Niagara Arts & Cultural Center Update – March 2015

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March 12th @ 6pm: Thomas Chambers

American Antiquities are so Rare: Commemorating 1812 on the Niagara Frontier

Old Niagara Falls

Perhaps no other part of the United States saw more battles during the War of 1812 than the Niagara River borderland in western New York State. In later years its decaying fortifications and overgrown battlefields provided reminders of the struggle’s bloodshed and indecisive conclusion.

Tourists traveling to Niagara Falls visited nearby Fort Niagara, Queenston Heights or Lundy’s Lane, constructing the war’s memory in the process. As one visitor wrote during an 1821 trip to Niagara, “This beautiful country stimulates my patriotism.” Battlefields and monuments on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border became sites where Americans, and especially New Yorkers, came to understand why the War of 1812 mattered, and how they could remember its fallen heroes.

March 19th @ 6pm: Eric Bloomquist

 “Creating Borders and Defining Country” 

Discover the forgotten history of borderlands in the Niagara Region. Learn about the impact of the Holland Land Company,Pioneer settlement, Native Treaties and the creationof an American National Identity.

March 26th @ 6pm: Alan Jamieson

Haudenosaunee Diplomacy and the Two Row Wampum Treaty 

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The Two Row Wampum Treaty is considered by the Haudenosaunee to be the basis of all of their subsequent treaties with European and North American governments. Find out more about this agreement also known as the Tawagonshi Agreement of 1613 between representatives of the Five Nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) and representatives of the Dutch government in 1613 in what is now upstate New York.

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Lovin’ Niagara: Brook F. D’Angelo [by Mary Leahy]

Everything works better in cities with high levels of citizen involvement. Social scientists tell us that politics are kinder when more people pay attention to government and vote; social problems are diminished when people are close to their neighbors.  Quality of life improves when people support festivals and attend local concerts and shows. Cities look better if people turn out for neighborhood cleanups and park conservancy projects. And when trouble comes – a big local industry closes or a natural disaster strikes – people are far more likely to see things through when they’re involved and invested in the place they live.

From Little Italy to the Old Falls corridor, from Main Street to Hydraulic Park fire hydrants, benches and public parks have burst out in bright color and bold imagery.  Part public art project, part community revitalization strategy, the art has brought increased positive attention to the surrounding areas and businesses.  As a Niagara Falls native with a life-long interest in the creative process, Brook D’Angelo is enthusiastic about these projects, the local artists, and how they enhance the city.  D’Angelo practices what she preaches by sharing her talent; she is pictured above at the corner of Third and Ferry with one of the new, innovative neighborhood art objects.  It is, of course, one that she created.

Thanks to Brook and a dedicated group of young citizens, Niagara Falls is experiencing renewed vibrancy through the arts and neighborhoods are being revitalized.  Brook believes that public art provides an aesthetic element to capital improvements and can create memorable spaces for business and residents.  The eventual outcome will support tourism and enhance economic development.  She is a strong believer in the power of art and the role that it plays in the specific fabric of the community as well as promoting civic pride.  She hopes that the public art pieces can help to bring the community together and contribute to a common experience for people who visit and live in Niagara Falls.

A graduate of NCCC and Buffalo State College with degrees in Public Relations and Marketing, Brook has held several positions in the music and art industries, human services and is a certified wedding planner.  Speaking of weddings, Brook recently became engaged on the Maid of the Mist. She lived on Florida for a while, but returned home in 2003 for family support, economical living costs and her Sicilian grandmother’s cooking.  Growing up, like many others in Niagara Falls, Brook spoke Italian before she spoke English.  Currently employed by the City as a Data Clerk with the SWEET Team, she feels her previous jobs prepared her for this new position where she has fielded calls regarding the new recycling effort that sometimes total 150 per day.  Brook is involved with many other city projects including Dance of the Fireflies, Falls Femme Décor, Pints 4 Progress and Niagara Liberty.  She is also the events coordinator for her favorite restaurant, Wine on Third.

