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OPEN HOUSE SUN 1-3pm DELAWARE DIST: 4BR 4BA. Kit w/ concrete counters & cherry cabs; 1st flr den (or BR), mstr ste w/ dressing rm & bth, 2nd flr lndry hookups. 3rd flr w/ bth. Newer mechs. 78 Summer, $439,000. Susan D. Lenahan, 864-6757(c) TONAWANDA: 4BR Ranch. Sweet Home schls. Hrdwd flrs, eat-in kit & full bsmt. 1122 Woodstock, $175,900. Dee Stare, 316-9995(c)

Prosecutors in Darlington, England, obviously take child “cruelty” seriously because Gary McKenzie, 22, was hauled into court in October on four charges against a boy (whose name and age were not published), including passing gas in the boy’s face. The charge was described as “in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or injury to health.” He was on trial for two other slightly harsher acts -- and another gas-passing, against a different boy -- but the judgment has not been reported. [The Northern Echo (Darlington), 10-20-2016]


CHEEK: Well-maint. 3BR Ranch in Maryvale schls. Upd eat-in kit & bth. Newer drive, roof, siding. 2car gar w/ sun rm. 347 Meadowlawn, $104,900. Joe Sorrentino Jr, 207-2994(c) FIRST WARD: 3/2 Double for Owner Occ or Invest near Larkinville. Newer elect, furnace, space heater, glass block windows & HWTs. Fenced yard. 134 Seymour, $82,000. Katherine “Katie” Sorrentino, 715-3677(c) NO. BUFFALO: Rental. 2+BR 2BA duplex unit w/ wbfp, dbl LR, formal DR. Updated appliances. 53 Huntington, $1,295+ util. Robin Barrell, 986-4061(c) SO. BUFFALO: Rental. Upd. 2BR on 2nd floor with parking space & attic storage. New carpet, kitchen floor & paint. No pets, no smoking. 53 Buffum St, $700+. Dragica “Dee” Stare, 316-9995(c)

BY APPOINTMENT ALLENTOWN: Rentals. New 1BRs w/ in-unit W/D, hrdwd flrs, A/C, parkg, steps to Med Campus. 481 Franklin, $1,250. Mark D. DiGiampaolo, 887-3891(c) DELAWARE DIST: Spect. views from 10th flr 2-story 3BR co-op w/ 2400 sf, priv. terrace, formal DR, hi-end kit, bonus rm w/ full bth, 2 parkg spaces. 925 Delaware #10B, $749,000. Susan Lenahan, 864-6757(c) DELAWARE DIST: Multi-use bldg on Gates Cir! 1st flr ofc, 2nd flr apt & 3rd flr apt. Also, part fin 3rd flr cld be finished as 3rd legal apt. Parkg for 8. 54 Gates Cir, $774,900. Frank Cannata, 880-6077(c) DELAWARE DIST: Magnificent 2BR 2BA condo. Sweeping views, cherry flrs, hi-end granite kit w/ wine fridge. In-unit lndry, storage, 1 park space. 1088 Delaware #13F, $525,000. Susan Lenahan, 864-6757(c) DELAWARE DIST: Rental. 3BR 2.5BA stunning co-op redone top to bottom w/ gourmet kit; 2gar space. 925 Delaware #2C, $2,500/mo. incl. Susan Lenahan, 864-6757(c) DEPEW: Well maint 4BR 1.5BA Ranch. Upd. roof (‘16), windows (‘13), HWT (‘13), frnc (‘10). Finished bsmt & garage. 53 JFK Lane, $129,900. Bryan Bollman, 472-9936(c) GATES CIRCLE: Rental. Roomy and airy 1BR unfurnished apt. w/ kit & garage parkg. Sorry no pets. 780 Lafayette, $850 incl. Robin Barrell, 986-4061(c) HAMBURG: Investment Opp! 2/2 Double. Eat-in kits, formal DRs & LRs. Lrg gar for storage. Sale incl. adj. commerc. lot! 4275 Clark, $141,000. Dragica “Dee” Stare, 316-9995(c) NO. BUFFALO: Rental. Sunny 3BR w/ upd. kit & bth, front porch. 144 Greenfield, $1,500+ util. Frank, 880-6077(c) SO. BUFFALO: Investment Opportunity! Storefront with 2 apartments (1 BR and 2 BR). 1777 S. Park, $65,000. Dragica “Dee” Stare, 316-9995(c) WEST SIDE: Affordable 2/2 Double. Owner occupy or invest! Walk to best parts of town! Upper recently redone. 333 15th St, $59,900. Robert Karp, 553-9963(c) WEST SIDE: Rental. Bright 1BR unit with updated kit & bth. 78 Prospect. $725+ util. Robin Barrell, 986-4061(c) WEST SIDE: Invest. Opp! 3/3 Double needs rehab but worth it! 393 Hampshire, $9,990. Rob Karp, 553-9963(c)

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dizzying height of the view from the top. (News of the Weird has reported on erosion damage to a bridge, from spitting, in Mumbai, India, and at the Taj Mahal, from bug droppings.) [Washington Post, 10-25-2016]



OOPS! Organizers of the Christmas Day caroling program at the Nelum Pokuna theater in Colombo, Sri Lanka, drawing thousands of devout celebrants, were apparently confused by one song title and innocently included it in the book for the carolers. (No, it wasn’t “Inna Gadda Da Vida” from a famous “Simpsons” episode.) It was “Hail Mary” by the late rapper Tupac Shakur -- likely resulting in the very first appearance of certain words in any Christmas service publication anywhere. [The Independent (London), 12-25-2016]

PEE PROBLEMS Officials of the Ulm Minster in Ulm, Germany, the world’s tallest church (530 feet high), said in October that they fear it might eventually be brought down -- by visitors who make the long trek up with a full bladder and no place to relieve themselves except in dark alcoves, thus eroding the structure’s sandstone. A building preservation representative also cited vomit in the alcoves, perhaps as a result of the

a U.S. women’s champion to announce she is boycotting). [Metro News (London), 10-31-2016] [New York Times, 10-8-2016]

GAZING UPON NATURE AS NATURE CALLS To serve restroom users in a public park in China’s Hunan Province’s picturesque Shiyan Lake area, architects gave users in toilet cubicles a view of the forest through ceiling-to-floor windows. To discourage sightseers who believe the better view is not from the cubicles but into them, the bottom portion, up to the level of the toilet, is frosted -- though that stratagem probably blurs only a pair of legs, seated. (CNN reported in October that China has at least one other such restroom, in Guilin province, viewing distant mountains.) [CNN, 10-4-2016]

(1) A 24-year-old woman who worked at a confectionary factory in Fedortsovo, Russia, was killed in December when she fell into a vat of chocolate. (Some witnesses said she was pouring flour when she fell; others say she fell while trying to retrieve her dropped cellphone.) (2) A 24-year-old man was decapitated in London in August when he leaned too far out the window of one train and struck an extension on a passing train. Next to the window he leaned from was a sign warning people not to stick their heads out. [The Independent (London), 12-16-2016] [Daily Mail, 9-1-2016]

CHESS AND CLEAVAGE World-class chess players are famous for intense powers of concentration, but a chess journal reported in October that topflight female players have actually been disqualified from matches for showing too much cleavage as they play, thus distracting their opponent (according to Ms. Sava Stoisavljevic, head of the European Chess Glass walled toilets at Shiyan Lake park in China Union). In fact, the Women’s World Chess Championship, scheduled for February, has READ THE FULL NEWS OF THE WEIRD DAILY AT decreed that, since the matches will be held in WWW.WEIRDUNIVERSE.NET. OR SEND ITEMS TO WEIRDNEWS@EARTHLINK.NET Tehran, all contestants must wear hijabs (leading

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BOBBY MILITELLO QUARTET Pausa Thurs Jan 12 th 8pm $10 Master saxophonist Bobby Militello brings his all-star quartet to Allentown playing the best modern jazz in town. His Alto Saxophone playing is world class. JJ WHITE & THE ALL NIGHTERS Ninth Ward Fri Sat Jan 6 th 8pm $10 Bass player Wren Williams will perform songs from his solo album, “Venom & Sugar” with his backing band of cousins, The Sons of Luther. Buffalo group Honey Coma opens the show performing their debut effort “7 Songs.”

STRICTLY HIP Tralf Fri Jan 13 th 8pm $10


Smokers Needed for Electronic Cigarettes Study

Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute are searching for cigarette smokers who are willing to participate in a research study.

The Strictly will perform the Tragically Hip’s classic album “Up To Here.” Unleash the Lion will play a tribute to Pearl Jam

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GIGANTOSAURUS REX Nietzsches Fri Jan 13 th 10pm $8


Gigantosaurus Rex is a three-piece Experimental Electronica band from Rochester whose grooves will get your body dancing.


Seven visits to try different electronic cigarettes and

Grace Speller and Renee Anton are classically-trained violinists on the way up in the business. How can you be so accomplished and so young?

the completed seven visits.


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Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings play old-time rock and roll with the best of “em. Head to the Sportsmen’s Tavern and celebrate the king’s birthday.

DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS Buffalo Iron Works Wed Jan 18 th $10 Davina Sowers’ commanding stage presence fronts her high-energy band The Vagabonds with some of the best R&B in the country. She is a force of nature. | Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2017



e love to create and grow events in Buffalo: Allentown Art Festival; Elmwood Festival of the Arts; Canalside Concerts; Taste of Buffalo; BrewFest; SoupFest; WinterFest; Dyngus Day Parade, etc. Some grow to attract tens and even hundreds of thousands of visitors. Spectra Venue Management, the company that manages and programs Canalside, created Chillibration last year to advantage of our waterfront location, the ice-skating rink and the renewed interest in waterfront activities. “Buffalo winters get a bad rap nationwide because it’s so cold here at times,” said Canalside marketing manager Sara Serafin, “but Buffalonians have learned to embrace winter and this event is designed to actually celebrate it.” This is the second year of Chillibration and according to Serafin about 20,000 people showed up for the 2016 inaugural event. Last year there was the attempt at gaining a the Guinness record for largest ice-skate line. This year is really focused on family. There are amusement rides, a petting zoo, Native American snow snake games, crafts, etc.


