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The current Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of “The Tempest” is a playful and magical affair. Under the direction of Saul Elkin with sound design and original music by Tom Makar, choreography by Terri Filips Vaughan and set by David Dwyer, we are transported to a wondrous island, where Prospero, the usurped duke of Milan and his daughter, Miranda, have been strande…

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One late spring night during my first official summer living in the city, I spent hours ferociously Googling. I scoured Facebook, blogs and media sites for festivals, concerts, events and restaurants. I jotted everything down, organized by date, in my notes app and sent the finished list to nearly everyone I knew. Of course, I didn't end up crossing everything off my li…

Food and Drink

Spring and summer in Buffalo feel significantly shorter than fall and winter. The seasons are obviously the same length, but warm weather tends to vanish in a flash - and, err, take its time arriving - which limits the period we can bask in the sun while absorbing Buffalo's wealth of admittedly jammed-together summer events. From a food truck event centered on world cui…

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Love by Shakespeare is a messy tale. Enchanting flirtation, desperate manipulation, love potions, unlikely affairs. Any way you cut it, many of the Bard’s comedies (and a few harrowing tragedies) remind us that romance sometimes takes a ton of work to feel effortless. If you’re trying too hard, you might be missing the mark. And if you’re not laughing, you’re definitely…

Festivals

1) Galbani Italian Heritage Festival, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 12-14, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 15 at Buffalo's Outer Harbor (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.). General admission is $5, and $2 for seniors; a four-day pass runs for $15. Admission is free between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Commentary: There's no denying that turning the annual Italian Festival from a Hertel A…

Buffalo

Every summer, something magical takes place on Shakespeare Hill, in Delaware Park behind the Rose Garden:Picnicking becomes a spectator sport.Normally, picnics in Delaware Park are regrettably rare. Too often, the picnic tables scattered hither and yon hold only water bottles and tennis rackets. But with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, a new spirit descends. Proudly, Buffalo…

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And so it was proclaimed, on a gloriously seasoned Thursday night, in the company of eager patronage, giddy company and stagehands and state’s royalty – state Sen. Marc Panepinto, in the Queen’s absentia – on the grassy knoll known colloquially as “the hill,” that the state honor Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the venerable cultural landmark that it is, on its 40th season w…

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After a foggy and soggy false start on Thursday night, Shakespeare in Delaware Park opened its 40th season of free outdoor theater on Friday with a tale of two star-crossed lovers who appeared to have wandered out of the nearest Club Monaco and into one of the most heartbreaking tragedies of all time.Tom Loughlin’s stylish, occasionally raunchy and often affecting producti…

Art

"Under love's heavy burden do I sink." Shakespeare's Romeo was on to something, assuming "love" refers to the multitude of brilliant event choices for this weekend in Buffalo. (The "heavy burden," of course, is the finite amount of time between Friday night and Monday morning.) Starry Night in the Garden and the slightly odd blend of Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa position…

Buffalo

Act I, Scene I of “Shakespeare in Delaware Park.”Scene: The Anchor Bar on Main Street, 1976.Enter SAUL ELKIN, a young University at Buffalo theater professor and JOSEPH PAPP, legendary founder of New York City’s Public Theater and Elkin’s Ph.D. thesis adviser, along with certain commoners, eating chicken wings.Papp: “So, who’s doing Shakespeare?”Elkin: “I don’t know, the c…

Buffalo

Shakespeare in Delaware Park is gearing up to launch its 40th season of free theater on the evening of June 18, when a hush will settle over Shakespeare Hill and two of the most famous rhymed couplets in history will boom out over the picnic-packing crowd:“Two households, both alike in dignity; In fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny…

Art

The battle-hardened veterans filed neatly into the gallery of the Erie County Legislature’s chambers in Old County Hall on Monday afternoon, many of them carrying small placards identifying their individual regiments: The Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Lancaster Opera House. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Juneteenth. The Orchard Park Chorale. As the meeting came to order…

Art

For those who object to being told that summer is losing its warm grip on us, may we direct your attention to the Halloween candy displays in the supermarket that long ago supplanted the dusty back-to-school merchandise? Face it: Our longest, sunniest days are behind us. But rather than curse the polar vortex to come, Buffalo News critics look back on the best that the su…

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Western New Yorkers have seen Mike Randall on their TV screens for decades as Channel 7’s longtime meteorologist. They may also recognize him as Mark Twain or Charles Dickens, both characters he’s brought to life on stage in one-man shows for years. But this summer, Randall is trying something new: playing Angelo, a necklace-hawking, payment-seeking goldsmith in debt with …

Theater

Armed with lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and – in some instances – feasts fit for a Shakespearian king, more than 40,000 people gather on a hill near Hoyt Lake each summer. It’s not called Shakespeare Hill for nothing. Shakespeare in Delaware Park is one of the oldest and largest free Shakespeare festivals in the country. The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer met with founder…