Film Review – I Saw the Light

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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”.

An International Banquet of Edible Books

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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.






Malcolm X (1992)

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MALCOLM X (1992)-  Spike Lee’s biopic starring Denzel Washington explores  the life and legacy of the controversial civil rights activist and black liberation leader. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminars. Dipson Amherst Tue 7






Archie, Vol. 1

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What do you think of when you add an unwitting, red-headed engine of destruction, a love triangle and Pop Tate’s? If you know your comics, then you know I’m talking about Archie Andrews, the lovable (yet hormonal) teen at Riverdale High.






Y: The Last Man – Deluxe Edition, Book one

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In Brooklyn, a xNew York Police Department officer puts her firearm to her temple and says “All of the men are dead.”  This is the final panel of the first page of creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pie Guerra’s career-defining epic Y: The Last Man, a comic book that follows the last two creatures to carry the gender-defining Y chromosome on planet Earth. 






Stagefright – 3.31.16

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By Javier Actor/playwright/humorist Jesse Eisenberg (pictured above) is playing Lex Luthor in the current movie hit Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which broke some […]

War and Peace

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BPO program highlights works from the 1930’s relevant to today By Jan Jezioro Associate BPO conductor Stefan Sanders will be on the podium at Kleinhans […]

Michael and Rachel Ludwig

The Return of Michael Ludwig

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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. 






BMHA’s Commodore Perry Homes: about 400 of the complex’s 600 apartments are vacant. With a $40M annual budget to manage some 3600 rented units [a whopping $10,000 per unit per year] the BMHA still can’t pay its bills as properties decline. BMHA Commissioner Joe Mascia claims that while the BMHA has 5dozens of high paid [patronage] administrative positions, there is only one plumber and one electrician to service the entire 28 BMHA complexes.

Comptroller Disputes BMHA $3.5M Debt Forgiveness Claim

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By Matthew Ricchiazzi Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder issued a letter to the Buffalo Common Council disputing the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s claim that it does […]

Three Sisters Islands was fenced and paved with expensive granite as part of the Niagara Falls State Park “Landscape Improvements” plan. Now it must be closed for several months of the year because people kept slipping and falling on the slippery stone

Pavers In Niagara State Park An Ongoing Scandal

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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.






Readers Follow Up With Ghost Stories and Pictures

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Following our publication of the picture of “Peg, the witch,” last week, a purportedly ghostly presence which appeared against the backdrop of a black couch in a North Tonawanda home, we have been haunted by readers who claim they have seen ghostly visitors in their own homes.






Dyngus Day Parade

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The adverse weather on Dyngus Day went largely unnoticed by both those marching in the parade and those watching. One lucky crew (below) had a bird’s eye view from the window of their house.






Emil with the Visions Comic Art Group.

“It’s On Like Comic-Con!”

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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.






Free Will Astrology

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my astrological analysis, you would benefit profoundly from taking a ride in a jet fighter plane 70,000 feet above the earth. In fact, I think you really need to experience weightlessness as you soar faster than the speed of sound.






I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

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From Wild Friendship Beer (Brasserie Cantillon, Allagash Brewing, Russian River Brewing) and Saison du Buff (Dogfish Head, Victory, Stone Brewing) to Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America and Devils Backbone’s Adventure Pack, collaboration in the craft beer world has long been an important, if not entirely necessary, part of the industry. 






News of the Weird – 3.31.16

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Murders are being committed over hair weaves, reported WMC-TV (Memphis, Tennessee) in March, with one likely explanation being a belief that a person who acquires tufts of human hair surely acquires the fortunes — good or bad — of the person who grew the hair.






St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016

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Long time friends and photographers, Cheryl Gorski and David Seide began their careers together at Varden Studios in 1988. Today, David specializes as a commercial architect photographer and is currently the president of the Chicago chapter of the ASMP. 






Buffalo: #1 Dyngus Day Party in America

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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.”






Best of Buffalo Voting Is Open!

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Another year has come gone: It’s time once again for , AV’s ANNUAL BEST OF BUFFALO readers survey of all that is strange and wonderful (and  not-so-wonderful) about our fair city and its surrounding burgs. The voting begins today. You can vote online at best.artvoice.com






“All The World’s A Stage”

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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). 






Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Omnibus

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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.






Free Will Astrology 3.24.16

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When Orville and Wilbur Wright were kids, their father gave them a toy helicopter powered by a rubber band. The year was 1878. Twenty-five years later, the brothers became the first humans to sail above the earth in a flying machine. They testified that the toy helicopter had been a key inspiration as they worked to develop their pioneering invention.






Interview With Jessica Oreck

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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.  






Knight of Cups

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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.






Terrence McNally Comes To Buffalo

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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.






Joyce Hill At Canisius College

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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.”  






Agamemnon Must Die

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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.






Critics of Mixed Martial Arts say that the character of audiences for this sport/spectacle are not dissimilar to those who enjoyed the contests of the Roman-era gladiators. The big difference is that all MMA contestants enter the ring voluntarily.

Mixed Martial Arts Promoters Have Tough Road Despite Passage

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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.






Caroline Wojtaszek has announced she will run for Niagara County DA.

Complaints Against Violante No Surprise To Lawyer Representing Donatello

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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.






Brian Meyer To Head Regional News Partnership at WBFO

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Award-winning veteran journalist Brian Meyer, who has served as news director at WBFO in Buffalo since 2014, has been promoted to the position of senior director of news and public affairs for WNED/WBFO where he will oversee a new regional collaboration that will focus on Great Lakes reporting.






Breaking Down The Beer at The Brewers Invitational

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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. 






“N-Oh, Canada!”

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1970.

That was the last time that Canada was shutout from the NHL postseason.

Back then it was a 12 team league, Buffalo and Vancouver would be the expansion entrants the following year. The two Canadian teams, Toronto and Montreal, failed to qualify in what was then an eight team playoff field.






News of The Weird – 3.24.16

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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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Best Sponge Candy

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Best Activist Group

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Best Annual Fundraiser

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