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CHILLIBRATION 2017 2nd Annual Canalside Event The Science Museum will be on hand for dinosaur themed children’s crafts and an exhibition of dinosaurs on skates. On Saturday the growing sport of curling gets the limelight with a Bonspiel Tournament from 10am to 4pm with high schools in teams of 4 competing against each other every hour. Also on Saturday, from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. visit the BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Cruiser to get gloves & a voucher for a FREE hot chocolate. (while supplies last)

2016 Chillabration ice-biking

Rear View Mirror performs Saturday at 7:30-9pm

- On Monday, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Skate Great, Inc. & BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will be doing on ice kids activities from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; WUFO MIX will be broadcasting live and have special programing in the Canalside Winter Lodge presented by Airbnb and a musical performance from Buffalo’s own Empress & The Royals from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Chillabration will


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Curling at Chillibration 2016

start on Friday, January 13 at 5 p.m. and run during open skating hours, which are Friday, January 13 till 10 p.m.; Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, January 15 & Monday, January 16

from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Chillibration is just one more addition to what has become Buffalo’s number one spot to hang out. It’s hard to believe that the same small footprint that Canalside now occupies was once home to 108 saloons, 19 vaudeville theater-saloons and no less than 75 brothels. A Christian organization printed a map in 1893 with dots on each house of shame. Times have changed and so apparently has our idea of what having fun means.

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t a time when many news outlets across the nation have reduced arts reporting, WBFO radio is embarking on a bold expansion of its arts coverage with the establishment of an “Arts & Culture News Desk.” The initiative is co-funded by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. Independent film/radio producer and WNED-FM classical music program host Scott Sackett, will serve as lead reporter. The newly established desk is charged to produce fifty arts and culture related stories a year, but WBFO Senior News and Public Affairs Director, Brian Meyer, reveals that its scope is likely to be even wider. “We are committed to fifty in-depth stories,” says Meyer, “but daily stories will be more numerous. Looking around this newsroom, I realized that we have a combined total of 350 years of experience in covering the news from a wide range of perspectives. As we have begun to establish particular focuses, on education, on business, I strongly felt that focusing our energies on an arts and culture desk is important, and something we needed to do sooner, rather than later. Establishing this desk allows us to expand our capacity to do something we already do well. We have an established legacy of putting a premium on arts and culture. This new desk allows us to broaden that legacy in a way that keeps us engaged and keeps us relevant.” Relevance seems to be a recurring theme in the WBFO announcement. Meyer reports that the philosophy that drives Scott Sackett is that stories should have relevance beyond Buffalo; provide a personal perspective; and give listeners a reason to be engaged. Scott Sackett has written and produced arts and cultural programming for PBS, NPR and Public Radio International. He began his career at Newsradio 970, WEBR and also worked at the Associated Press Rome Bureau. On WNED-FM, he serves as classical music program host. 6

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For me, the potential to collaborate with him at WBFO is thrilling. While the WBFO decision to fortify its footprint in arts and culture was informed only by the profile of its cul-

turally inclined listeners and not by national media trends, it is notable that in recent years, many cities have seen reporting on arts and culture diminish and dissipate into a billion blogs and

social media posts. Even newspapers known for their arts pages like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun Times have seen arts and culture coverage diminishing in the wake of shrinking advertising for print publications and the explosion of the internet. This can be a particular threat to the smaller, edgier, scrappier, low budget venues, tucked into warehouse or storefront spaces, hidden in basements or abandoned social halls. These venues depend upon coverage in mainstream media to attract new audiences. In Buffalo, where small venues have arguably sustained the city through its hard times and fueled its burgeoning renaissance, it is dangerous to neglect or abandon this aspect of a diverse and lively arts scene. The wider impact of reporting on the arts and culture is not the benefit this coverage provides to any one theatrical production, to any one exhibition, or to the reputation of any one artist. Over time, excitement for the arts accumulates in a community where people are made aware of the arts. For me, growing up in a small town outside of New York City, relishing the theater coverage of the New York Times Arts and Leisure section and pouring over the pages of New York magazine played an enormous role in inspiring a lifelong passion for the arts – every feature, every Martha Swope photograph, every review, every Hirschfeld cartoon. It made no difference that most often I was reading about shows that, in those days, I could never hope to see. Today, as a program host for the Friday morning Theater Talk program on WBFO, I am delighted by the prospects that fortified arts coverage suggest at the radio station that has been my broadcast home for nearly 25 years. WBFO is committed to a community of listeners who are excited about the arts and culture, and to the benefits that the arts bring to this region.


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"Amadeus" with Vincent O'Neill as Antonio Salieri (background) and PJ Tighe as Mozart (foreground). Photo credit: Gene Witkowski

ONGOING GROUNDED, one woman play by George Brant, directed by Kristen Tripp Kelley, starring Aleks Malejs. Through Jan 22, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre. com

UPCOMING AMADEUS, play by Peter Shaffer presented by Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti, starring Vincent O’Neill, PJ Tighe, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta. Jan 20 & 21 at 8, Jan 22 at 2:30. Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle (8855000). www.irishclassicaltheatre. com CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, drama by Tennessee Williams presented by The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Fran Newton, starring Sarah Potozniak, M. Joseph Fratello, Paul Bene, Amy Jorrisch, Ryan Morgan, Amy Feder, Lauren McGowan. Jan 27-Feb 12, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3. Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Rd. Tonawanda (260-2319). www.

FRANKENSTEIN, world-premiere adaptation of the classic horror novel, written and directed by David Oliver, starring Jonas Barranca, Steve Copps, Gerry Maher, Candice Kogut, Joel Fesmire, John Profeta, Adam Yellen, Marisa Caruso. Jan 20-Feb 12, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 500 Pearl St. (629-3069). www. MARIELA IN THE DESERT, drama by Karen Zacarías presented by Raíces Theatre Company, directed by Rebecca Ward, starring Melinda Capeles Rowe, Lissette DeJesus, Rolando Martín Gómez, Sean Marciniak, Carlos Rafael Maggiolo, Victoria Pérez. Jan 20-Feb 5, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 6. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., 3rd floor (381-9333). STEVE, play by Mark Gerrard presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Jessica K. Rasp, starring Zachary Bellus, Caitlin Coleman, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, David Granville, Eric Rawski, Michael Seitz. Jan 20-Feb 11, Fri & Sat at 8. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239). www.buffalobua. org | Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2017


THE MORALLY BANKRUPT BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS By CARL PALADINO Let me state at the onset: No one forced me to seek to change the sick and failed public education system in Buffalo. I am passionate about assisting the poorest of our city, who suffer and atrophy in a broken bureaucracy. That would be the children who need someone to stand up for their best interests. I believe that a solid education is their best hope to break out of the cycle of poverty. For its failures, I blame the collectively incompetent members of successive Buffalo Boards of Education, and outsider superintendents with little at stake, who propose hollow and worn out ‘grand plans’ to tweak the beast in an endless quest to show some credibility but more importantly for them, to maintain the status quo. They make empty promises, never kept, and a lot of blowhard rhetoric, but are simply power hungry parasites feeding at the public trough. They are hurting the students of Buffalo for their own benefit, or for lack of experience or understanding, and they must be stopped.

The members of the Buffalo Board of Education voted to approve a new teachers’ contract, negotiated by Kriner Cash, which grossly favored the union over the interests of students and taxpayers in Buffalo.

Those who support the status quo, who oppose reform, who fight for adult benefits at the expense of children’s rights, are quick to cry “racism” when anyone of a different skin tone opposes them. If I offend minority adults in my effort to protect and assist minority children, I’m good with that, but their label makes no sense. 8

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What I enjoy is solace in the fact that my efforts have helped thousands of minority children in Buffalo have an opportunity for a quality education.

Buffalo is one of the poorest cities in America with more than 30 percent of residents living below the federal poverty level. More than half of all children in Buffalo live in poverty, according to the US Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, released last September. Detroit is the only other major city in the nation with a youth poverty rate in excess of 50 percent. Yet consider the irony, while Buffalo has the second highest poverty rate among children in America, it has the second highest cost per student in America. Isn’t that one statistic obvious proof that the enormous sums of money being spent per student is not truly aiding the children. So who is getting the benefit? Outsiders, such as Dr. James Harris, imported from Chicago; Dr. James A. Williams (above) from Dayton, Dr. Pamela C. Brown from Philadelphia, and Dr. Kriner Cash from Memphis, were appointed as superintendents. Successive School Boards hailed them as prophets who would come and save our children from failure. None of them succeeded. Did our school boards value a piece of painted glass from afar, more than a diamond formed in the mantle of our own city?

Lacking any credible excuse for their illicit actions, when cornered over terrible outcomes, these minority board members simply play the race card, knowingly, and successfully back off business and community leadership who don’t want to be soiled with a racist label. For my part, I have nothing personally to gain. What I do have is the fortunate career experience of living the American dream, the ability to say and do things that others can only think and the attitude that, if people don’t like what I said or do, it doesn’t matter to me.

Beneath the surface of the reported 60 percent graduation rates, the reality is that they are likely significantly lower. Buffalo Schools may be inflating true graduation rates by failing to accurately estimate how many students leave school in a given year, drop out and never graduate, as opposed to transferring to another school and graduating.

I have always been confident that when I was called a racist no one with any intelligence would believe the lie because my actions would show me to be otherwise. I was raised in an ethnic city at a time when calling bad people names and disparaging them with sick, sarcastic humor was acceptable behavior, but obviously

the hypocrites in this era of political correctness and puckered up behinds don’t say stuff like that anymore — at least not publicly. I chose to enter the arena to fight the good fight and shed light on our broken system, expecting nothing but simple respect and decency, which I do get from plenty of normal working class taxpayers, black and white, every day, and especially on Saturdays in the parking lot and fruit section at Wegmans or at a football game or wherever. They are the courageous people who, with my family, give me the strength for the fight. To them I say thank you for understanding that change only comes with courage and decisive action, which is, necessarily, laced with acrimony and adversity, sometimes visceral. This arena is not for the faint of heart. Buffalo is now being tormented by its hapless, half-witted, progressive School Board majority, the self-loving Phil Rumore and their gang of loonies and haters (the Anti’s). Working class people, during the presidential campaign, reacted defiantly and decisively against the progressives at the ballot box. The death knell cries of progressives coming to the recognition that their movement has been rejected by America and that they and their thought police will no longer matter in the future, is the same cry we are hearing from the Anti’s for my removal. To those Anti’s who vilify me, I say it’s OK, I know my role all too well and if you knew me, you would know that I can’t be intimidated. I’m relentless and I don’t quit. Your dishonest behavior and acting out will go

The 2nd most expensive school district, with the 2nd most children in poverty estate for minimum return on capital. The Anti’s seek to twist those good intentions into something onerous. Good luck.

