- MUSIC NOTES: Interview 'bucket list' is wide and varied At various times I have had bucket lists of artists that I really want to see in concert, and after recently interviewing one of my guitar heroes -- Dave Davies of the Kinks -- I realized that I have formulated an interview bucket list as well. Maybe I will be fortunate enough to have one of their publicists or the artist themselves read this and I can check a few off.
- BOOK NOOK: 'Divianna and Finn' is a simple fairy tale of a book Once upon a time ... It's the classic start to a story. Once upon a time ... a boy met a girl. Once upon a time ... there was an evil warlock. Once upon a time ... the boy had to rescue the girl ... And that's the set-up for "Adventures of Divianna and Finn" by Candie Gillis of Gasport, a fairy tale of a story about boy, girl and warlock, set in an Ireland that doesn't seem to be from any particular time period beyond that "once upon a time." The tale has a very old feel to it, but there are pubs and bands playing "Danny Boy" --written in 1913-- in them, and the characters say things like "sure."
- NT library director brings fresh perspective Britt White, the new director at the North Tonawanda Public Library would like to come up with a new slogan to get more people interested in visiting the library.
- THROUGH THEIR EYES: It's a whole new science museum in Buffalo My memories of the Buffalo Museum of Science were actually a bit static. No, really. Stuffed-creatives-behind-glass static. That's what I thought of when I remembered the museum, the site for various childhood field trips other excursions. I like them well enough (and who doesn't like dinosaurs, whose bony remains I also remembered viewing with fondness), but it wasn't a place to which I was eager to return -- even I who love museums.
- VUKCEVICH: Celebrate Americana with Thanksgiving recipes The green bean casserole was made in our household with nothing but convenience ingredients: frozen or canned green beans, canned cream of mushroom soup, and for the topping, canned fried onions. Here it is again, only fresher and better.
- Beach Bright flip flops are making their way into stores locally and internationally It all started with a romantic walk on the beach. Marcia Nachreiner was walking on a Florida beach one night with her husband Michael, trying to hold a flash light, a drink and her husband's arm, all at the same time. She wondered then whether there wasn't a better way to take a moonlight stroll.
- Big Fuss fundraising event to help expand Lockport hog farm It doesn't take much for a small, family-owned farm to find itself in some trouble.
- CALLERI: Get ready for the march of the motion pictures, plus a pair to see during the lull I have to admit that when I saw Halloween candy at a local supermarket on a sweltering day in August, I was momentarily surprised and annoyed.
NACC artist brings the homeless into the light
Faces of the homeless fill Gary Wolfe's home studio. In his depictions, there is often both light and darkness, weariness and optimism, and a beauty that might seem unlikely to be found among the disenfranchised on inner city streets.
- CRITTER COMPANIONS: The hullaballoo of Halloween Week 2 of homeownership and soon I will potentially have hundreds of people knocking on the door for free handouts. There will be chirping, barking, mooing and squawking and that is just from the children.
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