Film Review – I Saw the Light






Beloved by American music fans for his one-of-a-kind vocals and inspired take on the folk, blues, and gospel genres, the music of legendary country western singer-songwriter Hank Williams has lost none of its power in over the half-century since the ill-fated musician recorded such classic ballads as “Lovesick Blues”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, and “I’m So Lonesome I could Cry”.

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An International Banquet of Edible Books






Every year, WNY Book Arts Center invites artists, foodies, and book-lovers to design and display books intended to be consumed.  Each presentation is to be inspired by literary references, books, or the general form.  They are exhibited, documented, and then consumed.  Each piece is ranked by local celebrity judges and artist/chefs are awarded with prizes donated from local businesses.






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The Return of Michael Ludwig






Glenn Cortese will be on two different podiums this weekend, when he leads his Western New York Chamber Orchestra in a pair of concerts featuring the music of J.S. Bach, Michael Haydn, and the local premiere of his own recent new work. The first performance on Friday, April 1 at 7:30pm will take place in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. The Sunday April 3 event is at 4pm in King Concert Hall, on the SUNY Fredonia Campus. 






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Comptroller Disputes BMHA $3.5M Debt Forgiveness Claim






By Matthew Ricchiazzi Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder issued a letter to the Buffalo Common Council disputing the Buffalo Municipal Housing

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Pavers In Niagara State Park An Ongoing Scandal






Two years ago this month, The Niagara Falls Reporter exposed what appeared to be a blatant case of bid-rigging perpetrated by the Saratoga Springs, NY-based LA Group, a landscape architecture firm chosen by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to implement portions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $50 million Niagara Falls State Park “Landscape Improvements” plan.






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“It’s On Like Comic-Con!”






The Buffalo Comic-Con Special One-Day Spring Garage Sale Show is set to take place this Sunday, April 3rd at the Marriot Niagara on Millersport Highway. For convention promoter Emil Novak, comic books are more than a hobby; they’re a way of life. As the longtime proprietor of Queen City Bookstore, Buffalo’s oldest-running bookstore, Novak can confidently lay claim to being the greatest force of good for comic book lovers in our cities illustrious history.






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Buffalo: #1 Dyngus Day Party in America






On Monday, March 28, Buffalo celebrates its Polish heritage with the annual Dyngus Day Parade and all the merriment that follows it. Now it in its 10th year, the parade is the brainchild of media entrepreneur and Forgotten Buffalo tour guide Eddy Dobosiewicz.

“I started the parade in 2007 after nearly two years of talking about doing it with Marty Biniasz and Russ Pawlak,” said Eddy. “Russ was then the president of the Central Terminal Restoration and Marty was on the board at the Broadway Market.”






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“All The World’s A Stage”






This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.  He is said to have died on the same date he was born:  23 April.  Throughout 2016, all “seven ages of men” will gather to rejoice Shakespeare’s life and works.  Peace of the City—the organization annually producing Shakespeare Comes to (716)—will kick off the celebration at their yearly benefit, on Thursday (3/31). 






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Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Omnibus






It was an auspicious debut. The credits on page one of Daredevil #158 read, “From time to time a truly great new artist will explode upon the Marvel scene like a bombshell … Frank Miller is such an artist!” At age twenty-two, Frank Miller, largely unknown and uncredited, became the illustrator of one of the core characters in the Marvel Universe. Daredevil, created in 1964 by Stan Lee (with Bill Everett), was unique, a handicapped superhero.






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Interview With Jessica Oreck






An extraordinary young talent whose experimental films frequently defy classification, filmmaker Jessica Oreck will be in town this week for the Buffalo premiere of her hypnotic and fascinating third feature The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga, presented by the Cultivate Cinema Circle at Squeaky Wheel this Friday at 7pm, featuring an introduction and post-screening Q & A with the director herself.  






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Knight of Cups






An urban symphony in six movements, Knight of Cups is a dizzying odyssey into the nature of perception, love, and the dual nature of the self. By turns euphoric and mournful, Terrence Malick’s seventh feature finds American cinema’s greatest philosopher-poet turning his gaze from the sun-kissed treetop canopies and wheat fields of the natural world to the towering structures of glass and steel which comprise contemporary Los Angeles.






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Terrence McNally Comes To Buffalo






Terrence McNally, four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, will visit Buffalo on April 1 and 2, 2016 as a guest of Buffalo United Artists (BUA), the Dramatists Guild Fund, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site, and Just Buffalo Literary Center.  During his stay, McNally, one the most highly regarded and widely celebrated playwrights in the world today will participate in two events to support theater in Western New York.






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Buffalo Quickies Turn 25






The annual evening of one-act plays features world premieres of recent finalists and one-act winners of the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition.  Alleyway calls it, a “smorgasbord of tasty theatrical tidbits flavored with the spice of life!” The plays are suitable for adults and teens. 






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Joyce Hill At Canisius College






Part of the impetus behind Joyce Hill’s mostly artist’s books exhibit at Canisius College is her sense that we don’t read as much as we used to and ought to.  Books, anyway.  “Computers, cell phones, and television are now where we go to see what is happening in our world,” she says in wall introductory copy.  “Books with paper pages are tossed aside in favor of these electronic devices,” she says.  And describes going into a used book store and finding the tossed-aside books “sitting lonely on the shelves, long forgotten.”  






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Agamemnon Must Die






Aeschylus wrote his play Agamemnon more than 2400 years ago, and the powerful tragedy still resonates strongly, both with modern audiences and contemporary creative writers, artists and composers. Inspired by Agamemnon, the Pulitzer prize-winning American composer Roger Reynolds has worked on what he calls his Red Act Project for almost twenty years. Commissioned by the Library of Congress, where the work received its premiere, Reynolds created Justice, his chamber opera based on Agamemnon in 1999-2001.






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Mixed Martial Arts Promoters Have Tough Road Despite Passage






It may be bloody and highly controversial, but mixed martial arts will be coming to New York in the not too distant future, and the popular sport will then face the challenge of lining up promoters to meet the requirements contained in the bill passed by the Assembly this week and headed to the governor’s desk.






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Complaints Against Violante No Surprise To Lawyer Representing Donatello






It was in the Sept. 3, 2013 editions of the Niagara Falls Reporter that I broke the story that one of the top prosecutors in the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office was threatening to bring legal action against the county on her claims that she had been discriminated against in pay and work conditions on the basis of gender.






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Breaking Down The Beer at The Brewers Invitational






The Brewers Invitational will bring together the very best beer and cider the Buffalo-Niagara region has to offer from nearly two dozen area breweries and cideries. In addition, ten regional guest breweries, including Brewery Ommegang, Abandon Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Great Lakes and Ithaca, will ply their wares. Representatives from each brewery will be on hand to answer all of your pertinent beer questions. 






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News of The Weird – 3.24.16






Trying to put (as a critic charged) “lipstick on a pig,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder boasted in March that the lead-in-the-water crisis plaguing the city of Flint for months now had actually spurred job growth. Though Snyder has been heavily criticized for tight-fisted budgeting that enabled the crisis, 81 temporary workers have been recently hired — to hand out bottled water so that residents would not have to hydrate themselves with poisoned municipal water. 






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