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Buffalo’s theatrical scene celebrates 35 years of history and tradition. On Friday, Sept. 16, the official opening of Buffalo’s theater season will once again fulfill that ‘theater tradition’ – and then some. "This event continues to grow year after year because of the strength and creativity of our theater community, and, more importantly, because of the passion and dedi…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Think handmade cardboard set pieces, and anyone who’s willing in the cast. But times have changed. Actors may be recent college grads with a theater degree, or a retiree with time to invest in an old interest or new hobby. They’re talented and stage-ready. Some amateur companies even offer modest stipends; and if the show is a musical, orchestra members are almost always …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

As Western New Yorkers shift toward making shopping choices based on more than cost alone, retailers are working harder to appeal to consumers’ hearts and minds. "This one is the cheapest.” “Ah, but this one is produced locally. This one is organic. Cruelty-free. Made in America. Fair trade. GMO-free. Produced by a company that shares my political, social, or religio…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Think back to your very first job — was it bussing tables, working the line in a hot kitchen or delivering newspapers? Our first venture into the world of employment developed so many simple (yet essential skills) that we keep in our career toolbox until the day we retire — and perhaps a few life lessons, too. We interviewed a few prominent working women in Western New …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

There is perhaps no better embodiment of Buffalo’s comeback right now than Nick Sinatra. Not because of the buildings he’s renovating or the game-changing developments he’s championing — although of course they buoy the comeback. It’s more about his personal story, and what it symbolizes: how hard work, authenticity and tenacity pay off.  And how — even after moving in …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Fact: Western New York winters — which range from the illuminated, snow-kissed scenes of a Frank Capra film to the dire, snowstorm-ravaged landscape of a George Lucas film — can play with our emotions. Sidewalks go from bare to buried in minutes, and local meteorologists treat every mid-level storm like it could be the second coming of the Blizzard of ’77. These omnipre…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Maria Genero loves animals. Right now, she has a cat, Philomena; a parrot named Pickles; and a 60-gallon reef aquarium. And she’s on the lookout for a dog, after recently losing her beloved Bruno, a Mastiff, who she describes as “120 pounds of love.” She knows how much pets can change your life. “They don’t care where you work. They don’t care how much money you m…

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Think holiday decorating in your own home is an undertaking? Imagine planning a large public space. It requires a delicate balance: décor needs to respect diverse ethnicities, religions, local customs and the architecture of the building — plus be visually appealing. One thing is key: the best decorations are the ones that spark a feeling – nostalgia, reverence, hope, joy.…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, big families ruled. If you were part of a semi-large clan whose siblings outnumbered the parents, you learned everything from your older brothers and sisters, wore hand-me-downs from both, and happily piled into the back of your faux wood-paneled station wagons with no regard for safety (or comfort). One-on-one time with parents and per…

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As Western New York continues to evolve from a rust belt region to a vibrant medical and technology center, the next generation workforce will need a variety of skills. Careers based in science, technology, engineering and math — STEM, for short — are essential to our regional economy. A recent study by The Brookings Institute estimated that 36 percent of all jobs advertis…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

From street art in Elmwood Village to murals on Buffalo’s West Side, our region is happily part of a trend to make art part of everyday life. And if the recently launched local Public Art Initiative is any indication, Buffalo’s top players — including art leaders, politicians, and developers — have a renewed commitment to bringing art to where people live, play and work. …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Louise Carr has lived in Western New York her entire life, but she’s rarely spent summer in Buffalo. Or in the United States, for that matter. For decades, Carr, 63, has spent summer at her cottage in Canada — Crystal Beach, to be exact. It was her parents’, and now it’s hers. Carr remembers getting jolted on The Comet rollercoaster and soaring high on the Ferris wheel …

In our third annual call for Buffalo’s Best Husband nominations, the tributes from spouses across Buffalo rolled in. From our winner, Jack Higgins of Buffalo, who shows his love for his wife by caring for her ailing 87-year-old father, to our many honorable mentions, like Robert Dworak, Jr., who supported his wife’s dream by secretly ordering her an outdoor tent to sell he…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In Buffalo, we are nothing if not practical; it’s in our collective genetic make-up. Food, though — that’s one thing we can indulge in. Unlike designer shoes or expensive cigars, food is a basic human need. Maybe that’s why food is so big in Buffalo: it’s a socially acceptable luxury. When it comes to food, we are all in. We love talking about it, taking pictures of it…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

It was my first sit-down with a multi-billionaire. I wasn’t sure what to expect. When you’ve got that much money (and the power/influence that goes with it), I figured there might be a teeny bit of ego involved. Not with Kim Pegula. As half of Pegula Sports Entertainment, the company that owns the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres (among other interests), Kim is u…