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Film Feature

Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

by Jordan Canahai

The Cultivate Cinema Circle (CCC), an emerging screening series that aims to help foster a healthy, fervent film culture in the Buffalo area, is set to commence its Fall 2015 series this week, with a showing of Agnes Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7 at the Canisius College Science Hall Wednesday evening.

Hispanic Culture

See what you can learn during Hispanic Heritage Month

by Peter Soscia

The City of Buffalo and the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York began Hispanic Heritage Month with a kickoff celebration at the Downtown Library on September 15. The event featured live music, performances from bi-lingual public school children, as well as speeches and proclamation from local politicians. 2015 is the sixth year the city and the Hispanic Heritage Council has celebrated the honorary period from September 15 through October 15.

Upon Further Review

Inflated Hopes

by Dave Staba

Now we know what Rex Ryan’s Bills can do when just about everything goes their way.

Theater News

Javier Bustillos celebrated for his contributions to local theater

by Buck Quigley

In 1992, Javier Bustillos launched Buffalo United Artists (BUA) with a production of the musical A...My Name is Alice. Ever since, BUA has distinguished itself as a trailblazing and self-supporting theater collective presenting provocative and relevant work that examines the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer experience.

Tap This

Is the craft beer explosion creating a market bubble?

by Erik Wollschlager

If you’ve ever elbowed up to the oak and ordered an IPA, chances are, somewhere, sometime, you’ve had to have the “craft beer bubble” conversation. In fact, I’d bet a good amount of money that you’ve heard the “craft beer bubble” conversation more often than you’ve heard Journey at any of the local watering holes.

What's Brewing?

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Chris Groves

Buffalo’s relatively young beer scene deserves some applause for almost immediately recognizing the importance of the Farm to Pint movement. This crisp, golden beer was brewed with pilsner malt from Western New York’s own New York Craft Malt and lightly hopped with crystal hops from the northwest.

Film Review

The Dinner

by E. Ladd

Originally debuting at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, where it won four awards including Best European Film, Ivano De Matteo’s Italian drama The Dinner (I Nostri Ragazzi) opens this weekend at Buffalo’s North Park Theatre.

Art Scene

The Message in The Tantrum

by Jack Foran

Adele Becker’s paintings hover between abstract and representational. Some veer more in the one direction, some more in the other. But her work as a whole—as well as many or most of the individual works—has and have one foot in each camp.

Classical Music Notes

Schubertiade A Deux

by Jan Jezioro

It is a pretty safe bet that the members of the Miró Quartet enjoy performing before Buffalo audiences.

Theatrically Speaking

Six Shows in Five Days

by Anthony Chase

To begin, it should be apparent that all shows pull together and become tighter after running for a few performances in front of audiences. In Buffalo, where a play is typically only rehearsed for about four weeks, it is a miracle that any theatrical production hits the ground running on opening night.

Get Lit

X Marks the Spot

by Heather Cook

One word at a time, Shelley Jackson has been publishing one of her short stories on the skin of 2,095 volunteers. She’s also working on an Instagram-based, environmental fiction project called Snow (, wherein she writes and photographs her story, one or two words at a time, on lightly snow-dusted surfaces across a city of her choice, “weather permitting.” Snow is scheduled to stretch across Buffalo this February (pun intended).

Theater News


by Javier

Broadway and TV star Cheyenne Jackson (pictured above) will be appearing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday September 26th at 8 p.m. in Music of the Mad Men Era, a concert he performed to a sold out house at Carnegie Hall in 2011. The show features music of the late 1950s and 60s.

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Graphic Traffic

"Pixu: The Mark of Evil" & "Transhuman"

by Joe Tell & Carolyn Marcille

Pixu (pronounced pee-shu) is a little graphic novel full of big scares. The art and story are a collaborative effort by the Eisner Award-winning team of Gabriel Ba, Becky Cloonan, Vasilis Lolos and Fabio Moon, best known for 5 and The Umbrella Academy.

You Auto Know

2016 Nissan Maxima

by Jim Corbran

Yes, 4-Door Sports Car® (4DSC) is actually a thing, as you can see by the “®”. Nissan has been using the term to describe the Maxima since the late 1980s, and it still fits.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The streets of Jackson, Mississippi, apparently have potholes that rival the worst in the country, but without adequate budget to fix them, according to Mayor Tony Yarber. His remedy, offered earnestly to constituents in August: prayer. “I believe we can pray potholes away.”


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Some people express pride in gross ways. When you hear their overbearing brags, you know it’s a sign that they are not really confident in themselves.