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Cover Story

Well, I Woke Up This Morning...

by Jeffrey Czum

The blues is more an expression of deep emotion than any other musical style, and the five acts set to perform the Second Annual Buffalo/Niagara Blues Festival this Saturday (7/11) at 12pm in Silo City will explore a wide range of feeling that will make you feel everything from despair to determination to exultation.


Bisons Starters Coming Up Small

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Look among the top few lines in the Buffalo Bisons pitching stats, and a window opens as to why the team has struggled of late to make any noise in the competitive International League North Division.

Film Festival

Buffalo International Film Festival Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign

by Jordan Canahai

The Buffalo International Film Festival—now in its 9th year—is the region’s premiere celebration of the moving image. Following the passing of BIFF founder and former executive director Edward Summer last fall, the festival has tapped Ray Guarnieri, 25, filmmaker and Buffalo native, to be its next executive director.

Art Feature

Locust Street Art helps kids of all ages discover the artist inside

by Peter Soscia

Since 1959 Locust Street Art has had one goal: Provide a place for individuals to express themselves through visual arts, all for free. The non-profit’s main focus though is on children.

Community Festival

Slippery Business

by Kathryn Krawczyk

The basic ingredients for any ethnic festival are essentially the same. Food? Check. Live music? Check. Grease pole? Well, that one is best left to Buffalo’s oldest ethnic festival: the Grease Pole Festival.

Beer Feature

Beer Bitterness

by Kevin Wise

If you are new to craft beer, or know someone who is, you have undoubtedly witnessed “bitter beer face.” In 1995, Keystone Light made sure you knew what bitter beer face looked like in a popular television advertisement. “Never a bad taste, never a bitter face” was their slogan, stating in fine print that this information was “based on IBU bitterness rating points.”

Kids Feature

Environmental Outings

by Kathryn Krawczyk

Pause Netflix. Step out of the A/C. This summer, it’s time to get back into nature.

Since 1980, Earth Spirit Educational Services has been helping people around Western New York do just that.

Summer Camps

Summer Camps For Your Children

by Robert Creenan

A directory of summer activities for kids of all ages.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Paul Marko, Chris Groves

Community Beer Works Spelt Saison & Schmaltz Brewing Co. Statewide Pale Ale

Art Scene

Something to Chew On

by Jack Foran

Bubble gum is the medium in Colen’s artwork currently on show at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. And seems to be the message as well. What the works are about. Or mostly what they are about. The bizarre medium. These are paintings you can smell. They smell like Dubble Bubble. On a handout folder with the exhibit, smell is a touted feature.

Classical Music Notes

A Midsummer Night's Music

by Jan Jezioro

Christopher Weber, founder and music director of the Camerata di Sant’Antonio, thought that he had an ideal venue for his now more than decade-long chamber orchestra concert music series, in the sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua’s R.C. Church, located directly behind Buffalo City Hall.

Film Review


by E. Ladd

The Minions are the small, yellow, pill-shaped, one or two eyed, denim overall clad, unintelligible henchmen of Gru from 2010’s Despicable Me and 2013’s Despicable Me 2. And now they have their own film, which serves as a prequel to the other two.

Film Review


by E. Ladd

Whether you loved her or hated her, most people at least recognize the name Amy Winehouse, the British pop/jazz icon who died in July of 2011 at the young age of 27.

Get Lit

When Books and Children Come Alive

by Heather Cook

What is book art? It is when an artist brings a new meaning and/or face to an old book through manipulating the pages so their spines can be thumbed forever. No book ever dies on the shelves of WNYBAC.

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Graphic Traffic


by Jack Dumpert

Sex Vol. 1

by Joe Tell

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

California inventor Matt McMullen, who makes the world’s most realistic life-sized female doll, the RealDoll (with exquisite skin texture and facial and body architecture, and which sells for $5,000 to $10,000, depending on customization), is working with engineers experienced in robotics to add animation—but according to a June New York Times report, faces a built-in problem.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): When novelist John Irving begins a new book, his first task is to write the last line of the last page. Then he writes the second-to-last line. He continues to work backwards for a while until he has a clear understanding of the way his story will end.