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It looked like a double whammy to end all double whammies. I don't think it is. Late last week, in two separate and unrelated announcements, we learned that the Main Street stores of both Record Theatre (in the University Plaza) and Talking Leaves (a few blocks away) will close. What's crucial to note in both cases is that, both Talking Leaves and Record Theatre's ot…

Next week will see unit championship games, awarding extra master points, at local ACBL sanctioned bridge clubs. They include Bridge Club Meridian’s game at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 20, all games at the Bridge Center of Buffalo from Tuesday, March 21, to next Saturday, March 25, and all games at the Airport Bridge Club from Monday to next Saturday. The Airport Brid…

With the official start of spring just days away, it’s time to make note of some events you may not want to miss. For starters, presale tickets are now available for the 2017 Decorators’ Show House. This year’s house is the August Feine House, 766 Ellicott St., on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Presale tickets, $20, can be purchased until April 28 at jlbuf…

Deepak Chopra will come to Buffalo on Wednesday to talk about your role in the universe. Turns out you’re a pretty big deal to the person many consider the leading thinker, author and voice in the world of integrative medicine. “We are the universe looking at itself,” Chopra said during a telephone interview earlier this week. “The universe manifests through …

President Trump is a polarizing figure in a polarizing time. But he may be able to unify the country under a principle that is the bedrock of American male civilization: wearing things even though they have outlived their usefulness and/or doing bizarre, embarrassing things to make them look right. Even though I'm in the media and therefore am not to be believed, I prom…

“The One Inside” by Sam Shepard, forew0rd by Patti Smith, Knopf, 172 pages, $25.95. One might, at first, think that a reader has fallen down some moral rabbit hole in Sam Shepard’s new book. It’s a collage/novel composed of very short autobiographical sketches, some less than a page. Anyone too inquisitive about what’s real in Shepard’s own life will find…

FICTION Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows By Bali Kaur Jaswal HarperCollins 304 pages, $26.99 A former co-worker who learned bare-knuckle politics in Boston during the Kennedy years had a little tradition he (may or may not have) observed when leaving one job for another: “Leave a few little bombs ticking here and there, then sit back and watch as they go …

FICTION The Strays By Emily Bitto Twelve 256 pages, $26 An idyll spawns secrets until it is no longer an idyll – and all hell breaks loose – in Australian author Emily Bitto’s impressive first novel, “The Strays.” Currently making its American debut, the book was winner of the 2015 Stella Prize, to “recognize and celebrate Australian women wri…

BIOGRAPHY How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft By Edward Jay Epstein Knopf 359 pages, $27.95 • Edward Snowden is an American patriot. He saw a wrong within his government and told the world about it – a courageous act of true patriotism. • Edward Snowden is a traitor. He revealed secrets about his government’s espion…

Pruning is, in my opinion, the landscape job that more people do badly than any other task. (Watering is a close second.) Many homeowners do it poorly – typically flat-topping shrubs that don’t deserve it – and often at the wrong time of year. Some untrained landscapers might prune poorly as well. The educated landscaper (CNLP) has been trained in correct pruning …

The 2017 Decorators' Show House is coming up fast, and tickets are now available. This year’s house is the August Feine House, 766 Ellicott St., on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Presale tickets, $20, can be purchased until April 28 at jlbuffalo.org, at all Wegmans locations, or at the Junior League of Buffalo's office, 45 Elmwood Ave. They can be purchased at th…

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Menzies of Lancaster celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family in Florida. Mr. Menzies and the former Ann Reynolds were married March 16, 1957, in First United Presbyterian Church, Barberton, Ohio. He retired as an engineer for the state Department of Transportation, and she is a registered nurse who retired from Buffalo General Hospital. Th…

Susan Kranz and Charles Corio were married at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2016, in St. John de Lasalle Church, Niagara Falls. The Rev. Andrew Lauricella of East Aurora, a relative of the bride, heard their vows. Guests gathered for a reception at Tonawanda Castle. The bride, the daughter of Paul and Diane Kranz of Amherst, graduated from Williamsville North High School. She earned a…

Michele M. Carpenter and Jay M. Jordan Jr. were married at 2 p.m. Sept. 3, 2016, in Holy Angels Church, Buffalo. The Rev. David Munoz heard their vows. Guests gathered for a reception at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Lancaster. The bride is the daughter of Marc and Geraldine Carpenter of the Town of Niagara. A graduate of Niagara Wheatfield High School, she earned a bac…

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m. March 21 at the Greenfield Health & Rehab Center. Contact judyoneil1945@gmail.com for detailed directions. Topic: Problem Solving Discussion. Judges Council of 8th District of Federated Garden Clubs of New York State will meet at 10 a.m. March 23 in Brighton Community Church, 1225 Bri…