August 17, 2012 12:24 AM
Over the past 12 years or so, the Buffalo Bills haven't exactly been the luckiest franchise in the world.
Since their last playoff appearance in 1999 ended with a Music City Mis-call, the Bills haven't been back to the post-season and, in fact, have only managed one winning season in that time (a 9-7 almost-was in 2004 behind Drew Bledsoe).
Looking back, you have to wonder if maybe Buffalo is just a mass of self-perpetuating bad karma. Though there was rampant success in the early 90s, four Super Bowl shots resulted in four losses, including
August 16, 2012 12:12 PM
On Friday September 7, 2012, there's going to be a stellar intergalactic blast held at the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park. The party is one of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy's largest fundraisers and each year the theme changes, while the venue remains the same. This year the event is going to "boldly go where no man (or woman) has gone before".
Once at the Marcy Casino, party-goers will be greeted by the live sounds of the Parkside Avenue Brass, as they play the music from the Star Wars cantina scene. From there guests will be met by make-up artists who are prepared to
August 16, 2012 8:59 AM
Yesterday, at 5pm, my wife and I drove up to Toronto to catch Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket. Now normally I don't cover concerts that take place in Toronto, but there is an ulterior motive that I would like to share. Every so often I meet with people who are considering moving to Buffalo. Out of the blue I will get an email from someone asking if I can grab a cup of coffee, to discuss the city and the opportunities to be had. Sometimes it's the husband or wife of someone who has recently landed a job in Buffalo, and other times it's someone who has moved away a long, long time ago and is
August 15, 2012 3:45 PM
A longstanding downtown Buffalo club venue will soon be reopened as Eden Lounge and Nightclub. At this point in time, two sister-owners, Lauren and Maria Lamendola, have hired club General Manager Jim Hellerer to undertake the process of refurbishing the 4000 square foot interior of the former Icon and Club E as a live music night club. I asked Jim about Eden and he told me that "it's a huge venue which can hold upwards of 400+ guests. It's a place to give downtown office workers etc a place to go and enjoy themselves aside from the younger crowds on Chippewa. I myself am 40 and
August 15, 2012 9:45 AM
One of the aspects I love most about the city is all of the commercial offshoots from streets such as Elmwood. Take a walk down Lexington Avenue on any given evening and you will find all sorts of activity. In coming weeks that activity will, once again, be amplified, as jewelry designer Staphanie Robb opens her newest design boutique called Turnstyle Creations. Stephanie, one of the founders of Wild Things (also located on Lexington) told me that the idea behind Turnstyle Designs was to open a sister store that would compliment the street and Wild Things. "In essence, this is my design studio,"
August 14, 2012 12:40 PM
Tracy Street in the West Village recently got a major real estate boost. Four properties at the corner of Tracy and Elmwood have been either completely gutted or are in the process of being renovated. The owner has been acquiring the properties in recent years in hopes of making a significant investment in village. The brick houses have been repointed and painted, which has made a huge difference on the street, visually. But what is really amazing is the interior transformation. One of the 19th century Victorian houses (lead photo - right) was just completed and is currently available
August 14, 2012 9:15 AM
I have been neglecting the Preservation Ready series for quite a few months so I thought I would jump back in with one of my favorite buildings, one that is very important to the urbanism and future potential rebirth of a commercial district of South Buffalo. This long, glazed, terra cotta clad, classical facade is the public face of the old Shea's Seneca Theater. It was once the heart of what was essentially South Buffalo's downtown. Sitting astride the intersection of Seneca and Cazenovia streets, it has a powerful and important urban presence. This is the
August 14, 2012 8:39 AM
Over the last few seasons in the NFL, there's been a rise in talent at the tight end position, leading to a bit of an evolution at the position.
Traditionally a hybrid of offensive line and wide receiver, the tight end was usually used as a release valve in the passing game, a third or fourth option when protection breaks down or receivers are covered downfield, and as support in run and pass blocking.
Sure, there were some physical specimens making big plays along the way (Shannon Sharpe -10,060 yds, 62 TDs; Tony Gonzalez -12,053 yds,
August 13, 2012 9:34 AM
Now here's a creative idea when it comes to art showings. Hallwalls' newest event is being called Art Parked, and it's a hybrid gallery exhibit and tailgating party. When it comes to Buffalo, this is the best of both worlds. Artists are expected to showcase their works out of the back of their cars, and browsers are expected to walk around purchasing artwork from trunks and hatchbacks. How much fun is that?
At this point, Hallwalls has issued a 'Call for Submission', which you can see below. I'm hoping that not only will there be some awesome artwork, but that there might