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Cover Story

Championship Laughter

by Kathryn Krawczyk

Loyal fans wait in anticipation for the teams to appear. It’s like that with any sport, hockey, football, basketball, and so on. Finally the opponents are there, the announcer introduces all the players and the arena joins together to sing the national anthem.

Entertainment Feature

Snake Eyes

by Kip Doyle

Jake “The Snake” Roberts is just now seeing the world through clear eyes. Even during his heyday touring with the WWF (now WWE) through the 1980s and 90s, if Roberts wasn’t under the influence, he was moving too fast to take in the scenery as he bounced from town to town performing before thousands of fans.

News Feature

Few Ideas

by Paul Wolf, Esq.

Every two weeks elected leaders at the village, town, city and county level meet and vote on how to run our local governments. At these bi-weekly meetings elected leaders have an open floor to raise any issue they want for discussion and action. A key part of being a leader is taking the time and effort to propose something worthy of discussion or debate.

Tap This

Going With the Grain

by Erik Wollschlager

It has certainly been a great year for the craft brew industry, even locally here in Western New York. Preliminary reports show that nearly 700 new craft beer breweries opened nationwide in the last year, and several here locally. As the growth of the industry of brewing continues, it only stands to reason that there would be a marked increase in the demand for the ingredients that are used to make beer, most notably, grains and hops.

Art Scene

Inspired by Burchfield

by Jack Foran

Dual installations by multimedia artist Emil Schult at the Burchfield Penney gallery honor painter Charles Burchfield and musician Charles Ives in multimedia ways. Schult is a musician, painter, computer technologist, among assorted other categories. He has made art for and played in performance with the German new music group Kraftwerk.

Theatrically Speaking

Sewing it Up

by Anthony Chase

Intimate Apparel, a 2003 play written by Lynn Nottage, is receiving an elegant and moving production by the Chautauqua Theater Company under the direction of Vivienne Benesch. Set in New York City, 1905, the play tells the story of Esther, an African American seamstress who earns her living making intimate apparel for a clientele that ranges from society ladies to prostitutes.

Music Feature

Pine Grill Reunion

by Buck Quigley

If you dropped by the Plantation Inn nightclub in West Memphis, Arkansas on almost any night between 1948 and 1952 you would’ve been blown away by the house band that featured a high school-aged kid blazing away on the guitar.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks & Chris Groves

Fiddlehead Brewing IPA & Sarnac "Summer Pils""

Film Review

A Borrowed Identity

by Jordan Canahai

The Israeli coming-of-age drama A Borrowed Identity, adapted by writer Sayed Kashua from his semi-autobiographical novel Dancing Arabs (the film’s original title), examines the life of a gifted Palestinian-Israeli kid whose intelligence gives him the opportunity to transcend the divisions that define the country of Israel.

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Street Voice

Do You Support Gun Control Laws?

by Noah Pfeiffer

Do you support gun control laws?

Get Lit

Tricking the Eye

by Heather Cook

Nancy Reisman grew up in Buffalo, and her first novel, First Desire, is set in the city of her birth. Talking Leaves will be hosting Nancy in order to celebrate publication of her second novel, Trompe L’Oeil, a powerful and moving portrait of a family and of the ways members of the family deal with grief and loss.

Graphic Traffic

Saga: Volume Two

by Carolyn Marcille

Low Volume One: The Delirium of Hope

by Carolyn Marcille

You Auto Know

2016 Hyundai Elantra GT

by Jim Corbran

Those of you who’ve been automotively paying attention for the past six decades or so probably already realize that the “GT” in a car’s name originally stood for Grand Touring, or more precisely, the Italian gran turismo.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The whimsical premise of the iconic movie Groundhog Day (that someone can wake up every day believing it is the previous day) has largely come to life for a patient of a British psychologist writing recently in the journal Neurocase.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I expect you to be in a state of constant birth for the next three weeks. Awakening and activation will come naturally. Your drive to blossom and create may be irresistible, bordering on unruly. Does that sound overwhelming?