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Changing times, women’s palates and eagerness to try new things lead to a boom Despite the reputation that drinking whiskey [or bourbon, rye or scotch] is a man’s domain, women have been deeply involved in the act of drinking and promoting the stuff for hundreds of years. See Fred Minnick’s 2013 book, “Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, …

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Eunice A. Lewin, cofounder and president of Impacto Consulting Associates, has had a busy — very busy — life. And she’s not slowing down. Lewin, 64, was born in Cuba. Her parents emigrated to the U.S. in the late ‘60s. A main motivator for her has always been the notion that “from those to whom much is given, much is expected.” From her early days in Buffalo as a you…

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David Oliver, a Niagara Falls native, trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Oliver, 59, acts and directs, working frequently with companies such as Irish Classical Theater and Torn Space. As an actor, his roles tend to the extreme: He’s played the Marquis de Sade, Gregor Samsa (who becomes a cockroach), and Clove in Beckett’s Absurdist play, “Endgame.”Be…

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Award-winning musical actor and singer Natasha Drena plays the legendary Judy Garland in “End of the Rainbow,” starting Jan. 8 at the Kavinoky Theatre. Drena, 40, lives in Savannah, Ga., where she’s the artistic director at the Lucas Theater’s cabaret series. She’s starred in shows such as “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and as Fantine in “Les Miserables.”Throughout…

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When Buffalo native Robin Barker was 5, she told her aunt that her dream was to dance on Broadway. After graduating from Niagara University’s theater and dance program, an audition for “Sesame Street Live” took her on a three-year national tour with the show, as Elmo. (“It was height-driven – I’m exactly the same height as Elmo,” she said.)During a 10-year stint in New Yor…

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When pianist, arranger and musical mad-scientist Scott Bradlee dubbed some of his homemade, now-famous YouTube music videos with the name “Postmodern Jukebox,” he had no idea that the moniker – and the project – would garner the attention that they have.Postmodern Jukebox – more of a community or a collective than a band in the traditional sense – performs at 7:30 p.m. Nov…

“Miss You Already” is a beautiful, beautifully made film starring beautiful people. And, it beautifully serves the purpose of helping us to identify and be OK with what has become a common trajectory these days, namely, the diagnosis of cancer for someone close to you – and the consequences to the patient, their family and friends.Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Red Ridi…

Buffalo is all about the new and undiscovered these days, right? That's what the curators of "Language to Cover a Wall: Visual Poetry Through Its Changing Media," are counting on.Visual poetry, combining visual arts and language, is an alternative to standard linear poetry. It is often playful and irreverent, relying not only on the words and letters being used, …

"Art of Murder," the 2000 Edgar Award winner for Best Mystery Play by Joe DiPietro, is probably a funny and suspenseful play. Indeed, Thomas LaChiusa, directing the production, writes in his notes that he finds the piece a combination of a Carol Burnett comedy sketch and a Hitchcockian thriller.Regrettably, the material's humor and anticipation are buried in Kale…

In its tiny space on the third floor of the former Pierce-Arrow automobile factory, Subversive Theater Collective has given us an inventive, thoughtful and heartfelt production of what it calls a "rare, working-class musical.""The Furies of Mother Jones," by Maxine Klein, with lyrics by James Oestereich, was written in 1986. The musical play interweaves the effor…

One thing that can make a theater piece successful is giving the audience a reason to care about the characters and what is happening to them."Cheapjack Shakespeare," a new play billed as a "story of sex, drugs and iambic pentameter," by Shaun McLaughlin, debuted in ALT Theater on Friday, and I didn't find that reason.The play, using a "play that has other plays wi…

According to Subversive Theatre Collective's Artistic Director Kurt Schneiderman, his company's political one-act festival may be the only one of its kind in the country.On "Subversive Shorts" opening night, Schneiderman said that the event has become so popular, and is in such dire demand, that playwrights nationwide are submitting works. Lara Haberberger curate…

Revered Irish playwright Brian Friel's "Lovers" is in revival at the Irish Classical Theatre, in celebration of its 10th season in the Andrews Theatre. (The company has existed for 20 years altogether.)"Lovers," a 1960s-era piece, is actually two companion one-act plays, "Winners" and "Losers," both set in rural Ireland in 1966."Winners" tells the story of two teen…

The dramatic push in James Sherman's "From Door to Door" comes not from major events. The play, and its pleasures, is tightly focused on the everyday drama and joy of family, of life.The piece, presented by the Jewish Repertory Theatre, opened Thursday and is showing through June 6. It is a bittersweet and funny ode to the playwright's mother, to all mothers, and t…