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Willie Lewis, 63, works in the laundry department for the Doubletree Club Hotel/Hilton on High Street. As a houseman, Lewis daily washes, dries and folds up to 1,700 pounds of laundry. That’s all the bed sheets, towels and banquet linen it takes to supply the 100-room hotel. His supervisors describe Lewis as a model employee who goes out of his way to get the job done.Re…

It’s a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a wedding dress.The 60 Buffalo brides are clad in white satin and tulle, carrying gardenias and wearing pearls and diamonds as they gaze out from their portraits – images captured in glowing black and white so many years ago.Seen today, they sparkle.Who are these women from the city’s past?And – after the wedding cake was s…

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” — Helen KellerA year ago I quit my job. The stated purpose was to start a freelance graphics business and sing jazz at night, but I was…

The blank eyes of Marilyn Monroe stare out at visitors from her honored place on the back wall of the Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College, her skin a muddy yellow, and her lips and eyelids set off by shocks of bright pink.This screen-print, one of a series of 10 made in 1967, was a gift from Andy Warhol to Jamestown residents and art collectors Ken and Lois Strick…

The blank eyes of Marilyn Monroe stare out at visitors from her honored place on the back wall of the Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College, her skin a muddy yellow, and her lips and eyelids set off by shocks of bright pink.This screen-print, one of a series of 10 made in 1967, was a gift from Andy Warhol to Jamestown residents and art collectors Ken and Lois Strick…

I get a bit miffed when I discover the reason the half gallon of milk in the refrigerator is so very, very light is because someone put it back with only a splash of milk remaining in it.Was the cereal bowl that full? Was the drinking glass a tad too small? Is consuming the last few drops, rinsing out the container and tossing it into the recycling bin really such a chore?…

Students at City Honors School in Buffalo had the opportunity to hear Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speak last Thursday. Cuomo has made similar visits to high schools across the state to discuss his plan for New York that he has titled “New York Rising.” The visit came as a surprise to students who had been working frivolously on the talent show that was to take place that Thur…

Tom Hausberger has been cooking for most of his life, helping make meals for his family since his teenage years.But it wasn’t until his grandmother died that Hausberger buckled down to learn the dishes that meant the most to him: the German specialties of his childhood.After Marie Maier passed away in the late 1990s, “some of the stuff she made, we never had it again,…

The response to Timothy Bohen’s book about the First Ward of Buffalo has been, he says, “astonishing.”Several local publishers Bohen consulted before self-publishing “Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s First Ward,” told him that he could expect to sell his first printing of 1,000 copies in three years. Instead, that printing sold out in three weeks.Now…

For those people who, like me, are not intensely loyal fans of Bon Jovi (and judging by its tour receipts, there aren’t too many of us), the band’s continued success, 25 years past its heyday, can seem like a bit of a mystery.But on Sunday night in First Niagara Center, as the group led a seemingly full house through a triumphant, hours-long set of hair-metal classics,…

Here is a book which, literally, takes all of us in this city out of the darkness and into the light. And at long last too.Start with Mark Twain’s very house at 472 Delaware Ave. You could still see it when I was a boy. It was large but no “mansion” as it’s sometimes described – not, in any case, like so many of the other magnificent houses on Delaware two blocks…

Thanks to Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill – and a bunch of less savory characters – Walter Mosley could spend his 60s writing for a few hours each day, then dabbling with his art projects before heading out into the streets of New York City to enjoy the good life and wait for inspiration to find him.And some days are probably just like that.But Mosley, like the heroes o…

For most of us, chaos seems like a dark thing to fend off, a natural state always threatening to encroach on whatever version of order we’ve created in our own lives.But Kyle Butler, a painter and sculptor of inordinate gifts whose work is on view through Friday in an exhibition running at Nina Freudenheim Gallery in the Hotel Lenox, seems to welcome chaos with open arms…

If you were to make two piles, one with books and articles and poems written by Sylvia Plath, and another with books and articles and poems written about her – well, you’d have yourself two very different-sized stacks.Which is just one way of saying this: Five decades after her death, Plath remains a figure of deep cultural fascination.The Boston-born Plath died 50 yea…

For most of us, chaos seems like a dark thing to fend off, a natural state always threatening to encroach on whatever version of order we’ve created in our own lives.But Kyle Butler, a painter and sculptor of inordinate gifts whose work is on view through Friday in an exhibition running at Nina Freudenheim Gallery in the Hotel Lenox, seems to welcome chaos with open arms…