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The Haunted Poor House

by Peter Soscia

As journalists we like to base our world around facts. To believe in something we need proof and everything must have a source. So when tasked with writing a feature on a haunted building, it should be easy to dismiss the unexplainable phenomena that may happen to someone inside of Rolling Hills Asylum.

News Feature

Buffalo's Green Code Sacrifices Quality of Life for the Sake of Economic Development

by Art Giacalone

There are plenty of things to like in the recently-unveiled ”Green Code” (known officially as the “Unified Development Ordinance” or UDO). The image of a walkable, bicycle-friendly city. Tree conservation and open space. Designs for “complete streets”, including traffic calming measures and “road diets.” Environmentally-friendly roofs, etc. And there is no reason that the laudable aspects of the plan that has been touted by Mayor Byron W. Brown since 2010 should not become the city’s official policy.


We Here Highly Resolve, Part 4

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 had recently died and only fifteen percent addressed county business.

Upon Further Review

E.J.'s Starting Dreams Vanish in London Horror Show

by Dave Staba

I turned on the television Sunday morning with low expectations for Buffalo’s game in London against Jacksonville.

The Bills somehow managed to fall well short of them.


Cultures clash as Buffalo Bills hit London

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Fulham FC plays at the iconic and definitely old school Craven Cottage in the Putney Bridge neighborhood in southwest London. And they were hosting matches on the Wednesday and Saturday prior to the Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars matchup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Tap This

42 North Brewing Company opens in the East Aurora

by Kevin Wise

Last week, 42 North Brewing Company opened its doors to thirsty East Aurorians. 42 North is located at 25 Pine Street just off of Main Street and right around the corner from Vidler’s. The brewery unveiled its picturesque taproom and brewery in soft-opening fashion. But word has quickly spread to the Southtowns that 42 North is serving quality beers in an aesthetically impressive setting.

Film Review

Goodnight Mommy

by Jordan Canahai

With Halloween this Saturday, it’s fitting to take a look at the scariest new movie playing in theaters, Goodnight Mommy, the absolutely chilling Austrian horror film which has been hyped as a new genre classic since it started making rounds on the festival circuit last year. Being something of a die-hard horror fan who’s been frequently disappointed by countless movies bearing that label, I’m happy to say Goodnight Mommy lives up to the word of mouth.

What's Brewing?

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks and Chris Groves

If you can only enjoy the very dry and more complex kriek lambic style then this Oud Bruin style made by Ommegang in partnership with Liefmans brewery in Belgium may not be to your liking. I like both approaches.

Art Scene

A Crafty Display

by Jack Foran

No end of strange and wonderful work in the current version Art in Craft Media show at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Classical Music Notes

A BPO Premiere at Canisius and the UB Symphony opens its season

by Jan Jezioro

The BPO will visit the Montante Cultural Center of Canisius College on Tuesday (11/3) at 7:30pm when music director JoAnn Falletta will lead the orchestra in a program that includes the world premiere of Whistler Waves, a work for cello and orchestra by the nationally recognized, Buffalo-based composer Caroline Mallonée which features BPO associate principal cellist Feng Hew as soloist.

Theatrically Speaking

Aaron Posner's play performed by Jewish Repertory Theatre

by Anthony Chase

Rare is the person who did not, in the process of crossing into adulthood, assert his or her individuality in a way that upset the parents. In Aaron Posner’s elegantly moving play, My Name is Asher Lev, based on the novel by Chaim Potok, this scenario is exacerbated by setting the coming of age in the context of a Hassidic Jewish family, and by using artistic talent as a metaphor for individual rebellion.


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Graphic Traffic

Chrononauts: Volume One

by Joe Tell

Chrononauts is about two scientific geniuses who love to have fun. Their latest project involves time travel. The team becomes instant celebrities as they are slated to embark on the first televised mission through space and time. Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly act like rock stars and are treated as such by the adoring public.

You Auto Know

2016 Scion iM

by Jim Corbran

The gorilla in the room here, at least the room I’m in, is Scion’s habit of un-namey names for its cars. First came the quirky, toaster-like xB (Disclaimer: a quirky, toaster-like xB currently resides in the YAK home garage), the tC, xA, and xD... and now the new iM and iA (somehow the FR-S, in ALL-CAPS, snuck in there a couple of years back). Love the cars (well, dunno about that xD); not so much the names.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Philosophy professor Anna Stubblefield (Rutgers-Newark University) was convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a severely disabled man she was discovered having sex with on the floor in a locked office, but at trial in September, she testified that the man had “consent(ed)” and that the two were “in love.”


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I expect you to be in a state of continual birth for the next four weeks. Awakening and activation will come naturally. Your drive to blossom and create may be irresistible, bordering on unruly. Does that sound overwhelming?