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Festivals

Soup-Fest, Larkinville Ice Festival, Groundhog Day and the rest of last weekend's event bonanza are now behind us. It's time to exhale. This week's lineup touches several different areas – from more chances to relish the Botanical Gardens' Lumagination exhibition to events based on mindfulness, hay bale tossing and "brass house." It's all a little offbeat, frankly, b…

Art

New development, new restaurants, new quarterbacks and new stadiums grab public attention and headlines. Appreciating what's come before, however, is frequently just not as sexy, even if it often serves as the foundation for greater achievement. The past is a theme that connects several worthy events for this week in Buffalo. The Big 5 events Celebration honoring D…

Sports

Farouk Majeed needed a left defender. The Journey's End soccer coach peered down his sideline, weighing his options. An older, bigger Eritrean opponent had already scored a second goal, and Majeed didn't want to concede more. From a spectator's standpoint, his options for substitutes were fascinating. Kids who'd escaped war, poverty and oppression in Sudan, Afghanistan …