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> by Brian Campbell

Pilsners come in all shapes and sizes. From the soft and floral bitterness of Czech (Bohemian) styles to the spicy hop flavors of classic German (Bavarian) styles, pilsners are often a delicate, crisp and thoroughly refreshing beer.

News of the Weird

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by Chuck Shepherd The Internet’s Promise Fulfilled (for Men, Anyway) • Japan’s Tenga toy company appears to be first on the market with a virtual […]

Now Playing in Theatres

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OPENING THE AMERICAN SIDE- Independent film shot partially in Buffalo about a low-rent detective searching for a long-lost design by enigmatic genius Nikolai Tesla. North […]

Celebrating Sammy

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Anthony Chase

Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990) was one of the great entertainers of the 20th century. If you are of a certain age, and the 1960s, ‘70s, or ‘80s loom large in your cultural memory, chances are that Sammy was a big part of your life.

Composer Amy Williams Invents Cineshape

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Amy Williams, a Buffalo native and video artist Aaron Henderson, two acclaimed Pittsburgh-based artists, have been working for over a year on this collaboration, which is the culminating project for Williams’ year as a prestigious Guggenheim Fellow.

On the Boards – Presented by Irish Classical Theatre

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DIRTY DANCING, The Classic Story on Stage, touring production of the musical based on the popular movie, presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. May 3-8, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org


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Three of the most popular movie musicals of the 1980s, Flashdance (1983), Footloose (1984), and Dirty Dancing (1987) have been adapted for the stage but only one of them ever made it to Broadway. Footloose opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 1998 and ran for almost two years.

Minor League Baseball Chief

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The president of Minor League Baseball, Pat O’Conner, was in town last week, making the visit to Coca Cola Field to deliver a prestigious award to Buffalo Bisons third baseman Matt Dominguez.

Changes and New Faces in Buffalo’s Jazz Scene

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“The younger generation of jazz players are very aware of the older guys,” said sax player Ellen Pieroni. “Pausa Art House has really brought a lot of that together because they feature a lot of younger artists, as well as the classic Buffalo jazz musicians and these people meet. Actually, that’s what I was most excited for with my jazz fest.”

“ This Department is not aware of the Common Council, nor the Buffalo Water Board, providing authorization to the BMHA to forgive these debts owed to the City. Furthermore, the City and the Water Board do not have any recorded material outstanding liabilities to the BMHA,” says City Comptroller Mark Schroeder.

Mascia, Schroeder balk at BMHA mismanagement

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    BY TERRENCE ROBINSON In this chapter of the Mascia Chronicles we will take the reader on a hair-raising spin around the track of […]

Enter a Divine Land

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Shen Yun, the world touring Chinese Performing Arts Company will be returning to Shea’s this weekend. The talented company presents a story-based performance of Chinese classical dance combined with ethnic dance, folk dance and featured solo performers. A western philharmonic orchestra that interestingly integrates traditional Chinese instruments accompanies the dancers. 

Bach to the Future

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The young and innovative musicians of the Buffalo Bach Project will make their Friends of Vienna debut this Sunday at 3:30pm in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue, in the final concert of the FOV’s current season. Soprano Maria Lindsey, oboist and French horn player Megan Kyle, cellist Katie Weissman and harpsichordist and pianist Garrett Martin, will present arias from six different Bach cantatas, interspersed with several intriguing modern compositions, as the group’s spokeswoman, Megan Kyle, explains.

Jon Lehrer Talks Yeats

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This weekend, the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s will open The Yeats Project: Two Plays by W.B. Yeats, a three-way collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater. The production offers a relatively rare opportunity to take in two plays by William Butler Yeats: The Land of Heart’s Desire, the first of his plays to be performed publicly; and At the Hawk’s Well, one of his “Four Plays for Dancers.” Both plays reflect Yeats’ fascination with Irish mythology, and are remembered for their association with the Irish Literary Revival undertaken by Yeats, Lady Gregory, and others.  

Daniel Bassin’s UB Farewell

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The UB Symphony Orchestra will end its season with a free performance this Sunday April 24, at 3pm in Slee Concert Hall, under the baton, for the final time, of its Music Director, Daniel Bassin. Sunday’s concert will feature the kind of refreshing and innovative programming that Dan has established as his hallmark.  Roland Martin’s new orchestration of George Butterworth’s Six Songs from “A Shropshire Lad”, after poems by A.E. Housman, will be sung by Robert Gerst, winner of the UBSO Concerto Competition.

News of the Weird – 4.21.16

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Eva Tiamat Medusa, 55, of the Phoenix area, has almost completed her journey (she calls it “transspecieism”) to become a “mythical beast” — like a dragon video-game character — through purposeful facial scarring, surgical implants and even removal of both ears.

Activist Amber Small Running Hard for Democratic Nod in 60th District

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Community activist Amber Small, a relative political newcomer, is running an aggressive grassroots-oriented campaign in her bid to win the kind of support that will help her land the Democratic Party endorsement for the 60th District State Senate seat being vacated by Marc Panepinto who announced last month he won’t seek re-election amid hints of a staff scandal.

Double Trump

Trumping the Left

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What better topic to introduce my new column in this paper than Trump’s visit to Buffalo Monday night?  So there I was, in the press pen, literally walled off from the event with no food, no booze, no nothing.  What a glamorous life the media lead.  Most of the press sat stoically at their laptops, hammering away and rarely even looking up at the speakers.  I had intended to schmooze some of them and get some inside scoops but I wasn’t feeling the warmth.  

