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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, March 3, 2016

Jazz Michael Formanek and Ensemble Kolossus “The Distance” (ECM); Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, “All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings at the Village Vanguard” (Resonance, two discs plus program book) Here, separated by half a century, are spectacular disc celebrations of some of what has seemed, in... Read More

By Scott Scanlon is an award-winning reporter who is editor of WNY Refresh, which focuses on health, fitness, nutrition and family matters. He is aware of the contradictions that may appear to come from writing pieces here and there about beer, wine and travel. He does so in moderation. Scott Scanlon » Sunday, September 25, 2016

In August 2013, local media reported that two kayaks tumbled over the Horseshoe Falls near Table Rock, on the Canadian side. Niagara Parks Police could find no trace of any bodies associated with the incident. Turns out the weighted kayaks were part of an elaborate, three-year plan by a team of the world’s top extreme... Read More

By Mary Friona-Celani » Friday, September 16, 2016

I don't know how you feel about kids and iPads, tablets or smartphones. Heck, I'm not even sure how I feel about it. But, I'm a realist and I know my 4-year-old will get online now and again. So, I say, if she's going to be on "the pad" as she calls it, she might as well do some learning. I mean, if I'm being honest -... Read More

By Jana Eisenberg » Monday, September 12, 2016

Collin Kirdahy, a native of Smithtown, N.Y., began studying ballet when he was in middle school. After doing gymnastics as a younger child, and knowing that he enjoyed dancing, he auditioned for a musical as a pre-teen. "I was in Seussical the Musical at around 11 or 12," said Kirdahy, now 20. "After that, I found a... Read More

By Tim O'Shei is a features reporter for The Buffalo News. He's been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering pop culture, business, sports, politics and more. He's also the author of more than 60 books for children. Tim O'Shei » Thursday, September 8, 2016

This is the place where Robby Takac feels the flutters: onstage, a few hours before a show, right around soundcheck, when the Goo Goo Dolls’ music tends to echo off the empty seats. It’s in moments like this, before the fans show up, where Takac’s nerves creep in. Man, Takac thinks to himself in moments of self... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Friday, September 2, 2016

The old Barrel Factory has a new craft distillery, Lakeward Spirits, and a trendy fermented tea maker, Snowy Owl Kombucha. Lakeward Spirits makes all-grain vodka using barley, wheat and rye. It will release a gin in the fall and a rum in time for the holidays. Whiskey will eventually join its lineup as well. All of its... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Squeaky Wheel's annual Silent Sound festival returns to Silo City (21 Childs St.) on Aug. 12, when experimental artists from opposite coasts will conspire to fill the silos and surrounding landscape with 16mm film projections and droning guitar sounds. Inside one of the post-industrial complex's concrete echo... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman is the classical music critic of The Buffalo News. She is also a columnist and feature writer. Born in Buffalo, she attended the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart and the University at Buffalo. She lives in North Buffalo. Mary Kunz Goldman » Wednesday, July 27, 2016

They say the lights are always bright on Broadway. But on July 29 and 30, they'll be a bit brighter than usual. That's because the Colored Musicians Club, at the corner of Broadway and Michigan, is presenting the CMC Jazz Festival. Until recently, the festival was called the Queen City Jazz Festival. Its brand-new name... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is far from charmless. It has sprinkles of offbeat humor all the way through it. It's no one's idea of heartless either. Its ending, in fact, may very well warm you - not exactly a cardinal need in this weather but we're speaking metaphorically. Otherwise, it's a bit of a puzzle. Anyone who... Read More

By Ben Tsujimoto » Friday, June 3, 2016

1) Buffalo Bash, 8 p.m. to midnight June 3 at American Red Cross (786 Delaware Ave.). Online ticket sales have ended, but you can get them ($75 apiece, $125 for two) at the Red Cross, Paratrooper Army Navy (4239 Transit Road, Williamsville) or by calling 886-7500. Commentary: The Red Cross' annual fundraiser invites... Read More

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