For Brook, street art is the cultural fabric that is woven into the city and can be a method to help increase civic pride.  However, Brook is as passionate about engaging Niagara Falls to be a greener community as she is about art.  They go hand in hand.  She believes the recent changes in the trash regulations have brought neighbors into dialog and that citizens working together for a cleaner, improved city are another opportunity to showcase Niagara Falls.  In short, beautiful interesting cities improve general psychological well-being and are great places to live.  The beauty of the natural wonder of the Falls does attract tourists to the area and cleaner neighborhoods might entice them to return and perhaps relocate.

An enhanced city with art integrated into daily community life should be celebrated by all, whether tourist or resident.  “Public art and clean streets are ways to draw people to an area,” she said.  “They will come to see the art and maybe stay and have dinner or shop.”  Certainly the current projects enhance downtown, but it is porous and will quickly radiate out into the entire city.  She wants the city’s public spaces to reflect the diversity and creativity of the nature wonder and the architectural gems that compose Niagara Falls.  Naysayers will — and have — argued there are more important things to be spending time and resources on than public art.  But D’Angelo believes there are more benefits than one might think. Perception and even public safety can be turned around for the better by the value of public art.

[From education to art, people in Niagara Falls are making fantastic things happen!  “Lovin’ Niagara” is a series of articles by contributor Mary Leahy highlighting some of our outstanding citizens. Do you know someone who you feel should be featured?  Contact us!]

Shakespeare Comes to Old Falls Street – Aug. 31

Free Event Features Thespians from Delaware Park in Buffalo

Niagara Falls, NY (Aug. 25, 2014) –
 A live performance of “E Tu Shakespeare?” will be presented on Old Falls Street’s Middle Block, on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, beginning at 5 p.m.  The play will be performed by the Shakespeare in Delaware Park Players of Buffalo and is free and open to the public.  Funded by Old Falls Street, USA, the event was made possible through a collaboration with “Live NF,” the comprehensive program which helps people discover, rediscover and celebrate living in the City of Niagara Falls, NY.

“Old Falls Street is happy to provide free programming and perhaps new experiences for both residents and visitors alike,” said Global Spectrum’s Ryan Coate, Old Falls Street’s general manager.  “This first-time event helps round-out an already busy summer season for us and we hope it attracts old friends and new guests that haven’t experienced the renaissance in our Downtown Niagara Falls area.”

Guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs as limited seating will be available.  Food and beverage concessions will be available for purchase.

In addition to this live performance, Old Falls Street is wrapping up most of its summer programming this week with the following:

·       Fitness on Old Falls – Tuesday, Aug. 26 (Run Club at 6 p.m.) / Wednesday, Aug. 27 (Yoga at 5 p.m.) / Thursday, Aug. 28 (Zumba at 6 p.m.) – All on the Middle Block

·       Old Falls Street Kids’ Club – Wednesday, Aug. 27 / Friday, Aug. 29 / Saturday, Aug. 30 – All on the Middle Block at 12 noon and 1 p.m.

·       Flicks on Old Falls – Final movie of the 2014 series – Ratatouille – Thursday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m.

Old Falls Street’s free activites that will stretch into September include the following:

·       Cooking Demonstration with Chef Bobby – Thursdays, Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, 12 noon on the Middle Block

·       TGIFridays on Old Falls Concert Series – Friday evenings at 7 p.m. on the Conference Center Block – Aug. 29 with KISS This (A Tribute to Kiss), Sept. 5 with Aircraft and Mr. Boneless, and Sept. 19 with West of the Mark

·       Niagara Falls Bike Rentals, located on the Park Block, will extend through October

Other upcoming special events with free admission include:

·       7th Annual Niagara Falls Blues Festival – Sept. 11-14, 2014

·       5th Annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest – Saturday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 8 p.m.

For more information on any of Old Falls Street’s events, visit or by following Old Falls Street, USA on Facebook and Twitter.

