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Colin Dabkowski

Colin Dabkowski is a digital editor for The Buffalo News. Before that, he was The News' arts critic, responsible for covering visual art and theater in Western New York.


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Tradition can be toxic. A large and growing body of Jewish literature and drama attests to this inconvenient fact of modern life, from Chaim Potok's heartbreaking book "My Name is Asher Lev" to the plaintive songs of "Fiddler on the Roof." Shirl Solomon, a Philadelphia-based novelist and playwright, makes a minor contribution to this canon with "The Strudel Lady," pl…

Crime

Several people were shot Thursday in an incident on Midland Avenue in Syracuse, including a child, according to Central New York media. Initial reports said that up to seven people had been shot in Syracuse, but Friday morning, Syracuse.com reported that five people had been injured. One of those, the Syracuse media site said, was an 8-year-old girl. The shooting hap…

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Below is a schedule of professional theater productions planned for the 2018-19 seasons. Some companies, such as Ujima Theatre Collective, Torn Space, Buffalo United Artists and Brazen-Faced Varlets, have yet to announce any productions, while others will announce additional shows as the season progresses. All for One Theatre Productions 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St. …

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For theatergoers and professionals across the area, Anthony Chase needs no introduction. For others, let this primer suffice: Few have written with as much insight into the region's sprawling theater community, with as much compassion for performers or with as much respect for the art form. Chase, a Hudson Valley native and Trinity College graduate who began writing …

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Who doesn't love a good revenge fantasy? Take "Taken," the ridiculous but endlessly rewatchable film in which Liam Neeson exacts vengeance on his daughter's kidnappers. Or Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill," in which Uma Thurman slashes her way through a phalanx of comic book villains. Or, you know, 70 percent of Shakespeare. But when it comes to musicals, the simple pl…

Local News

Buffalo has a habit of bestowing slightly dubious honors on bigwigs who drop in from out of town. Didn't we see you in a movie once? Please allow us to make you temporary president of our lives. This tendency was on full display back in 1982, when Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn came to town for a three-week stretch to film scenes from the movie "Best Friends." Not con…

Photo Galleries

In this trove of aerial photographs from the 1930s and 1940s, the streets of Buffalo burst with leafy elms later lost to disease, the Erlanger Theater still stands on Niagara Square and pre-Kensington Expressway Humboldt Parkway remains intact. — Colin Dabkowski

Local News

As we head into the Labor Day, here's a look back at some of the weekend's best reads. As a soccer team mourns, a rainbow appears Buffalo News photographer Robert Kirkham was in the right place at the right time to capture a stunning photo of the Iroquois girls varsity soccer team arrayed in front of a rainbow last week. The team took it as a sign from their former t…

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Note to college students in the age of ubiquitous surveillance: If you have to go, maybe try a restroom. That was the message University Heights homeowner and University at Buffalo librarian Molly Poremski delivered in no uncertain terms to a young man she caught relieving himself on her neighbor's garden Wednesday night. "Why would you do this? People live here," Po…

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Western New Yorkers scrambling to pack maximum fun into the waning weeks of summer can be forgiven for missing some of the weekend's great reads. As you settle into the work week, here's a look back at the weekend's most interesting stories: Jay-Z and Beyoncé come to New Era Saturday brought one of the biggest musical events of the year when Jay-Z and Beyoncé came to New…

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The dog days of summer have arrived. Here's a look back at the stories you might have missed over the last two picture-perfect weekend days: How did Chris Collins get here? The Clarence Republican, who announced Saturday that he was suspending his re-election campaign, has a long history of comebacks in the political and business world. But this time, the challenge may b…

History

The state health department declared an emergency at the Love Canal in 1978, but the history of the dump site stretches back to the last century. Here's a chronology of the site's history and the unfolding environmental disaster: May 23, 1834: William T. Love starts digging a canal designed to link the upper and lower Niagara River, bypassing the Falls. The water flow d…

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WKBW-TV has hired Madison Carter, a former enterprise reporter at the Charlottesville, Va., NBC affiliate WVIR-TV. The station announced the move Wednesday morning on Twitter, as did Carter — a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In a phone interview, Carter said that she's been following Buffalo's television market fo…

Comedy

JP Sears, the self-styled "emotional healing coach," new-age satirist and YouTube's redheaded answer to Andy Kaufman, has some thoughts about Buffalo. In a video teasing his five-show run at Helium Comedy Club from July 19 to 21, Sears ran down a list of Buffalo clichés in his trademark deadpan delivery, hitting everything from O.J. Simpson to lake-effect snow totals. …

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Casey William Milbrand, the artist who launched a thousand Instagram selfies and wedding proposals with his photogenic "Greetings From Buffalo" mural on Ellicott Street, is at it again. Milbrand's new mural, a blast of bold color and '70s-era typography, on the side of CRāVing Restaurant at 1472 Hertel Ave., will bear a simple message about the surrounding neighborhood …