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On June 28, Buffalo artist Paul Lloyd Sargent loaded his 19-foot, open-hulled boat with a trunk full of toxic waste and set off from Silo City for a two-week adventure along the historic Erie Canal. Most nights during the journey, he docked his boat – nicknamed the “Sarge Barge” – in some picturesque canal town and slept on board in a green sleeping bag, his only company …

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Last week in Allentown, we caught a unpleasant glimpse of the future. Michael Mulley, whose popular College Street Gallery has operated out of a closet-sized space on Allen Street since 1997, announced that his landlord was booting him from the space to make room for a neighboring restaurant to expand by adding a bar. The news prompted a small eruption of community outra…

Music

Gaelic Storm formed in Santa Monica, Calif., but you’d be forgiven for assuming the group got together as kids in Dublin, Ireland. Marrying deep strains of traditional Irish and Scottish music to an American pop and rock sensibility, the group has become a conduit for Irish Americans to the land that authors Jill and Leon Uris once famously referred to as “a …

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I love “America’s Got Talent.” Without embarrassment.That’s why I’m a tiny bit worried about it.We are, in summertime, in a season of distinctly lesser TV, the shows that don’t command our attention the way things like “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad” or “The Good Wife” do. The likable and usual…

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Dear New Urbanism,I want to like you. Really I do.You have offered a lot of fantastic ideas for making cities into more friendly, livable and attractive places. Your accomplishments in Western New York – ridiculously idyllic Larkinville, walkable Elmwood Village, compact East Aurora – are shimmering examples of the movement’s positive impact on communi…

Leave it to Janelle Ambrosia to infect the unlikeliest places with her verbal toxicity.In covering the story of Ambrosia’s horrendous viral YouTube video on its 11 p.m. news, Channel 7 was very careful to black out all racial epithets and all pictures of the ranting woman’s innocent young children. It was, unfortunately, not so careful about her racist tirade…