The enduring poverty in Buffalo was not caused by a lack of money spent on Buffalo schools. In 2010, the Buffalo News reported that the Buffalo School District was the 3rd highest district in expenditures per student (the total amount a school district spends, divided by student enrollment) in the USA. In 2014, a Ballotpedia study found Buffalo, at $29,023 cost per student, was the second highest in expenditures per student in the USA. This enormous cost, combined with endemic poverty, is proof that the system has failed. There are other indicators of failure. The US high school graduation rate is 83 percent in the 2014-2015 school year. Statewide, the graduation rate is 80 percent. In Buffalo, it was reported as 61 percent. Even Niagara Falls High School, a city poor like Buffalo, had a graduation rate of 73 percent. The term “Dropout Factory,” is used to describe a high school where no more than 60% of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year.

on for a while longer. Hopefully, a short while. See you in the arena.

But not in Buffalo, where 1 in 2 children live in poverty.

To help build viable and successful charter schools and provide real choice to Buffalo’s children, without fanfare, I guaranteed the loans of several charter schools, risking my

I guaranteed millions in loans to charter schools, in order that they would help end the monopoly of union-dominated, inflated price/low results schools. If the charter schools failed, if they did not teach well, or didn’t attract enough students and closed their doors, I would have had to pay off their loans. I made high risk investments with unusually low returns. But my risk/reward ratio was influenced by another kind of reward, to afford Buffalo children schools where graduation rates were higher, unions and administrators did not dominate, hampering even the simplest kinds of educational innovations, and where every kindly act of improvement for the sake of the children wasn’t eyed with jealous hostility and paranoid suspicion that it might mean more work or that seniority might be supplanted by merit. Charter Schools such Tapestry, Applied Technologies, West Buffalo, Health Sciences, Aloma D. Johnson and Charter School of Inquiry are successes.

When we implement real choice with the Trump education plan, the gravy train will end for many. The union monopoly will end. Members will be challenged to compete. Minority leadership will finally be exposed as phonies, more interested in power and influence than helping the children of Buffalo. Rumore will retire, move elsewhere so as to not have to look at the chaos he created and ponder the damage he did to the lives of so many children of this city. His failed career and life — his lack of legacy — will be traumatic for him in time. I watched as community leadership looked the other way with regards to Buffalo’s illicit education system, because they didn’t want to get their hands dirty challenging the demonic woven interests of the education cabal who, for many years, out of sight, boldly but quietly, if not secretly, controlled this non-productive fiasco.

We graduate less than half our students, pushing through many who can’t even read or perform basic mathematics when they get their diploma. Less than 20% of black males graduate. We bus students all over the city from one bad school to another, tearing the fabric of the neighborhoods to shreds and discouraging parent participation, all for the racist refrain that we can’t let segregation return. Violence and bullying are rampant. How dumbed down is black leadership that fights change and innovation, protecting union leaders who support and finance their elections.

able for Buffalo’s future. Everyone has to come along for the ride to make Buffalo a better place to live. Isn’t that what we just experienced with the revolution of the working middle class against the Democrat and Republican elitist Washington establishment that had left them behind? For the liberals, reform of education means the breakup of the inner city Democratic voting block, so important for them to maintain their control of our urban centers, the last bastion of the uninformed blindly voting for more handouts from society.

While poverty is high in the city, taxpayers nevertheless spend more money per student than almost any place in America. The problem is, most of the money is not spent with the students in mind, but rather the unions.

School Board member Larry Quinn and I voted against the new teachers’ contract, which was negotiated in secret and did nothing to insure that there is a quality teacher in every classroom or that our best teachers work with students with the greatest needs. Considering that most minorities have limited options, the contract sell-out to the Buffalo Teachers Federation and New York State United Teachers was devastating to our minority students. Yet, they do not label that racist? The continuation of the cycle of poverty, holding another generation of youth captive, hungry and uneducated in our inner cities, was and is untenable for me and others seeking to economically revive the city and make it a better and safer place to live. The horror of leaving another generation of minority students behind is unaccept-

Instead of pushing real reform that might inconvenience their political allies, the liberals have looked the other way. As long as they and their patrons are protected in their safe neighborhoods, these elitists are content to let others live with the violence, drugs, crime and other decadent social problems — the consequences of a structurally racist education system — the ultimate liberal Faustian bargain. Donald Trump’s campaign exposed our rigged system of government that rewards a few at the expense of many — unfortunately, that is exactly the way the Buffalo Board of Education works.

I give a speech at Donald Trump’s rally in Buffalo.

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access to continue my efforts in the future.

The real hypocrites are the spineless who sit, unsullied, at the Buffalo and Saturn clubs, judging and discussing “Carl’s poor choice of words” — Teddy Roosevelt’s “cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Edmund Burke cautioned that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

As for the accusation against me concerning the revelation of discussions of union negotiations in executive session, the policy is designed to keep the strategies, negotiating posture and techniques of the Board during the negotiations private from the union adversaries. The policy does not require or infer that those discussions are to be kept sealed from the public after the contract is complete, in effect denying the people their right to know the competency of their representatives, etc., especially in this case where the executive session discussions concerning the teachers’ contract were part of the unethical, if not illegal, rigging of the contract. The bad guys can’t use the policy to hide their bad acts. Criminal activity can’t be protected by the policy.

The reality is that my controversial choice of words in an Artvoice survey is not relevant to the real reasons that the hate-filled Anti’s want me off the Board. They want me removed because no one else will take the time and effort required to expose their rigging of the teachers’ contract, the fight for justice in the L.P. Ciminelli swindling of the district in the Joint Schools Construction Project fiasco, or to oppose their other chicaneries.

The irony, of course, is that a participant in that executive session told Phil Rumore exactly what was said during the meeting within minutes of its termination.

Larry Quinn has worked with me to fight for the children of Buffalo.

With Larry Quinn, I have relentlessly, for years, exposed the underbelly of the beast. The bad guys simply don’t want me to have

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Was Phil Rumore one of the architects of the spectacular failure of the Buffalo School District? His last, crippling teach-

ers’ contract remained in force after expiry for 12 years. Consider this dynamic: Union members want better working conditions; less work, more pay. They elect union leaders who earn more pay in direct proportion to how successful they are in getting results for members. The smartest of these leaders, men like Phil Rumore, learned how to game the system for their members. In low turnout Buffalo School board elections, Rumore learned to recruit, guide, fund, and elect most board members (Unions even paid for lawn signs for school board candidates and had union members place them on houses). Average people of modest incomes, recruited by the unions to run for school board, once elected, enjoy a new sense of prestige and honor – these school board members are naturally grateful to union leaders and glad to be guided by those who saw to it that they were elected in the first place. Instead of realizing that their proper role is to represent the parents and taxpayers, these simple-minded board members became extensions of the unions. Phil Rumore made electing this kind of school board member into an art form probably unequaled in almost any other city. The thousands of decisions made over the years by pro-union school board majorities and the big events, like a new union contract, led to a Buffalo School District disproportionately controlled by the unions against the interests of parents and taxpayers. The union-elected majority on the school board appoints superintendents who quickly realize that their six figure salaries, enormous pensions and unrivaled benefits are based on representing the best interests of the union. School board members come and go, but Phil Rumore was forever.

The questions that should be asked are obvious to most. At the meeting to approve the teachers’ contract, why was the majority so opposed to open debate and transparency and in such a hurry to vote on the most important matter they are responsible for — a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars? Why did they

deny Larry Quinn and I the fair opportunity to let the public know what the contract said? Why did Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold know the contents of the final deal days in advance and order that Board members not be shown the deal before the meeting? Is it illegal for a Board member to sell her vote on the teacher’s contract as a quid pro quo for the union’s support to get elected?

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena







The death of Elizabeth Short is one of America’s greatest murder mysteries. The brutal killing of Short, nicknamed “The Black Dahlia” by the media, has been the subject of countless books, television shows and feature films, and has held the curiosity of those interested in crime and unsolved murders for more than 65 years. Eisner Award-winning artist Rick Geary’s detailed account of the inexplicable murder is part of the series entitled A Treasury of 20th Century Murder. Black Dahlia tells the story of a woman who came to Hollywood in search of stardom. Restless at heart and strikingly beautiful, Short had dreams of becoming a starlet. Unable to secure any acting assignments, she frequented nightclubs, dating servicemen and Hollywood agents in the hopes of securing a solid future. Tragically, only in death did she find fame, forever leaving her mark on Tinseltown. Black Dahlia traces her life, the discovery of her body, and the murder investigation in a brilliantly illustrated graphic novel. After her mutilated body was found, severed at the waist, a grand jury investigation revealed evidence of a cover-up and police corruption. Black Dahlia is a must-read for comic fans and those who love Gothic-tinged history.




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In a small town in America, a family is murdered. The next day, a war veteran walks into town. Covered head-to-toe in scar tissue from being burned alive, he sets off an explosion of fear and violence. Writer Brian Azzarello is no stranger to showing the ugly side of humanity, whether it’s in his morally ambiguous crime drama 100 Bullets or his look at a truly psychopathic vision of the Clown Prince of Crime in his Joker original graphic novel, and American Monster is no exception. Full of neo-Nazis, crooked clergymen, morally numb teenagers, and angry war vets, this is the kind of book that gets underneath your skin and makes you want to take a shower — in the best way. Joining Azzarello is artist Juan Doe, whose deceptively simple, almost cartoonish art, mixed with his bold, unsettling color choices, balances out the brutality and depravity called for by the script. If you enjoy the kind of dramas that push boundaries, like “Breaking Bad” or “Sons of Anarchy,” this book will be a treat to dive into, even if it leaves you feeling like a monster for enjoying is so much afterwards.

