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Mark Sommer

I have worked at the Buffalo News as an enterprise reporter, and as arts editor, for the past 17 years.


Steeltown"Images of Bethlehem Steel," photographs by Patricia Layman-Bazelon, will be presented at College Street Gallery, 244 Allen St., Thursdays to Saturdays from 2 to 8 p.m.; Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. Twenty-five images - some of which were previously exhibited at a show in the CEPA Gallery - will be on display. There will be an opening reception on Nov. 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. …

Jon Kondal, above, is an entertainer in an era where they are in short supply. A little dancing, a little conversing, a lot of singing - it's something the native Buffalonian has pursued with passion on Western New York stages for the past 40 years. Kondal works as a real estate agent with Hunt Real Estate in Tonawanda by day, but can often be found interpreting other arti…

THIRTEEN GHOSTS **STARRING: Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, F. Murray Abraham, Rah Digga, Matthew LillardDIRECTOR: Steve BeckRUNNING TIME: 88 minutesRATING: R for gruesome violence, language and breast-baring ghostTHE LOWDOWN: A family inherits a haunted house from an eccentric uncle - and then really wishes it hadn't. The late horror filmmaker and showman William Cas…

Poet and novelist Eileen Myles of New York's East Village is at once a link to the '50s Beat movement, a seminal figure in the poetry slam scene and someone who carries considerable cachet with a new generation of lesbian writer-performers.At a young age, Myles was artistic director of the vaunted St. Mark's Poetry Project, long a gathering ground for such Beat writers as …

Rochester was the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony and is an hour's drive from Seneca Falls, site of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848. The city is also where motion picture film was developed. With such rich history, it was probably just a matter of time before the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, in Rochester, put the two togethe…

LUMUMBA ***STARRING: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Maka KottoDIRECTOR: Raoul PeckRUNNING TIME: 115 minutesRATING: Not rated, but PG-13 for graphic violenceTHE LOWDOWN: Revolutionary African nationalist Patrice Lumumba briefly leads a democratic Congo in 1960 before his overthrow by U.S.-backed forces. He may not be as familiar as revolutionary icon Che Guevara, but Africa…

The Band - we're talking THE BAND here - was the quintessential American band in its heyday, even if all of the members except one were native Canadians. After The Band disbanded in the mid-'70s, it would eventually reform with most of the original members and a few added to the lineup before the untimely death of Rick Danko in 1999. Aaron Hurwitz, a co-producer and engine…

WHO: Everly BrothersWHEN: TuesdayWHERE: Chautauqua InstitutionADMISSION: $24INFO: 357-6250 In the early days of pop music, millions of Americans drifted along to the pure, dreamy harmonies of the Everly Brothers that emanated from malt shop jukeboxes, hi-fis and radios. Don and Phil Everly, sons of a Kentucky coal miner turned hillbilly and blues singer, scored a batch …

The summer wouldn't be complete for Grateful Dead fans if at least one of the former band members didn't pass through the Buffalo area. Phil Lesh and Friends came close in July, but only as far as the Finger Lakes. But Bob Weir, who played Buffalo three times last year, is returning on Saturday with his band RatDog, above, as part of the "So Many Roads" tour, which also in…

Janet Jackson is scheduled to play HSBC Arena tonight - but if the track record of her present tour, "All for You" is any indication, whether or not she actually appears may not be decided until just hours before the 7:30 p.m. scheduled start.There have been five cancellations or postponements on the tour - including ones this week in Cleveland (Sunday), Indianapolis (Tues…

LOWEST OF THE LOWWith the WeakerthansWHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonightWHERE: Artpark, LewistonTICKETS: $25INFO: (888) 223-6000 After breaking up seven years ago, the Lowest of the Low's tentative, who-woulda-thunk reunion is suggesting there just may be a second act for the Toronto band.The Low first reunited last December and January to play three joyously received shows at the …

Ed Taylor, Just Buffalo Literary Center's executive director, has announced his resignation, effective Aug. 31. Taylor, who will continue to work with the organization on a part-time basis, said he is leaving to concentrate on his own writing and pursue other goals."It's completely personal, and maybe a wacky decision to make, but I've made it," said Taylor, a native of No…

Baseball and rock music makes for a formidable doubleheader on Saturday at Dunn Tire Park when the winningest minor league team in the country -- that would be, of course, the Buffalo Bisons -- share the field with local and regional musical acts presented by BuffaloTrax."The M&T Bank -- Trax Party at the Park" gets underway with pre-game music at 6 p.m. Performing simulta…

If you were fascinated by Lauren Belfer's semi-fictional "City of Light," it's possible to return to the book and the Buffalo of 100 years ago. Take a ride on the City of Light Bus Tour, a weekly Saturday morning romp led by a docent using a script approved by Belfer and peppered with references to her book.It begins at the Buffalo Seminary, above, (model for the book's fi…

Carol Adams is a feminist author and long-time vegetarian who is celebrating the 10th anniversary edition of her controversial book, "The Sexual Politics of Meat."Adams received her master of divinity from Yale University Divinity School, later co-founded a hotline for battered women in Chautauqua County and served on the New York Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence…