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In a small room in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s original building, Alison Saar’s 2007 sculpture of a woman in the fetal position sits curled up on the floor. Long, craggy tree roots extend from her feet where her toes should be, emphasizing the connection between the female form and the natural world.Nearby, another sculpture by Kiki Smith depicts a deer g…

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Now I know how movie mogul Jack Warner felt. Or at least I think I do. When told that Ronald Reagan intended to run for governor of California, Warner famously said, “No, no, no. Jimmy Stewart for Governor. Ronald Reagan for Best Friend.”Stephen Colbert taking over for David Letterman? Nope. Not by me. I wouldn’t have liked Jon Stewart doing it, either…

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BOSTON — The NHL Awards Show will be back in Las Vegas after a one-year hiatus. Of course, that’s of no concern to the Sabres.For the fourth straight season, the only way the Sabres are getting near the awards is if they pose for pictures with the winners. No one in Buffalo has been honored by the voters since 2010, when Ryan Miller won the Vezina Trophy and …

When the Elite Eight finalists on Fox’s “American Idol” started singing songs from the ’80s on Wednesday, several relatives in Western New York were rooting for 17-year-old Jena Irene Asciutto.Yes, there always seems to be a Buffalo angle.One of those relatives, Laurie Galbo of Wheatfield, alerted me to Jena Irene’s (that’s what sh…

Members of the local radio and TV community gather Friday in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens for the third annual party called the BEMAs.The BEMAs, which have the credibility of the People’s Choice Awards, make me laugh annually more than a David Letterman monologue for a variety of reasons.When I first heard the acronym, I thought the awards were going to be giv…

Only the timing was a surprise. When David Letterman announced his retirement Thursday night, he merely confirmed what many of us have been seeing – and saying – for several years now: Even when his heart was in it, his brain wasn’t. To say that Letterman was “phoning it in” sometimes, in fact, would deeply dishonor all the intense phone …

Not surprisingly, the pomp and circumstance of the NHL Draft Lottery fails to appeal to a no-nonsense guy like Tim Murray.“I’ll go up and sit in the room, they’ll pull cards, they’ll tell us who picks No. 1 and so forth,” said the Sabres’ general manager. “I just want to be told where we’re picking and get ready for t…

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Inside the former Immaculate Conception Church at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Edward Street, where the last Mass was held on a midsummer Sunday in 2005, a dozen squares of plywood paneling hang on the walls in place of the stations of the cross.Slivers of blue sky are visible through holes in the church’s roof, through which water has trickled into the building…

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David Letterman frequently fared better in Buffalo than Jay Leno.At the end of Leno’s run two months ago, Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner gave as good an explanation as any about the late-night competition here.“Even though Jay is from Boston, he plays more to Middle America, and even though Dave is from Middle America, he plays more East Coast.”…

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The joke wasn’t particularly funny. That was its first and biggest problem. If a joke is truly funny, it’s amazing how much forgiveness people can muster.Presented out of context and in minimal form for the Twitterverse’s 140-character limit, it proved to be nothing but problematic.The joke, as presented on “The Colbert Report” Twitter si…

Ted Nolan was asked after signing his contract extension Monday why he connected so well with Buffalo and its fans. The Sabres coach, back for another twirl, mentioned how he came from the same type of background as the people here. He effectively slipped communal buzzwords such as “work” and “blue-collar” and “effort” into his mes…