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Blackalicious is a hip-hop duo from California with a reputation as one of the genre’s most creative and wildly inventive. Acclaimed for the sublime combination of Gift of Gab’s verbal dexterity and lyrical eloquence combining with Chief Xcel’s bracing beats and distinctive soundscapes, Blackalicious has earned widespread respect, both inside and out of the hip-hop community. They will be performing from their newest album Imani, Vol. 1. Imani is Swahili for faith and this is really where the band and new their album is at.

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USS is a Canadian alternative rock musical duo from Toronto consisting of Jason “Human Kebab” Parsons and Ashley Buchholz. USS stands for Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker. The USS sound is a mixture of drum and bass beats, grunge guitar riffs and two-step rhythms. Buchholz refers to the duo’s sound as “It’s like you’re at Nirvana Unplugged but there’s a drum and bass party and glow sticks all around you.” I’m not sure what that means but it sounds cutting edge. Their latest album is called “New World Alphabet” featuring the hit song, “Work Shoes” will be released on January 13, 2017.

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ECC Presidential Search Committee Still Not in Place By Tony Farina The search for a new Erie Community College president to replace Jack Quinn hasn’t really begun yet even though Quinn announced last summer that he was leaving for personal reasons, a decision that was welcomed by many insiders who give the career politician failing grades for his leadership of the second largest college in Western New York. Quinn has led ECC since 2008. In fact, I was told this week that some staffers at the college are worried that because the search committee has not even been formed yet, Quinn would somehow stay on, possibly for up to a year, while the search for his replacement goes on. But ECC Board Chairman Dennis Murphy says he believes the search for new president is going according to plan. “We’re on schedule,” said Murphy when contacted by Artvoice this week. While he conceded that the search committee has not been formed, he did say the board is expected to vote Friday (Jan. 13) on the “search firm” to lead the process to find a new president. Murphy said no local firms were among the seven finalists considered by stakeholders to lead the search process, and the list has been reduced to one with approval by the board expected at Friday’s meeting. After the search firm has been hired, the next step will be to work with college stakeholders, including trustees, to form the committee and begin the search in earnest, according to Murphy. Asked if everything could be accomplished in time to have a new president on board by June 1, Quinn’s announced retirement date, Murphy said he was confident it could be done but he did add that Quinn would be open to staying on if necessary. “Jack appears open to staying on–on a month-to-month basis– if that’s what’s needed,” said Murphy. But he added that Quinn is anxious to step down and return to private life. Murphy denied there has been any consideration of having an interim president if the search goes beyond June 1, saying Quinn would be the short-term answer if necessary. Sources at the college, who fear reprisal 16 18

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John Francis “Jack” Quinn, Jr., who has led ECC since 2008, earns an annual salary of $192,000 plus travel and expenses, for his part time position.

from the administration if they speak on the record, say there have been reports that board trustees were divided on the selection of a possible interim president, if necessary, between longtime Quinn pal Michael Pietkiewicz, senior vice president, and Willian Reuter, the chief financial officer. Pietkiewicz worked in Quinn’s congressional office in Washington and was hired in 2014 by Quinn for the newly created position of senior vice president for operations at a salary of $140,000, second only to Quinn’s $192,500 a year salary, at a time when college revenues were plummeting. Many at the college believe the academically under-qualified Pietkiewicz has been part of the leadership problem at ECC and a Quinn puppet. Murphy says Quinn would likely stay on if the search goes beyond June 1, and that would be one way of solving the problem of a divided board. Quinn’s controversial tenure was punctuated last January by a scathing state audit report that criticized the lack of oversight of college resources under Quinn that many say has contributed to ECC’s financial problems. When Quinn took over as president, fulltime equivalent enrollment at ECC was 12,170. Enrollment for the current year is about 10,500, and declining enrollment is a major factor in the school’s financial struggles. ECC has had to raise tuition and raid the reserve fund to stay afloat, and the new president will certainly face serious challenges trying to turn the school’s fortunes around in the wake of the Quinn years.

signs that Quinn may remain awhile Quinn, a former congressman, landed the plush ECC job in 2008, one of the highest paying public jobs in the area (His salary is reportedly $192,000 per year and comes with a substantial travel and expense account budget). While he is paid as the full-time president, he has always managed to find time to work at several outside positions that often take him away from the college for weeks at a time. He survived, despite the college’s decline, in part because of his supreme control of the board of trustees, which pretty much rubber-stamped his hires and pay raises to senior staff without so much as a whimper. It

was all cited in the state audit. The challenge now before the board of trustees is to hire the “search firm,” form the search committee, and get to work on finding a new president by June 1. Most observers expect the new president to come with full academic credentials and not be a political figure in the mold of Quinn, a silver-tongued and polished political figure who, despite some accomplishments (STEM technology building), was held in extremely low regard by many professionals who worked at the college.

Artvoice VOTED Best Music Website/Publication in All Western York New


The popular online news website, All Western New York News (, edited by distinguished music editor, Scott Leffler, announced the winners of its annual music awards last week and Artvoice emerged as the winner in the category of “Best Music Website/Publication” for 2016. Among a plethora of categories of music, ranging from best band to best fan, voters were asked to vote for their favorites. Artvoice was chosen as the number one favorite of music fans for presenting information about their favorite acts and musical trends. The popular and dynamic Buffalo FM ( which covers the

music of today’s FM radio, ranked second and NYS Music, ( the New York-based online magazine dedicated to the music and entertainment industry, ranked third. Artvoice, now in its 25th year of publication, has long been the leader in breaking stories about new musical acts and has given recognition and support to thousands of performers in the region. Artvoice's popular calendar is a local institution which lists any and every live performance by a musical act in Western New York. Acts are encouraged, as they always have, to submit information about their upcoming events to for inclusion in both the print and online editions.| Jan | jan12 12--Jan jan 18, 2017 2017

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Arroyo case, another Buffalo Police ‘wrong house’ 'dog killing' raid is in court Albert wrote in court filings that, “(T)he sociopathic number of canine shootings by Detective Cook reflect … sociopathy and animal torture.” Shooting Cindy, tethered to the sink was a “heinous and deplorable” act against “a law abiding soldier and pillar of the community …. more shocking to the conscience than just about anything one can imagine when considering the conduct of government and its officials.”

By FRANK PARLATO As we reported last week, a December, 20, 2016 raid by Buffalo Narcotics Police on the Ulman St. home of retired Army Sergeant FC, Gary Aljoe ended up with police finding no drugs and killing his German Shepard, Sarge. It is eerily reminiscent of a June 3, 2013 raid by Buffalo Narcotics Police of the Breckenridge St. home of Iraqi War combat veteran, Sgt. Adam Arroyo, which ended up with police finding no drugs and killing Arroyo’s 2-year-old pit bull, Cindy. In Sgt. Aljoe’s case, police say they relied on information from a “snitch” who claimed heroin and marijuana were sold in the house. The snitch didn’t know the name of the drug dealer, nor could he describe his age, height, weight, or his race – something that should have given them pause. But they came on a morning when Sgt Aljoe was home with his dog, ordered the 37-year Army veteran to the floor and shot his dog in the head. They didn’t find any drugs. It was a wrong house raid. In the case of Adam Arroyo’s case, police read his address wrong. They meant to raid the upstairs front apartment at 304 Breckenridge St, but they became confused, and raided the rear apartment, busting down Arroyo’s door and, finding Arroyo not at home, and his dog Cindy, a pit bull, tethered in the kitchen, to the sink. Detective Joseph Cook, accompanied by a SWAT of police, chose to stand beyond the length of tether and shoot Cindy, as opposed to wasting the time it would take to get animal control into the house and place the dog in a kennel. After Cindy was shot, animal control arrived and unloosened her from her bloodied leash, which, from the impact of the bullet, had thrown the dog, and became entangled around her neck. They were inconvenienced as they unwound her leash and untethered her, removing her carcass 18 14

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The City had an answer to the claims. The record shows, (case l:15-cv-00753-RJALGF in The US District Court in the Western District of NY; Arroyo versus the City of Buffalo, Timothy Ball for the defense); that they might just make Arroyo pay the city because his lawsuit has no merit whatsoever. Sergeant Adam Arroyo’s case is in federal court. The City of Buffalo claims a dog is just a dog, not worth much at that.

in a body bag. Without realizing it was not the apartment named on the search warrant, police were inconvenienced as they ransacked the apartment as blood (from the dog) got on their boots and, despite wiping it off on the carpet, it spread all over the apartment. Some of it stuck like plague to their boots. While police found no drugs for which they had come, they found a Black Hawk military knife given to Arroyo by his father upon his son returning safe from Iraq, and took at as bounty, along with a BB gun. As it was inconveniently in the way, they broke Arroyo’s Play Station, which had provided him with a measure of fun until then. When they left, the door was open – for it was broken – waiting for Arroyo to come, find blood, no dog, and a curious sick feeling in the pit of his stomach comparable to how he felt at times in the war fields of Iraq, amid the rattle of grenades, and bullets, as he lay on the side of the road, hidden in reeds, whispering into a radio. As for the SWAT of police, back at the station, taking paramilitary gear off, the blood

Cindy was shot by Buffalo Police on a wrong house raid for which the department is becoming justly famous.

now dried on their boots was an inconvenient reminder of a raid and someone’s stupid dog. Det. Cook could not be blamed if he failed to remember. He killed hundreds of dogs. Setting some kind of record worthy of Lou Gehrig or DiMaggio for police, he out-killed the entire New York City Police Department during one three-year stretch where out of 26 dogs he aimed and pulled a trigger, he shot 25 dead. Sgt. Arroyo, for his part, filed a lawsuit in federal court. His lawyer, Matthew Albert, who is handling Sgt. Aljoe’s coming lawsuit, and a dozen others where police killed someone’s dog on a wrong house raid, has emerged as the premier lawyer for people whose homes have been busted in by Buffalo Police in wrong house raids. Albert argues that his client’s Fourth & Fourteenth Amendment were violated and that Buffalo Police have “an obvious need for training of its officers both in the laws pertaining to unlawful seizures, in the art of de-escalation, and in how to avoid conflict and especially lethal conflict when dealing with canines.”

