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Cover Story

We Here Highly Resolve, Part 3

by Paul Wolf, Esq.

For the past several years I have analyzed the resolutions filed by Erie County Legislators. In 2014 the Erie County Legislature addressed 683 resolutions. Of these 683 resolutions, sixty percent honored individuals and community groups, twenty five percent honored people who recently died and only fifteen percent addressed county business.

News Feature

Veteran Reporter Sees Smoke

by Tony Farina

No amount of theatrics can cover up the financial crisis facing Erie Community College, something the Niagara Falls Reporter reported on extensively over the last several months.

News Feature

Flaherty Gets Strong Support from DA's Office at Fundraiser

by Tony Farina

Assistant District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr.’s campaign to become Erie County’s top prosecutor is off to a flying start based on the strong turnout for his initial fundraiser Oct. 14 at the Buffalo Chophouse. More than 150 attendees were on hand to show their support and help raise more than $80,000 for the Flaherty team.

Art Scene

An Architectural Pioneer

by Jack Foran

The Burchfield Penney exhibit Through These Gates is about John Edmonson Brent, the first black architect in Buffalo. The title makes it sound—a little—like it wasn’t that hard. The exhibit materials contradict any such idea. He only had one major building commission in his life, for the old Michigan Street YMCA, Michigan near Sycamore, a “colored YMCA,” in the words of a contemporary newspaper account. But otherwise lots of job search.

Theatrically Speaking

Who is Michael McKeever?

by Anthony Chase

Michael McKeever is the author of Daniel’s Husband, the remarkably powerful play that opened last week at Buffalo United Artists to the sort of explosive audience response that prompts people to ask, “Who is this guy?” and “Why have I never heard of him?”

Classical Music Notes

Piano Rolls and Beethoven

by Jan Jezioro

Guest conductor David Lockington, who will be on the podium for this weekend’s Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm first appeared as a BPO guest conductor 1998, when he led a memorable performance of the Verdi Requiem.

Tap This

Here's to Blue Monk

by Kevin Wise

On Wednesday, October 14, I visited Blue Monk to attend their 5th year anniversary party. It’s hard to imagine that Blue Monk has been open for five years. Seems like just yesterday I walked into Blue Monk for a fine Belgian ale for the first time.

What's Brewing?

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks and Chris Groves

Double IPAs (DIPAs) balance large amounts of hops and heaps of malt to result in a high-IBU brew of 7.5% or above. The best of them are the stuff of beer geek dreams and inspire road trips to hunt white whales with names like Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, Sip of Sunshine, Abner, and Hop JuJu.

Film Review

Steve Jobs

by Jordan Canahai

How could a brilliant man who always strived to better alter how technology functioned in our world also lead a personal life that was, in so many ways, anything but functional?

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Meet the Authors

by Heather Cook

On Thursday (10/22), 12:30pm—Mark Laliberte, a man of many talents, will be presenting his works, on the fourth floor of Capen Hall. Holding an MFA from the University of Guelph, he is a visual artist, curator, writer, soundmaker and the designer and managing editor of Carousel.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Unapparent Problem, Solved: Vladimir Laurent (an insurance executive in Coral Springs, Florida) received his U.S. patent on Sept. 29 and can proceed mass-producing “The Shield”—his brainstorm to keep men’s genitalia from dragging on the inside of toilet bowls while they’re seated.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Are you an inventor? Is it your specialty to create novel gadgets and machines? Probably not. But in the coming weeks you may have metaphorical resemblances to an inventor.