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By Devon Dams-O'Connor The connection between holiness and health is a sentiment that has resonated across faiths forever. But as the American list of lifestyle-related illnesses like heart disease and obesity grows longer than a Lutheran Christmas carol, faith and fitness leaders around the country are coming up with new ways to help the faithful rehab those neglected …

Fifty million dollars in upgrades at The Buffalo Zoo. An upcoming $150+ million expansion at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Seven modern new interactive studios at the Buffalo Museum of Science, and a restored rooftop Observatory coming soon. A brand new, $27 million Explore & More children’s museum under construction in downtown’s hottest neighborhood. The complet…

Five years before his dancers first hit the stage, Jon Lehrer was lining up tour stops. The professional dancer, who toured for 13 years with two internationally-known dance companies as well as the Radio City Rockettes, knew the amount of work and planning that goes in to setting up a tour. Before he’d even selected the name for his new dance company, he set the whee…

Diana Slawson intuitively knew what countless education studies have proved: students involved in theater programs earn higher standardized test scores, are better readers, have more self-confidence, are motivated to succeed, and have higher levels of empathy and tolerance. And it all started because she wasn’t athletic. "When other kids were outside playing sports…

Before taking the helm of Shea’s Performing Arts Center last year, Michael Murphy had seen one production at its magnificent theater: "Annie" in the 1970s. He still has the ticket stub — and thousands of others — in a vase in his North Buffalo home. "It was gorgeous, but it needed the restoration it went through," said Murphy, Shea’s president, of the theater at…

Curtain Up! 2017, the 36th annual kick off to Western New York’s theater season, is adding a new party to its three-act evening on Friday, Sept. 15. The Greenroom Gala is a pre-theater gathering that’s an alternative to the traditional black tie gala. "We wanted to broaden the scope of Curtain Up and give more people a chance to enjoy what has become a tradition in …

For a moment during his show near Carnegie Mellon University, comedian Trevor Noah got serious. "Pittsburgh," he said. "This place looks like a movie set!" He spoke directly to what I’d been thinking on my visit there: with its scenic yellow bridges leading to a revived downtown, and its stately old buildings growing new life, this fellow Rust Belt city is looking sha…

My first experience with Charles Smith wines happened at a business dinner at Remington’s, when my dining companion brought along two mind-blowing wines for the evening: 2007 Skull and 2007 Old Bones. First I noticed the crazy labels…next I noticed how close to perfect they were. At the time, I’d already planned a wine trip to Washington State. Charles Smith, who…

William Ostrander has been a part of the Western New York community his entire life. Whether through high school in Lancaster, college at Canisius and a professional career throughout the Buffalo area, he knows the region. But with decades of experience in all facets of the radio business, there’s one thing the man known more commonly as Buddy Shula may understand bet…

The walls of Vern Stein Art and Frame in Williamsville pop with vibrant artwork that transcends any one style, period or artist. To the casual observer, merely walking in the front door could prove intimidating. Where do I begin? What kind of art do I want? Will that look good in my living room? Can I even afford any of this? These are just a few of the questions nov…

On stage, George Scott is the high-energy bandleader who fronts the George Scott Big Band and performs for large crowds at Canalside, Curtain Up and other shows. Off stage, as president of the Colored Musicians Club, he’s one of the guiding forces who has helped the club become the oldest of its kind in the United States, a living testament to Buffalo and music history. …

Mark your calendars - Queen City Fashion Week returns this year Sept. 17-22. Event director Rick Warne, a local photographer who has shot high profile events such as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, established the event in 2016. "This year we are taking it to a new level – the Friday night fashion show event in parti…

It’s always hard to say goodbye, but these events will help you send summer off with a bang. From harvest festivals and equinox celebrations to fashion shows and artist demonstrations, there’s plenty to look forward to this fall in Western New York. Riedel Wine & Beer Tasting Experience Sept. 15 Join experts from 11th-generation glass manufacturer Riedel C…

One of less than a dozen properties nestled along the 55-acre Herrick Drive development on the Elma/East Aurora line, this idyllic and welcoming home enjoys a bird’s eye view of the pond below and is surrounded by myriad trails running through virgin forest. Owner Peter Glauber, who shares the home with his wife Diane and daughter Corinne, made the move from Clarence …

By Devon Dams-O'Connor What happens when gold leaf flakes from a medieval manuscript, a Picasso has been found languishing in an attic, or a modern pop culture treasure needs a little TLC? An art conservationist is called, and there’s a good chance that person learned what to do in Buffalo as a graduate of the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Depa…