The “alleged killing of the dog in question here” was not unreasonable, Ball said in court filings. “(I)t is reasonable for an officer to shoot a dog that he believes poses a threat to his safety or the safety of the community.” Taking a page from a Dickens’ lawyer, Ball said Arroyo wasn’t home when the dog was killed. Cindy might have slipped off her tether, if there even was a tether. Arroyo has “no firsthand knowledge that ‘Cindy was on her own property’ and ‘presented no imminent threat’. Cindy might have been at the throat of Det. Cook. We have only the good word of the officers for what happened. “(B)ased on the totality of circumstances,” lawyer Ball concluded, “… the alleged killing of the dog was…reasonable.” Sgt. Adam Arroyo served in the US Army from 2005 until 2010. For 15-months, he served in Iraq and was awarded the combat action badge given to those who engaged with the enemy. On the outskirts of some village in the Western Desert, amid mortar rounds, and mines, and rocket-propelled grenades, and sniper rifles fired, Arroyo did not know that in his homeland, the enemies of freedom, would think nothing of that.

You Raided the Wrong House and Killed My Dog! implement such procedures successfully and not kill dogs, while the Buffalo Police Department doesn’t and continues to kill dogs during raids? 7. Why is it that a single Buffalo Police Officer from your Narcotics team, Detective Joseph Cook, killed more dogs in a threeyear period then the entire New York City Police Department? 8. Do you not think this is astonishing, and that something is critically wrong with the way your Department handles raids the dogs of the people who live in these homes?

An open letter from US Army Sgt. Gary Aljoe to the Buffalo Police To Detective Shawn Adams and Lieutenant Sean O’Brien Buffalo Police Department, 74 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 Dear Detective Adams and Lieutenant O’Brien, I am writing to you in regards to the events that occurred on December 20, 2016. As you are aware, you were the team of officers that obtained a search warrant from Buffalo City Court Judge Thomas Amodeo for the house at 85 Ullman Street, executed the warrant, and also executed my dog, Sarge, in the process, without finding anything more than allegedly some residue; found in my son’s room. Since that time, and going through Christmas and New Years without Sarge, my best friend, I have had nothing to do but think and reflect. With that in mind, I am hoping that, as fellow men in uniform, you will provide me with explanations to certain questions I have. While you may have not given my dog or I a second thought, after you walked out of the house, these questions have been eating away at me. As a veteran of 37 years who served his

County to try and defend your freedoms, I am hoping you will provide me the courtesy of answering these. For I know that my son is not a drug dealer, and my dog is not a dangerous dog, and offered no threat you or any officers’ safety. 1. How was a warrant obtained for my residence where neither the name, age, nor ethnicity was known of the supposed target? 2. How often do you raid houses without knowing the target of the raid? 3. My attorney, Matt Albert, informed me that both of you have shot numerous dogs in your career. Why is that the case, and do you think that the small amount of narcotics obtained on these search warrants where dogs are killed justify the killings of man’s best friend? 4. Do they justify the intrusion of liberty and the right of people to be secure in their homes? 5. After doing my research, I have estimated that thousands of dogs have been killed by Buffalo Police Narcotics throughout the years. Why have you not sought or received training in non-lethal methods of handling dogs, such as fire extinguishers and/or Tasers when confronting animals during search warrant cases? 6. Why is it that the Niagara Falls Police Department, which rarely kills dogs, can

9. Why did you remove Sarge’s immediately after killing him, depriving me of the opportunity to bury him? 10. Did you remove him because a necropsy report would contradict your “Use of Force” report where you may have indicated the dog was shot at close range, as if he was charging you, when in reality the dog was shot at a safe distance?

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11. When you busted into my house in the early morning, and as I was fully compliant with your instructions and my dog was cowering in dread and presented no threat to your safety, why didn’t you ask me to secure Sarge, as I was a mere few feet from him when he was killed, and I could have saved his life? I am asking these questions not just for myself, or Sarge, who was my best friend, but for every resident of this city who believes the freedom of quiet enjoyment in one’s own home is one we should all enjoy as vital as Americans. Freedom is what I fought for in my 37 years of military service. My final question to you is this: By shooting dogs, kicking in doors, locking up so many people, ruining people’s lives over what is in reality for most users is illness and yet still seeing drugs running more rampant than ever in the community, what is it you are fighting for…? and when is it time to admit that this fight is being fought incorrectly… that changes in this battle need to be made?

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THE HORSZOWSKI TRIO AT KLEINHANS The Buffalo Chamber Music Society gives us a mid-January jewel BY JAN JEZIORO


ost classical music lovers would undoubtedly agree that perhaps the very greatest music written for chamber ensembles is that large body of works composed for the string quartet. Virtually all the commonly acknowledged great composers in the classical pantheon have felt that they have had to make their contribution to the string quartet genre, a genre invented by Haydn, refined by Mozart, and conquered by Beethoven, who set the as yet unsurpassed standard to which all subsequent composers have been judged. That is all well and good, but sometimes classical music aficionados enjoy turning to the “other”most popular chamber music ensemble, the piano trio, featuring the violin, the cello and the piano. Okay, so while on the whole, music composed for piano trio is more immediately accessible to the listener (think Haydn, Mozart, and yes, even Beethoven) there are some very much weightier works written for the ensemble (think Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich), Yet, sometimes we just need to hear a classical music concert written for piano trio, as we will when the Buffalo Chamber Music Society hosts the very welcome return engagement of the Horszowski Trio to its series in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall on Tuesday January 17 at 8pm. The Horszowski Trio is named for the now legendary Polish born, American virtuoso pianist, Mieczyslaw Horszowski. The trio’s pianist Reiko Aizawa had the unique privilege of being Horszowski’s last student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Horszowski had studied with Theodor Leschetizky in Vienna, and Leschetizky had studied with Carl Czerny, and Czeny, who published pedological workbooks for piano which are still avidly studied today, had studied with Ludwig van Beethoven. Classical music lovers of a certain age, may recall a remarkable performance by Horszowski in Slee Hall at the University of Buffalo in the early 1980’s. The 89-year- old Horszowski had just married Bice Costa, an Italian pianist in 1981, his first marriage. His performance in that recital of works from

at 10am. Beginning in 2011 Valerian Ruminski, artisdiretor of Nickel City Opera, made it a priority to present yearly performances on Thanksgiving weekend of Gian Carlo Menotti’s beloved one act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, a Christmas favorite, at his company’s home-base in the Riviera Theatre. His production substituted the theatre’s versatile Wurlitzer organ for a chamber orchestra, with interesting, but less than fully satisfactory results. Last year, a decision was made to restore the production to its original venue, at Westminster Presbyterian, and to schedule performances much closer to the Feast of the Epiphany on January 5th, which the opera celebrates.

The Horzowski Trio: Jesse Mills, Reiko Aizawa, Raman Ramakrishnan (left to right)

the heart of the classical repertoire exhibited a youthful vigor, combined with a still refined masterful technique, a quality that he managed to share with his last pupil, Reiko Aizawa.

“Trio in C minor, Op.66”, a work that has at long last perhaps finally started to receive the acclaim that it deserves, as well as contemporary American composer Charles Wuorinen’s “Trio”, a series premiere.

Incidentally, Raman Ramakrishnan, the cellist of the Horszowski Trio, has his own interesting connection, albeit a non-musical one. His father, Venki Raman, won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2009. More importantly for concert goers, Reiko, Raman and two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills, who first performed with Raman over twenty years ago, when they both were children, have garnered universal critical praise for their performances. The Washington Post noted that they “played as if they had just received the music from some distant, vast and magnificent reach of the cosmos”, while the Los Angeles Times observed “the Horszowski’s are power players, memorably monumental”.

Tickets $25, free admission for Middle/High

Their program includes Beethoven’s rarely programmed “Trio Op. 70, No. 2”, last performed on this series in 1986, Mendelssohn’s

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Amahl and the Night Visitors at Westminster Presbyterian

Westminster Presbyterian Church will stage Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” to celebrate The Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. Performances are Friday, January 13th at 7:30pm, Saturday, January 14th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, January 15th at 2:30pm, with a special school show on Friday, January 13th

As the opera’s music director Matt Marco observed: “Westminster Presbyterian has a long history of finding unique ways to engage the community in worship and with that spirit current choirmaster Garrett Martin suggested that Amahl return in 2016. Presenting Amahl at Westminster dates back to the tenure of Choirmaster Thomas Swan (19762001) and was a yearly Epiphany tradition”. “The 2016 Amahl production was tremendously successful and beloved by both our church audiences and the Buffalo public. We knew instantly that bringing back Westminster’s Epiphany tradition was the right choice. This year, we’ve assembled the finest cast of local singers and creative staff to share Menotti’s opera with local audiences. The cast includes Rochester native Jessica Best as the Mother, twelve year old Ian Torres as Amahl, and Buffalo State alumnus Nick Kilkenny as King Balthazar (all returning from last year’s production). Fredonia alumnus James Judd will sing the role of King Kaspar, and Buffalo favorite James Wright comes home to direct the production, and will share the role of King Melchior (on Friday evening and Saturday) with Fredonia student Brandon Mecklenburg (Friday morning and Sunday). Buffalo State student Shayne Jones will sing the role of The Page, and Buffalo native Matthew Marco will conduct the opera for the fourth consecutive year”. Tickets: $20 adults, available at the door. $50 patron ticket, includes invitation




s an actor, David Oliver projects an intensity that has fueled a wide range of performances in roles that run the gamut from Sigmund Freud to the Marquis de Sade. It would seem that he is attracted to singular personalities, and maybe even to the monstrous. His current endeavor is to direct his own stage adaptation of the ultimate monster story, Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, which opens on January 20th at Road Less Traveled Theater. The cast features Jonas Barranca, Steve Copps, Gerry Maher, Candice Kogut, Joel Fesmire, John Profeta, Adam Yellen, Marisa Caruso.


In this production, we are promised “a probing look at the man, his creation, and the choices that tore them apart,” and asked to ponder, “How far is too far in the quest for scientific achievement? Where does responsibility lie in shaping who we are and what we become? Is good and evil born or bred?”

