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Blogger Nightmare

by J.B. Sesom

Unless you slept through all of 2014 you’ll remember that not long after Ralph Wilson died rocker Jon Bon Jovi and a group of Canadians wanted to purchase the Buffalo Bills. For many Bills fans this presented the terrifying possibility that their beloved team would be moved to Toronto. Most fans just held their breath and hoped it wouldn’t happen.


The John Scott Saga

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

As far as drama and must see TV goes, this weekend’s NHL All Star Game and festivities coming from Nashville, Tennessee are about to be as crazy as it will ever get.

Remember John Scott?

Upon Further Review

Wade Makes Peyton Super Again

by David Staba

So, as you might have heard (and certainly will approximately 2,384 times in the run-up to Super Bowl 50), Peyton Manning is going back to the Big Game one more time.

News Feature

Cult of NXIVM Series Part 10: The Love Cult of NXIVM

by Frank Parlato

When I was hired as a consultant by NXIVM, in September 2007, the company was embroiled in multiple litigations. In addition, reporters were sniffing around and writing stories about the “life coaching” group–mostly bad stories. Critics claimed NXIVM was a cult. One of my tasks was to explore how to stop the negative publicity and reshape it to something more positive.

News Feature

'The Rat' Speaks About 'Molester' NXIVM Founder, Keith Raniere

Next week we will feature shocking and lurid tales of people who were inside NXIVM.

News Feature

Quinn to Face Lawmakers in Wake of Scathing State Audit

by Tony Farina

As embattled Erie Community College President Jack Quinn prepares to face county lawmakers today (Jan. 28) at 3 p.m. on the scathing state audit of the institution he leads, there are signs that Quinn has been working very hard to convince anyone who will listen that he’s not to blame for the problems at ECC and can fix them.

News Feature

Hearing on Bar Closing Debate Set as Paladino Weighs In

by Tony Farina

The public will finally get a chance to weigh in on the Erie County bar closing debate next Tuesday (Feb. 2) at 5:30 p. m. at a public hearing in the legislative chambers in Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo.

News Feature

Closing Bars Earlier May Impact Business, Diminish Freedom Locally Enjoyed

by Frank Parlato

The issue of whether to roll back the bar closing time from 4 a. m. to 2 a. m. in Erie County is certainly a hot-button item right now.

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Cheese & Beer

by Willard Brooks

Recall that hilarious Monty Python sketch where John Cleese walks into a cheese shop and orders a long list of cheeses only to discover that the shop actually has no cheese? Among the English cheeses he requests are: Red Leicester, Cheshire, Dorset Blue Vinney, Wensleydale, Ilchester, Cheddar, and many more.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks and Chris Groves

Was delighted to have this on draft at the Moor Pat in Williamsville. This is CBW’s new all year-round IPA made with simcoe and mosaic hops. As with their former flagship IPA (“The” IPA), this is a delightful IPA from CBW.

Art Scene

Part Six

by Jack Foran

Just in time for the Bills’ post-regular-season quiet contemplational period—undisturbed by any unseemly playoffs commotion—artist Joan Linder’s ink and pencil portraits of some players and coaches in post-game press debriefings over the past several years, together with excerpted remarks made on the occasions, on display in the current Hallwalls Amid/In WNY exhibit.

Classical Music Notes

Tchaikovsky Violin Set to Sing

by Jan Jezioro

A couple or so seasons ago, the young British violinist Chloë Hanslip was scheduled to make her Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra debut, when her last minute illness forced her to cancel.


7 Fascinating Ways to Get a History Lesson Outside of the Classroom

The story of man is fascinating, but sometimes sitting in a history class doesn’t really give you the full effect. Immersing yourself and seeing tangible pieces of history provides a real connection to our past and a much more impactful way of looking at history.

Film Review

World of Tomorrow

by Jordan Canahai

With the annual Academy Awards ceremony happening in about a month, this time of year is devoted to the usual discourse and disappointment over the predictability of the nominees and the overall lack of diversity reflected in them (Caucasian overload seems a very appropriate term.) However, if there’s one good thing to be said for the Oscars, it’s that they consistently provide a mainstream platform to some worthy lesser known films and filmmakers in the non-major categories that would likely remain obscure otherwise.

Get Lit

Music or Forbidden Love?

by Heather Cook

On Thursday (1/28), at 7pm, Talking Leaves Books (3158 Main Street) will present Alyssa Palombo’s debut novel, The Violinist of Venice : A Story of Vivaldi. The author was born and raised in Buffalo and is a recent graduate of Canisius College with degrees in English and creative writing.

Graphic Traffic

Future Imperfect: Warzones! & The Vision

by Joe Tell & Gabriel Allandro

The Vision, a limited series currently in stores, is one of those rare cases when the art, while excellent, is fully eclipsed by the emotional resonance of the story. The Vision is a painful read, as it is not so much a comic book as it is an analysis of identity and human nature.


Opening Shots

Opening Shots of "Speak no Evil," "Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike," "Pippin" and "BUA Sings."


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We think there are some pretty good reasons to advertise in our publications, Artvoice, The Niagara Falls Reporter, the Front Page and the South Buffalo News both in print and online editions:


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Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The “public art” statues unveiled in January by Fort Myers, Florida, Mayor Randy Henderson included a metal structure by sculptor Edugardo Carmona of a man walking a dog, with the dog “lifting his leg” beside a pole. Only after inspecting the piece more closely did many observers realize that the man, too, was relieving himself against the pole.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Breszny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “It seems that the whole time you’re living this life, you’re thinking about a different one instead,” wrote Latvian novelist Inga Abele in her novel High Tide. Have you ever been guilty of that, Aquarius? Probably. Most of us have at one time or another. That’s the bad news.