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Five years before his dancers first hit the stage, Jon Lehrer was lining up tour stops. The professional dancer, who toured for 13 years with two internationally-known dance companies as well as the Radio City Rockettes, knew the amount of work and planning that goes in to setting up a tour. Before he’d even selected the name for his new dance company, he set the wheels…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Before taking the helm of Shea’s Performing Arts Center last year, Michael Murphy had seen one production at its magnificent theater: "Annie" in the 1970s. He still has the ticket stub — and thousands of others — in a vase in his North Buffalo home. "It was gorgeous, but it needed the restoration it went through," said Murphy, Shea’s president, of the theater at that ti…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Diana Slawson intuitively knew what countless education studies have proved: students involved in theater programs earn higher standardized test scores, are better readers, have more self-confidence, are motivated to succeed, and have higher levels of empathy and tolerance. And it all started because she wasn’t athletic. "When other kids were outside playing sports, …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Fifty million dollars in upgrades at The Buffalo Zoo. An upcoming $150+ million expansion at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Seven modern new interactive studios at the Buffalo Museum of Science, and a restored rooftop Observatory coming soon. A brand new, $27 million Explore & More children’s museum under construction in downtown’s hottest neighborhood. The completion …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Niagara Street is quickly becoming Buffalo’s newest “it” neighborhood, resulting in a major uptick in upscale apartments. In addition to a flurry of business activity, including Resurgence Brewery, Ru’s Pierogi, Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery, and more recently Love in Motion yoga studio and Bootleg Bucha kombucha brewery, the area has attracted a slew of residentia…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Your garage band has been dreaming of a national road tour for awhile, but you’re flat broke. You think your new invention will make you the next Mark Zuckerberg, but you have no way of financing it. Just a few short years ago, projects like these may have seemed impossible. Today, the Internet, social networking and limitations of traditional financing have given way t…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Every year, 10 finalists are named for the region’s most high-profile award honoring local women: the ATHENA. And every year, their collective accomplishments — in the business and non-profit world, and in their personal lives — are awe-inspiring. We wanted to find out more about what makes them tick: how they find time to do it all; what resources they count on; how th…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

When a new year dawns, words like “change” and “resolutions” are frequently batted about, usually regarding our physical health. But what about our state of mind? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there were an estimated 43.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with a mental or emotional disorder in 2014 – that’s 18.1 percent of all …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

The holidays are the perfect time to open your home to friends and family for good times and good cheer. Hosting an open house is a fun, easy way to get into the spirit and bring your social network together. Fun? Yes. Easy? It can be. With good planning — and doing most of the heavy lifting in advance - you, too, can be the holiday host with the most. Start with the fo…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Chances are you played a sport while growing up. Not just one sport — all of them. As the seasons changed, so did the games. You didn’t always need a referee, and home-field advantage was just a fancy way of referring to your backyard. Those days are gone, replaced in large part by one-sport athletes on travel teams that play and practice year-round. The result, accord…

I have a confession to make: in the summer of 1964, I was shushed for giggling out loud while watching a live stage production of South Pacific at Melody Fair. I couldn’t help it. I was sitting in the front row with my family and a giant horsefly was crawling up Nellie’s leg during a love scene. I was 5 years old, and well, giggles happen. The actors, mercifully, didn’t fl…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Shea’s Performing Arts Center is no stranger to history. In its nine decades of hosting performances, the ornate Main Street landmark has welcomed show business legends such as the Marx Brothers and Frank Sinatra to its stage, while millions of patrons have filled its seats. It will take the spotlight again this fall, when Finding Neverland kicks off its first national …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

We’ve all heard the stories. We may even know a few of them — the parents who do their children’s homework, write their college essay or hire expensive SAT tutors to give their offspring a leg up on the competition. They’re the “helicopter parents” — those overindulgent moms and dads who hover over their children to prevent failure. Coined in 1990 by parenting and educa…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

America’s favorite city. One of the top places to see in 2016. A top 10 food city in America. These are the accolades that Travel + Leisure, CNN and National Geographic, respectively, have showered upon Buffalo recently — and they’re just the beginning. Over the past few years, writers from USA Today, The New York Times, popular travel media and newspapers nationwide ha…