The actors have contributed mostly by being good actors. It’s always crucial to hear the lines that have been in your head for so long delivered with meaning and conviction which has definitely helped shape the later rewrites and tweaks. Even more important is that you eventually learn what can be acted or expressed emotionally and physically instead of stated in the text, that’s always useful, sometimes trimming the text is the best part as you discover other ways of conveying the story. Why does the Frankenstein story endure with such contemporary resonance?

Artvoice asked multi-talented Mr. Oliver a few questions about this project. What attracted you to the Frankenstein story? In literature and plays, I find I’m immediately drawn to big themes before anything else, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the most basic theme of all, life vs. death, permeates. ‘Character’ is the second attraction. It’s rare to experience such an influential connection between two main characters, Creator and Creation in this case, when they spend so much of the story apart. It creates an interesting perspective and tension between them as they explore their lives separately but are always drawn

How have the actors involved in the production contributed to the process?

back together. One of the elements of the novel that struck me was that it felt like a period family drama and ultimately a story of paternal abandonment; that may be a new focal point to develop but I believe it’s at the heart. Also, I wanted to bring it closer in time, so I’ve set it in 1900, a period of great exploration and change, the realities of the Industrial Revolution, and questions of humanity. Consequently I’ve

developed some new story lines along the way. Would you describe the process of adaptation? How did you begin? How long did it take? Fortunately, when I read the book I loved it. I read it a few times and began forming my own approach, based on the central narrative and what affected me about it. It took about a year to finish the

Going back to the idea of classic literature with its big themes, there probably isn’t a greater desire in man than that of overcoming death, and for Victor Frankenstein to have conquered it is a compelling idea with longevity. But then he falls apart. We end up hooked by his doomed journey based on an action he regrets the minute he performs it. The themes of ambition, hubris, regret, endurance and revenge all come into play. Also the Creation himself is the embodiment of ostracization and what it leads one to, which is hard not to relate to. Frankenstein will play through February 12th at Road Less Traveled Theater, 500 Pearl St. (716-6293069). | Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2017




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JAZZ CHURCH OF THE ADVENT - 12-2pm Mayden Jazz with Dennis M Warne and Jennifer May COLORED MUSICIANS' CLUB - 8pm Carol Mc Laughlin DAILY PLANET COFFEE CO. - 5-6:30pm Evening Jazz:: Fred Caputi PAUSA ART HOUSE - 8pm Bobby Militello RACELETTES - 6-8pm Jazzline with Jennie Jones, Dennis Warne and Marc Cousins ST. JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY PARISH - 8pm Bobby Militello



SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN 5:30-8:30pm Skiffle Minstrels


727 ELMWOOD - 8-10pm Fritz The Kat ABBEY SQUARE - 8:30pm Open Blues Jam ARMOR INN TAP ROOM 6:30pm Jimmy Keyes Band LAUREL AND HARDY'S 9pm Pro Blues Jam OUR BAR - 8pm Open Blues Jam SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN - 79pm Blues Daddio


CLARENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - 7:30pm Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

727 ELMWOOD - 9pm Karaoke night GARDEN PARK CAFE - 8pm Dan's Nightly Karaoke GYPSY PARLOR - 9pm Karaoke HAT TRIX BAR AND GRILL 10pm karaoke ROCKIN' BUFFALO SALOON - 7pm Rock and Roll Rich STERLING PLACE - 9pm Tom Tom

OPEN MIC COUZINS - 8-11:30pm Bouncin' off the Walls GONZOS - 11pm Andy Geier and Joe Batt O'NEILL'S STADIUM INN 10pm Cory Klawon & Dustin Francis T.C. WHEELERS BAR & PIZZERIA - 8-11pm Michael Hund


SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN 12-2:15pm Mark plays classic country withThe Lunchtime Classic Country Review


BLU BAR & GRILLE - 7pm Dancing All Night with DJ's Nino and Henry from LVP.

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POTTS BANQUET HALL 7pm The New Direction Band

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS 5:30-7:30pm Wedding Open House BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 12-1pm Tribute to Martin Luther Jr. DELAVAN-GRIDER COMMUNITY CENTER - 56:30pm PeaceJam Buffalo, For Teens: THE MUSIC ROOM - 7pm (music, comedy, poetry) Hosted by Dave HallettAll ages. Loaner instruments if necessary. In house non-alcohol refreshments. Free popcorn! Professional sound system. Kid/family friendly.



TAP HOUSE PUB & GRILL - 710pm Keith Shuskie Jr WAGON WHEEL RESTAURANT - 8:30pm Thursday Night Jams with Chuck DeRose

PIANO SHANGO BISTRO - 7pm Ron Davis New Orleans Piano; 7pm Ron Davis


MOHAWK PLACE - 8pm The Falling Birds, Chester Copperpot, Crooked Gener8ion, This Echota, Soldiers for Higher NIETZSCHE'S - 9pm Marshmellow Overcoat, Bleu and Green, The Hovelists RIVIERA THEATRE - 7:30pm Hotel California TALTY'S TAVERN - 8pm Jay Mc Donnell


- 10-noon Wellness WalksThursdays (offered all year)10AM-12PMAll AgesTifft Nature Preserve 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Buffalo, NY 14203Drop by Tifft Nature Preserve and enjoy the fresh air and the sights and sounds of the season with a healthy outdoor walk on beautiful and

accessible trails! Please call 825-6397 to confirm walk will be taking place. $2 donation per person is appreciated ; 10-noon Wellness Walks Thursdays

FRI JAN 13 MUSIC 5pm A Fair Day's Work: The Role of the Union in the Steel Plants


ACOUSTIC/FOLK DAILY PLANET COFFEE CO. - 12-1pm Drew Azzinaro; 5:456:45pm Carmen & Lizzy

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard


HOT MAMA'S CANTEEN - 811pm River Dogs Blues Band VIZZI'S - 10pm Joe Mafoud


NASHVILLE NORTH - 9pm Wasted Whiskey NASHVILLE'S 2 - 9pm 2 Leftboots

DANCE/DJS/ ELECTRONIC ALLEN BURGER VENTURE - 10pm "Snake n' Stylus. DJ Malik Von Saint and Marcos Ugawdawa playing Disco Punx high class dance rock" BLU BAR & GRILLE - 5-9pm Classic Mix Friday Happy Hour CLUB MARCELLA - 10pm Friday Night Dance Party DUKE'S BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR - 9pm The Legendary Milk and Cochise w/ Buffalo Funklord Lopro play It's Motha Funkin' Fridays

SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 2pm Tarot Readings by Eva Danielle; 2pm Reiki Healing by Claire

BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - noon Preventing Falls Through Education and Exercise with Mary Ann Linkowski; 1-2pm Cardcrafter's Club BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - 1:30-2:30pm Cardcrafter's ClubThursdays from 1:30   2:30Create beautiful, handmade greeting cards. Experienced and beginning crafters are welcome. This is not a class; we share ideas and techniques. Call 3324375 for information.; 6:308pm Anime Meet-Up




MR. GOODBAR - 8pm Open Comedy Mic


DAILY PLANET COFFEE CO. - 7-9pm Katie Ann MOHAWK PLACE - 5pm Erin Sydney Welsh

BLUEGRASS TALTY'S TAVERN - 9pm Panfil Brothers

GYPSY PARLOR - 10pm DJ Basha MOONEY'S BAR & GRILL 8pm DJ Brian Blaze MOONEY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL - 10pm DJ Homewrecker POLISH VILLA 2 - 8pm Tom Hastings Dance Party



NIETZSCHE'S - 9pm Gigantosaurus Rex with Brownman Ali, Radarada

FUNK/SOUL SENECA NIAGARA CASINO - 8pm EShining Star- Earth Wind & Fire


EVENING STAR CONCERT HALL - 6pm Dylan toole & Lite


ARMOR INN TAP ROOM 9pm Sara Elizabeth

CRAZY JAKE'S - 9pm Toast JACK DEVINE'S SOUTH (HAMBURG) - 8pm Road To Recovery MAC'S ON HERTEL - 9pm Chris Maloney MOHAWK PLACE - 5pm Mr Conrad Rock n' Roll Happy Hour OUR BAR - 8pm River Rocks ROSE GARDEN RESTAURANT & GROVE 7:30pm The Angry Buffalo SANTORA'S PIZZA PUB & GRILL (MILLERSPORT) 8pm Kevin Mc Carthy


ANCHOR BAR - 8pm The Jazz Example BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER - 5:30-7:30pm Janice Mitchell with Jim Bieshline MUSICALFARE THEATRE 8pm Mark Filsinger

WEGMANS (ORCHARD PARK RD) - 6-8pm Jazzline with Jennie Jones, Dennis Warne and Marc Cousins


SANTORA'S PIZZA PUB & GRILL (TRANSIT RD.) 9:30pm West of the Mark TALTY'S TAVERN - 9pm Panfil Brothers THE TRALF MUSIC HALL 8pm Strictly Hip Unleash the Lion

WAGON WHEEL RESTAURANT - 9:30pm Virus X "Mafia Punk Show" with Johnnny and the Man Kids


ALTERNATIVE BREWS - 7pm Bradband AMERICAN LEGION MATTHEW GLAB POST 1477 - 9pm The Screaming Pineapples

DOG EARS BOOKSTORE 10:15am New Puppy Tales


CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF BUFFALO - 7pm Clear Body, Clear Mind BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard MOHAWK PLACE - 8pm Poetry Slam to aid LGBTQ community

7-11pm Scott Celani & Ray Berry WAGON WHEEL RESTAURANT - 9:30pm Passion Works WINE ON THIRD - 8-11pm Rob Falgiano Trio



INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 2pm Tarot Readings by Eva Danielle; 2pm Reiki Healing by Claire IRON ISLAND MUSEUM 7-9pm Rosanne L Higgins author of the supernatural

MOHAWK PLACE - 8pm Brassband, Dixieland, Americana and Burlesque 4 Folkfaces, 12/8 Path Band, The Fredtown Stompers, Ten Cent Howl with Buffalo Brass Machine, The Stripteasers Burlesque, Brandon Perdomo & His Magic Photo Booth

BLUEGRASS SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN 8pm Skiffle Minstrels & Stone Country Band

BUFFALO VISITOR CENTER AT THE BRISBANE BLDG 10am Masters of American Architecture THE FAIRGROUNDS - 49pm This year’s edition of Springtime in the Country features garden art, metalworks, women’s fashion, original wall art, custom furniture, designer jewelry, home décor, spa quality bath and beauty products, gourmet foods, children’s toys, pottery and so much more.


