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Why, Carlos? Why? I’m pretty sure I said it aloud, and quite possibly buried my head in my hands afterward. When I heard that Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart were teaming for a summer tour I was baffled. “What’s next?” I asked myself. “Michael Bublé with Phish?”Social media was alight, locally, on the day this superstar pairing…

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Today's Buzz column included a plea from a woman named Robin  who, in December 2012, found a piece of jewelry in McKinley Mall in Hamburg, and was trying to locate the owner. First a woman surfaced wondering if the found jewelry was a cross, a tiny cross that she wore that had great sentimental value, that she had lost in December 2012 at McKinley Mall. Next a gentleman …

Since I’m on record as saying I love NBC’s family drama “Parenthood,” you probably could guess that I cry pretty easily.My youngest son, Max, was surprised that I didn’t cry at the end of the 3-D screening of “Godzilla.” (I did cry a little; I wanted my money back.)I cried so much while reading Jerry Sullivan’s column…

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Since 2009, Martin Kober has been on a mission to convince the art world that he owns an original painting by Michelangelo.At almost every turn, the American art establishment has ignored or dismissed Kober’s claims. Some say the painting, which depicts an anguished Madonna and dead Christ flanked by a pair of muscle-bound cherubs, is too ugly. Others claim the wood…

When Miley Cyrus started hanging around with the Flaming Lips a few months back, the obvious reaction among Lips fans – myself included – was one that poured disbelief into a cocktail of incredulity and added a dose of disgust, before shaking vigorously.Why? Why would one of the finest modern psychedelic pop bands, one that had been offering a healthy alterna…

Lawrence Brose was arrested for possession of child porn in November 2009. In 2010, he was forced to resign as executive director of the CEPA Gallery. Not only did he need to defend himself, but he needed to separate his legal troubles from the institution he’d previously led to almost universal praise.What we were told originally is that he was in possession of mor…

This is what I’m thinking: It looks like Channel 7 sportscaster Allen Leight is betting on the Buffalo Sabres getting out of the basement before the ABC affiliate he has worked for recently is able to escape the ratings cellar.Leight’s final Channel 7 broadcast was Friday. News Director Lisa Polster confirmed that he is leaving to join the Sabres in an unspec…

On Tuesday afternoon in a light-filled room on the second floor of the old Slotkin department store downtown, City Honors School student Lillian Kahris stepped onto a soap box, cleared her throat and delivered the inaugural poem in the newly opened Just Buffalo Writing Center.Kahris, the editor of the City Honors newspaper and a correspondent for The Buffalo News’ N…

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“I just want to say ‘this is my legacy.’ ” So said Barbara Walters in a truly stunning and historic TV moment.Just to make sure we thickheaded couch potatoes got the point, she repeated herself: “These are my legacy.”What we were watching was an orderly single file reception line of TV newswomen who queued up to give the abdicating…

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I was well-prepared for one of the big movie events of the summer.No, it wasn’t the original “Godzilla” that taught me the most important thing I know about Japanese monster movies. Nor was it “The Imagination of Disaster,” the classic 1965 essay by Susan Sontag, when she was on the way to becoming the most envied (and, therefore, most hi…

The day last week that I learned of the death of Pete Perrone, former owner and founder of Mohawk Place, I happened upon the film “CBGB” on Netflix, and figured, what the hell, I’m beat and a little depressed, I might as well watch the thing. I’m glad I caved in.I’d hesitate to call it a great film – many liberties were taken with …

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The mother of all baby booms is playing out across Western New York television screens.Channel 2’s Melissa Holmes, Channel 4’s Emily Guggenmos and Channel 7’s Rachel Elzufon celebrate their first Mother’s Day today and are part of an eye-opening baby boom in local TV news.Channel 2 weekend meteorologist Jennifer Stanonis is expecting twins. The …

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Whenever a team takes a lead in a playoff series, my son Ty follows with one of two comments.“That’s good for my bracket,” or, “That’s not good for my bracket.”The NHL’s new playoff system features bracket-style matchups from Round One through the Stanley Cup final. Previously, the league reseeded the teams after each round,…