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Joan Baez was eager to talk about the state of today’s politics in a recent phone interview from a tour stop in Red Bank, N.J. Donald Trump was on her mind. “I think he’s ‘Hitlerian,’ ” said Baez, not one to mince words. “His success is something no one could ever have expected.” On the other hand, the longtime peace activist was excited by how Bernie …

Medical student Benjamin has his work cut out for him – a six-month internship to help end-of-life patients in an understaffed French hospital with broken-down equipment.The earnest 23-year-old (Vincent Lacoste) is up to the challenge – until he stumbles when failing to call for another electocardiogram after learning the one in his ward no longer works. When Benjamin…

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Albert Moore likes the novelty of having “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” action scenes filmed in his neighborhood, but doesn’t appreciate the loss of parking by his home on Humboldt Parkway.Mike Andrzejewski, a restaurateur and chef, thinks the filming of a major motion picture is good for the city, too. But he isn’t happy about the loss of business at his restaur…

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Get ready, millennials: The two-week filming of action scenes for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” starts Monday.Speeding cars, a fabricated garbage truck and whirling helicopters will be filmed along the Kensington Expressway, between the Scajaquada Expressway and Elm Street.The Paramount Pictures movie could be the most expensive action scenes ever filmed in Buffalo,…

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Social documentary photographer Sebastiao Salgado has for the past 40 years taken pictures in places where few, if any others, have gone.Salgado’s black-and-white prints have chronicled global displacement, famine, poverty and environmental catastrophe on an unprecedented scale, in years-long projects that resulted in epic collections.Exploited gold miners in Brazil, vic…

The names sound innocuous enough: Citizens for Fire Safety. Global Climate Coalition. Citizens for the Environment.Sometimes, they even carry the whiff of authority – the George C. Marshall Institute, the Cato Institute.But what these corporate-friendly front groups and think tanks are shown doing in Robert Kenner’s revealing “Merchants of Doubt” is often quite sin…

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Folk-rock group Aztec Two-Step may not have approached the dizzying heights of Simon & Garfunkel or the Everly Brothers, but they have something those musical duos – and few others – can point to: annual tours that have stretched into five decades. There’s been no Phil Everly moment of throwing down a guitar and storming off stage, or public put-downs, as Paul S…

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Western New Yorkers are taking a shine to locally made, flavorful beers. There are now more Buffalo craft breweries – once a vibrant part of the 19th century, before nearly disappearing a century later – than at any time since shortly after Prohibition. These breweries, and a nascent industry to support them, are popping up in Buffalo, as well as in places like Hambu…

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A weekly paper called the Public is being launched next month – and it’s taking dead aim at Artvoice, the nearly quarter-century-old publication. Most of the staff and contributors to the new publication are coming from Artvoice’s own ranks, and it is headed by Geoff Kelly, the former Artvoice editor who resigned in May. Like Artvoice, the new weekly will cover arts…

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Shea’s Performing Arts Center has set a new season-ticket sales record. Some 13,644 season tickets have been sold so far for the 2014-15 season, breaking the previous record of 13,092 reached in 2011-12. The new mark is 1,719 more than last year’s 11,925 total, and includes 2,950 new season tickets sold. “I continue to be amazed by the extraordinary support for our…

Ready for mini “pop-up” parks in Buffalo, where selected parking spots are turned into temporary public parks by artists, designers and other citizens? PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event that began in San Francisco, will be held Friday at eight locations around the city: • Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – “Dana’s Pop-Up Preservat…

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AMC Theatres brought reclining seats and advance movie reservations to Amherst. Now it plans to do the same thing in Buffalo. The nation’s second-largest movie theater chain has signed a letter of intent as part of Benchmark Group’s nearly $9 million overhaul of the former Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, which closed in June. Benchmark’s surprise selection Th…

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A hulking grain elevator on the outer harbor, across from Canalside, will be the canvas for a kaleidoscope of illuminated colors and patterns starting in mid-2015. The permanent, year-round static and kinetic light show – originally planned to be unveiled this year – is expected to be a one-of-a-kind nighttime attraction on the waterfront. “We have this huge billbo…

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For more than two decades, operators of Shea’s Performing Arts Center have steadily added luster to the lavish, ornate and palatial theater. They’ve brought in new seats, drapes and carpeting, returned the historic marquee and blade sign, repaired walls and updated mechanical systems, among many other improvements. Now, the last major restoration of the Rapp & Ra…

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Seven Italian film classics will show this weekend at the restored North Park Theatre, coinciding with the annual Galbani Cheese Italian Heritage Festival on Hertel Avenue. Other classic movies and indie art films will also be screened through the week, reflecting the theater operators’ promise when the theater reopened in March to offer an eclectic programming mix. …