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Books

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's annual list of the year's most popular books is out. The results: Adult fiction "The Girl on the Train," by Paula Hawkins "Gray Mountain," by John Grisham "Private Vegas," by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Adult non-fiction "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania," by Erik Larson "Wall of Snow: The Historic WNY Sno…

Art

Problem: You want to understand the story of modernity, but only have an afternoon to do it.Solution: Take a drive through downtown Buffalo.There are plenty of places in the United States, where, given the right advice and a week or two, you could piece together your own self-guided story of how contemporary society and culture came to be. But there aren’t too many place…

Art

Problem: You want to understand the story of modernity, but only have an afternoon to do it. Solution: Take a drive through downtown Buffalo. There are plenty of places in the United States, where, given the right advice and a week or two, you could piece together your own self-guided story of how contemporary society and culture came to be. But there aren’t too many p…

Featured

When the operation of Fables Cafe in the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library (1 Lafayette Square) was sold to Falafel Bar, an Amherst restaurant, opportunity knocked for owner Oded Rauvenpoor and his Mediterranean cuisine. If you've spent any time at all in the downtown library, you already know it's people-watching central. A remarkably diverse group of business fo…

Food and Drink

The owners of Elmwood Japanese restaurant Sato are opening a ramen and noodle bar in University Heights. The space at 3268 Main St., formerly Kung Food, will offer Sato’s popular housemade ramen in a variety of styles. It also will feature soba, buckwheat noodles served either cold with dipping sauce, or hot in soup. “We just signed the lease, so we’re looking at pr…

Featured

Falafel Bar has taken over Fables Café in the Central Library, expanding its hours and broadening its menu with Mediterranean, vegan and gluten-free offerings. Oded Rauvenpoor, the Israeli chef-owner of Falafel Bar, 3047 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, is also expanding the hours of the café, at 1 Lafayette Square. It’ll be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for now, including Saturday. …

Family

It’s been a long, cold winter and we’ve all been cooped up way too long. It’s time to go out and do something fun – especially with spring break in the air. However, if you are still paying off those holiday bills, your entertainment budget might be limited. But you don’t have to be stuck in the house due to lack of funds. There are sever…

Art

Echo Art Fair, the juried fine art sale created by Buffalo booster and entrepreneur E. Frits Abell in 2011 to connect emerging artists with potential buyers, will return to the Central Library (1 Lafayette Square) this weekend for the second year running. The fair’s main hall will include 32 artists, two collectives and nine galleries from across Western New York and be…

Art

It’s not graffiti. It’s not an elaborate crime-scene outline. It’s not the world’s largest DIY home-improvement project. All those scrunched-up strips of green and blue painters’ tape on the north wall of the Central Library are part of “Buffalo Caverns,” a temporary mural now being installed by the Rhode Island-based Tape Art collective. The mural is the f…

Art

A collective of artists from Rhode Island will begin installing a new public art project made of tape on the exterior walls of the Central Library on Sunday, according to Albright-Knox Art Gallery public relations director Maria Morreale. UPDATE: The piece, called "Buffalo Caverns," will be made from painters' tape. Over the course of five days, the members of the Rhode I…

Art

The most blinged-out electrical box in Buffalo, a map of the Great Lakes made of old posters and two light poles masquerading as tropical trees are now on view at Canalside as part of a public art project affiliated with the upcoming Echo Art Fair. The artists were selected by former Buffalo Arts Studio director Cori Wolff and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's recently appo…