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She's The Man

by Buck Quigley

Like a lovable drifter, Neko Case has been charting a unique career path since the release of her first solo effort, The Virginian, in 1997. That record was a collection of originals and covers that unabashedly embraced a classic country sound, and showcased both the power and vulnerability of her remarkable voice. It even included guest appearances by the Everly Brothers on her cover of their 1967 track “Bowling Green,” giving her major cred among the crowd.

News Feature

A Bridge over Troubled Water

by Frank Parlato

There has been a lot reported in local media about a recent New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPR) proposal to dewater Niagara Falls.


Harborcenter to host college hockey finals

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Maybe not on as big a stage, or with as much a buzz, but HarborCenter has landed another signature event.

Tap This

Bottle That Stuff!

by Erik Wollschlager

Five years ago, the Buffalo beer scene was a veritable wasteland. With very few breweries within the city limits, Buffalonians found their local craft beer options incredibly limited. Even when expanding outside of the city to regional breweries like Ellicottville and Southern Tier, if Buffalo was drinking a craft beer, it wasn’t made around here.

What's Brewing

Four Mile Reap Volume II & Genesee Bock

by Scott Russell and Chris Groves

Don’t Fear the Reap. Volume II, that is: a massively dry-hopped pale ale from Olean’s Four Mile Brewing. The name derives from it being the second farm-to-pint (F2P) offering from Four Mile with each in the series, though stylistically diverse, carrying the Reap label. All ingredients were locally grown and malted, hence its F2P designation.

News Feature

Jacobs Ends Speculation, Will Run for Senate Seat

by Tony Farina

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, a Republican and a member of the prominent Jacobs family which owns the Delaware North companies, has told political leaders he is going to run for the 60th District State Senate seat now occupied by Sen. Marc Pane-pinto, a Democrat.

News Feature

Liberty Tax Offers Free Preparation for Veterans, Active Military

by Tony Farina

Much too often, the news we hear about veterans is not very good, from long lines at Veteran Administration hospitals to high unemployment figures for the men and women who have served our country when they return home.

Art Scene

Re: Configuration

by Jack Foran

It’s a world of white at Indigo Arts Gallery. Snow and ice in dessert mold and the like forms—like an arctic beach sandcastle community—in photos by Kathryn Vajda, and pristine white porcelain dysfunctional but exquisite pots and other vessels by Bryan Hopkins.

Classical Music Notes

A Spring Gift at Kleinhans

by Jan Jezioro

If you are a classical music lover, Kleinhans Music Hall is definitely the place to be this Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm, when the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will sponsor a recital, only recently scheduled, by two very talented, visiting Italian musicians, that is free and open to the public.

Film Review

Son of Saul

by Jordan Canahai

Rendered with a near-apocalyptic dread and a fittingly heavy sense of sorrow, the Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul is a full-force immersion into one of the darkest chapters of human history. Writer/director Laszlo Nemes opens his film with an intricate, Dardenne-influenced tracking shot that follows Saul (Geza Rohrig) as he goes about his daily routine of herding fellow Auschwitz concentration camp prisoners to their deaths.


Opening Shots

Opening Shots from El Hajj Malik at the Main Street Cabaret and Load More Guys at the Alleyway Theatre

Get Lit


by Heather Cook

On Tuesday (3/1), Canisius College presents a reading and celebration for Brian Castner’s All the Ways we Kill and Die, at 7pm. Come to the Grupp Fireside Lounge at Canisius College (2001 Main St), 2nd floor Richard E. Winter Student Center, to toast this debut publication. There will be a brief talk, reading, and book signing. Free food and drink provided. You can purchase your copy from Talking Leaves Book Store.

Graphic Traffic

Death of Wolverine & Star Wars: Lando

by Joe Tell & Gabriel Allandro

After reading the title of this Marvel masterpiece, you may find yourself asking, as I did: How can this be? Wolverine is immortal and he simply cannot die. As a precursor to reading Death of Wolverine, I found out that an intelligent Microverse virus had infected Logan and is able to turn off his accelerated healing factor.

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Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Yet another woman gave birth to her own granddaughter in January. Tracey Thompson, 54, offered to be the surrogate mother for her fertility-challenged daughter, Kelley, and delivered a 6-pound, 11-ounce girl at The Medical Center in Plano, Texas.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Breszny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “People don’t want their lives fixed,” proclaims Chuck Palahniuk in his novel Survivor.