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It’s not unusual for authors to come and go. Guest authors range from collegiate interns to writers who will be contributing for a short stint of time. Guest authors might also have a series in mind. Authors are encouraged to submit their ideas to BRO (Buffalo Rising Online), upon which time we will work with the writer towards a productive end.

Author: Robert Creenan The City of Buffalo Department of Public Works recently announced an updated parking pattern in the Elmwood Village, along with new parking signs. After a pilot program was conducted in 2013, the plan is now set to be put in motion with work to begin soon. The new regulations will allow 24 hour parking on both sides of the street, which will open up hundreds of additional parking spaces throughout the village. The plan will take hold 7 days a week, from April 2 to November 14. Alternate side parking will be available the rest of the…

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Author: Robert Creenan We hear plenty of stories about college students spending part of their education in a foreign country. It’s not that often we hear about high school students spending their entire vacation overseas. Yet that’s what some kids from China, Korea, and Japan are doing as part of the GPHomestay program. The program allows foreign students to study at American high schools while living with a host family. There are currently about 300 partner schools GPHomestay works with. Buffalo-area schools include Canisius High School, Nichols High School, and Buffalo Seminary. Helen Bowman is one of the coordinators for…

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Author: Robert Creenan Selma Selman, a Bosnia-born artist based in Syracuse, will present a new art exhibition at the Dreamland Art Studio, starting March 4. The title, “Me Postojisarav – Postojim – I exist,” deals with Selman’s struggles of statelessness, multi-generational conflict, and survival, pertaining to Bosnia’s complicated history of ethnic conflict. It explores what Selman feels, being viewed as a foreigner both in her land of origin and her current home. The exhibit includes works of video, sound sculpture, paintings, and a performance work. This is her first solo exhibit in the United States. Selman was born in Bihac,…

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Author: Robert Creenan Recently, Buffalo Rising posted a list of new projects that Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is in the process of developing. One of these included the demolition of a building on 33 High Street that formerly housed the Langston Hughes Institute. Post-demolition plans call for the construction of a 250,000 sq. ft. structure in its place. The institute hasn’t occupied the building since 2010. Sean Webb, a Buffalo native working for Of Form Architecture & Interiors in New York City, begs to differ, stating while the architecture of the current Medical Campus buildings is good, each pre-existing building…

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Author: Robert Creenan Sentient Science Corp., a Buffalo-based company, with clients around the world, has launched a new data analytics platform that will give operators of rotating mechanical systems a look at the imminent failure rates of their assets. The new Asset Imminent Death product marries the existing DigitalClone prognostics software with SCADA analytics to give operational, monitoring and supply chain managers a short-term, zero to three-month visibility into the components that are entering failure mode. This information can be used to execute on the remaining useful life of the asset. Aaron Soellinger joined Sentient Science in October from the…

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Author: Robert Creenan The Richard-Olmsted Complex is showing off a latest, and very intriguing, stage of its ongoing renovation efforts. The downspouts, the copper pipes that drain water from the roof of a building, have been moved from inside the building’s brick walls to the exterior. While this might not immediately appear to be groundbreaking news, the story behind the renovation is fascinating. Henry Hobson Richardson, the architect of the former Buffalo State Asylum, originally planned for the downspouts to be installed on the outside of the buildings, as the risk of them bursting due to freezing/thawing temperatures would do…

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Author: Joseph Hoffman [Dance & Rave] To kick off a new era for the Buffalo Rage Community, we have Amplify, a new series meant to showcase the local talents of Buffalo and Western New York. The 8-hour event comes complete with TWO FLOORS of Electronic Music, 12 DJs, combined with a live painting, sweet ticket deals and over $25,000 in lighting production!  Amplify, a new concept created through the Buffalo Rage Community, looks to excel on the dance floor through multi-genre events as well as other live, interactive components in order to keep guests immersed and entertained throughout the evening. Taking place…

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Author: Robert Creenan This coming April, local author Gary Friedman will release the second book of his The Shepherd Chronicles, titled The Rules. It comes along with a relaunch of the series’ first book, The Flockless Shepherd (The Promise).  The series’ premise centers on David, a recent Buffalo college graduate who goes to Nashville in an attempt to be a country music star and fails. In his failure, he returns to Buffalo and lands a bartender job. One January night after bartending a wedding, he gets in a car accident on the I-290. In his near-death state, he has an…

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Author: Robert Creenan In 2012, Buffalo’s Lehrer Dance was first invited to perform in Russia by the US Consulate in Vladivostok, in order to, as the consulate put it, “bring the best in American modern dance to the people of Russia.” According to Jon Lehrer, Founder/Artistic Director of Lehrer Dance, “Basically the Consulate wanted to bring ‘the best in American modern dance to the people in the far east of Russia’. So, they sent a dance instructor from Vladivostok to the biggest dance festival in America – American Dance Festival – in Durham NC to find a company. The director of the…

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Author: Robert Creenan Music is Art has announced it will be starting a new music program. Open to everyone, this series will educate the attendees on various aspects of the music industry. Topics include artistic identity, online presence, marking, copyrights, studio basics, contracts, recording, and releasing music. The first session will be taught my Music is Art (MiA) founder and Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac. It will take place on Wednesday, February 24, with classes continuing on Wednesdays. Various industry professionals will teach classes moving forward. This Music Industry Academy Workshop series is an important step towards getting music enthusiasts…

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