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Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Community Center, Hamburg. Bonnie Bullivant will present “Easy to Grow Houseplants.” Business meeting to follow. Call Nancy Kalieta, 826-7462. Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in St. Johns Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. At 10 a.m. Lois Shriver, chairwoman of the Amhe…

NONFICTION What Happened By Hillary Rodham Clinton Simon and Schuster 492 pages, $30 It's a book, first of all. Just a book. It's not a nuclear bomb. It's true that it launches a lot of carefully aimed missiles in a lot of American directions for posterity's sake--most notably at the nation's press and former FBI director James Comey--but it does so persu…

There are styles one can always count on seeing on the red carpets, and Sunday’s 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were no exception. Low-plunging necklines? Check. A few colorful tuxes? Check. Black, red and white glamorous gowns? Check. Check. Check. Fashion-watchers had more to take in, however, as the stars arrived for the big night. A few not-to-b…

  The Buffalo Fall Sectional Tournament continues with pairs games at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. It concludes with Swiss teams at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. For more info, click this link. *  *  * Bridge Club Meridian will hold an extra-point game at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept 18. T…

The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is famous for its view. And rightly so. The roar, the colored lights, the wide-eyed tourists from all over the world -- where do you find words for it? How do you describe Clifton Hill? On this famed tourist promenade, people from all over the world gather to goof off. Arcade games abound. Carnival barkers bawl from the funhouses. "…

FICTION The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, a Lisbeth Salander Novel By David Lagercrantz; translated from the Swedish by George Goulding Alfred A. Knopf 347 pages, $27.95 Somewhere beyond the grave in the Great Hereafter, Stieg Larsson must be smiling: Lisbeth Salander, his "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," is still avenging injustice, hacking files, kicking…

Storms are on our minds this week, as we have watched the people, animals, buildings and shorelines of Florida assaulted by Hurricane Irma. We don’t worry much about hurricanes here: A recent report listed Buffalo as the fourth-safest city in terms of natural disasters, even if we experience some much-publicized snowstorms. What we do and should worry about: wind and …

Andy Anselmo, the vocal coach to stars including Mandy Patinkin and Liza Minnelli, is giving Western New York a new gift. Anselmo, 93, is spearheading the construction of an arts center at Canterbury Woods, the Amherst retirement community where he lives. The new venue, announced today, is estimated to cost $3.5 million. Anselmo is pledging $500,000. "Music has been …

BIOGRAPHY Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax By Michael N. McGregor Fordham University Press 472 Pages, $34.95 At the Circus, at the Spectacular Circus that his father declared singular, the youthful poet Robert Lax saw around the Circus the great seasons of the sky and the individual triumphs beneath it. Lax determined that this was what he wanted. W…

NONFICTION The Last Castle By Denise Kiernan Touchstone 400 pages, $28 “A House Is Not a Home”, the 1964 song by Bert Bacharach and Hal David sums up any review of “The Last Castle,” by Denise Kiernan. It's an engagingly descriptive book about The Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C., a behemoth which seems to be hollowed out in the middle. Why? B…

MEMOIR The Best of Us: A Memoir By Joyce Maynard Bloomsbury 437 pages, $27 Life is neither fair -- nor dull -- in Joyce Maynard’s latest memoir which, after 159 pages of unapologetic self congratulation, suddenly turns to gold. Surely this is intentional, Maynard being a teacher of the memoir genre -- and “The Best of Us”a tale of transformation. Bu…

Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville. Nancy Kalieta, former volunteer coordinator at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and president of Hamburg House and Garden Club, will present "The Victorian Language of Flowers." The Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Sep…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening night has always soared with star power.  On Sept. 16, when the BPO opens its 2017-2018 season, the orchestra will welcome, for the first time, the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta calls it a coup. "We've been trying for a number of years to get her to come here," said Falletta, who w…