SECOND FRIDAYS FROM HOME
Burchfield Penney is continuing the community engagement they’ve built their entire organization upon with virtual Second Friday’s continuing while many are still quarantining at home and unable to enter public spaces like their art center. Tune in with friends on their FB page this Friday night 530P – 730P, grab a drink, and enjoy the art show!
DEMONSTRATION | ADAM ZYGLIS
Friday, JUNE 12, 5:30–6:15 pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Adam Zyglis will be streaming a live artmaking demo starting at 5:30pm.
Facebook: Adam Zyglis
PERFORMANCE | DONNY FRAUENHOFER
Friday, JUNE 12, 2020, 6:15–7 pm
Genre-bending multi-instrumentalist Donny Frauenhofer will be streaming his performance starting at 6:15pm.
Facebook: Donny Frauenhofer Music
DEMONSTRATION | CAITLIN CASS
Friday, JUNE 12, 7:00pm–7:45 pm
Artist Caitlin Cass will be streaming a live artmaking demo starting at 7:00pm.
Facebook: Caitlin Cass
PERFORMANCE | TYLER WESTCOTT
Friday, JUNE 12, 2020, 7:45–8:30 pm
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Tyler Westcott will be streaming his performance starting at 7:45pm.
Facebook: Tyler Westcott Music
Adam Zyglis is the staff editorial cartoonist for the Buffalo News. His cartoons are internationally syndicated through Cagle Cartoons and have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world, including The Week, Time, Newsweek, MAD, the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also done freelance work in book illustration and storyboarding. He won National Headliner Awards for his cartoons in 2006, 2011, and 2015; the National Press Foundation’s Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award in 2013; and a Pulitzer Prize in 2015. (He was awarded the Pulitzer, his third National Headliner Award, and Hunter College’s Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience during a single week of April 2015.) Zyglis is the third editorial cartoonist for the Buffalo News to win journalism’s top honor, following in the footsteps of Bruce Shanks (1958) and Tom Toles (1990).
Zyglis’s family has been based in Western New York for three generations. He was born in Buffalo and grew up in Alden, N.Y. In 2004, he graduated from the Canisius College Honors program summa cum laude with a major in computer science, a minor in math, and a concentration in studio arts. His first cartooning job was for the Griffin, the weekly student newspaper at the college. His work at the newspaper in 2003 earned him three national collegiate cartooning awards, which led to freelance jobs with the Buffalo alternative weekly Artvoice. He accepted a full-time position at the Buffalo News in August 2004, at the end of a three-month illustration internship.
The Pulitzer committee commended Zyglis’s ability to use “strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words.” In his cover letter nominating Zyglis, News editor Mike Connelly wrote that the artist “leads his readers to a smile or a tear, sometimes confirming what they already thought, sometimes prodding them to reassess. His editorial cartoons take on Republicans and Democrats, John Boehner and Barack Obama. And with cartoons such as his take on … data mining and CNN, he doesn’t hesitate to go beyond politics. (Wolf Blitzer was a good sport about the April Madness cartoon; CNN asked for the original.)”
He is married to artist and writer Jessica Zyglis.
For more information on Adam Zyglis, visit his website at http://www.adamzyglis.com/index.htm. For an archive of his work for the Buffalo News, visit http://adamzyglis.buffalonews.com/.
Donny Frauenhofer is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and educator from Buffalo, NY that has been making big waves both regionally as well as nationally in several genres since the start of his professional career. Dipping his toes into multiple scenes, Frauenhofer has become a recognizable name in the jam scene circuit as keyboardist/vocalist with nationally touring act Intrepid Travelers (dubbed “Improvisation Kings” by The Buffalo News Gusto) as well as Donny Frauenhofer Trio and Donny Frauenhofer Band. He has performed at festivals such as Northwest Jazz Festival, Queen City Jazz Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, Night Lights Music Festival, Some Kind of Jam, Woodhenge Sustainability Festival, Nietzsche’s Jazz Festival, and Cobblestone Live, among others.
Regionally, Frauenhofer can be found performing all over New York State and beyond, playing in too many projects to count. Truly a rarity, Frauenhofer has shown the versatility as a pianist/keyboardist to perform as a side man in both musically complex academic settings with classical and jazz vocalists, as well as being the first call for local and regional tribute projects such as Allman Brothers’ Band, Phish, Steely Dan, Grateful Dead, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Frank Zappa, Weather Report, James Brown, John Williams, as well as plenty more.
Endlessly in the pursuit of growth as an artist, Donny Frauenhofer takes these diverse influences and puts them on full display in DFB, or Donny Frauenhofer Band. Essentially a supergroup, DFB consists of a rotating cast of some of Buffalo’s best young musicians and takes the tight, rhythmic complexity of Frank Zappa’s music, adds a harmonic layer largely influenced by jazz traditions, and provides an open improvisational approach akin to the traditions of the modern jam band.
Largely known as Buffalo’s best kept secret, the secret may be starting to spread with nominations for “Best Jazz Pianist” in JazzBuffalo’s Reader’s Poll 3 years running, and an award for “Best Jazz Fusion Act” with THE TRUTH, a group he helps compose and arrange for. Constantly rejecting and reinventing narrow labels to expand his craft, Frauenhofer truly best represents an incoming generation of musicians that embrace and access an infinite amount of influences.
“From all walks of life. To describe his stance otherwise, would be demarkative at best. He might be said to epitomize the phrase ‘if an egg floats, wear it’. His passion for his craft is unwielding and adematous, and he wouldn’t be caught dead in a corner if a butcher asked him twice.” – Dr. David Gaita
Caitlin Cass makes comics, drawings, watercolors, prints, and installations under the aegis of the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative, an organization of which she is the founder and sole member. As the name suggests, Cass’s work is inspired by the Western canon and humorously salutes those figures from throughout history who have worked, successfully or unsuccessfully, to elevate humanity.
Cass was born near Chicago and received a BA in liberal arts from the Santa Fe campus of St. John’s College, a university whose curriculum relies heavily on primary texts written by major figures from throughout history. This rigor and aesthetic informs most of her own work, albeit with tongue firmly in cheek. (As Trevor Abes noted in the Toronto Review of Books, “Her work draws on influences from Heraclitus to Paddington Bear in a poetic attempt to fit the whole world into one craggy group picture.” )
She moved to Buffalo, N.Y. in 2009 and earned an MFA in visual studies from the University at Buffalo. It was in Buffalo that she developed an ambitious undertaking called The Museum of Failure, a portable installation celebrating missteps in the march of progress. The “museum” has been exhibited at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and at a Metro Rail stop in Buffalo, at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), and at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Another installation, The Munroe Rivalry, imagined a fictionalized story from the War of 1812; it toured five museums in Ontario, Canada during the centennial of the war. Cass also writes and draws a number of comic books.
For more information on Caitlin Cass, visit www.caitlincass.com.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Tyler Westcott is best known as the founder of Folkfaces, a Buffalo-based quartet that specializes in “Rowdy Jazz & Bluesy Roots.” He also an active member of Banjo Juice Jazz Band, The Observers, Black Rock Zydeco, and The Paper Roses.