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For years, I’ve wondered when Lockport would get its own Mexican restaurant. Medina has one, and even Albion, perhaps related to the seasonal influx of Mexican workers in the fruit groves along Lake Ontario. In August, Aguacates, which is Spanish for avocado, opened in a former pizzeria on South Transit Road. A recent dinner there showed it can deliver competent Mexican c…

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One of the advantages to running a barbecue restaurant in Western New York, which has no homegrown barbecue tradition, is that you can put whatever you like on the menu without having to take a bunch of guff from barbecue purists. Try to make beef brisket a mainstay on the menu at your place in South Carolina, or even worse, pull your pork into shreds instead of chopping i…

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The recent work of Coni Minneci, best known for her series of still-life paintings representing other female artists throughout history, is the subject of a 10-year retrospective running through Oct. 12 in the Kenan Center (433 Locust St., Lockport). Minneci’s popular and career-defining series “A to Z: An Historical Survey of Women Artists,” is the focal point of the exh…

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LOCKPORT – Remember that movie “Sybil” from the 1970s, the one about the woman with multiple personalities? If you’re not a human antique like me, you might recall it as a made-for-TV special in 2007. Sybil gave a name to dissociative identity disorder – well, actually 16 different names, but that’s another story. What a character(s). Anyway, Sybil would have felt right a…

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Long before he was carving up yuppies to the sounds of Phil Collins and rasping his way through Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, Christian Bale was singing and dancing as a striking New York City newsboy in Disney’s “Newsies.” This 1991 flop was a major setback for Bale, then known as the star of Steven Spielberg’s great “Empire of the Sun.” But in the years tha…

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When’s the last time you were in Medina? If you love real Mexican tacos and tortas, I bet it’s been way too long. I could go on about the rich historic architecture in the small towns built by the Erie Canal. The pleasures of an afternoon drive near the Niagara Escarpment and the fruit orchards and vineyards it makes possible, buying fresh fruits and vegetables and bottl…

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The menu for Mericana is designed with table talk in mind. There’s a selection of macaroni and cheeses, including a chef’s tasting of three varieties, to give customers something to agree on.Then there’s frog legs. As a subject for debate?“Absolutely. Without a doubt,” said chef-owner Michael Zambito. From the day he opened Mericana (80 M…

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While drive-ins have become increasingly rare over the past several decades, drive-in culture has survived. And many of the drive-ins that remain are flourishing. Western New York is lucky to have one such example. Lockport’s Transit Drive-In is going strong, and, smartly, has embraced a winningly retro aesthetic. As The Buffalo News reported last week, its new sign…

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The Kenan Center's much-anticipated annual exhibition "100 American Craftsmen," which features a wide range of work from ceramicists, jewelry-makers, fashion designers and many other craftspeople, is slated for May 30 to June 1. Take a look at a few of the pieces on exhibit in this slideshow.