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Young Audiences of Western New York, the organization founded a half-century ago to bring classical music into local schools, has been having a heck of a golden anniversary.Last year, with help from the John R. Oishei Foundation and other backers, it moved to the second floor of the Central Library and launched an ambitious regional arts education program called Arts Partn…

TORONTO – Rene Redzepi, the Danish chef-owner of the world’s top-ranked restaurant, stood onstage and looked out into the dark, where a packed room that included more than a dozen Buffalo cooks sat hushed and waiting. Then he asked a startling question.“Have you ever burned out?”Redzepi, 36, whose Copenhagen restaurant Noma has topped world best-of lists for three …

Our ancestors had it right. They relied on a more natural route to digestive health.Warmed milk mixed with a bit of yogurt, tightly wrapped and left on the counter for four hours produced a culture-rich yogurt. Cabbage rubbed with a little salt and left to ferment for a few days becomes a “pickle” rich in lactobacillus bacteria.“The bacteria also produce B vitamins a…

Digestive biscuits are English cookies with a dose of whole-wheat flour, mildly sweet and coarse-textured, for a tea snack at least.Their relatively high fiber content contributes to digestive biscuits’ image as a wholesome choice among English sweets. They are most often served with tea or coffee, the better to teach dunking youngsters a sense of timing.The “digestive…

As fixer-uppers go, the house Kim Bixler moved into with her family in 1977 came with its share of challenges.The low-slung home had a perpetually leaky roof, gutters that clogged at the mere approach of fall and structural problems that dated almost back to its construction in 1908.But for Bixler and her parents, those annoyances hardly mattered in the face of the house…

A friend showed me the cutest night light she found at the dollar store a few weeks ago.It had a little sparkly shade with a beaded butterfly fluttering across the outside and a bunch of little see-through stars. It came in several different colors and was so cheap I was tempted to buy one for both of my girls and each of my nieces.But something always freaks me out about …

Does your filing cabinet look like it was plucked from an episode of “Hoarders”? Do you need a paper catcher for your paper catcher?You’re not alone.“I’m overloaded with stuff,” said Betty Falkowski of Cheektowaga. “The day-to-day papers just accumulate like crazy.”Like many Western New Yorkers, Falkowski isn’t sure what to hold onto or for how long, so s…

By Emily SimonNEWS BOOK REVIEWERFirst things first: there are no “Mommy Wars.” Really. There never have been any.Working moms and stay-at-home moms aren’t teams fighting over the Stanley Cup. Feminists and women with more “traditional” values do not routinely trip one another in the supermarket.Also, Betty and Veronica weren’t really competing for Archie, and A…

Bill Yuhnke was 14 when he took a job pumping gas for Yellow Cab of Buffalo. He never dreamed that 20 years later he would own the cab company. Yuhnke, who grew up on the city’s West Side, worked for a handful of local radio stations and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves before he returned to the cab business.Yuhnke launched Liberty Cab in 1987 with only a couple of …

Every March, members of the audience at The Buffalo News Spelling Bee sit in wide-eyed awe as children try to arrange in order the letters of words many have never heard or seen before.But if they are paying attention, they will notice that one word is almost always part of the competition: Pivarunas.“Can I have the language of origin?”It is Lithuanian.“Can I have th…

How many of you baby boomers remember reading The Weekly Reader in grammar school? Now, how many of you chose a pen pal to correspond with through the school year?I selected a girl, whose name escapes me, from England. We wrote for several years into high school. Our interests and course of study were as different as the geography of where we lived and played. I learned a …

Today, in Home & Style, we have gardening expert Sally Cunningham giving us the dirt on April garden cleanup. We have paint people getting us rolling on those types of projects. Even with the recent dismal weather, everyone seems motivated to clean out, fix up, do something in or around the house.Maybe it’s washing the windows – inside and out. Airing out the winter be…

You don’t need to know that next week is National Painting Week to feel the itch to add fresh color to your home. A splash of Rapture Blue in the laundry room, perhaps? A taste of Zesty Apple in the bath? A little Late Day Sun in the foyer?Spring has a way of making us hungry for a new palette. As one design writer put it: “Spring = painting projects.” Even a small c…

When Perfetto launched in January, the new fine-dining Italian restaurant in the Theater District featured a singing waiter, an exuberant touch for its intended core crowd of arts patrons. ¶ During our visit three weeks ago, we heard no singing waiters. One male staffer was shouting at the Sabres game displayed on the main bar’s televisions, but that doesn’t count. …

A decade past graduation, Kevin Purdy has fond memories of a freshman year spent living in the University at Buffalo’s Ellicott Complex.It’s the french fries he’d like to forget.The dining hall’s were limp and pale, as if “you took an Ore-Ida bag from the freezer and cooked it half of what the directions told you to,” Purdy remembered, wincing. Forced to buy UB…