May 10, 2013 6:15 AM
Twilight Zone. Rocky Horror Picture Show. Batman TV show. Godfather. Wayne Newton' s Danke Schoen. Enter the Dragon. Cincinnati Kid. Recognize any of those tunes? Then you have heard the work of Niagara Falls, NY born Tommy Tedesco with the Wrecking Crew.
When I first heard that the movie "Wrecking Crew" was coming to the Market Arcade in downtown Buffalo, I thought of quarterback Paul
Sometimes it's the little things that really count. Like the addition of a ping pong and pool table to The Ruins at Canalside. These types of games are especially popular in parks across the country, and can draw lots of action table-side. Especially when you don't have time to take a kayak paddle, or you don't feel like sitting in a lawn chair, a game of pool or ping pong can be a lot of fun and don't take a great deal of effort.
According to Chris Catanzaro at the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, "The full debut for both game tables will be at
Submitted by One Region Forward:
Since 1970, the Buffalo-Niagara region has lost more than 1,250 working farms, and nearly 160 square miles of farmland - an area four times the size of the City of Buffalo and down by roughly a third from what we had 40 years ago.
Why is the loss of farms and farmland a concern for regional sustainability? Because local farms make fresh and healthy foods more securely accessible to family tables in our cities and suburbs. Because locally produced food can have a dramatically smaller "carbon footprint"
While at The Peddler flea market on Elmwood last Saturday I ran into the compost team from Farmer Pirates, Mike and Terra. I couldn't help but notice that Terra was wearing a Farmer Pirates t-shirt and complimented her on her fashion statement choice. Terra told me that they were on a mission to spread the good word of the organization's composting program. I was surprised to hear that they were offering composting for residences as well as commercial entities - there has been interest from a number of businesses such as Wegmans, Merge and Nardin High School. The more that I learned about
There is an effort underway to establish a street soccer (football) tournament in Buffalo. According to promoter Michael Jackson, unlike traditional field soccer games, the street play incorporates an urban sporting dynamic that ties into cultural significance. "More international refugees are resettled in Buffalo than in any other city in New York state," Michel told me. "Between 40-50 different languages are now spoken in the city, largely concentrated on the West Side. There is one language that we all understand - the language of "the beautiful game" of soccer.
This Saturday you are invited to pay a visit to Mirror Lake and the glorious cherry trees that are blossoming at this time. It's an informal picnic event, and everyone is welcome to come and bring a blanket and a basket of food and drink. The spot is right next to the Japanese Garden, and on the hill adjacent to the Buffalo History Museum. Organizers are hoping to make this a yearly event, drawing visitors to experience the scenic beauty of the gardens and the blooming blossoms. The day will start with a sunrise meditation...
Trudy Stern at Friends of
The 21st Annual AIDS Walk Buffalo will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2013* at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park, and organizers are hoping to spread the word about this worthy event. The 5K (3.1 mile) fundraising walk aims to raise money for Evergreen Health Services, an organization with a goal to help HIV+ people and their families in Western New York.
The walk is also a means to raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS has on the community, past, present and future. From prevention education for teens (and other at-risk groups), to medical
What is the name of your group?
What Would Mingus Do? (WWMD)
How did the name of the band come about? When did it form?
Charles Mingus was one of the great American composers, and a hero of mine. Mingus was well known for using his bands as laboratories and workshops for his music; I'm trying to emulate that approach.
What Would Mingus Do? started playing around 2005, and had a steady Monday night gig at the Central Park Grill for several years; recently we've wrapped up
This Friday, the works of photographer Joe Cascio are being featured at the Visit Buffalo Niagara Gallery in the Market Arcade. The exhibit grand opening is from 12pm to 2pm, and Joe will be on-hand to show people his photos and answer any questions that they might have. Joe has been capturing Buffalo for years, capturing brilliant images ranging from architectural to sports to concerts. His panoramic photos are stunning, while his passion for his work is second to none. If you're looking for a beautiful work of photographic art to hang on your wall, consider stopping by the gallery and purchasing
Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN) has released a new video that is geared towards families with kids. The video showcases a number of regional destinations with kids in mind, in order to encourage families to take a second look at the area as a kid-friendly destination. From the Spirit of Buffalo to the Whirlpool Jet ride, there are myriad adventures profiled that should help to give visiting or relocating parents a sense of the diverse range of activities for the youngsters.
After watching the video, I decided that I would add some of my own kid-friendly destinations to the list,
By Matthew Ricchiazzi: The magnitude of what our city is destined to achieve feels unimaginable today - but it will have seemed inevitable in retrospect. There is an optimism in our attitude, an energy in our spirit, and a freshness in our thinking that is catalyzing a momentous revival of the highest order. We are on the brink of transformation, and finally - after decades of decline - we have a wind at our back. But a Buffalonian Renaissance won't happen until we take the first step: liberating families from the stranglehold
Meet Aung-Kaung Myat. Aung is originally from Burma, but has lived in Buffalo for five years. I ran into the young entrepreneur this afternoon while grabbing a coffee at Sweet_ness 7 on Grant Street. Aung was going over the final details of a lease that he and building owner Prish Moran has drafted, which would provide him with a business location at 212 Grant Street. "You're going to love his idea," Prish told me. "He will be opening an Information Technology (IT) business servicing computers and cell phones."
After talking with Aung for a while, I warmed up to his concept
May 6, 2013 12:23 PM
The fishing season is upon us, and not only are the local fishing enthusiasts taking to the waters of the Niagara Region, some of the industry's top media personalities are in town to fish and write about the premiere fishing conditions in the area. "May is one of the best times of year for sportfishing in Niagara USA," said Bill Hilts, Jr., outdoor sports specialist, at Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation (NTCC). "With the kick-off of the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby May 3-12, 2013 to sound