Truckin’ up to Buffalo

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Food Truck Tuesdays just kicked off their fourth season on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. When you see the enormous gathering of people at Larkin appreciating the food, conversation, beer and live music it’s easy to question the widespread belief that people have lost the ability to socialize because they are living instead on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s more the case those media helped get them together to enjoy some actual real world socializing. 

Hello, My Name is Doris

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By Jordan Canahai Hello, My Name Is Doris, the oddly endearing and unconventional effort from director Michael Showalter (The State, Wet Hot American Summer) stars a wonderful […]

Stagefright 4.14

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By Javier Ten-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune (pictured above) will be a special guest of honor this Saturday at the sold out gala event […]

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On The Boards Theater Listings

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OPENING THE DINING ROOM, play by A.R. Gurney, presented by Lancaster Regional Players, directed by David Hall, starring Catherine Burkhart, JoeCassidy, Deborah A. Krygier, Joel […]

Free Will Astrology 4.14.16

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“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free,” said novelist Ralph Ellison. Would you consider making that a paramount theme in the coming weeks?

News of the Weird

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Yet Another Way to Tell If You’re DUI: Maryann Christy, 54, was arrested in Roselle, Illinois, in January when police spotted her driving through town with a 15-foot-tall tree firmly lodged in the grille of her car, sticking straight up. She was apparently too intoxicated to recall where she “acquired” the tree or how many minutes earlier that was.

Deadpool: Dead Presidents

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By Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn (Authors) and Tony Moore (Illustrator) Marvel Comics (Publisher) Review by What do you get when you combine over-the-top graphic […]

Insufferable, Vol. 1

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By Mark Waid (Author) and Peter Krause (Illustrators) IDW Publishing (Publisher) > Review by Gabriel Allandro Irredeemable was a horrifying take on the Superman concept: […]


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With two solid weeks of spring weather, it seems that winter will not relinquish its icy grip on Buffalo. While it is easy to lament the return of the cold temperatures and grumble about digging the snowbrushes out from the depths of our basements, there is also reason to celebrate

Loie with Sculpture as Herself (1995)

George Woodman Photographs

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ne of the works in the current Nina Freudenheim Gallery show of photographs by George Woodman is called Hymn to Classicism.  It consists of collage-effect vertical strips of various Greek or Roman classical or classical revival sculptures, and one–one vertical strip–salon academic classicism painting.  

But most of the works in the show could be called hymns to Classicism, which they reference in various ways.  Often by incorporating images of classical sculpture–often signature classical manner nude figural sculpture–or classical architectural elements, a Corinthian order capital, other architectural fragments.  Sometimes by including a nude–or partially nude–model in conjunction with the nude sculptural figures.  Or sometimes just the nude or partially nude same model.  Or sometimes the model in street dress.  Or sometimes another model appearing only in street dress, but often in photos or collage with the sometimes nude or partially nude model.  

All as classical reference, the play with the nudity idea.  One of the classical statues that shows up in a couple of the works is the modesty Venus, nude but as if caught by surprise in that state, gesturing to hide her nudity, top and bottom.  

These are large-format photographs of mixed primary and secondary photos–the immediate photo, the photo of the moment, incorporating other photos–layered and juxtaposed so that sometimes it’s hard to tell what imagery is primary and what is secondary.  

And very Italian.  The number and variety of classical statues is evocative of an Italian art gallery, plus the titles of several works that include sculptural images specify actual Italian galleries, such as the Museo Nazionale del Bargello and the Galleria Romanelli, both in Florence.      

One of the Woodman photos is called Shrine for a Saint.  It features a carpentered sort of desk organizer or wall rack with several receptacle boxes and several prints of the same portrait photo of a woman who could be any Italian woman from the second half of the nineteenth century or first half of the twentieth, and another photo of another woman, turned slightly oblique–the photo not the woman–from the plane of the primary photo, so obscured in that way.  And not clear what the relation–if any–to the woman in the multiple photos. 

Another photo called La Principessa Cowboy Florentina is of the sometimes nude or partially nude model, nude in this case except for a near-miss version of a cowboy hat, straight out of a spaghetti western.    

The only explicitly non-Italian-reference work is called Girl in Kimono.  Actually two kimonos, or almost.  Putting on a black kimono over a white one.  Or maybe taking off the black one.  All a bit puzzling.  She’s also missing her head–or rather, we’re missing her head–which is cut off at the top of the picture.  

Woodman is an artist in various media, first and foremost painting, then photography.  In addition, he has a major work on permanent display in Buffalo–in the Delavan-Canisius subway station–in the medium of painted tiles.  Inspired by Moorish medieval tile work in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

In an artist’s statement, Woodman talks about his usual work process and usual work.  “Most days for the past sixty years,” he says, “I have gone into my studio and made the art that I long for.  This has been a painter’s practice…Today I make photographs in much the same way…Pictures come into mind, are reflected upon, often changed, surrendered to and eventually realized…These photographs push themselves into my world.  I am usually happy to see them, but sometimes saddened or perplexed.  Photography is like painting, but completely different…”  

The George Woodman exhibit continues until May 11. 

Buffalo Bison Bobbleheads

Bisons Open 29th Season Downtown

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28 years ago to the day, Buffalo unveiled its new downtown ballpark, then named Pilot Field, to rave reviews not only locally, but across the nation and the baseball world. Buffalo was high on the list for Major League Baseball expansion, the new stadium set the bar for design and amenities seen nowhere in the minor leagues, and the city celebrated with a parade, and all the pomp and ceremony befitting such an event.

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ECC Responds to Critical Audit with Corrective Action Plan

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rie Community College has filed a formal response to the Jan. 14 audit report by the state comptroller that detailed a “lax control environment” established by the board of trustees that allowed college management to assume board responsibilities and make key financial decisions with little or no board oversight.