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It’s tough to cut it as a young playwright. With fierce competition and paltry rewards for their hard work, aspiring bards in most cities could be forgiven for throwing up their hands in defeat. But in Buffalo, where opportunities to develop new plays abound, they have reason to be optimistic.The results of one of several new play development programs can be seen this week…

Art

The independent pop-up art show has been slow to take hold in Buffalo. But that seems to be changing, as a group of seven musicians and visual artists have banded together to mount “Close to Extinct” on Saturday in the DNIPRO Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.).The ambitious evening, which will feature musical performances from electronic and hip-hop artists, live art proje…

Art

In Buffalo’s transient gallery scene, art spaces come and go with reassuring regularity. When one space closes, our tears barely have a chance to dry before another opens in its place. Such is the case with the former SP@CE 224, a funky little gallery run by Jose Rodriguez that was a central hangout during Buffalo’s Infringement Festival and hosted dozens of memorable exhi…

Food and Drink

Once upon a time in Niagara Falls, a bakery called Trusello’s weaved itself into the lives of families living along Pine Avenue. It made two things: Italian bread and pizza.It wasn’t your standard pepperoni mozzarella pie, but a Sicilian home-style version: tomato sauce, olive oil, pecorino romano cheese, basil and oregano. As a little girl, Gail Zacher grew up six blocks …

Premiere Credit of North America, a debt collection firm based in Indianapolis, will be adding 100 new jobs to the Batavia call center it opened early last year.The new positions are part of a $325,000 expansion of the Mill Street center. The center will also receive a tax break of about $26,000 through the Genesee County Economic Development Center.The Batavia center is h…

Erie County

In our pursuit of reasonably priced food, we have been to a lot of places that are, shall we say, off the beaten track.None of them has ever been so far off the beaten track as Turner’s Port of Call, a quirky little seasonal place on Grand Island.It’s not that Turner’s is on an obscure street; in fact, it’s on the well-traveled East River Road, right at the curve where the…

Buffalo

There were parents and children, ministers and community members, suburban police chiefs, elected and appointed officials as well as candidates at a forum Wednesday night on homicides and other violent crimes in Buffalo .Neither Mayor Byron W. Brown, a Democrat, nor representatives of the Buffalo Police Department attended, although they were invited, said the organizers, …

Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo has received a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for a Job Ready! program at the Masten Clubhouse, 397 Northland Ave. Job Ready! helps teens set career goals and develop the job skills and work habits they need through demonstrations, role playing and practice sessions.

Nearly 30 Buffalo Public Schools students have been rehearsing for weeks under the hot sun for a production of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” which opens a four-day run Friday night in Ujima’s TheatreLoft at 545 Elmwood Ave.The performance, part of Peace of the City Ministries’ “Shakespeare Comes to (716)” project, is meant to give students from disadvantaged background…

Senior Chief Petty Officer Craig Allain will assume command of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Buffalo Station during a ceremony at the station in the Buffalo harbor.He will succeed Senior Chief Petty Officer Dennis O’Connell, who is headed to a Coast Guard duty station in Boston.Allain will come to Buffalo as officer-in-charge after serving as executive officer at the Coast Guard …

Intermittent lane closures will begin Friday for a resurfacing project on Route 5 in the towns of Hamburg and Evans, the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.The closures will occur daily, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., between Pleasant Avenue and Delameter Road, and will affect travel in both directions. The job is expected to take about three weeks.

WARSAW – Nine nonprofit organizations involved in education and the arts in Wyoming County have been awarded more than $12,000 in grants from the Wyoming Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.Grant recipients include the Arts Council for Wyoming County, the Buffalo Audubon Society, the Business Education Council, the Eagle Free Library, Hom…

A parade of Erie County department heads appeared during three days of midyear budget hearings this week, and the refrain from most is that they are doing more with less.Emergency Services Commissioner Daniel Neaverth Jr., who was among eight department officials scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Legislature’s Finance and Management Committee, even uttered the phra…

NIAGARA FALLS – Free computer courses are being offered over the next several weeks in the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St.The series begins Monday with how to use Microsoft Word. Tuesday’s topic is Excel, and Wednesday’s is email. There will be basic courses from 1 to 4 p.m. each day, and intermediate courses from 4 to 7 p.m.Sessions will continue with flash dr…

Erie County Democrats on Wednesday evening officially endorsed Kevin P. Gaughan, who is widely known in Western New York for leading efforts to downsize local government, in the race for Erie County comptroller.In a closed-door vote at the Larkin Center of Commerce, members of the Democratic committee interviewed Gaughan and ultimately approved him as the party’s choice to…