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Shopping, stress and Christmas specials

December 16, 2010 The heat is on, last-minute Christmas shoppers. more »»

Christmas: equal parts cheer and rage

December 9, 2010 It's time for some real talk about the holiday. more »»

OMG, it’s winter!

December 2, 2010 It doesn’t really feel like the holidays until that first slushy, semi-ground-covering snow falls. more »»

Charles Dickens lives on through a classic story

November 27, 2010 Charles Dickens was the most popular novelist in the English language, in the 19th Century, and his name is frequently cited by academic authorities as belonging to the greatest novelist who ever... more »»

Thanks a bunch

November 25, 2010 It feels like it’s about a month too early for Thanksgiving but somehow, it’s time today to slob out on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a plethora of desserts. more »»

Operas performed as musical concerts

November 20, 2010 ERIE — The winds of change are always with us, even in the hallowed halls of the opera house. more »»

Money, success, fame, glamour

November 18, 2010 My readers surely must know by now that I am enamored with all things pop culture, including (but not limited to) television, movies and celebrities. more »»

A rare chance at a classical dance

November 13, 2010 BUFFALO — In any area, from the fine arts, to industry, to athletics, to politics, one of the very best opportunities anyone can have is to meet and to learn from the people who have arrived at the... more »»

Short and sweet

November 11, 2010 I’m keeping it short, sweet and to the point this week. It’s been a long week for this Lifestyles editor (and the real work hasn’t even begun. more »»

Old Man Winter

November 4, 2010 It feels like winter. It smells like winter. The local events calendars are practically bare and I'm hard-pressed to find much of anything appealing on the television listings. more »»

Halloween brings out the best in the arts

October 30, 2010 BOO! Tomorrow is officially Halloween, and people have been celebrating the holiday and dealing with it, in their minds, for thousands of years, through the use of the arts. more »»

Halloween weekend hijinks

October 28, 2010 Halloween weekend is finally here! Unless you're particularly psyched on the holiday, you're probably sick of hearing about it … but I'm not going to talk politics in honor of the upcoming election... more »»

A hometown diva in American theater

October 23, 2010 What do you get if you cross a LuPone from East Seventh Street in Dunkirk, with a Patti from Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown? Why, you get one of the great divas of the American Theater, of course:... more »»

The monster mash

October 21, 2010 Halloween is just over two weeks away now and if you’re anything like me, you still haven’t even begun to decide what you’re going to dress up as. more »»

Check out Public Broadcasting televison

October 16, 2010 Two weeks ago, I shared with you the documentary television program about Chautauqua Institution, which will be broadcast in January on the Public Broadcasting System. more »»

Halloween fun: let’s get cracking

October 14, 2010 The fall foliage is magnificent and everything but, in my opinion, what really makes this time of year special is the approach of Halloween. more »»

Reviewing the films

October 9, 2010 Last week, I said that probably reading is more immediate to most of our readers, than any other art form. A close second to reading would be video and film. more »»

When it rains, it pours

October 7, 2010 When it rains, it really does pour. more »»

A look at the written word

October 2, 2010 The written word is the artform which is probably closest to most of our lives. more »»

Deadly is the female

September 30, 2010 The thought of an introduction bores me. Let’s just do this. WATCH THIS Old School Movie Review “Gun Crazy” (1950) “We go together, Annie,” Bart Tare tells his gun-toting sweethear. more »»



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