Catching up with Constance Caldwell
Mysterious Zelda on OFF BEAT CINEMA, communications expert and realtor
Photo by kc kratt
The last time we interviewed you in the "Beautiful People" edition (April 2013) of Buffalo Spree, you were the Director of Communications & Community Engagement at The Buffalo History Museum and playing the Mysterious Zelda on Off Beat Cinema. What are you up to these days?
I’m still playing Zelda on OBC and still working as a hired gun communications expert here and there to advance community initiatives I care deeply about. With OBC, I’m on a promotional book tour for MOVIE 365: A Good Movie For Every Day Of The Year, a book written by underground filmmaker and movie aficionado Greg Sterlace. The biggest change since we last spoke has been getting my real estate license and becoming a realtor. The nonprofit world proved that I’m good at self-starting; I finally pulled the trigger on something I’ve been thinking about for years. Happy to say, so far, so good. Call me!
Has anything surprised/delighted you in the Buffalo arts and cultural scene since we last spoke?
MUCH! Starting with the jazz scene and how it’s grown in leaps and bounds. Through marriage [to Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist George Caldwell], I have an up-close view of all the young jazz talent that’s on the scene. Thanks to the UB Jazz Department and the Buffalo Jazz Collective, these programs and the venerated musicians involved are nurturing homegrown talents that are making some beautiful noise all over creation. They start here, live here, move here, and even if they leave, frequently return.
With a long history (as a kid, I played downtown, when it was vibrant) and through my work in theater, I speak with utter joy about the recent extension of the theater district on Main Street, from the lit marquee above the Irish Classical Theatre, to Road Less Traveled Theater’s new space, to the Matinee (you can’t call yourself a theater town without a signature bar), and the Plaza of Stars—all those big and little things are fantastic.
Also, I find the surprising number of filmmaking projects and festivals here in Buffalo beyond anything I can keep up with and track of, but I love it.
Generally speaking, the artists, gardeners, craftspeople, storytellers, visionaries, etc. who manage to get things done, and continue to delight and surprise.
What place in WNY is in need of beautification?
All areas that are plagued with strip malls and/or big box stores are walks of despair and desolation and could use some creative imagination in introducing quality of life aspects. The surrounding working class neighborhoods deserve pleasant walkable streets just as much as the affluent and artsy areas of the city. I don’t think it’s an impossible dream.
Where will you be in six years?
Right here. More evolved. Taking care of home and business.