About OLD FALLS STREET, USAOld Falls Street, USA, managed by Global Spectrum, is a historic three-block destination that conveniently connects the entrance of Niagara Falls State Park with the Conference & Event Center, the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and other Downtown Niagara Falls, NY attractions. Serving as the “Welcome Center” for residents and visitors alike, the dynamic thoroughfare provides spaces for daily vending and special activities including concerts, festivals and holiday activities. Additional information can be found on their website at


Lovin’ Niagara: Nanci McNab [by Mary Leahy]


NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Born and raised in New Jersey, Nanci McNab made a permanent move to Niagara Falls in 2012. McNab worked in the banking industry in NJ for six years while putting herself through college. She received her Associate’s Degree from Ocean City College in Toms River. She then relocated to Niagara Falls where she has family connections. Although she misses breathing in the salty ocean air of the Atlantic, she loves her adopted city. The access to public transportation, friendly neighborhoods, walkability, great trails and of course the “eighth wonder of the world” originally attracted Nanci to the area. An enthusiastic cyclist, she appreciates the health, economic and environmental benefits of this region where you can easily bike instead of drive. She is returning to school in Buffalo this year to finish her bachelor’s degree. But, she will remain living in the Falls for the time being while completing her education in the Arts.

Currently, Nanci is loyally engaged with Niagara Falls, and especially with the art community. The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center is right around the corner from her home and she enjoys spending her spare time there. A local artist, Jonathan Rogers, made her the subject of a quadriptych entitled “The Jersey Girl” in his “portaits in the moment” series. The works are on line at as well as on display in the main gallery at the NACC until September in the Beyond the Barrel show. She has worked as a summer program counselor for The Kids Camp on Old Falls Street and in Delaware Park; she also was a model at the first wearable art fashion show at Wine on Third.

This summer, Nanci performed in the Infringement Fest in Buffalo where she wore a dress constructed of duct tape made by a local artisan’s company aptly called “Totally Duct.” She can envision similar events occurring in Niagara Falls on a larger scale thanks to the many talented designers, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs here. Already in the process of creating her own unique wearable art pieces, Nanci believes interesting cultural projects are crucial to the city’s revival to entice an “artrepreneurial” population similar to the vibrant art scene in places like Asbury Park, NJ. In her opinion, the architecture, building facades, highway overpasses, even the popular, newly-painted fire hydrants are perfect backdrops for artistic endeavors and shows. If given the opportunity to design and paint one of the available hydrants, Nanci would use the existing shape as a wedding bell, reminiscent of the city’s former reputation as the honeymoon capital of the world.

In addition to being a performing artist, Nanci works during the tourist season as the housekeeper at WanderFalls, a local hostel and guest house One of her favorite duties there is making breakfast pancakes for the many travelers that visit the Falls from all corners of the world. Nanci especially enjoys meeting the sightseers and listening to them as they discuss the multitude of reasons they chose to vacation here and visit our local attractions. She finds the deep seeded spiritual and psychological draw of humans to water, particularly the Falls of particular interest. Many of the international guests comment on their own fascination and obviously Nanci prefers to live near bodies of water, too. When not busy working, Nanci is an urban gardener, preferring to make her own healthy meals. However, she does appreciate the local and family owned restaurants here in the Falls and visits them whenever she can.

Once she has graduated, Nanci’s dream is to marry her love of art with her natural desires to be involved and give back to the community. She believes her fulfillment could be found through teaching. Her ideal career might include developing a children’s art program, possibly even located in building she co-owns with her father in the Falls. She attributes her calling and inspiration, in part, to her love for her belated grandmother who was an educator in NJ for many years. Ironically, portraits of her grandmother are also on display at the NACC. The photo above pictures Nanci with a portrait of her grandmother, the late Catherine Jones.

In the arts, timing is everything: the musician’s backbeat, the actor’s delivered line, the dancer’s choreographed leap. For Nanci, the leap and transition to Niagara Falls during this great period of change for the city coincided with her own life’s circumstances. And hopefully her independent, artist-driven spirit will continue to make a difference in Niagara Falls for many years to come.

[ From education to art, people in Niagara Falls are making fantastic things happen!  “Lovin’ Niagara” is a series of articles by contributor Mary Leahy highlighting some of our outstanding citizens. Do you know someone who you feel should be featured? Contact us! ]

Jamie Holka’s Git In Where You Fit In – Episode 2

Jamie Holka continues his monthly segment at The NiagaraHub with this episode of Git In Where You Fit In.  Today, Jamie discusses the trials and tribulations of having a guitar strings go out of tune and the other what-have-yous of the music business.  If you have any questions or if you would like Jamie to address certain topics, please let him know by emailing him at

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Rapids Theatre presents “The Greenroom” with Lindsay Pasquantino and Marc Violino

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The beautiful and awesome Rapids Theatre is proud to introduce a brand new show to help keep you informed of all the cool stuff going on under their dome sweet dome

Your hosts, Lindsay Pasquantino and Marc Violino will be sharing all the details of upcoming events, concerts and general happenings going on at the Rapids with their new show, The Greenroom.  Set in their actual “greenroom” (where artists get ready to go on stage), this monthly program will help you stay in tune with all of the groovy stuff happening at 1711 Main Street in the heart of Niagara Falls, USA.  The Rapids Theatre has so much cool stuff going on, they had to make a show about it!

