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The Witch of November

by Jessica Buscaglia

Perhaps his 18 years as an NHL photographer nurtured an appetite for action more intense than sunbathing in the sand at Crystal Beach. Instead, Dave keeps an eye on the forecast and only heads for shore when he knows there will be 65 mph winds, a pounding surf, and choppy waves rising 25ft. to 35ft. in the air.


Can the dreariness of losing in Buffalo get any more prolonged?

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

The University of Buffalo mens basketball team finally, finally made it to the Dance and the NCAA tournament after so many years of trying. That was the highlight of the year in these parts, as the march to the playoffs remained just a pipe dream for our two major sports teams.

Upon Further Review

Comic Relief

by Dave Staba

Getting slapped around FedEx Field for most of Sunday afternoon made it official—the Buffalo Bills’ season will end, as it has for each of the last 16 seasons, when the regular-season schedule concludes.

News Feature

Cult of NXIVM Part 6: Raniere and the Bronfmans try to buy the Dalai Lama

by Frank Parlato

During my tenure as a press consultant for purported cult leader, Keith Raniere, and his benefactors, Clare and Sara Bronfman (heiresses of the Seagram’s liquor fortune), I was tasked with improving Raniere’s public image and that of his company, NXIVM.

News Feature

King Con Shmuel Shmueli Challenges Israeli National Hero

by Frank Parlato

This week in our series on that fascinating conman, Shmuel Shmueli, we go to Shmueli’s native country Israel.

Tap This

'Tis The Season

by Brian Campbell

The holiday season provides the perfect chance to eat, drink and be merry. And whether you’re shopping for yourself, your friends or that someone special, beer makes for the perfect gift.

What's Brewing

Anchor Steam Christmas Ale & Holiday Beer Guide

by Willard Brooks and Chris Groves

Brewmaster Steve Altimari brings 15 years of brewing to his work designing and producing beers under his Highwater Brewing label, whic1h contracts out of Hermitage Brewery in San Jose.

News Feature

State Development Agencies Secretive on Spending

by Tony Farina

I’ve written articles for several publications in recent months and years about the lack of transparency employed by state development agencies that spend millions and millions of taxpayer dollars on various projects and big salaries but rarely respond to questions about their spending and fight Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests for invoices and expenses for months at a time with every tool at their disposal.

Film Review


by Jordan Canahai

Todd Haynes’ rapturous new period-drama Carol, which concerns the complicated relationship between a middle-aged housewife (Cate Blanchett), and an aspiring young photographer (Rooney Mara), in 1950s New York, is one of the great romances of modern cinema.

Art Scene

Local artist featured in anthology of Typewriter art

by Jack Foran

Local typewriter artist Frank Singleton is featured in a new and hefty anthology of typewriter art published by the London firm Thames and Hudson.

Classical Music Notes

A Post-Christmas Present

by Jan Jezioro

On Thursday January 7 at 5:30pm, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will hold a listening party in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall, celebrating the release of its new ‘Stars of the Guitar’ double-CD. Ukrainian guitarist Marko Topchii, winner of the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, will be joined by musicians from the BPO in performing selections from the new release on the orchestra’s house label, Beau Fleuve.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Laurie Metcalf (pictured above) is back on Broadway starring opposite movie star Bruce Willis (making his Broadway debut) in Misery, a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s popular thriller which is running through February 14th.


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Young Terrorists & Wolf Vol. 1: Blood And Magic

by Carolyn Marcille and Joe Tell

Wolf Vol. 1 Blood and Magic uses the city of Los Angeles as a backdrop for a reality-bending tale about a paranormal investigator. The story follows Antoine Wolfe as he assumes responsibility for an orphaned, teenaged girl who might be the key to preventing an impending apocalypse.

You Auto Know

2016 BMW X1

by Jim Corbran

So you’re finally ready to move out of your family sedan into an SUV, when you suddenly realize that most of them won’t fit in your garage. What to do?

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The vice president of human resources at the Washington Post issued a formal memo in December to reassure female employees in its sleek new office building that people in the seventh floor’s central “hub” could definitely not see up their skirts as they walked on the indoor eighth-floor balcony overhang, even through the clear glass barriers.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I predict that 2016 will be your Year of Fruitful Obsessions. In giving this positive spin to the cosmic tendencies, I’m hoping to steer you away from any behavior that might lead to 2016 being your Year of Fruitless Obsessions.