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In the summer of 2011, Jimmy Janowski and his collaborators at Buffalo United Artists reached a level of camp absurdity that, at the time, seemed like it couldn’t be topped. Janowski’s original play “The Birds Attack,” based loosely on Alfred Hitchcock’s famous 1963 film “The Birds,” brimmed with over-the-top gimmicks, exaggerated dialogue, raunchy humor and the inimitable…

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Madonna’s (62 Allen St., 768-1401) is an Italian restaurant in Buffalo, so there’s fried calamari on the menu. It’s a restaurant on Allen Street, though, so Chris Connolly wanted to make sure he took care of the vegans.One of the ways is with Madonna’s fried artichoke hearts, fried to a fine crisp and served by the heaping platter, for the princely sum of $7.“It’s one of t…

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For decades, Chef Mary Ann Giordano worked in restaurants where she didn’t get much call for the Sicilian specialties she grew up with. Last year, Giordano and her father Paul published “The St. Joseph’s Day Table Cookbook,” a celebration of those dishes. This year, she took over the former O’Connell’s American Bistro on Kenmore Avenue, and opened GiGi’s Cucina Povera, a r…

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Anyone familiar with Brendan Bannon’s photojournalism from Africa knows the Buffalo native has been slowly capturing the continent’s complexity, often via pictures published in major newspapers. Those expecting more of Bannon’s dramatic subjects – including pirates and refugees – will be surprised to find subtler fare in “Nairobi: New Works,” on display at El Museo Francis…

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On Buffalo’s hyperactive art scene, a new art or performance space seems to open its doors every month.We hardly have time to lament the closing of alternative venues like the Vault Arthouse, Sugar City or Sp@ce 224 before some group of creative citizens bubbles up from the underground and establishes some new digs to showcase their wares. Some of these venues may not be l…

A federal court dedicated to cases of human trafficking could become a reality in the Western District of New York, according to advocates who met Wednesday in the Mahoney State Office Building for a forum on the issue sponsored by State Sens. Mark J. Grisanti and Patrick Gallivan. “We need a courtroom for prostituted women here in the Western District,” said Deputy Elizab…

Orchard Park residents living near property a car dealer wants to convert to a parking lot objected at Wednesday night’s Town Board meeting to rezoning the land.West Herr Automotive Group wants to knock down a home it owns and expand its Chrysler-Jeep parking lot. But neighbors living near Southwestern Boulevard where West Herr and other dealers are located said they are t…

Police, government agencies and the Buffalo community need to work together. This was a sentiment emphasized repeatedly during Wednesday night’s summit attended by community activists, police and Mayor Byron W. Brown to discuss solutions to curbing violent crime and homicides in the City of Buffalo. “Without the community getting involved, without witnesses getting involve…

SANBORN – Pay hikes for a half-dozen managerial positions were put on hold Wednesday by the School Board, with some board members saying they shouldn’t take place at all.Raises of 2 percent to 3.7 percent were on the agenda for approval, but board member Richard Sirianni said he objected to spending the money in view of the district’s financial status. He said his opinion …

LOCKPORT – Repairing a caved-in sewer main and resulting sinkhole at one of Niagara County’s busiest intersections may cost $30,000, Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Wednesday.The work at South Transit and Robinson roads, the intersection of Routes 78 and 93, has blocked a right-turn lane for northbound traffic.Repairs are proceeding slowly because of the large varieties…

A man on the roof of a commercial building around William Street and Transit Road jumped off the structure, ending a standoff that began at around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Lancaster police said.Thomas Bailey, 37, of Lancaster, was given first aid and transported by ambulance to ECMC with internal injuries, police added. He will be held for a mental evaluation.The incident bega…

LOCKPORT – Four City of Lockport police officers received awards for heroism during Wednesday’s Common Council meeting.Lt. Todd Chenez and Officers Michael Stover, Anthony Pittman and Heather Rohde were honored for rescuing an unconscious man from a burning house March 18.State Sen. George D. Maziarz presented them with the Governor’s Award, approved by Gov. Andrew M. Cuom…

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DUNKIRK – Civil War re-enactors will present “The Battle of Lighthouse Point” at the Dunkirk Lighthouse and Veterans Park on Aug. 17 and 18. The special event will create a fictional battle on the grounds of the historic lighthouse near Route 5 in the city. In addition to the battle, the group also plans to demonstrate many aspects of a typical Civil War encampment. Dresse…

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Aug. 5, 1930 – Aug. 6, 2013Joyce Elaine Vana, Ph.D., a research scientist and public health official, died Tuesday in her Williamsville home under hospice care after a long illness. She had just turned 83.Born in Little Falls, Minn., she was the daughter of Dr. Herman E. Hilleboe, New York State commissioner of health from 1946 to 1962. She was a 1952 graduate of Barnard C…

Town of Marilla Attorney Joel Kurtzhalts has been tasked to determine if an Eastwoood Road farmer should be allowed to store processed bio-waste – including manure and food waste – for a West Seneca renewable energy company.The farmer, Stanley Travis, first approached the town building inspector about the proposal but learned the town didn’t offer such a permit and he nee…