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It’s like something out of Old Hollywood: Their eyes meet across a crowded room and there’s a connection. Her eyes widen as her eyebrows raise. His smile is tentative, then more confident. The music rises to a heart-pounding crescendo. Is this love…or just another scene to play? With thousands of arts professionals in our region’s robust creative community, it’s inevita…

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The Edsel, so it seems, is much like the Lay’s potato chip. You can’t have just one. At least, that’s the impression I got earlier this summer when I spent the day with the local Edsel owner’s group at its 26th annual summer get-together, held (as always) at the home of Mike and Cathy Brogan in South Wales. The Brogans currently own four Edsels (a number always subje…

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September can be one of the most beautiful months of the year in Western New York: still plenty warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities, but without the blazing temps and hair-curling humidity. From an annual gala at our horticultural hub to a first-time beer and barbecue festival on the grounds of an 1800s Victorian mansion, these events give you one last chance to get ou…

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Two college friends on turning a UB senior capstone project into a Buffalo startup that leaves them free to riff. When did you first pick up a guitar? Ryan: Sophomore year of high school. I bought a used guitar on Craigslist and had been dying to teach myself to play. The first song I learned was “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. Shane: In middle …

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Western New York is home to an abundance of diverse arts organizations that add to our quality of life—as audiences and as participants—and that includes people who live with a disability. “We all experience that thrill of performance in our own way. But we all experience something. It’s very unique,” says Amy Jakiel, a professional actor and singer who is also an instr…

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One of my favorite summer sounds is children splashing about in a pool. If sunny weather, leisure time and high spirits had a soundtrack, that would indeed be it, and Buffalo City Swim Racers (BCSR) is working to make that joy accessible to families all over Buffalo. Coach Michael Switalski was approached back in 1997 by public school #57 in the Broadway/Fillmore distri…

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A strong sense of community courses through the City of Good Neighbors. Our pride in supporting local businesses, and each other, is immeasurable. And now you can turn your calendar into another way to support causes you care about—and we’re not talking black-tie galas. Here are some of our favorite ideas for giving back to charity in creative ways, whether out for drinks …

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One fed up mom describes how necessity was the mother of invention behind her chemical-free baby wipes. The impetus for your product? As a first-time mom, dealing with the horrible diaper rash my son Archie was experiencing was heartbreaking. We went to the doctor, only to be told my son was reacting to all the chemical preservatives in the baby wipes I was using. We sta…

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Aug. 2: Summer Splash Buffalo Harbor State Park, 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo The “sky’s the limit” for this colorful cocktail party to benefit Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Wear your snappy sky-blue duds and bring your dancing shoes for a night of open bar, gourmet foods, decadent desserts and chance to win fantastic prizes—including a Mercedes Benz. This …

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Who doesn’t love a good art festival? Tents as far as the eye can see, each filled with artwork as unique as the people perusing. Delicious food and libations at your fingertips, music to put a hop in your step, unique neighborhoods to explore and people watching. (Oh, the people watching!)Art festivals in Western New York draw thousands from near and far, many of whom ret…

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Wake up feeling tired and stiff? We’ve all been there. Often, we’re not sure where to turn for solutions, and answers can be conflicting. Salespeople, it seems, will always say you need to replace your sleep setup—mattress, pillows or sheets—but what’s the real deal? In the end, it comes down to comfort. If you’re waking up feeling anything but well-rested, that’s the b…

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The small business resident of The Foundry talks about garbage picking, trusting your gut and more. Best part of your work? Creating new objects tends to be cost-driven when produced and end up being of lesser quality. Bespoke objects resonate on such a deeper level in my work and for consumers. In the case of upholstery, a lot of times I’m redoing a family heirloom. It …

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Stress. We all experience it—it’s just a matter of how much. With work, family, striving to be healthier and trying to have a social life on top of it all, well, life gets to be a whole lot of crazy daily balancing. The most important gift we can give ourselves to combat stress is a good night’s sleep, and that begins with relaxation. Here are three techniques to foster th…

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In the past six months, it seems as though CBD has exploded on the Buffalo area. Stores along most of the major thoroughfares in the city advertise its products, and a few small stores exclusively selling it have even opened. But what exactly is CBD? The initials stand for Cannabidiol, a chemical component of the marijuana plant—but it differs from THC, which is the par…