Watch the premiere episode of The Greenroom here:

Fans Determine Lineup for 2014 Local Battles at Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA

Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA is on the search for local rock stars to take the stage in the heart of the Roman Empire with Hard Rock Rising, the world’s largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition! Through Hard Rock Rising, local Western New York artists could receive the chance of a lifetime – an all-expenses paid trip to Rome, Italy to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival this summer!

Starting on Monday, February 3, 2014, through Monday, February 17, 2014, local fans decide which bands take the stage at Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA by visiting Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA’s Facebook page and downloading free tracks from bands of their choice. After voting online, fans are encouraged to visit Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA where they can “triple their vote” by using a custom barcode at the cafe’s host stand. As an added bonus, 21 and older guests who check in at a participating Hard Rock Cafe are automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. Guests can visit to enter their vote.

All of the participating artists are part of ReverbNation, the world’s leading music community for rising musicians. ReverbNation built the technology that powers the programs, downloads and voting, which ultimately narrow the field for final judging.

Once local fan favorites are chosen, Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA and 80+ other participating locations around the world will host a series of live battle competitions from Monday, February 24, 2014, through Tuesday, April 22, 2014. During that time, a panel of local industry judges will select one winner from each location who will move into the Global Competition and a second round of online fan voting to determine the Top 25 bands worldwide.

Once the top 25 finalists are determined, a panel of music industry professionals, including Steven Van Zandt, producer, songwriter, creator of the world’s most successful radio rock show “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” founding member of the E Street Band and soon to be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; singer and hit songwriter Bonnie McKee, known for her hit single “American Girl” as well as hit songs for Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and Britney Spears; Laura Taylor of Everybody’s Management, who currently works with Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons; Scott Hutchison of acclaimed indie-band, Frightened Rabbit; Stone, guitarist of Taiwanese band Mayday and Hard Rock Records’ Artist Relations Executives James Buell and Blake Smith, will help select the grand prize winner and two runner-up bands.

The Grand Prize winner will perform at Hard Rock Live Rome, an outdoor music festival that will embrace more than 50,000 fans from across Italy. Winners of Hard Rock Rising will be flown to Italy to receive the ultimate rock star experience – the chance to visit the historic city of Rome and open up the main stage festivities at the first-ever Hard Rock Live Rome festival. The selected runner-up bands will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.

For full rules and a list of participating locations, visit or

About ReverbNation:

ReverbNation provides over 3.3 million artists, managers, labels, venues, festivals/events and other music industry professionals with powerful, easy-to-use technology to promote and prosper online. Their wide array of distribution and promotional solutions provide the hands-on tools and actionable insights that allow them to reach their goals in an increasingly complex music industry. The company operates worldwide with customers on every continent. Over 20 million visitors come to every month. For more information, visit and follow ReverbNation on Twitter:

About Hard Rock International:

With a total of 179 venues in 55 countries, including 139 cafes, 19 hotels and 9 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Seoul, Vienna, Anchorage and Siem Reap. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Aruba, Abu Dhabi, Ibiza and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit


Free lecture and book signing on Old Falls Street

This Wednesday, Old Falls Street presents its final free lecture of the 2013 Summer Series… 2pm on Old Falls Street.

An Interview with Mellow Panther [by Ken Cosentino]

Panther Petters AKA Mellow Panther is a music producer living in Niagara Falls, NY. He has a studio at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, where he creates his unique ambient beats with an anime influence. We caught up with the enigmatic Panther for an interview, and this is what he had to say…

? – Let’s start with the obvious… is Panther your real name?
P – Depends on what’s real. But yea that’s my real name

? – That’s a pretty unique name. Any special meaning?
P – My name?

Hub quick pic video – Chicago – “I’m a man”

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Who’s da man?