CLINTON BAR AND GRILL 9pm Comedy Open Mic The Friday Night Bender THE ARENA - 8pm


TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE - 6-7:30pm Full Wolf Moon Mosey




31 CLUB - 9pm Joe Bolognese and Dolly Durante



NIETZSCHE'S - 5pm The Celtic Seisuns

COUNTRY ERNIE WEBER'S BEEF AND ALE - 5-10pm Live Country Roundup

BLU BAR & GRILLE - 7pm Retro Dance Party; 8pm This week's DJ is DAN DEGOSKIFREE DISCO LESSONS at 8pm with TRISH from the Step by Step TV show CLUB MARCELLA - 9pm Salvation Saturday Drag Show and Sexy Underwear Contest DUKE'S BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR - 9pm SNM feat: Scott Down, Daringer, Charlie the Butcher, Milk & Cochise and Keith Concept MOONEY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL - 10pm DJ Homewrecker MOONEY'S - 8pm DJ Homewrecker

FUNK/SOUL HYDRAULIC HEARTH 9:30pm Ron Davis and Ray Haugen

INDIE MILKIE'S ON ELMWOOD (FORMERLY ELMWOOD LOUNGE) - 8pm Electric watermelon w/ Funk Theory and the Hovelists



BLUES BROADWAY HOTEL - 4pm Falk & Sturner Band MOONEYS WEST SENECA 9pm River Dogs Blues Band PIZZA PLANT ITALIAN PUB (TRANSIT RD) - 7:30pm Black And Blues Band


THE COVE - 2-5pm "Blues Crew" with Joe Dimino, Paul Iannello, Bob Price & Speedy Parker



BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - 10-noon Knitting Club; noon Chair Yoga with Jean DuBow


CO. - 12:30-1:30pm Acoustic Lunch with Stephen Piotrowski; 2-4pm Acoustic Set with Seth Adams MR. GOODBAR - 8pm Saw Red a tribute to Sublime THE IRISHMAN WILLIAMSVILLE - 9pm Erin Sydney Welsh VILLAGE MEETING HOUSE 8pm Greg Barresi LEGEND’S BAR & GRILL -







ARMORY SALOON - 10pm Karaoke at bthe Armory HAT TRIX BAR AND GRILL 10pm karaoke RIVERSIDE PARK INN - 10pm Riverside park Inn 1160 Tonawanda St. Buffalo HOT MAMA'S CANTEEN 5:30-8pm Mr. Conrad OLIVER'S - 7:30pm George Jones

ComedySportz Buffalo Improvisational Comedy

CUGINOS ITALIAN RESTAURANT - 6:30pm Joe Baudo and Cheryl Ferris GIGI'S CUCINA POVERA - 811pm Jack Civiletto HOT MAMA'S CANTEEN 5-8pm Jules Kittsley & the Vibratones PAUSA ART HOUSE - 7pm Carina and the Six String Preacher

ARMOR INN TAP ROOM 9pm The Buffalo 5 CRAZY JAKE'S - 9pm BTTB EAST EDEN TAVERN AND SMOKEHOUSE - 9:30pm Five To One HOT MAMA'S CANTEEN - 9pm Jules Kittsley & the Vibratones JACK DEVINE NORTH - 9pm White Chocolate

JACK DEVINE'S SOUTH (HAMBURG) - 10pm Wide Right MOHAWK PLACE - 4pm One Way To Nowhere OUR BAR - 8:30pm Joe and the Smoes RAINTREE BAR & GRILL 9:30pm 7oz Pony SANTORA'S PIZZA PUB & GRILL (TRANSIT RD.) 9:30pm Strangers STRIKERS LANES - 9pm Breakaway TALTY'S TAVERN - 9pm Flatbed THE GRILL @ THE DOME 8-11pm Keith of Kings THE RAPIDS THEATRE - 8pm USS

KARAOKE DOME STADIUM - 10pm Karaoke Night


OPEN MIC AL-E-OOPS - 9:30pm Eric Joseph

DAILY PLANET COFFEE CO. - 7-9pm Acousticopia



MANGIA RISTORANTE - 9pm Piano bar with Jon Lorentz

JORDAN'S ALE HOUSE Waz/Davis with Sue Kincaid | Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2017



PUBLIC LIBRARY - 2-3:30pm Lego Club




COMEDYSPORTZ BUFFALO - 9:30pm Babushka HELIUM COMEDY CLUB 8pm comedy open mic THE ARENA - 7pm ComedySportz Buffalo Improvisational Comedy

COMMUNITY INTEREST BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS - 105pm Exhibit Opening Party; 11-1pm Horticulture 2 DRAGONFLY STUDIO & SALON - 10-2pm New Year New You Holistic Health Expo INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 9-11am Homeopathy Consultations by Rev. Ellen Bourn; 12-2pm Psychic Healing and Readings by Lory Pollina

DANCE NEGLIA BALLET ARTISTS - 9:30-10:15am Hatha Yoga; 10:30-11:30am Pilates/ Floor Barre

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard

COLORED MUSICIANS' CLUB - 6pm Open Jam Session; 6-9pm DMW Jazz NIETZSCHE'S - 6pm Ann Phillipone; 8pm Dr Jazz and the Jazzbugs

BUFFALO RIVER FEST PARK - 2pm Historian Gene Overdorf

LITERARY BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 12-5pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 12-5pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard




INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 10-noon Bringing Tarot Down to Earth Workshop; 12-3pm Energy


RIVERSIDE PARK INN - 7pm Karaoke with Eclectic Sound


Heaking & Psychic Life Alignment by Lori Pollina INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 2pm Tarot Readings by Eva Danielle; 2pm Reiki Healing by Claire


PAPI GRANDE - 5:308:30pm Sonny Mayo and the Blues Crew

KIDS STUFF BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 11am Toddler Storytime; 1pm Kevin McCarthy Ring of Knowledge BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY 26



RIVIERA THEATRE - 6:30pm 9th Annual Big Lebowski Event

BUFFALO VISITOR CENTER AT THE BRISBANE BLDG 10am Masters of American Architecture

STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 105pm A Fair Day's Work: The Role of the Union in the Steel Plants

DAILY PLANET COFFEE CO. - 1-2:30pm Grace Speller & Renee Anton; 3-5pm Ed Chilungu FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH - 10am Buffalo Philharmonic string quartet SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH - 10:30am Buffalo Philharmonic string quartet

AMHERST MIDDLE SCHOOL - 2pm Dramatic 70yh anniversary re-enactment of the 1946 Nuremberg Tribunal





Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2017 |

MR. GOODBAR - 9pm Keith Shuskie Jr. RUSTY NICKEL BREWING CO - 5-8pm acoustic open mic



EXPO MARKET - 2-8pm Vibrations Brunch DJs




MR. GOODBAR - 7pm Sunday Public Domain Film Night

ROCK MOHAWK PLACE - 8pm Vermin Supreme, Rob Ptylo, Bloodthirsty Vegans


BUFFALO ARTS STUDIO - 69pm Monday Night Pottery with Deb Stewart

COMEDY TUDOR LOUNGE - 8:30pm Comedy OPen Mic



JAZZ COLORED MUSICIANS' CLUB - 7pm George Scott Big Band

OPEN MIC BACKSTAGE PUB - 8-11pm Michael Hund GENE MCCARTHYS - 7pm Mike P; 8-11pm Open Mic NIETZSCHE'S - 8pm Buffalo's longest runnin open mic TALTY'S TAVERN - 7pm 1st Monday of every Month: Charlie O’Neill


EPIC RESTAURANT & LOUNGE - 8pm Epic Movie Trivia Night!


INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 12-3pm Energy Heaking & Psychic Life Alignment by Lori Pollina; 125pm Psychic Readings with Rev Ellen Bourn INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 2pm Reiki Healing by Claire; 7-9pm Energy Awareness I


TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE 3:30-5pm The Secret Life of Owls

TUES JAN 17 SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN - 9:30pm John Culliton Mahoney

INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 12-2pm Psychic Healing and Readings by Lory Pollina SPRINGVILLE FIRE HALL 6:30-8:30pm 2017 Annual Awards Dinner


BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard


SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN 7pm Stone Country Band






ARMOR INN TAP ROOM - 69pm Half A Heard Acoustic BACKSTAGE PUB - 8pm Jimmy Zigzag and Johnny Jeffery MOHAWK PLACE - 6pm Ritual Walk Return Show Exham Priory, Mojo Stone, God's Creatures, The Rangeclips, The Cage Kings

Guitar ClubOPEN MIC = ALL WELCOME = 7:00pm HOSTED BY: Jim Brucato THE ALLEY CAT - 9pm Bobby Angel


KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL 8pm Horszowski Trio

DANCE NEGLIA BALLET ARTISTS - 5:45-7:15pm Adult Ballet; 7-8:30pm Adult Ballet for Beginners

KIDS STUFF NIAGARA COUNTY HISTORY CENTER - 10-1pm Communicating in the 20th Century

LECTURES/ PRESENTATIONS CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF BUFFALO - 7pm Dianetics Lecture NIAGARA HISTORY CENTER - 10-1pm Communicating in the 20th Century




DUKE'S BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR - 8pm Neo Soul with Mike DiSanto's Verse


GIGI'S CUCINA POVERA - 811pm Paul Hage W/ Mirage

SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN noon Joe Baudo Big Band


BLU BAR & GRILLE - 8pm Karaoke by Steve Urge


CLARENCE CENTER COFFEE CO. - 7:30-10:30pm karaoke; 7:30-10:30pm Doc Stuart Shapiro CLINTON BAR AND GRILL 8-11pm Jony James COYOTE CAFE - 9:30pm Keith Shuskie FLATTERY'S IRISH PUB 9:30pm Tyler Massaro GENE MCCARTHYS - 7-9pm Trivial Tuesday GYPSY PARLOR - 8pm TuTuTuesday and Open Mic MILKIE'S ON ELMWOOD (FORMERLY ELMWOOD LOUNGE) - 8pm Open Mic THE ALLEY CAT - 9pm Bobby Angel THE GROOVE LOUNGE 7:30-11:30pm Bringing the lovers of Blues and Soul together, networking in the Blues Community, mentoring in the genres and good times!


