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Not many art openings in Buffalo attract more than 600 people, but that's what happened Thursday night at "Wish You Were Here," the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's fascinating look back at Buffalo's avant-garde art scene in the 1970s.  The place was buzzing, the art was ever so retro-cool, and a little girl was dancing like a mini-Madonn…

Her vision -- searingly honest -- was hers alone, and although she said that poetry couldn't change the world directly, hers certainly had an influence on hearts and minds.The feminist and anti-war poet Adrienne Rich has died.  Here's her obituary from the New York Times. As the Washington Post reported, her poetry and her persona were marked by a strong soc…

They're known as "the doctors" -- and they are one of the main reasons the annual Books for Kids drive exists and succeeds.  Dr. Elizabeth Cappella and Dr. Geraldine Bard of Project Flight, along with many partners, including The Buffalo News, have spent 17 years putting books in the hands of needy children in the Buffalo area.  So far, t…

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Most celebrity interviews are a little boring, a shade predictable.  The questions are safe and the answers are pre-packaged.  An entertaining exception to that rule appeared in last Sunday's New York Times magazine when Andrew Goldman quizzed Sandra Lee.  She is a  cooking-and-home personality, known best for her role on the Fo…

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The furor over the Florida shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has created a new symbol of solidarity: the humble hooded sweatshirt known as the hoodie.NBA star LeBron James tweeted the above photo of his teammates on the Miami Heat, heads bowed, all in hoodies.Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund posed in one, too.At one point today, NPR was …

Being new to Twitter, I'm inordinately fascinated by it -- its pace, its power, its (sometime) silliness, its (sometime) nastiness, its (frequent) usefulness.  Like its older cousin, Facebook, it truly is a world unto itself.And, with my grand total of 195 Twitter followers, I'm astonished by Lady Gaga's 21 million followers --more than anyone in t…