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Playwright Neil Simon is feeling the love in Western New York this season with two of his comic classics being presented on local stages. "Rumors" is now on stage at the Lancaster Opera House and on Sept. 20 "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" will debut in Lockport at the Kenan Center's Taylor Theater. The Carriage House Players will present six performances of Simon's pop…

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ARLINGTON, Va. — A framed poster of a mid-19th century oil painting called "Buffalo Newsboy" hangs in our home. The apple-cheeked paperboy holding an auburn apple has gazed out at us for decades. And now I think I know why we have always held him dear. The newsboy in our family room is now in our family. Allow me to explain. This month our third grandchild was born. …

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Nothing is exact anymore. The Buffalo-area's Oktoberfests begin in the middle of September and Buffalo Beer Week is actually 10 days long. It reminds us of the time when Positively Main Street was on Elmwood Avenue. As amusingly misleading as these titles may be, a bounty of quality events lies ahead for the weekend of Sept. 13-15. The Meatball Street Brawl, one of the …

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Expect more good luck than not on Friday the 13th at the monthly M&T Second Friday get-together at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. The weather still allows for the party to spill onto the front yard along Elmwood Avenue, where the Buffalo Brass Machine will be bringing the funk, hip-hop, NOLA jazz and more from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Exp…

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Photography by Lawrence M. Ross and the photo group View Finders will be on exhibit in September and October at the galleries of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Ross's "Images from Near and Far (Encore)" opens with a free reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Levy and Daniel Families Gallery in the Holland Family Building (787 Delaware Ave.). R…

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The 17th annual Music Is Art Festival takes over the grounds of Buffalo RiverWorks and the adjacent River Fest Park beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. More than 150 bands, 140 DJs, 50 exhibiting artists and live artists, and assorted dancers and dance troupes spread across 21 stages and various performances spaces will represent what founder and Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby …

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On a Friday night in early April, 16-year-old Angel Barber sat cross-legged on the cold marble floor of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s original building tapping out made-to-order poetry on a vintage Smith Corona typewriter. Downstairs, in the gallery’s 1962 addition, a stream of young visitors paused for portraits in front of Dan Flavin’s glowing light sculpture from 1…

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Like many of the best musicals, "West Side Story" is so layered and multifaceted that it can be produced every year without ever being the same show twice. Big theater productions can fill the stage with a city full of imposing sets; smaller space can focus on the people who inhabit them. Large ensembles can mob the stage with complex interwoven dance routines; smaller sho…

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Meet your grand finale, Buffalo's festival season. Through live music, art, and food and drink, an elite list of events will make wise weekend planning a true challenge. From Ireland to India to Egypt, cultural festivals all highlight traditions - some deeply embedded into Buffalo's fabric, while others, such as India and Egypt, still gaining traction. There's the Elmwo…

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Every edition of the Three Stooges Film Festival at the Riviera Theatre includes a trivia contest, so, with the 28th anniversary edition of the comic event this weekend, it's time to practice. Some questions are pretty easy: How many Stooges were there? (Six, but purists only count four – Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp.) Who was Moe's famous cousin-in-law? (Harry Houdini.) Wh…

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Life hasn't been quiet for Chad and Louise Brachmann, the owners of Danielewicz Farm and Sunflowers of Sanborn, which sparked a viral photo craze in 2017. After a cease-and-desist order from the Town of Cambria abruptly shortened their 2018 season, the Brachmanns had their work cut out if they wanted their rural attraction to return this year. Like wineries, brewerie…

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For a century, legend had it that Oliver Street in North Tonawanda had more taverns per block, or mile, or some other measure, than any other place in the state or country. The claim has never been verified, but anyone who ever tried to go from one end of Oliver to the other by having a drink at every bar will attest that there were a lot of them. As Oliver's claim to p…

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The paint was barely dry on one of Buffalo's newest murals when Dr. Christopher Hauglid, who lives a stone's throw away at the Mentholatum on Niagara Street, gave the floral tapestry a thumbs-up. "It beautifies this up-and-coming area, and represents the revitalization of Niagara Street and the whole Buffalo area," said Hauglid, a resident at the University at Buffalo J…

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Since we led with the Erie County Fair for this week's newsletter, it only makes sense to highlight rubber ducks for the weekend. Think of it like the Kentucky Derby, just for inanimate objects near Buffalo's waterfront. The Rotary Duck Derby is a quirky highlight for a weekend notable for quality new events: the environmentally friendly Flutterby Festival on the sidewa…

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This year's Lewiston Art Festival (Aug. 10 and 11) welcomes dozens of professional artists and crafts people along with hosting a section dedicated to art by college and high school students. On Aug. 10, young artists will mark the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival by drawing murals on the street with the theme "Peace, Love and Chalk." The Lewiston Public…