TGI FRIDAY (SHERATON) 7pm Steve Balesteri


BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - Adult ColoringTuesdays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmOur Adult Coloring Club is a great way to relax and meet new friends. This is not a class and is very casual. Call 332-4375 for information.; 10:30am Toddler Time BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - 12-1pm Adult Coloring; 4:305pm Ukulele for Kids BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - 5:30-6:30pm Ukulele Sing and Play; 6-8pm Knitting Club BUFFALO ARTS STUDIO - 69pm Monday Night Pottery with Deb Stewart; 6:30-9pm Acrylic Painting with Rob Lynch


NIETZSCHE'S - 8pm Rust Belt Comedy



in Gynecological & Breast Cancers INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 9:30-11:30am Homeopathy Consultations by Rev. Ellen Bourn; 4-6pm Metaphysical Medicine Astrology Readings by Aaron Fried RAFFERTY'S BAR & GRILL 6-9pm Preserve Depew Rally THE LODGE BAR & GRILL 8pm Trivia Night




SHANNON PUB - 6:30pm Joe Head



ARMOR INN TAP ROOM 6:30pm Coston Cross

NEGLIA BALLET ARTISTS - 6:30-7:30pm Yoga By Bonnie Series


EXHIBITS STEEL PLANT MUSEUM - 105pm A Fair Day's Work: Role of the Union in the Steel Plants

LECTURES/ PRESENTATIONS TRINITY CHURCH - 7-9pm Discussion of the Faust Project

LITERARY BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard WESTERN NEW YORK BOOK ARTS CENTER - 4:305:30pm Just Buffalo Writing Center and Youth Writing Workshop


SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 2pm Reiki Healing by Claire; 2pm Spirit Art Readings

DUKE'S BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR - 9pm Dolla Dolla Beer Ya'll with DJ Charles Masters EPIC RESTAURANT & LOUNGE - 10:30pm Ladies Night and DJ MOONEY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL - 7:30pm DJ Trivia PAN AMERICAN GRILL & BREWERY - 5:30pm DJ Trivia


GIGI'S CUCINA POVERA - 79pm Mary McMahon Project NIETZSCHE'S - 6pm Tyler Westcott & Dr Jazz PAUSA ART HOUSE - 7pm Jazz Cachet SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN noon Joe Baudo Quartet


OZONE - 9pm Karaoke Nights


ANCHOR INN - 7-11pm J C Thompson ASHKER'S JUICE BAR & CAFE - 7-10pm Cosmic BYRD HOUSE - 9pm Phil Elinsky

ROCK HYDEOUT - 8pm Randy California's Open jam MARINARO'S LARKIN TAVERN - 5:30-8pm Alfie Alessandra/Alan Knoll Duo MOHAWK PLACE - 8pm Suburban Samurai, The Same Sun, Arcadia TGI FRIDAY (SHERATON) 7pm Steve Balesteri


BRIGHTON PLACE LIBRARY - 10:30am Toddler Time; noon Homeschool Special: Basic Map and Compass Reading BUFFALO ARTS STUDIO 6:30-8:30pm Drawing from Life with Tricia Butski

COMMUNITY INTEREST INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 1-5pm Tarot Readings by Eva Danielle every Wednesday UNITED WAY OF BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY - 5:30-7pm Citizens for Regional Transit Anual Meeting



BLU BAR & GRILLE - 7pm Dance lessons by Salsa for the Soul NEGLIA BALLET ARTISTS 7-8am Barre Fitness TRINITY CHURCH - 7pm Dances and Drums for Universal Peace


ALTERNATIVE BREWS - 811:30pm Blues Pro-Jam with Big Sauce Trio with special guests

SHOP - 7-10pm Keith Shuskie PENNY LANE CAFE - 7-10pm AJ RUDEBOYZ ARTWORK - 69pm Mic Da Network hosted by Cire Luey Freeman STAMPS BAR - 8-11pm Arrow STOCKMAN'S TAVERN & GROVE - 8pm Tom Seitz THE PENALTY BOX 10pm Open Jam with Matt Ruschmann TUDOR LOUNGE - 10pm Todd Allen


HARLEM RD. COMMUNITY CENTER - 7pm TRavelogue and slide presentation of World Youth Day and Southern Poland UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF BUFFALO 9:30-11:30am Classics Go To The Movies


TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE - 12:30-2:30pm Homeschool Series: Nature of Nature


CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF BUFFALO - 6:45pm You can be more able than you are. A recorded lecture by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Dianetics and Scientology. $15. 856-3910; 7pm Clear Body, Clear Mind CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF BUFFALO - 7pm Dianetics Lecture


BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 8:30-6pm Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World!; 8:306pm Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard



UNITED WAY OF BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY - 5:306:30pm Citizens for Regional Transit


GLORIA J. PARKS COMMUNITY CENTER 3:30-4:30pm All Word and No Play


INSPIRATION POINT BUFFALO - 2pm Tarot Readings by Eva Danielle; 2pm Reiki Healing by Claire



DAILY PLANET COFFEE CO. - 12:30-1:30pm Acoustic Lunch with MaryBeth King GALLO COAL FIRE KITCHEN - 6-9pm Joe Webber UKRAINIAN-AMERICAN CIVIC CENTER - 9pm Lance Drake acoustic show


727 ELMWOOD - 8-10pm Fritz The Kat ABBEY SQUARE - 8:30pm Open Blues Jam ARMOR INN TAP ROOM - 6:30-9pm HNick Schnebelen LAUREL AND HARDY'S 9pm Pro Blues Jam OUR BAR - 8pm Open Blues Jam


SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN 12-2:15pm Mark plays classic country withThe Lunchtime Classic Country Review


BLU BAR & GRILLE - 7pm Dancing All Night with DJ's Nino and Henry from LVP. DUKE'S BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR - 9pm Throwback Thursdays with DJ Charles Masters MOHAWK PLACE - 9pm Got Beats II Jace Beats, Sparkmatik, Shuteyes, DeBuG MOONEY'S - 8pm DJ Trivia


TOWN BALLROOM - 8pm Datsik "Ninja Nation 2017 Tour"


CHURCH OF THE ADVENT - 12-2pm Mayden Jazz with Dennis M Warne and Jennifer May COLORED MUSICIANS' CLUB - 8pm Carol Mc Laughlin DAILY PLANET COFFEE CO. - 5-6:30pm Evening Jazz:: Fred Caputi PAUSA ART HOUSE - 7pm John Bacon and Jazz Current


727 ELMWOOD - 9pm Karaoke night GARDEN PARK CAFE - 8pm Dan's Nightly Karaoke GYPSY PARLOR - 9pm Karaoke HAT TRIX BAR AND GRILL 10pm karaoke ROCKIN' BUFFALO SALOON - 7pm Rock and Roll Rich STERLING PLACE - 9pm Tom Tom


COUZINS - 8-11:30pm Bouncin' off the Walls GONZOS - 11pm Andy Geier and Joe Batt O'NEILL'S STADIUM INN - | Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2017



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ACID CONTAINERS by FredPiscop ACROSS 1. Boat skippers, familiarly 6. Dutch cheeses 11. Pharmaceuticalapproving org. 14. Stan's pal 15. Salk's field 16. Dory propeller 17. Where hygiene is taught 19. Dad's bro 20. Beat at the rifle range 21. Like a crow's call 23. Amtrak map pts. 24. NFL tiebreakers 25. Danced recklessly 26. Decide to quit, with "out" 28. Lose one's cool 29. Failed to 32. Porter's regretful Miss 34. Talk like a tosspot 37. Meyers of "Kate & Allie" 38. Military diplomat 41. Merkel of moviedom 42. Reply to a schoolmarm 44. Lead-in to "boy" or "girl" 45. Treble clef lines 47. "Little Iodine" cartoonist Jimmy 49. Arthur of "Maude" 50. Type of pear 52. "__ you nuts?" 54. Caron title role 58. Buoyed up 59. Makes privy to 61. Slo-__ (type of fuse) 62. Certain church officer

64. Back muscle, for short 36. U.K. airmen 65. Martini garnish 39. Whopper of a story 66. __ Haute, IN 40. Shoebox letters 67. Addis Ababa's land: 43. Big shark Abbr. 46. Classic Italian 68. Basic principle astronomer 69. Marked a ballot 48. "I'm a Little __" DOWN 49. "Little Women" woman 1. Salmon also known as 50. Luxurious fur "silvers" 51. D sharp equivalent 2. Eskimo's cousin 52. Still kicking 3. "Oro y __" (Montana 53. Bowling alley button 4. "Everybody's Talking" 55. Like helium or neon singer Harry 56. "Casablanca" actor Peter 5. Son of Adam 57. Signed, as a contract 6. Florida theme park 60. '70s-'80s Canadian 7. Knuckleheads comedy show 8. In the style of 63. __ Tin Tin 9. Hodgepodge 10. "Already?" 11. Department of En Game Agriculture-sponsored N A T A L A G R A T O R T youth group A L I N E T R O T O V E R 12. Saint-Saëns' "__ B O N N V O Y A G E H E L L Macabre" S E A L E R L A B L A L A 13. Rainbow-shaped N E M E S E S E R I C 18. Owl's call P O P E N O T K A T E 22. Tag sale caveat A D E C I G A R G R A D 27. School org. P O N S S A L E M C U R E 28. Typewriter type A R N E L L O C O N E A S N A P H A C K N O R 29. Calendar page S M O L D E R R E S T 30. Wrath N E E S O I R E E 31. Kitchen worker's rag P E L T L A D E Y E L L O W F I N N 32. Director Preminger I R E S E L C I D A S I A 33. Tit for __ T A R T D E E D S N E E D 35. Sturm __ Drang


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2017 SEASON | April 5 to October 15 | Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Tim Carroll, Artistic Director | Tim Jennings, Executive Director Client: SHAW FESTIVAL Publication: Artvoice Insertion Date: January 9, 2017 Size: 10.5 x 10.25 Contact: BRUCE@KEYGORDON.COM | Key Gordon Communications

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