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Romance is in the air. You find it in Niagara Falls, Ont., just off the Niagara Parkway, a 10-minute drive from Clifton Hill. For more than a century it has glided, suspended from a 1,800-foot cable, high over the deep green whirlpool. All day, from April to November, it goes back and forth, making its 10-minute trip. It is the Whirlpool Aero Car. Until 2004, it w…

Did the solar eclipse leave you dazzled? Are you interested in learning what else is in the stars? Fall is full of events of interest to stargazers. The Buffalo Astronomical Association lists events on its website. The group also works closely with virtually all the astronomy-oriented organizations in town. Oct. 7, 8 p.m.: Public Observing Night, Beaver Meadow Ob…

August's solar eclipse was a rare phenomenon. It was a day we all stood together, in wonder. Folks gathered at the Buffalo Museum of Science, at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve, at observatories, outside planetariums, and at fields out in the country. People who couldn't get away simply went out on the street. Everyone asked questions, shared viewing equipme…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening gala radiated a special star power this year. German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, one of the world's most famous and enduring virtuosi, was here to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, one of the world's most famous concertos. Mutter doesn't perform much in the United States, but her name looms large for classical music …

The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is famous for its view. And rightly so. The roar, the colored lights, the wide-eyed tourists from all over the world -- where do you find words for it? How do you describe Clifton Hill? On this famed tourist promenade, people from all over the world gather to goof off. Arcade games abound. Carnival barkers bawl from the funhouses. "…

Andy Anselmo, the vocal coach to stars including Mandy Patinkin and Liza Minnelli, is giving Western New York a new gift. Anselmo, 93, is spearheading the construction of an arts center at Canterbury Woods, the Amherst retirement community where he lives. The new venue, announced today, is estimated to cost $3.5 million. Anselmo is pledging $500,000. "Music has been …

Autumn is full of fun. Even the most devoted summer-lovers can't resist the lure of apples and pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the World's Largest Disco. At the same time, with the sun setting earlier and winter closing in, our thoughts grow deeper. Our minds turn naturally to matters of eternity and the supernatural. How to sort it all out? With classical musi…

The Friends of Vienna, Buffalo's long-running grassroots classical concert series, is starting its new season at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 with a recital of Viennese music. Pianist Stephen Manes, formerly the head of UB's music department, has designed a program that spans three centuries. It begins with Haydn and ends with four lush, deeply Romantic pieces by Johannes Brahms.…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening night has always soared with star power.  On Sept. 16, when the BPO opens its 2017-2018 season, the orchestra will welcome, for the first time, the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta calls it a coup. "We've been trying for a number of years to get her to come here," said Falletta, who w…

To Shakespeare, the play's the thing. In Buffalo, the party is. Buffalo is a theater town second to none. We are famous for our wealth of theaters -- probably more per capita than any other burg our size. Live theater in Buffalo has a devoted, passionate audience. But for one evening, reality eclipses the stage. Curtain Up!, which takes place this year Sept. 15…

Pianist Eric Huebner leads a kind of double life. He is associate professor at the University at Buffalo and staff pianist at the New York Philharmonic.  His is a tale of two cities. And this fall at UB, it will be a tale of two pianos, too. Huebner has planned two concerts devoted to the two-piano repertoire.  The first takes place Sept. 8, when Huebner collaborates …

Delaware Park has two circles. They are like two sides of the same Buffalo nickel. The more famous is the Ring Road, which loops around the golf course. Buffalonians of all stripes get together there to walk it off, amid car stereos, personal stereos and noisy games of soccer. It's a kick. But Frederick Law Olmsted, the park's designer, would prefer that you take the…

Rose Popper has been a freelance sculptor for Fisher-Price. She was an artist in residence at Artpark. She creates the kind of sculptures that draw the viewer in. They have smooth, curvy surfaces of stone and bronze. Beginning with a reception on Sept. 2, a monthlong exhibit will celebrate Popper and her art. An array of the artist's sculptures will be on display at To…

In Blasdell, in the middle of a normal neighborhood, lies a gateway to the past. The serious past. We're not talking the 1970s. We mean the Middle Devonian Period -- a Tolkien-esque term for an era an astounding 380 million years ago in the Paleozoic Era. At that time, most of the state was covered by a shallow ocean. That means that every day in Western New York,…

It's a musical event almost as rare as the recent solar eclipse. As the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pointed out, the last time the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians met in Buffalo, Jimmy Griffin was the mayor, and the Buffalo Sabres still played at Memorial Auditorium. Now, almost 30 years after that 1988 event, the group is back. Its conferenc…