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A handful of urban teenagers jostle each other to get a better look at the kid cutting up steel. Nearby, a few more are playing with fire or painting their names in wild colors of permanent ink. It’s the first project students undertake as part of the Griffis Art Program, a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo and the Essex Arts Center in Buffalo (a…

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She didn’t choose to be an artist, says sculptor Sarah Fonzi, a Buffalo native. From an early age, she simply was one. She is now a professional sculptor with several large, commissioned installations in the Buffalo area, and a growing list of exhibits to her credit. To gain experience outside Buffalo, she chose to attend Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. T…

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The greatest relationship between a band and its fans is one that’s reciprocal. The band toils to create impressionable music and, as thanks for this impactful work, fans buy albums, attend concerts and purchase band-branded gear to fashion their allegiance. But in recent years, this dynamic has been challenged. Despite the Internet and social media’s ability to make comm…

Western New York has produced some amazing things over the years, from writers and artists to fashion designers and high-quality brews. These early-Fall happenings showcase the prowess of our homegrown talent, and provide a great opportunity to support some worthwhile organizations and charities. Sept. 14-18: 70th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show Buffalo Therape…

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On her way to work teaching textile arts at Buffalo State College, Dawne Hoeg often passed groups of women wearing flowing swaths of brightly patterned fabrics, some adorned with intricate stitching and beadwork. She reverently referred to them as the "Beautiful Women," and spent months pondering their pasts and their presence. "I kept thinking that we must have somethi…

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Collin Kerdahy, 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 Kerdahy, now 20. “After that, I found a weekend program at a theater outside of school, which …

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In more than 35 years on Broadway, Albert Nocciolino has earned four Tony Awards and co-produced shows including Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Annie, Peter Pan and countless more. But, looking back on his career, Nocciolino says his proudest accomplishment has been helping to bring big-league theater to cities nationwide. As the Broadway League’s vice chair of the…

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In a city bursting with renewed Buffalo pride, it seems only natural that Buffalo-themed décor is popping up more in local shops. From Buffalo-themed tables to butter lamb soaps, there’s no shortage of options. Here’s a guide to some of our favorites. Butter lamb soaps Village Artisans 5560 Main St., Williamsville; Facebook It’s an Easter tradition to hit the Broadwa…

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Without Buffalo’s Kevin Guest House, Ronald McDonald House may never have existed. It’s true: the international Ronald McDonald House charity, which provides housing for families of children receiving cancer treatment, was inspired by Kevin Garvey’s parents. In January, 1972, Cyril and Claudia Garvey brought their son Kevin to Roswell Park Cancer Institute from Penns…

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In her 14 years as an accredited staging professional and interior decorator, Julie Dana has seen it all — from small starter homes to million-dollar mansions, and everything in between. For each client, Dana provides step-by-step instructions for redecorating or staging their home to sell. “My favorite part of the job is when people just feel so good about their house,…

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With warm weather upon us, why spend time shopping indoors? Two city markets recur throughout summer to satisfy your shopping itch while soaking in the precious summer weather. Shop, Rock n’ Stroll June 24, July 29, Aug. 26, and Sept. 30 from 6-9 p.m. Hertel Avenue, from Saranac Avenue to the historic North Park Theatre block Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo is hopping…

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Behind the unassuming storefront on Abbott Road in South Buffalo, Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is more than just a place to buy books. It is also a warm and friendly respite and home to the Enlightenment Literary Arts Center, which offers reading and writing programs for children and adults. “Our mission statement is simple,” said owner Tom McDonnell. “It’s not just ab…

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On the surface, the Teacher’s Desk looks like any other warehouse store — a large, simple building with unpretentious shelving and bins with products. This place, however, is much different. Shelves are filled with books, decorations and school supplies — and all of it’s free. “It’s like Christmas — wow!” said Sheryl Barksdale, a teacher at Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School…

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Through social media, two Canisius College graduates are contributing to the rebirth of Buffalo by promoting local businesses and cultivating a culture of growth. Born as an online blog and apparel store that was an outlet for small businesses and nonprofits, Rise Collaborative has evolved into a promotional tool for businesses — and for new ways of thinking, say propri…

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From music to fairy dust, there’s definitely something in the air. Discover the magic of summer in Western New York — including beautiful homes you may not have seen, bands you may not have heard and mouthwatering foods you may not have tried. June 16: TR Site Twilight Tour of Homes Tour headquarters: Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo New neighborhood, …