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WASHINGTON – If there’s such a thing as an old-fashioned billboard going viral, it’s happened to a poster ad showing a U.S. soldier and a Muslim woman embracing.After weeks of slowing traffic on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the billboard is now up in downtown Chicago, where cars honk and passers-by stop to stare.But there will be no similar sensation in New York Ci…

WASHINGTON – If there’s such a thing as an old-fashioned billboard going viral, it’s happened to a poster ad showing a U.S. soldier and a Muslim woman embracing.After weeks of slowing traffic on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the billboard is now up in downtown Chicago, where cars honk and passers-by stop to stare.But there will be no similar sensation in New York Ci…

WASHINGTON – Throughout his time in office, President Obama has opened many outside-the-Beltway speeches with a suggestion that he, too, feels like an outsider in the nation’s baffling, frustrating capital city. He shouts to the audience about how good it is to be wherever he is that day – Cleveland, Miami, San Francisco. Then he takes pokes at the town where great s…

WASHINGTON – Throughout his time in office, President Obama has opened many outside-the-Beltway speeches with a suggestion that he, too, feels like an outsider in the nation’s baffling, frustrating capital city. He shouts to the audience about how good it is to be wherever he is that day – Cleveland, Miami, San Francisco. Then he takes pokes at the town where great s…

LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are …

LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are …

As Halloween shadows descend, it is thrilling to read a tale by Edgar Allan Poe or Washington Irving. But it can be even more thrilling to hear a ghost story told to you in person – with a group of other people who are shivering just as you are.Margee Kerr, who bears the impressive title of staff sociologist at the ScareHouse in Pittsburgh, has studied the science of fea…

As Halloween shadows descend, it is thrilling to read a tale by Edgar Allan Poe or Washington Irving. But it can be even more thrilling to hear a ghost story told to you in person – with a group of other people who are shivering just as you are.Margee Kerr, who bears the impressive title of staff sociologist at the ScareHouse in Pittsburgh, has studied the science of fea…

The wrestlers and managers in the WWE have made an art out of holding a grudge and carrying feuds.Now the “Battleground” has been set. The first “WWE Battleground” will be broadcast live around the world Sunday from our very own First Niagara Center where multiple championships will be on the line.CM Punk will seek revenge for being jumped in his hometown of Chicag…

The wrestlers and managers in the WWE have made an art out of holding a grudge and carrying feuds.Now the “Battleground” has been set. The first “WWE Battleground” will be broadcast live around the world Sunday from our very own First Niagara Center where multiple championships will be on the line.CM Punk will seek revenge for being jumped in his hometown of Chicag…

The news that its building was going to be demolished to make way for new apartment buildings created an opportunity for radio station WUFO-AM. It was time to head downtown.Not having much choice doesn’t make the move any less exciting, according to the station’s operations manager, Sheila L. Brown. She talked about the move at a “Farewell to LaSalle” block party a…

The news that its building was going to be demolished to make way for new apartment buildings created an opportunity for radio station WUFO-AM. It was time to head downtown.Not having much choice doesn’t make the move any less exciting, according to the station’s operations manager, Sheila L. Brown. She talked about the move at a “Farewell to LaSalle” block party a…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Many area residents remember begging their parents to stop at Page’s Whistle Pig Restaurant for a chance to go around on the kiddie rides, but after Page’s closed in the Town of Niagara, the kiddie rides became a distant memory.Now, after years of planning, fundraising, and painstaking restoration, they’re back and even better than before at Hersc…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Many area residents remember begging their parents to stop at Page’s Whistle Pig Restaurant for a chance to go around on the kiddie rides, but after Page’s closed in the Town of Niagara, the kiddie rides became a distant memory.Now, after years of planning, fundraising, and painstaking restoration, they’re back and even better than before at Hersc…

The Three Stooges made 190 short films between 1934 and 1959, and Lenny Potwora has shown many of them in his 22 years of staging the Three Stooges Film Festival at the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). This year, he’ll show one he has never screened in all those years – “Idle Roomers,” from 1944, in which Moe, Larry and Curly play bellhops at a sw…