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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…

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The joint's a-jumping. We mean the Hotel Henry, in the historic National Landmark Richardson Olmsted Campus (444 Forest Ave.). The new venue is partnering with JazzBuffalo for a Wednesday night jazz series. The first performance is Aug. 23, and the concerts continue intermittently through the fall. Hotel Henry will provide a menu of drinks and light foods. The perfo…

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"Eat a Peach," the famous Allman Brothers album, burst on the scene in 1972. Not long afterwards, Gregg Allman came to stay for a while in Western New York. Coincidence? I think not. As Bourbon County is to whiskey, as Madison County is to bridges, as Calaveras County is to jumping frogs, so is Niagara County to peaches. Nobody is saying that everyone else's peaches …

German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms wrote his famous Lullaby in 1868, and it was first performed in public a year later, with Clara Schumann on piano. Brahms wrote the beautiful song for a friend who was having her second child. He had once been in love with her, and he wove into the melody a tune that she used to sing to him. Since then, the song's legend has only…

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Make this a summer to remember by stepping outside your comfort zone. Skydiving is the classic dare. One option is WNY Skydiving, which operates out of the Pine Hill Airport, 4906 Pine Hill Road, Albion. Be brave and your instructors will take care of the rest. You should set aside an entire day for training and, ultimately, jumping. The cost is $219 a person, $199 a p…

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It's "Jurassic Park." It's "Into the Woods." It's something you won't find anywhere else, that's for sure. The Griffis Sculpture Park, sprawled over about 400 acres between Ashford Hollow and East Otto, radiates weird dreaminess. Birds -- you think they're birds, anyway -- are ingeniously poised atop high sticks. You can see them from the road. You can also see a crowd …

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An Elvis impersonator, a songwriter who died in 1932, and a wealth of fabled journeyman rockers are soon going to be stepping into the spotlight as some of the newest members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame's Class of 2017, just announced at a ceremony at the Buffalo History Museum. The group of musicians will be honored at an induction gala at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Ca…

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Officially, it's called the Gentner Commission Market. Affectionately, it's known as the Springville Auction. But no title could begin to do justice to this year-round Wednesday tradition. At the Springville Auction, you could imagine yourself back in 1939, when the market was organized by farmers Raymond Gentner and Norbert Kessler. Heck, you could imagine…

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Things are heating up for the Pine Grill Reunion. George K. Arthur, the former Buffalo Common Council president and jazz authority around town, praised this year's lineup and any jazz fan would agree. The free festival takes place on two consecutive Sundays, Aug. 6 and 13. Bring a chair and a picnic if you like. Food also will be available from vendors. The festival…

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Lucille Ball had a dream. She envisioned a festival of contemporary comedy being held in her name. But the madcap heroine of "I Love Lucy" might not have imagined the scope of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, held annually since 1996 in Jamestown, where she was born on Aug. 6, 1911. The festival centers on the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, home to tons of …

Health and Fitness

You've probably seen them, those red bikes around Buffalo. They are locked up in neat rows with bright yellow locks. They are Reddy Bikes, sponsored by Independent Health and ready to roll, thanks to a local system called Reddy Bikeshare. They called to me. "But you have a bike!" my friends said. True. Over the years, though, I've had bikes stolen. I got flat…

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Reddy Bike is offering a promotion through the rest of the biking season, which ends in November. Memberships are half price. The special is in honor of the bikes' one-year anniversary. Online at reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com, use the promo code BUFFALOBYBIKE2017, and you will receive a 50 percent discount. Portland, Ore., is also celebrating a one-year anni…

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The Richardson Complex is about to shine. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is playing a free nighttime concert on the south lawn of the recently renovated architectural masterpiece. Along with the performance, the buildings will light up with extravagant moving images by local lightmapping artists Projex, with artistic direction by Keith Harrington. The concert i…

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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…

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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,…