August 17, 2011 11:31 AM
Each year, the West Indies population in Buffalo organizes a parade and festival that starts at Niagara Square and ends at LaSalle Park. Hundreds of participants and spectators take to the streets, dressed in bright and showy costumes, many with fantastic plumes
August 17, 2011 8:28 AM
At the bottom of a stair, just off the ornate main lobby of Shea's Buffalo Theater a carved door lets you into a hallway space so opposite in appearance from the elaborate picture palace above it is hard to believe that you are in the same building. Traversing the low dark pipe-lined hall, unceremoniously lit with bare fluorescent bulbs, you periodically pass oddities such as a gilded throne. After a short distance the hall ends at a small basement room lined with full-height shelves, boxes and, files crammed with
August 16, 2011 9:26 AM
By Dean Evaniak:
Last evening, I attended a discussion at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta about the proposal to move St. Gerard's Church. The event was sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and the Parish of Mary Our Queen in Norcross, Georgia. I must say, I went
August 16, 2011 8:53 AM
When I was young, my favorite thing to do for my birthday was to go to a Japanese hibachi grill. I was fascinated by the chefs who would chop food at the speed of light, while tossing eggs in the air before breaking them on knives. The sound of the sizzling grill and the flames... I would go once a year until I finally 'outgrew' the theatrical dinner. It wasn't until last week when I realized that I had not actually outgrown my love of hibachi. A friend called me up and told me that a Japanese restaurant had opened in the former iHop restaurant on Delaware Avenue... and they had hibachi grills.
August 15, 2011 12:26 PM
By Joann Steinmetz:
Richard Raines wasn't looking to become a community activist. But a series of car break-ins, burglaries, and muggings that plagued North Buffalo last fall motivated the Wellington Road homeowner to reach out to leaders of several neighborhood organizations and eventually establish the North Buffalo Coalition (NBC).
The Pan American Watch Area, Parkside Community Association, North Buffalo Block Club Association, Voorhees Block Club, Fordham Block Club and the Central Park Homeowners Association comprise the informal coalition and Raines has
August 15, 2011 10:29 AM
By Samantha Murphy:
Chic and Sweet, a new women's apparel clothing store, has brought simple elegance and designer clothing to the Hertel District. Chic and Sweet, owned by Annemarie and Zack Schneider, just opened its doors on August 1.
The store, located at 1453 Hertel Avenue, offers women conservative, professional, and quality clothing you can't find anywhere else. Chic and Sweet carries 3 tiers of designer ware; high-end celebrity brands, like Tolani and Eva Franco, a middle price point and some younger, more affordable lines, such as Covet or Elan, which
August 15, 2011 8:05 AM
Buffalo's film aficionados can experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to locally view a classic film alongside a musical performance by a groundbreaking musician. Steven Severin, best known as the bassist and co-founder of influential 1980s band Siouxsie and the Banshees, will perform a new score he created for Jean Cocteau's surrealist film Blood of a Poet in conjunction with a film showing. The show has toured throughout the UK and North America, and will now be presented once in Buffalo. The show will be hosted by Buffalo-produced television program Offbeat Cinema and Hallwall's
August 15, 2011 7:45 AM
We all know how nice it is to have so many collegiate institutions in the region, especially since the advent of Service Learning programs. There is one university that's located 150 miles away that should also get some credit for lending a hand to our grassroots organizations.
This summer, Cornell University offered its students a Service Learning and Action Research program called The High Road Runs Through the City/ The program teamed students up with local organizations affiliated with Partnership for Public Good. The goal was to immerse the students into hands-on learning
August 13, 2011 3:37 PM
Every Saturday I will be featuring an obscure architectural element
found in the city, to see if someone can figure out where it is.
We used to run this same sort of post every once in a while, but somehow got away from it.
are no clues - just a photo depicting the item. I'm sure that there are
a lot of BRO readers out there who have scoured the city and have seen
just about all that there is to see. Others might learn about some of
the more obscure detailing found in the different neighborhoods. Either
way, I'll keep mixing it up each week to keep you guessing...
August 13, 2011 12:12 PM
By Hannya Boulos - Buffalo ReformED:
After initial turnaround plans to receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding were denied by the New York State Education Department, The Buffalo Public School District has been given until August 31st to submit improvement plans or SURR plans for 7 of its persistently lowest achieving schools.
Although the district has until January 1 to submit plans to be considered for state funding, the district MUST submit to the state a school improvement plan by August 31st, regardless of the financial incentive. It is expected
August 12, 2011 12:15 PM
By Nikki Drag:
464 Gallery owner, Marcus Wise, has done it again. Tonight, Friday, August 12, he will introduce his newest contribution to the Arts Community in Buffalo. Studio 464, which will be located upstairs from 464 Gallery and offers rental workspaces available to local artists. It is a clean and serene area where creativity and spirited inventiveness is fostered.
Studio 464 was previously a 4-Bedroom Apartment that has been converted into four individual studio spaces with access to a full kitchen, full bathroom, attic storage, and a large open common