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Cover Story

Close to The Edge

by Jeffrey Czum

Music festivals have become as essential to summer in Buffalo as snow tires in winter; it’s just part of who we are. What makes Buffalo’s summer music festivals great is the beautiful weather and watching your favorite bands play in a truly unique setting—say, the Outer Harbor, the concert site for 103.3 radio’s Edge Fest 2015.

Back to School Guide

Get Squeezed

by Kellie Coppola

Spending Your Campus Cash

by Robert Creenan

Like This

by Peter Soscia

The Nightlife

by Jenna Millemaci

Let Them Eat Ramen

by Kathryn Krawczyk

Student Discounts

by Kathryn Krawczyk

Getting Around Town

by Robert Creenan

Watch What You Eat

by Kellie Coppola

News Feature

He's Baack!

by Frank Parlato

Is this déjà vu?

In 2002 politically connected developer Mark E. Hamister, Chairman & CEO of the Hamister Group, LLC, was chosen the designated purchaser of the bankrupt Buffalo Sabres—even receiving a standing ovation at a Sabres game as the soon-to-be new owner.


Blue Jays Sizzle, Bisons Flounder

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Right about now, people in Toronto are over the moon with excitement about their Blue Jays. Since acquiring shortstop Troy Tulowitski and ace pitcher David Price, the team went 21-5 during the month of August. The team had at one time set the bar at qualifying for the playoffs and ending their 22 year post season drought, but now dream of an American League East pennant, a deep run into the postseason and a shot at a World Series title are now on many people’s minds.

Film Feature

It's a Wrap

by Jordan Canahai

Those who have been following the emerging film industry in Buffalo are well aware of the major strides that our city has made recently towards becoming an attractive and growing location for film production. As detailed in our last issue’s cover story, ten feature films have been shot in the area over the past year alone, thanks in part to new tax credits, lower production costs, and the high level of production quality offered by local filmmakers.

Tap This

A Ten-Day Week

by Brian Campbell

Buffalo Beer Week will once again shine the spotlight directly on our local craft beer scene as the annual 10-day celebration returns for its sixth year. Running from Thursday, September 24th to Sunday, October 4th, the 2015 Buffalo Beer Week will once again feature dozens upon dozens of unique events at bars, pubs, restaurants, breweries and other craft beer destinations throughout the Buffalo Niagara region.

What's Brewing?

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Paul Marko, Chris Groves

Named in honor of, and as tribute to, pioneering Buffalo-born brewer Joseph Lambert Haberstroh, the first native born brewer in our fair city who owned JL Haberstroh Brewery on High Street and Main Street (and was later elected as Erie County Sheriff), Rusty Nickel Brewing Company’s Haberstroh Mango Hefeweizen pours a hazy shade of orange and offers a delicate, floral nose that leads into sweet tropical fruits straight away on the tongue.

Art Scene

Seeds of Change

by Jack Foran

The subjects of Anne Petermann’s photos currently on show at ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery are social/environmental activists demonstrating in locations from New York City to jungle Brazil, on matters ranging from behind-closed-doors trade negotiations and machinations to attempts by world agriculture megacorporations the likes of Monsanto to genetically modify grain crops to produce sterile seeds that therefore could not be replanted the following year, forcing farmers to buy new seed each year from the megacorporations.

Classical Music Notes

The Wings of Song

by Jan Jezioro

Soprano Emily Helenbrook just started her senior year at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, but she will make a welcome return to the Friends of Vienna to open their 40th Anniversary Season on Sunday, September 13 at 3:30pm in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

Theatrically Speaking

Meet Tim Carroll

by Anthony Chase

He prefers to be called, “T.C.” On August 13th, British director Tim Carroll was named to be the next artistic director of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He will succeed Jackie Maxwell, whose leadership was first announced on July 11, 2001. “T.C.” will familiarize himself with the festival, working alongside Maxwell before taking over the reigns on December 1, 2016, at the start of the 2017 season.

Theater News


by Javier

The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar (pictured above) spent part of his summer hiatus from the popular TV show appearing on the New York stage. Nayyar played a Nepalese immigrant studying business at NYU in The Spoils, a play written by and also starring Jesse Eisenberg. Produced by The New Group, the play ran at off-Broadway’s Signature Center.

Get Lit

The UB Poetry Collection

by Heather Cook

Tucked away in the University at Buffalo, rests a poetry collection like no other. Behind the glass walls, rests William Carlos Williams’ writing desk and Larry Eigner’s 1940s type writer.

Featured Events

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On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie LIstings (Friday, September 4 - Thursday, September 10)

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Graphic Traffic

Howard the Duck: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Hawkeye: Rio Bravo

by Joe Tell

You Auto Know

2015 Ford C-MAX Energi

by Jim Corbran

The first thing, yes, the very first thing I noticed after pressing the start button on my Ford C-MAX Energi test car (let’s just call it C-MAX from hereon) was the gauge on the far right of the instrument cluster which proudly announced “502 mi Range.” Wow!

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A woman identified only as Zeng, age 39, was finally imprisoned in August in Urumqi, China—10 years after she was convicted of corruption. Availing herself of a traditional “probation” option in Chinese law for expectant mothers, Zeng had remained free by getting herself pregnant (and proving it) 14 times during the 10 years (although only some of the fetuses were carried to term).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “I stand up next to a mountain, and I chop it down with the edge of my hand.” So sang Jimi Hendrix in his raucous psychedelic tune “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” We could view his statement as an example of delusional grandiosity, and dismiss it as meaningless.