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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

It was Thomas Wolfe who said you can’t go home again…but maybe he never went to his high school reunion. The truth is, there’s something to be said about being with friends who saw you live through heartbreak, braces and hallway gossip that makes for common ground – even after many years. Just ask Carolyn Yim Spaeter, a graduate of Williamsville South High School, Class…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

There aren’t many relationships that begin with a shampoo. On a busy Friday afternoon at a local salon, snippets of conversation between hairstylists and clients go something like this: “I need a change.” “My husband is cheating on me.” “I’m so down in the dumps.” “I’m looking for new job.” “My daughter just got the lead in the musical.” Vignettes and life stories. W…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Girls in pink ballet leotards mix with Amherst highway workers, dance moms, and white-haired couples at the coffee counter in Dash’s supermarket in Williamsville. The line ranges from two to 10 people, a lively crowd patiently waiting for their favorite daily dose of coffee or cappuccino. Behind the counter, Michelle Bukowski is heard saying, “The usual for you? A skim mil…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

Too tight. Too loose. Too long. Too short. Size four in one store. Size eight in another store. It’s a sizing conundrum, a retail maze without an exit. Picture this: you are desperate for a new pair of skinny jeans — that perfect pair that hugs your hips and lifts your butt without being too tight. You walk into Gap, where you have always worn a size 8, but the size 8 j…

By Amy Rumizen / NeXt Contributor

Sat, Jun 30, 2012

I may be in my 50s, but as I joke to my students, I say, "I'm really a young old teacher." I'm only 10 years into my career, and most of my friends at school are in their early 30s, either having recently married or they are having babies.As the more experienced one in the group, I offer advice about newborn sleeping patterns (they really don't exist, because as soon as it…

By Amy Rumizen / NeXt Contributor

Wed, Apr 6, 2005

He's not a famous rapper; he's not known for slam poetry; he doesn't even write poems that you would recognize. Yet Li-Young Lee, the featured poet in this year's Buffalo/Williamsville Poetry and Music Celebration, has a way of making poetry speak to teens.There's something about the way he combines simple language with emotional intensity that speaks to the conflicting em…

By Amy Rumizen / NeXt Contributor

Tue, Nov 30, 2004

Neil Haskell, dressed in cut-off sweat pants and a black fleece sweat shirt, doesn't look like a dancer. For one thing, he doesn't wear tights. For another thing, he doesn't have that tell-tale "turned-out" walk of a dancer. In fact, he looks like an athlete -- muscular, strong, and fit.On stage, he doesn't just leap; he soars, suspended in midair, reminiscent of Mikhail B…

By Amy Rumizen / NeXt Contributor

Wed, May 12, 2004

Scenes from a performance: the stage is set; the lights dim. The curtain opens to reveal a 12-foot picture frame. Splashes of color move out of the frame, as a Jackson Pollock painting appears to come alive. Later, a young William Shakespeare ponders the characters in his plays. Frustrated by a serious case of writer's block, he searches for inspiration, as he watches his …

By Amy Rumizen / NeXt Contributor

Wed, Apr 21, 2004

What happens when city teens meet up with suburban teens in a celebration of poetry, music and dance? Does hip-hop meet pop?Not exactly! Instead, talent, diversity and creativity merge in a unique celebration of the arts. African dance shares the stage with modern dance, poetry becomes original music, and in some cases, poetry becomes movement, dancing across the stage and…

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and Amy Rumizen and AMY RUMIZEN COHENWed, Apr 23, 2003

The annual Williamsville Poetry and Music Celebration has become one of the major local highlights of National Poetry Month. This year's celebration, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road, features original music composed by Williamsville students and interpretive dance performed by the District Dance Ensemble. The guest of h…

By Amy Rumizen / NeXt Contributor

Tue, Jan 14, 2003

Sarah Jane Taylor was born to dance. Tall, thin and ethereal, she moves with unstudied grace; indeed, the music becomes part of her as her leg extends upward in a perfect arabesque. Watching her, you see how much she loves to dance, and you can't help but smile.This is how ballet is supposed to look - effortless. Sarah Jane Taylor, the quintessential ballerina, may only be…

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and Amy Rumizen and AMY RUMIZEN COHEN and AMY RUMIZEN COHEN SPECIAL TO NEXT and AMY RUMIZEN/SPECIAL TO NEXTWed, Apr 24, 2002

Can a poem be performed? Can a poem be danced? Can a poem become music?For students in the Williamsville Central School District, poetry has the potential to become anything and everything. During the third annual Poetry and Music Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, students will take to the stage at Williamsville North High School in a seamless celebration of poetry, music …

By Amy Rumizen / NeXt Contributor

Mon, Dec 17, 2001

The pictures tell the story ... an American flag, a circle of hands, the Statue of Liberty's torch. Images of freedom, images of unity, images of strength, but also images of what has been lost.Welcome to the doors of Kenmore East High School, where red, white and blue are proudly displayed in an unusual vision of patriotism. The phrases and words on each door ring with pr…

By Amy Rumizen / NeXt Contributor

Mon, Nov 5, 2001

Every high school has them -- the jocks, the nerds, the popular kids, to name a few. You can call them "groups" or "crowds," but by definition, they are "cliques" -- small groups of people with similar interests who hang out exclusively with each other.Take a look around your school cafeteria. You might see the cheerleaders at one table, the computer kids with laptops at a…

By Amy Rumizen / NeXt Contributor

Tue, Jul 3, 2001

Your heart is pounding ... your palms are sweaty ... your stomach is doing flip-flops. You are trying to stay calm, focusing on yourself in the mirrored dance studio. You hear the music; you stop thinking, and you let yourself dance, one step at a time.It's audition day for Pick of the Crop's Seedling Project, and more is at stake than acceptance into the intensive summer …