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Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926

"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."

- Robert Frost

ON THE MOVE From Celeste Lawson

Greetings, dear After50 News friends, and welcome to April! I’m really glad to see spring arriving after a rather mild and uneventful winter (until at the last minute the March lion roared in)! Western New Yorkers are a hardy bunch so wind and snow are not the types of things that can rock our boat too much. We press on and enjoy life!

April commemorates several ideologies that I find very important-- aside from Easter, which is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. April 4th is the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. This day always gives me pause to stop and remember the fight for peace and equality that Dr. King died for.

April 7th is World Health Day, and we all know how important our health is to our ability to live a good life. It seems every day on the news we are hearing new information about health and healthcare. April 15th is Titanic Remembrance Day, marking 105 years since the ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912. April 17th is the Monday after Easter and the ever-fun Polish holiday, Dyngus Day, celebrated big-time here in Buffalo! April 26th is the day we recognize the invaluable contributions administrative professionals (office assistants, secretaries, clerks, etc.) make to the smooth running of any business, whether it be commercial, nonprofit, educational, medical, etc. If an organization does not have good administrative office support staff, I assure you the place is a mess. Please say thank you to any administrative professionals you come into contact with as their value is immeasurable!

My personal favorite April recognitions are that it is National Poetry Month and the first week of April is National Libraries Week! I love books, all kinds of books, every kind of book, and I love, love, love poetry, as I’m sure you can tell by the fact that I include a different poem at the top of every article I write. April is a fine time to also enjoy the many different cultural arts events taking place here in Buffalo and Erie County. Take a moment to pick a few things to try and enjoy this first full month of spring! Peace to all of you and remember to keep the men and women serving in our armed forces close to your hearts and in your prayers!

Shantell Martin: Someday We Can– Now through Sunday, June 25th

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

Using her simple trademark line work (black ink on white surfaces), Shantell Martin transforms everything from walls to found objects, ceramics, toys, sneakers, and even the faces and bodies of participants and passersby, into a signature visual narrative. This is the first time an artist working with the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative will install work simultaneously at the museum and in the community. For information, call 882-8700.

Winter Market at Horsefeathers– Saturdays from now through May 6th, 10am-2pm

Horsefeathers Market, 346 Connecticut Street, Buffalo, NY 14222

The Winter Market will feature a minimum of 14 vendors selling a wide variety of local produce and products. The market will be held in the building’s renovated basement and first floor every Saturday from November 5th through May 6th. Several permanent food tenants, such as Lait Cru Brasserie and Michelle’s Caribbean Cuisine, will also do business out of the Horsefeathers building.

Friends of Vienna Concert– April 2nd, 3:30pm

Unity Church of Practical Christianity, 1243 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

This concert is part of the 40th anniversary season of Friends of Vienna. Enjoy the internationally touring Shtrykov-Tanaka duo, featuring a pair of dynamic young artists: Misuzu Tanaka, Japanese pianist, and Maksim Shtrykov, Russian clarinetist. Tickets: $5 - $12. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 882-0391.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake– April 4th, 7:30pm

UB Center for the Arts, 103 Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY 14260

The Russian National Ballet Theatre and fifty of its dancers will perform this revered full-length ballet with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, a ballet in four acts (approximately two hours). Tickets: $24.50. For more information, call 645-2787.

UB Distinguished Speaker Series: Roxanne Gay– April 5th, 8pm

University at Buffalo, Alumni Arena, Gymnasium, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260

Roxanne Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. For tickets, call 645-3142.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra– Beethoven’s Pastoral, April 8th at 8pm; April 9th at 2:30pm

Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201

The young American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits internationally for his passionate performances and deep rich tone. Celebrate the beauty of nature with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” paired with Honneger’s Pastoral d’ete and a dazzling version of Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3, performed by Beilman. Tickets range from $29 - $82. For more information, call 885-5000.

Jewish Jazz: Two Generations Mark the Role of Jews as Jazz Pioneers– Sunday, April 9th, 2pm

The Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

The Burchfield Penney presents Jewish Jazz, a multi-media happening featuring music and art by two generations of the Weiser family of Buffalo. The program will highlight the symbiosis between "Klezmer-style" Jewish music and American Jazz. The event kicks off with a performance by clarinetist Steve Loew and pianist Daniel Weiser. The concert will be accompanied by an exhibition of paintings by Milton Weiser, former chief of gastroenterology at the University of Buffalo and Buffalo General Hospital. Tickets: general admission- $20; Burchfield Penney members- $10. Call 878-6011 during gallery hours for tickets and information.

Colored Musicians Club Centennial Celebration Gala– April 15th, 5:30-10pm

Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Attend the grand Centennial Celebration marking the origin of Musicians Local #533. This highly sought after group of local musicians played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Nat “King” Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. From these beginnings, the Colored Musicians Club came to be with a rich history and story to be celebrated. Tickets: $150. For more information, call 853-1505.

Visions of an Island: Sky Hopinka in Person– April 15th, 7pm

Squeaky Wheel: Film & Media Arts Center, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Sky Hopinka will present a screening of three of his films at Squeaky Wheel. His gorgeous works approach both his own heritage and history as a Ho-Chunk Nation national and descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, as well as the reverberations of the continuing injustices that confront indigenous peoples. Presentation followed by a live Q&A with the artist. Admission: $7. For more information, call 884-7172.

Just Buffalo Literary Center: Babel Series: Dave Eggers, April 20th, 8pm

Kleinhans Music Hall, 370 Pennsylvania Street/3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201

Each year, Just Buffalo Literary Center brings some of the world’s most important authors to town, creating a global literary conversation right here at home. Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? and The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? His books, The Circle, and A Hologram For The King were finalists for the 2012 National Book Award. There is a Patron VIP Reception at 7pm. Call 832-5400 for more information.

Robert Glasper Experiment– April 20th, 8pm

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

Robert Glasper has been a standard-bearer for jazz music’s fusion with other genres of music. On their latest album, ArtScience, the Experiment sounds like a bit of everything that’s vibrant, challenging, and great about music, woven into a billowing fabric of jazz, funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, blues, disco, electronic, and pop. It is a little bit of art and a little bit of science. Ticket range: $15 - $45. For more information, call 878-3005.

Slee Visiting Artist Series: Nathan Laube– April 21st from 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Lippes Concert Hall, University at Buffalo, 105 Slee Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260

As part of the Slee Visiting Artist series, Nathan Laube, organist at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, will perform. The event is co-sponsored by the UB Department of Music, the Buffalo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and St. Joseph’s Cathedral, with support from the Buffalo Niagara Friends of Music. Tickets: $10 - $15. For more information, call 645-2921.

Buddy Guy– April 21st, 8pm

UB Center for the Arts, 103 Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260

At 80 years old, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy was a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Guy has 7 Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy, 34 Blues Music Awards, Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Tickets: $49.50. For more information, call 645-2787.

Junior League of Buffalo Decorator’s Show House– weekends, April 29th through May 21st

August Feine House, 766 Ellicott St. Buffalo, NY

The August Feine House is a beautiful remnant of Victorian Era Elegance. This event showcases local decorators who take over the house and redecorate room by room. The result is a fascinating mix of eclectic styles and room fashions. Hours: 9am - 4:30pm. Admission: $25. For more information, call 884-8865.

UB Student Choice Speaker Series: James Franco– April 29th, 8pm

UB Alumni Arena, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260

James Franco is a highly acclaimed actor, director, writer, and educator. Appearing on the big screen, television, and Broadway, Franco is the recipient of a Golden Globe award in addition to being nominated for numerous other industry awards. Tickets: $32 - $65. For more information, call 645-3142.

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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.