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Letters to the Future

World leaders from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris during the first two weeks of December for the long-awaited United Nations Climate Change Conference.

News Analysis

FBI Should Investigate Bronfmans and Cult Leader Keith Raniere: Part 1

by Frank Parlato

Clare and Sara Bronfman, heirs to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, and purported cult members, filed a complaint against me with the FBI claiming I defrauded them out of $1 million.

News Analysis

Shmuel Shmueli, Serial Conman and Fraudster

by Frank Parlato

Part II of a series where I am the journalist covering a federal investigation in which I am also the investigation’s target. A companion series about the Bronfman sisters and cult leader Keith Raniere are also in this issue. Both are connected to the federal investigation. The series on Shmuel Shmeili details how he defrauded more than two dozen lawyers in Buffalo and elsewhere.


Three on Three Overtime

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Is there any better way to settle playoff games than the way they do it in the National Hockey League?

Upon Further Review

Bills-Pats Provide Good Bet for a Bad Beat

by David Staba

I’m sitting in a sports bar in downtown Las Vegas (the gambling mecca’s smaller, seedier, much cooler tourist district, relative to the more popularly gaudy Strip), watching the Buffalo Bills take on the dreaded New England Patriots in a Sunday-night game with my brother-in-law.


Tap This

by Brian Campbell

The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA), a collection of Buffalo craft beer brewers and industry professionals, promotes the growth of the craft beer industry in the entire Buffalo-Niagara region.

What's Brewing

CBW Adambier & Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

by Paul Marko and Chris Groves

Adambier. Yes, this is a beer style and not just the pint left at the bar by your buddy Adam. Granted, Adambier is rare, with only a handful of examples on sites like RateBeer or Untappd. It’s an old, largely forgotten style originally from Dortmund, Germany—an intense, dark, complex ale (yes, an ale, not a lager) aged in oak barrels, which is sometimes soured.

Film Review

The Look of SIlence

by Jordan Canahai

The Look of Silence is filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer’s essential companion piece to his critically-lauded The Act of Killing. That 2013 documentary, which focused on a handful of celebrated death-squad leaders responsible for perpetrating the 1965 Indonesian genocide of suspected communists, while challenging them to re-enact their mass-killings in cinematic terms, was an absolute knockout; a tour de force that stands as one of the great films, non-fiction or otherwise, of the decade.

Art Scene

Rainbow Collection

by Jack Foran

Some spectacular artworks in the Splitting Light show—about color—at the UB Center for the Arts. The trouble is color gets all the credit. Materials, texture, tactile values, these get short shrift.

Classical Music Notes

A Schubertiade to Remember

by Jan Jezioro

While her previous appearances have featured composers such as Mozart, Chopin, Schumann and Debussy, her recital on Sunday November 22 at 3:30pm will be the first devoted to the works of Franz Schubert.

Classical Music Notes

Joan of Arc at the Stake

by Jan Jezioro

Opera Sacra will stage its final production ever this Friday and Saturday at 8pm, at St. Joseph’s University Church, 3269 Main Street, with performances of Joan of Arc at the Stake (Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher) an oratorio composed in 1935 by Arthur Honegger, to a libretto by the controversial French poet and dramatist Paul Claudel.

Theatrically Speaking

A Look at Three Current NYC Productions

by Anthony Chase

The need to catch up with shows that are about to disappear into the ether of time prompted a recent trip to New York City. I was rewarded with some indelible theater memories.

Featured Events

See You There!

AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, November 20 - Thursday, November 27)

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Get Lit

Going Oral

by Heather Cook

Manipulating words and storytelling is gratifying, but being able to do so through oral poetry is not an easy task. Spoken word poetry is originally written on a page, but only thrives when it’s lifted to the stage.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Blackhead Whisperer: Upland, California, dermatologist Sandra Lee is a social media cult figure with a massive audience on YouTube, where her cyst- and pimple-popping videos (charmingly, soothingly narrated) have garnered 170 million views.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Some athletes think it’s unwise to have sex before a big game. They believe it diminishes the raw physical power they need to excel. For them, abstinence is crucial for victory.