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Setting Sail

by Douglas Shneider

Most people’s experiences with sailing can be divided into two categories: sat on someone else’s yacht drinking a beer and occasionally pulling on a rope; or took out a dinghy with a friend and ended up tipping into the water. We might know someone with sun-baked skin and an encyclopedic knowledge of arcane seafaring terminology, but to many, sailing remains an alien and foreboding realm.

Staycation | Bed & Breakfasts

Get Out of Town

by Kathryn Krawczyk

...and stay at these places that offer the comforts of home

Staycation | Summer Reading

Radical Reads

by Buck Quigley

One of the more pleasurable summer pursuits is taking advantage of the long days to catch up on some reading. While you can consult with with various mainstream outlets like Oprah’s Book Club—where you are currently encouraged to read Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel Far From the Madding Crowd which recently became a major motion picture (again)—we thought it would be fun to suggest a number of titles that would make your summer reading something more than simple entertainment.

Staycation | River Tours

Borne Back Into the Past

by Peter Soscia

We all know that Buffalo was a “Blue Collar Town,” with a heritage full of hard work and industry. We also know the city’s history is full of architecture innovation, and there may not be a better way to experience the past, present, and future of industry and architecture in Buffalo like The Historic Buffalo River Tour.

Sailing Regatta

Not a Spectator Sport

by Tanner Probst

As the sun rises on the morning of July 21st, the colorful flags of 13 countries will fly on the boardwalk at the Buffalo Canoe Club in Ridgeway, Ontario, flanking the competitors as they walk to their vessels for the first race of sailing’s 2015 Lightning World Championship. The Lightning is a 19-foot sloop originally designed in 1938 by famed yacht designers Sparkman & Stephens as an affordable family day-sailor and racing boat.

Tap This

What's Brewing in Buffalo-Niagara?

by Brian Campbell

With new breweries and distilleries popping up around the Buffalo Niagara region on a regular basis, it might be hard to keep track of where you should be drinking and what new spaces are looming on the horizon.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Chris Groves

The Alchemist Brewery Heady Topper IPA & Omegang | Hopstate NY American Pale Ale

Art Scene

The Transmaterial World

by Jack Foran

An exhibit at the UB Anderson Gallery on innovative art and architectural design and materials features a bicycle seat with a secondary purpose as male contraceptive device, and a wand device for self-administered radiation spot-treatments of cervical cancer.

Classical Music Notes

Marko Topchii, 2014 winner of the Falletta guitar competition returns as the soloist

by Jan Jezioro

Music director JoAnn Falletta, in her only local appearance this summer, will be on the podium to lead the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Monday July 20 at 7:30pm when the BPO makes its debut on the main stage of the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The concert, which will feature Ukrainian guitarist Marko Topchii, winner of the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition as soloist, is being presented as part of Music Niagara’s 17th season.

Theatrically Speaking

Musicalfare: Not Afraid To Be New

by Anthony Chase

MusicalFare continues to advance as the region’s foremost champion of American Musical theater. They’ve happily settled into their newly expanded space on the Daemen College campus, with its spacious lobby, and a cabaret space that boasts one of the nicest theater bars we’ve ever saddled up to.

Film Review


by Jordan Canahai

The mantra “bigger is better” is one most Hollywood blockbusters tend to follow. Little surprise then that it has taken so long for Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man to finally make it to the big screen.

Film Review

Mr. Holmes

by E. Ladd

What if Sherlock Holmes reached the age of 93 and started to lose his memory? This is the basic premise of Mr. Holmes, a drama mystery film based on the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin.

Film Review


by E. Ladd

Comedian Amy Schumer’s brand of humor may not be for everyone, but I find her hilarious. Raunchy, self-deprecating, and curiously insightful, if you’ve ever seen her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Get Lit

The Bard and Muscle Cars

by Heather Cook

Buffalo, New York is known as the Rust Belt City. Since 1950, Buffalo has lost nearly 50 percent of its population, leaving thousands of abandoned homes and storefronts scattered throughout the city. Children are particularly affected by these conditions.

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by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun: Candy Capers. A New Adventure Time Mystery

by Carolyn Marcille

You Auto Know

2015 Honda CR-V

by Jim Corbran

Fortunately for people who think a regular ol’ car isn’t enough and a truck is too much, on the eighth day God created the crossover. It’s kind of a mashup of the station wagon of yore and the SUV of, like, now. Except it’s more manageable in both the handling and finance departments.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Japanese, especially, report a decline of intimacy (for instance, a recent estimate found that about a quarter of 30-year-olds had never had sex with another person)


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “A poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap.”