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Cover Story

Shmueli schemes to defraud dozens of lawyers

by Frank Parlato

A hall of fame of lawyers?


Entertainment Feature

20 Years of Club Marcella

by Anthony Chase

It’s been 20 years since Club Marcella first opened its doors at Theater Place in Buffalo with a gala weekend of festivities and celebrations—and a comically ineffectual prayer vigil held in protest, which the amazing Marcella attended with a go-go boy on each arm.

Upon Further Review

Bills Bound for Streak, or Swoon?

by Dave Staba

Heading into Rex Ryan’s first season in Buffalo, the big question was whether he would instill a new culture in the Bills, one that would finally end a 15-year run of watching the playoffs on television, or if he is little more than a blowhard who talks a great game, but rarely produces one.

News Feature

Target and Journalist

by Frank Parlato

As a newspaper editor and publisher I have always insisted on transparency of government, and the transparency of private individuals dealing with government.

Tap This

The impact of glassware on your beer experience

by Kevin Wise

When is the last time you can recall ever drinking a beer in any glass other than a pint glass? Sure, some bars and breweries will use a nonic glass, a modified pint glass with a wider bulge near the top rim.

What's Brewing

OFW First Ward Streaker IPA & Guinness Nitro IPA

by Willard Brooks and Chris Groves

Described as an experimental IPA made with Mosaic and Centennial hops, This beer presents a clear golden color with a thin white head which leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Theater News

Theatrically Speaking

by Anthony Chase

Joe Hill’s Last Will reunites audiences with an often forgotten episode from American history, the 1915 execution of Swedish immigrant and union activist Joe Hill for a crime he did not commit.

Art Scene

Fairy Tales, Etc.

by Jack Foran

Amanda Besl’s artwork currently on show at the BT&C Gallery comprises pencil on paper drawings and oil on wood paintings of jumble arrangements of chotchkie ceramic or porcelain figures of deer, ballerinas in tutus, and ladies in Ancien Régime hoop-skirt dress, amid backdrops of flowers, leaves, and branches, and Besl’s signature item hair.

Film Review


by Jordan Canahai

Movies about social injustices of the past, and about the struggles of the oppressed to rise above them, so frequently collapse under the weight of their own noble intentions. Too often, attempts to explore dark chapters of history give us a self-congratulatory take on the present and turn history into an excuse for simple moralizing.

Classical Music Notes

A Chamber Music Cornucopia

by Jan Jezioro

The Montrose Trio makes its local debut on the next Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s concert series in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall on Tuesday November 17 at 8pm. The new trio, just formed in 2014, quickly vaulted into the spotlight as one of the best piano trios in the country, and that is no surprise considering the artistic pedigrees of its members.

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Get Lit

Show your kids how to love literacy

by Heather Cook

Monkey See, Monkey Do...Children’s Bookstore is a cozy literary hub in Clarence (9060 Main Street) with a big dream of educating and engaging our children through literacy.

Graphic Traffic

Black Panther: Complete Collection. Vol. 1 & Weapon Brown Omnibus

by Gabriel Allandro

BBack in the 1990s, long before Reginald Hudlin, Christopher Priest was the guy who made the Black Panther cool. As the back of the book says, “Black Panther reinvented as a sharp and witty political satire? Believe it!” Ever wondered who’d win in a covert battle between Wakanda and the world’s intelligence agencies? How about Black Panther vs. the devil, Mephisto? Priest has crafted a slick series combining political intrigue, super-heroics and not-so-subtle pokes at the racial—or racist, as some would say—expectations of popular culture.

You Auto Know

2016 VW Golf R

by Jim Corbran

What changed is the answer to the question I’m often asked: “If you could buy any car and money was no object, what would it be?” For the past decade or so my answer has been the VW GTI, which these days is known as a Golf GTI. The Golf R is a GTI and then some...

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Funerals and burials, in the United States and elsewhere, are no longer always so staid. Most famously, one man was, per his instructions, lowered to the ground inside his beloved Cadillac; dressing corpses in fanciful outfits (such as the Green Lantern) is not unheard of.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Elsie de Wolfe (1859-1950) was a pioneer in the art of interior design. She described herself as “a rebel in an ugly world.” Early in her career she vowed, “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful,” and she often did just that.