such as Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia having the largest populations. The United States and Canada rank 6th and 8th respectively in the population of Native peoples, with Mexico at the top of the rankings with 25.7 million people.

Here in Western New York, there will be unique and ample opportunities to explore and discover more about the indigenous peoples of the Niagara region and beyond.

The Seneca Nation is presenting a series of events in celebration of Native American Heritage Month that are easily accessible because they will take place on the various casino sites. For example, Native American dancers will perform every weekend in November at all Seneca Resorts & Casinos. Other activities include a community dinner and social at the Seneca Allegany location on November 5th from 5pm-8pm. The community dinner and social includes authentic Native American food, Haudenosaunee social songs and dancing, craft vendors, and an auction.

There will also be displays and vendors set up throughout November. Seneca Marketplaces will be held at the Seneca Niagara Casino location on November 3,4,5,10,11,12,17,18 and 19 from 11am – 7pm, at the Seneca Buffalo Creek location on November 4,5,11,12,18 and 19 from 12 noon – 6pm, and finally at the Seneca Allegany location November 4,5,8,11,12,18 and 19 from 11am – 7pm. You can see the Native American Haudenosaunee Dance Exhibitions on weekends at the Seneca Niagara Resort at 3pm and 5pm, Buffalo Creek Casino on weekends at 7pm and Seneca Allegany on weekends at 3pm and 5pm. Look for lobby signage.

Performances by nationally recognized Native American artists will take place in The Bear’s Den showroom during the month of November. Musician Indigenous and special guest Logan Statts will perform on November 4th at 8pm. Tickets start at $35. Blackfoot featuring Rickey Medlocke and special guest Jimmy Wolf will perform on November 11th at 8pm. Tickets start at $45. Next, Williams and Ree, “The Indian and The White Guy,” will perform on November 18th at 8pm. Tickets start at $25. Also during the month of November, all the casino and resort restaurants will have Native American food choices added to the menu. National Indian Pudding Day is November 13th. Google search a recipe and try it!

Other important days to put on your calendar this month to learn more about and to celebrate: Election Day – November 7th. Remember to vote! Veterans Day is on November 11th; this is a time to honor those who serve and who have served our nation through military service. National Philanthropy Day, November 15th, is a day to say thank you to the individuals, private foundations, and businesses that give to nonprofit organizations whose mission is to help and serve the community in ways that government or business cannot serve. November 17th is World Peace Day, and, yes, now more than ever we need to send out vibes, prayers, and positive thoughts (whatever process is meaningful to you) that peace will spread throughout our community, our country, and the world! Universal Children’s Day is November 20th and it’s a day to honor and love the children who are our future. Lastly, November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day. No matter what may be going on in our lives, there is always something to be thankful for. Please takea moment and find the things in life that you appreciate and be thankful for them!

Here are some great opportunities to further enjoy in November!

Fourth Friday at the Tri-Main Building Friday, Nov. 24th – 5pm to 8pm

The gallery and gift shop are open to the public on the fourth Friday of the month through November.

Joe Bolognese & Ashley Amoia - Nov. 25th, 9pm, weekly on Saturdays

31 Club, 31 North Johnson Park, Buffalo, NY, 14201

Joe Bolognese and Ashley Amoia bring down the house with jazz standards and pop hits from the 70s all the way until today. Come by for great cocktails and great music! FREE.

Adventures in Buffalo History: Fall Speaker Series, Thursdays, Nov. 2 – 16, 7pm to 9pm

First Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY, 14201

Explore Buffalo docents present lectures on a wide variety of topics. Each session has two different lectures. Topics include: Spirits of Buffalo, Connecting to our Water, and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in WNY. Cost: $10. Call 245-3032 for information.

An Evening with John Sebastian – Nov. 3rd, 8pm

Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14222

John Sebastian is a permanent part of American musical fabric. His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-’60s rock revolution. Since those days, Sebastian has continued performing and touring. In 2000, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets: $30 - $35.

Kenan Center 2017 Quilt Show – Nov. 3rd – 5th,

Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 11am to 4pm

Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY, 14094

“The Artistry of Quilt” with featured artist is Gail Schweigert. There will be more than 200 quilts from local quilters. In addition to the in-house quilt appraisals, browse the boutique, food court, and vendors. There will also be technique demonstrations. Admission: $5. Call 433-2617 for information.

Tribute to Harold Arlen with The Buffalo Jazztet - Nov. 4th, 7:30pm

The Kenan Center, Taylor Theater, 433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY, 14094

The Buffalo Jazztet, led by trumpeter Mark Filsinger, features Bobby Militello, John Hasselback, pianist George Caldwell, Jim Colemon, and John Bacon. The concert will feature two full sets of music. Buy tickets online at Ticketleap, or at the Kenan Center, or charge by phone at 433-2617. Free parking. Tickets: $20>

SUNYWIDE Film Festival, Nov. 9th-11th

Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14222

The SUNY school system is the largest higher education university system in the country. This festival will include film screenings from students and faculty members from within the SUNY system, professional workshops, vendor showcases, live local bands, special guest speakers, and more! Tickets: $10-$25. Call 878-6812 for times and details.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play, Nov. 30th–Dec. 10th, Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30pm, Sun.: 2pm

Shea's 710 Theatre, 710 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 14202 .

This holiday season, spend a little time in Bedford Falls by being a part of the studio audience at WBFR’s 1946 Christmas Eve radio broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life. Five actors and a Foley artist perform all the voices, music, singing, and sound effects from the most beloved Christmas movie of all time. Call 629-3069 for ticket information

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Celeste Lawson is a long-time arts advocate, arts administrator, and artist in WNY. Over the years she has worked with arts organizations locally, statewide, and nationally including the National Endowment on the Arts, Americans for the Arts, NYS Council on the Arts, the NYS Council on the Humanities and the NY Foundation on the Arts.