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An album of 250 photos featuring window displays from the former Kleinhans Co. department store on Lafayette Square is being put up for auction today in New York City. The album, which chronicles the work of a Buffalo window dresser between 1919 and 1926, includes photos of "a patriotic 'tableau... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Gusto Blog
When Buffalo playwright Neil Wechsler announced plans last year to produce his own outdoor adaptation of "Faust" at Silo City this summer using actors from across the Northeast as part of a new annual theater festival, it sounded almost too good to be true. Turns out it was, at least... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Gusto Blog
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Lorna Hill, center, finds inner strength as Hecuba in “The Trojan Women,” opening tonight in TheatreLoft. "The Trojan Women," through April 19 in a co-proudction of Ujima Theatre and Buffalo Public Theatre in TheatreLoft. ★★★ "A View from the Bridge," through May 3 in a Subversive Theatre production in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Gusto Blog
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The New York Power Authority says it will fund a study of the relocation of the treasured Old Stone Chimney, which currently stands in an embankment of the Robert Moses Parkway. Above is a screenshot of a Google map, with the red marker indicating the area to be studied as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Brink
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You'd have to jog for 27 minutes to burn off the calories contained in one small chocolate Easter Bunny. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News) Easter comes after only Halloween when it comes to candy sales, according to the National Confectioners Association, which can create a challenge for parents looking to stuff the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Refresh Buffalo Blog
The State Education Department said this week that the Buffalo Public Schools' plans to phase out and relaunch two struggling city schools aren't good enough. As noted in today's story, Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz said the district's plans to turn Bennett High School into a new STE@M Academy focused on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at School Zone
Housing Visions Inc., a Syracuse-based not-for-profit, was awarded $2.9 million in low-interest loans and tax credits for its $12 million Walnut Avenue Homes project, the state announced today. The organization is planning to construct 41 housing units at eight properties on Walnut Avenue as well as Fifth, Sixth and Seventh... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Brink
By Mary Kunz Goldman Buffalo jazz crooner Michael Civisca is making a rare appearance in the limelight on April 24, for a special occasion. The occasion is Life is a Cabaret, which celebrates the 90th anniversary of Buffalo's Community Music School as well as the 90th birthday of the great... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Gusto Blog
The state Parole Board on Monday denied a parole request from Eric M. Smith, who is serving a life prison sentence for killing and sodomizing a 4-year-old boy more than 20 years ago in Steuben County when Smith was 13. Click this link to download the transcript from Smith's parole board appearance in PDF format: Eric Smith parole board transcript. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Buffalo News Live
By Mary Kunz Goldman JoAnn Falletta will be leaving the Ulster Orchestra in September, news reports have announced. Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, has been chief conductor of the orchestra in Northern Ireland since 2011, when she signed a three-year contract. Her successor, the orchestra's website states,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Gusto Blog
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County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be pardoning a butter lamb today at 2:30 p.m. at the Broadway Market. The gesture does not melt the heart of one Polish Catholic gentleman. The ceremony appears to be a kind of mash-up of Easter with Thanksgiving, when a turkey is pardoned by the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Buzz Blog
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(Primus, with guests Fishbone, will kick off this year's Niagara River Rocks concert series in June.) The Niagara River Rocks Concert Series, held at Gratwick Park, River Rd., in North Tonawanda, has announced the first two of what organizers hope will be as many as 6 shows scheduled throughout the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Gusto Blog
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Talking about death doesn't bring it on and ignoring it doesn't delay the inevitable, says Dr. Patricia Bomba, a geratric doctor. (John Hickey/Buffalo News) Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day in which Americans 18 and over, and teens with serious medical conditions, are encouraged to talk to their... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Refresh Buffalo Blog
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Kelly Clarkson canceled her performance scheduled for Nov. 16, 2013 at the grand opening of the Walden Galleria Microsoft Store due to illness. Now, both the Microsoft Store and Clarkson confirm that the show has been rescheduled for Oct. 25. The time of the performance, and the venue where it... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Gusto Blog
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Title: "Fall on me (Route 5)" // Artist: Max Collins // Ró, 732 Elmwood Ave. through June 10 Buffalo photographer Max Collins, known for his community-focused wheatpastes throughout the region, is taking on one of Buffalo's most controversial structures: the Skyway. His new series, which shows the elevated highway snaking... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Gusto Blog
Barnes and Noble at SUNY Buffalo State and the Amherst Senior Center will host book upcoming signings for “Cousins,” a new book by Linda Chalmer Zemel. Zemel, a Buffalo native, mother of two, and grandmother of six, writes the Buffalo Books and Buffalo Alternative Medicine columns for Examiner.com. She was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Refresh Buffalo Blog
Unlike its monthlong Kickstarter campaign that fell well short of its $150,000 goal, Mercado has raised more than $63,000 toward its new $70,000 objective in fewer than 10 days. According to the fundraiser page for Mercado, which intends to be a "revolutionary" market headlined by nationally acclaimed chef Scott Kollig and supported by hand-picked vendors such as Lloyd Taco Trucks, the initiative remains $6,709 short of its goal with less than two days to go. Reaching the financial goal isn't of paramount importance with this Indiegogo campaign, however, as Mercado will keep the money raised regardless of whether $70,000 is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Hungry for More
Lawmakers in the City of Niagara Falls on Monday night renewed the city's membership with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the regional business development and marketing group based in Buffalo. The City Council approved $50,000 in funding by a 3-1 vote. Funding from the city's share of casino revenue will be... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Brink
Chinese-American fiction writer Yiyun Li will read from her much-praised new novel "Kinder Than Solititude" (Random House) tonight at 7 p.m. at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Avenue ( at Tupper Street) as sponsored by Talking Leaves Books and the Brooklyn-based literary magazine A Public Space. A question-and-answer session... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Gusto Blog
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The Winery Dogs, a hard rock supergroup featuring Talas/Mr. Big/Niacin bassist Billy Sheehan, guitarist Richie Kotzen, and drummer Mike Portnoy, will perform at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) on Saturday, July 26th. Tickets will go on sale April 28th. They're priced $25 advance, $27 day-of-show, and will be... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Gusto Blog
Kathleen Maxian, the president of the Western New York Ovarian Cancer Project, has been elected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to serve on its Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee. She is one of two patient advocates on the committee, which includes NCI researchers from across the country. The committee’s work... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Refresh Buffalo Blog
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Notice there is a "2nd Edition" in the title of this one. Back in 2009, I drew the original Age-old Argument cartoon (without the proper hyphen - sorry about that) on the issue of torture. Check it out here. I'm likely going to continue this as an ongoing series from... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Adam Zyglis
Decades-old plans for a new train station in the city appear to be finally coming to fruition. The Niagara Falls City Council tonight awarded a $22.7 million contract for the construction of a new train station in the city's North End. Lawmakers awarded the contract to Scrufari Construction, which came... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Brink
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Niagara Falls lawmakers tonight will consider awarding a $22.7 million construction contract for the planned train station in the city's North End. Scrufari Construction was deemed to be the low bidder out of two firms who submitted bids. LPCiminelli was the other firm who submitted a bid. City and project... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Brink