Author: AnickaEdwards

The Toronto Star has an interesting article on Saul Kaplan, a leading US urban planning guru, and how Toronto has evolved over the past 30 years. Kaplan’s views dovetail with ‘creative class’ thinker Richard Florida who we’ve covered on Buffalo Rising before. The Star article touches on many of the topics Buffalo Rising readers talk about every day – creating a more livable city, achitectural preservation and citizen-led economic development.Here is an excerpt of the article but we encourage you to read the entire feature online at TheStar.com: Taking inventory during previous visits to Toronto, Kaplan sees enormous promise in…

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Calling all runners, walkers and supporters of elementary athletics – The 2nd Annual Pinnacle 5K and one- mile run is set for Friday, May 14, 6 pm. Proceeds from the race will go to benefit the students of Pinnacle Charter School and their new athletic equipment including baseball mitts, yoga mats, basketballs, and other equipment. Without support, these students would not otherwise have access to or have the means to purchase this equipment. While other area schools are cutting back on athletics and culturals, Pinnacle Charter School has doubled the size of their athletic programs in 2010. The school offers…

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Periodically, we highlight one of the ads placed in the Classifieds section of Buffalo Rising. Today, we’re spotlighting a 3/3 double near Delaware Park offered at $249,000 by Gurney Becker & Bourne. From the listing: Charming 3/3 double with loads of natural woodwork, hardwood floors and garage in the Delaware District. Gorgeous new kitchen upstairs with granite, new cabinetry and appliances. Both apartments have renovated bathrooms and kitchens. Front porches, Upper unit rent is month-to-month $850 plus utilities, lower rent is $550 plus utilities. Could easily be higher. Tenant current does plowing, etc. Updates include new roof in 2005, $31k spent…

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By: Kristen BeckerFor over 10 years the The Eclectic Improv Company has been making Western New York audiences laugh. Last week they were nominated Artvoice’s best of Buffalo in the” Best Genre-Deftyng Artist” category since there is no category for improv comedy as of yet. I sat with one of the founding members–and a local actor–Don Gervasi, and threw a few questions his way.KB: When did Eclectic Improv Company form? Did you guys know each other before that?DG: We formed the Eclectic Improv Company in 1998 after leaving another troupe, so we’ve really been improvising together for over 15 years…

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By: Hugh O’ DonnellLooking forward to this summer’s blockbuster comic book movies? Looking for something fun to do, but don’t have a lot of money to spend? Want to help support an independent local business? This Saturday, May 1st is Free Comic Book Day, and local institution Queen City Bookstore is celebrating.Free Comic Book Day is a day–always the first Saturday in May–when independent comics shops across North America give out comics for free. The event is put together by publishers, distributors, artists, and shops throughout the comics industry, and Queen City has been apart of the event since it…

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Expect a swell of Buffalo pride at the Market Arcade tonight as “Buffalo Bushido” makes its local premiere at 8:00 PM (see BRO interview). Local filmmaker Peter McGennis will be on hand to introduce his independent feature film that passed through hundreds of local hands and was filmed entirely in Buffalo. “Buffalo Bushido” has been called the best Buffalo film of the past decade and there has not been a film that puts as much of Buffalo on the big screen (and in positive light). It’s a very personal and powerful coming home against the odds piece with deep Buffalo…

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Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Meg Cheman:Recovered memory or false memory? A recent newspaper story about an old kidnapping has released childhood memories in Michael Sutton, who claims he saw two men burying a suspicious bundle at the time of the kidnapping twenty years earlier and now thinks it was the missing girl. He hires Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone to find out, but Kinsey soon discovers that Sutton has a history of false accusations. Fortunately, there is enough thread for Kinsey to unravel, compelling her to keep searching for the truth. Moving between the past and…

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For those of you who can’t make it to the weekly Common Council meeting, following is the edited briefing. We included the topics that relate to larger segments of the community. From this week’s meeting as provided by the council, here is the summary:The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Council Members Michael Kearns, David Franczyk, and Curtis Haynes, Jr. approving the installation of a permanent historic marker in front of 168 Edward Street, the birthplace home of Frances Folsom Cleveland. Frances Folsom was a former First Lady of the United States of America and wife of former President Grover…

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By: Greg GencoSeattle musical outfit Minus The Bear will perform at Town Ballroom this Thursday, April 29, in support of their new full-length album OMNI. The band has been gaining popularity, recently playing with The Flaming Lips and Jack White’s Dead Weather; they will also take part in the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago this summer. These young musicians combine experimental sounds with electric bombast while adding odd time signatures to create an interesting brand of modern pop rock. Their blend of different styles should appeal to music fans of different stripes. The prog rock aficionado and his/her indie-loving younger sibling…

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By: Kristen BeckerI’ve always had a slight fascination with theatre critics. It’s such a subjective thing, that criticism. I’ve never been an “actor” per se, but I have extensive experience working backstage on the technical side of things. Mix that with my years as a performer/producer, and it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe I could offer a unique eye to theater productions. Rarely does someone who is a backstage techie also step onstage and perform (I bet it would make a great show, TECHIES: The Musical), I hope that I can provide some professional insight on each production…

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