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Most of the world sees steam locomotives only in movies. Here in Western New York, we have one of our own. And it's blowing its whistle. All aboard! The Arcade & Attica Railroad, celebrating its 100th anniversary, is our personal short line railroad. Its steam engine, a beauty built in 1920, leads passenger excursions Wednesdays and weekends. The journey beg…

The CMC Jazzfest is a great opportunity to visit the historic Colored Musicians Club, a place that, though founded in 1917, remains one of our town's better-kept secrets. Even Walter Kemp, the CMC's artist director, didn't learn about the club until after he came home from college. "I was a musician who was really interested in music and jazz, and went away to school,…

The Colored Musicians Club has shone over the decades with bright spirits. Here are a few of the departed: Pianist Al Tinney led combos in New York, where he gave Charlie Parker his first job. The late drummer Max Roach gave him credit for being one of the creators of bebop. As a boy, Tinney worked with George Gershwin, helping rehearse "Porgy and Bess" for Broad…

The Colored Musicians Club turns 100 this year. And its going to roll up the rugs and hold a party. Make that a weeklong jazz party, all around the town. It's called the CMC Jazzfest. From July 24 to July 29, a total of 150 performers will be seen gigging around the city. Some events take place at the club, located at 145 Broadway, at the corner of Michigan Street…

NONFICTION When the World Stopped To Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath By Stuart Isacoff Knopf 290 pages, $27.95 It was one of the strangest dramas of the 20th century. The Russians -- and this was in 1958, in the depth of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was our mortal enemy -- were holding a new competition, the Tchaikovsky C…

Hot time, summer in the city. One day last week, Buffalo smoldered. The West Side baked in the noonday sun. A boom car throbbed in Broderick Park. Luckily, there was a magical getaway. It is called the Bird Island Pier. It begins at Broderick Park on the southern end of Unity Island and stretches – into nowhere. The pier is a stretch of concrete several…

Don't bother knockin' – this town's a-rockin'! The Buffalo News Jazz at the Albright-Knox got off to a suave start July 9 with an appearance by urbane jazz crooner Freddy Cole, Nat "King" Cole's brother. Begun more than 30 years ago by the late Stanford Lipsey, longtime publisher of The News, the festival reflects Lipsey's love of jazz. His wife, Judi Lipsey, introd…

It's news sure to light up the airwaves. The Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2017. Here's a look. Pete Weber. Currently the voice of the Nashville Predators, Weber's Buffalo career began in 1976 on WEBR Newsradio 970. He covered the spectrum of Buffalo sports – Bills, Braves and Sabres. A native of Galesburg, Ill., he now live…

Our ships have come in. The USS The Sullivans, the USS Little Rock and whimsically christened USS Croaker have been watching over Western New York since Independence Day 1979. These warships, the cornerstone of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, led the resurgence of Buffalo's waterfront. "The anchor tenant," quipped Terry McGuire, who is on the pa…

An hour south of Buffalo, near the picturesque towns of Westfield and Mayville, you'll find a row of gates. Beyond them is a parallel universe. In this strange place, people rise when they feel like it, in a world without cars or car stereos. They breakfast on their porches. They ride bikes and never lock them. American flags fly. Pansies bloom. A cat ambles down …

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's free concert on Bidwell Parkway, scheduled for 7 p.m. today, has been canceled. When announcing the cancellation, the orchestra cited the threat of inclement weather. Rain is a particular concern to musicians because of the danger it poses to their instruments. The Bidwell Parkway concert is among the most popular of the orchestr…

Rue Franklin, one of Buffalo’s most venerable restaurants, has closed. The announcement came via the restaurant’s Facebook page and on its website. “Saturday June 24, 2017 was the last dinner service for Rue Franklin,” the post read. “With the heaviest of hearts we say thank you to all of our guests who have supported the restaurant through the years.” …

It's Western New York's field of dreams. Batavia's Dwyer Stadium is in such an idyllic setting that it seems to appear out of the ether. Going there, you pass Centennial Park, a village green right out of Norman Rockwell. Victorian mansions are decked out for summer. The Batavia Downs, the legendary horse racing track dating to 1940, was an earlier stop on our 100 T…

The rubber ball turned up first. A 10-foot rubber ball, such as a daredevil would use to go over Niagara Falls. They found it in April. On June 2, they found the body of the daredevil, Kirk Jones. Jones was the guy who went over Niagara Falls in 2003, with no barrel, nothing, and survived with hardly a scratch. Apparently he was trying to go over the falls again, …

It's a hallmark of life here in Western New York: We bite off more than we can chew. That's what happened to us here at The News, striving to complete our list of 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once. Several weeks ago, we asked for suggestions of additional ideas for the list. We needed two more, because there were two of our 100 that had pr…