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Second Annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival to be held this weekend

by Jordan Canahai

The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF), a weekend summer film festival that uniquely combines food, wine, and film is set to begin this Thursday, June 18th. The event, the second annual, aims to shine a cinematic spotlight on the Niagara Region’s extraordinary beauty, wineries, and cuisine while showcasing a diverse selection of the best films from around the world.

Art Feature

Frampton Comes Alive

by Buck Quigley & Jan Jezioro

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, UB’s Department of Media Study was located in the relatively tiny Wende Hall on the south campus. The dramatically underfunded department was also a hotbed of creativity—a place where students were exposed to radically experimental works by three instructors who are widely regarded as cutting edge artists in the structural film movement of the day: Tony Conrad, Paul Sharits, and Hollis Frampton.

Music Feature

buffaBLOG's 2nd Annual Herd Fest

by Jeff Czum

As summer officially rolls in this weekend, buffaBLOG’s 2nd annual Herd Fest is set to kick things off starting Thursday, June 18th and going all the until Sunday, June 21st. In a style similar to South by Southwest, the festival will feature 12 showcases in various venues across Allentown and beyond.

Cars Feature

Bruce Meyers, creator of the dune buggy, visits WNY enthusiasts

by Peter Soscia

Bruce Meyers didn’t know what he was creating when he put his first fiberglass body on the Volkswagen Beetle chassis back in 1964. It was called a “Meyers Manx,” but most today know it as a dune buggy.

Beer Feature

Join the Beer Party

by Brian Campbell

The second annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, the only festival in our region hosted by and for local craft brewers, takes place this Saturday, June 20, from 3-7pm, at Canalside. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Paul Marko, Chris Groves

Big Ditch Brewing Co. Hayburner American IPA & Father's Day Beer Essay

Art Scene

A broad look at various works by Harold L. Cohen at Manuel Barreto gallery

by Jack Foran

Former dean of the UB School of Architecture and Environmental Design Harold L. Cohen, now age 90, doesn’t seem to be slowing down a bit. An exhibit of his recent paintings, prints, and sculpture is currently at the Manuel Barreto gallery, 430 Delaware Avenue, near Edward Street.

Get Lit

A Portland poet visits Silo City / Go into the wild at Talking Leaves

by Heather Cook

The Silo City Reading Series is the only high-profile, summer literary event in Buffalo, including musical acts and visual art installations. This event brings together the best of Buffalo’s arts and cultural community to interact with some of the most dynamic poets from Buffalo and beyond.

Theatrically Speaking

An interview with Shaw Festival actor Martin Happer

by Anthony Chase

With his square jaw and rugged good looks, if Martin Happer hadn’t become a star of the Shaw Festival, he could have been a model for Disney princes and heroes. In fact, his tendency to play entirely deluded men often puts him on a cartoon-like reality plane, particularly this season when he plays “Black Stache,” the evil pirate destined to become Captain Hook in Peter and the Starcatcher.

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Avengers: Rage of Ultron

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Graveyard Shift

by Joe Tell

You Auto Know

2015 Jeep Renegade

by Jim Corbran

Renegade seems like a good name for the newest Jeep. It’s built in—gasp!—Melfi, Italy on an assembly line which also produces the Fiat 500L. This makes it the first Jeep to be sold in America which wasn’t built in America. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Apartment buyers in ridiculously expensive Hong Kong are now eagerly paying up to the equivalent of $500,000 (U.S.) for units not much bigger than a U.S. parking space (and typically physically self-measured by the applicant’s wing-span).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Before E. Annie Proulx became a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, she wrote a series of how-to books, including a dairy foods cookbook and an instructional text on making your own hard cider. But the manual of hers that I especially want to call your attention to right now is Plan and Make Your Own Fences & Gates, Walkways, Walls & Drives.