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Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

by Buck Quigley

Architect Karl Frizlen has gained a name for himself as a developer in Buffalo for various projects, including but not limited to the conversion of the Horsefeathers Market & Residences on Connecticut Street, and more recently an 18 apartment complex located steps away from Elmwood Avenue at 305 West Utica.


NHL Expansion Update

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Over the past year there has been significant buzz that the National Hockey League will add two teams to its 30 member roster. There are several reasons why this is happening now. Hockey has become a red hot commodity in the United States, with a new network contract and teams in many markets playing to near capacity.

Upon Further Review

Doug, Rex And Rob's Last Stand

by Dave Staba

The offseason, like the new year, is barely two weeks old, at least for teams like the Buffalo Bills that find themselves watching the playoffs on television. But 2016 is already shaping up as the most pivotal season in the franchise’s troubled recent history.

News Feature

The Best Government You Can Buy

by Paul Wolf, ESQ.

The recent convictions of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos provide a great inside view of how campaign cash and political corruption meet.

News Feature

Cult of NXIVM Series Part 8: The Relentless Pursuit of Enemies

by Frank Parlato

NXIVM leader Keith Raniere made it clear that for NXIVM to thrive, its enemies must be destroyed. Lawsuits and crimi-nal indictments were the weapons of choice.

News Feature

King Con Shmueli: Fact or Fiction

by Frank Parlato

Several readers have commented that my series on Shmuel Shmueli must be a fabrication.

News Feature

Wake for Former Judge Offers Warm Memories for Veteran Reporter

by Tony Farina

As I was moving slowly through the very long line at the wake for Kevin Dillon on Sunday at the Cannan Funeral Home, a gentleman who at one point was across from me held out his hand as if holding a microphone, and smiled at me as if to say maybe it was time to describe the event that marked the passing of the former district attorney and judge.

News Feature

Scathing State Audit Hits ECC's Lax Control Environment

by Tony Farina

The long-awaited state audit of Erie Community College (ECC) has now been released and it confirms much of what we have reported over the last several months about the management problems at the college that many have suggested have contributed to the institution’s current financial crisis that has resulted in the college relying heavily on tuition hikes to stay afloat.

Tap This

What are Beers of Winter For?

by Brian Campbell & Willard Brooks

Winter beer is often mixed up with that of cold weather and Christmas beer. Christmas beers are actually a cocktail of European holiday influences that result in beers with fruit, beers with fruit and spices, fresh hop or malt beers, or winter warmers to address the lower temperatures of the winter months.

What's Brewing

Beau's Natural "Matt's Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout" & Allagash White

by Brian Campbell and Chris Groves

When you imagine Imperial Stouts, let alone one named Sleepy Time, the first thing that pops into mind is boozy alcohol and double digit ABVs. Well, Beau’s Matt’s Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout, an imperial stout fermented with Belgian Ale yeast and aged on oak staves, contradicts those inclinations with its light, for the style that is, 8% ABV.

Film Review

The Hateful Eight

by Jordan Canahai

Among the weekly rush to review the latest releases before their weekend openings, critics are often put in the difficult position of having to articulate their feelings on films based only on our initial impressions.

Film Review

The Revenant

by Erica Ladd

Based on the real life experiences of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, The Revenant is a biographical western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu set in 1823 Loisiana Purchase territory Montana and South Dakota.

Art Scene

From preschool to high school, students display projects at CEPA

by Jack Foran

In celebration of their school’s ethnic and religious diversity, some tenth and eleventh graders at the International Preparatory School designed an “International Unity Bridge” as part of an architects in the schools program involving volunteer members of the Buffalo Architecture Foundation and architecture and design students from UB, Buffalo State, and Villa Maria, in addition to the regular classroom teachers.

Classical Music Notes

Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!

by Jan Jezioro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born 249 years ago, on January 27 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. For several decades now, the members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra have celebrated his birthday first, for many years by presenting all-Mozart chamber music recitals by BPO musicians at the Lancaster Opera House.


The Benefits of Having Music in Your Life

Music is inescapable in our lives. Commercials feature jingles, radio carries hours of it daily, and even the process of creating music stars is now its own television genre. But so much music is heard passively (or worse yet commercially), and so the listener doesn’t always derive the many benefits of music.

Get Lit

Interlacing Music and Literature

by Heather Cook

It’s no secret that music impacts our everyday lives. It induces moods, sparks memories and is said to be therapeutic, for some. What happens when an artist entwines music and writing?

Graphic Traffic

Batman vs. Superman: The Greatest Battles & Star Wars: Princess Leia

by Gabriel Allandro

For those complaining that Leia Organa didn’t get nearly as much screen time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as she deserved, Star Wars: Princess Leia should make them deliriously happy.


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Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A tractor-trailer driver with a load of bottled water tried to make it over a historic bridge in Paoli, Indiana, on Christmas Day, with the obvious outcome when 35 tons of water starts across a limit-6-tons span. The driver told police she saw the 6-ton sign but did not know how that “translated” to pounds.