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Downtown Buffalo Gallery Circling the Drain

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The subject is toilets.

Above is one picture of a picture Buzz took today of one photograph on display at the CEPA Gallery, in Buffalo's downtown Market Arcade building.

Someone pick up that paper!

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And take out the garbage, while you are at it..

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This masterpiece shows the tile we refer to as North Buffalo Bathroom.

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 Untidy bowl.

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We read the writing on the wall.

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Buzz should submit our masterful photograph from Black Rock a few days ago.

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OK, enough art appreciation. Time to get back to work.

Let's flush this toilet!

A Secret Peek Inside the New Marriott

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It’s rare to see a hotel in its infancy, and so Buzz was thrilled to be able to glimpse the as yet-unopened Marriott downtown by the Skyway across from The News. We gained access by going to a bake sale for St. Luke's Mission of Mercy being held by Philips Lytle, which has its offices in the new Marriott.

The bake sale was beautiful and the Marriott is too. It is like a new car! No hot sauce spills yet, just the unsullied aroma of construction.

There is a beautiful pool in the basement, its surface glassy and undisturbed. On the first floor, a mural when you walk in shows Shelton Square -- the Guaranty Building, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the turreted Erie County Savings Bank. That is Shelton Square in the postcard up above.

Just around the corner from Shelton Square is a snack bar. And a real bar, too! There were unopened boxes of glassware, and gleaming bottles of gin and vodka. A sweet sight, on this hectic afternoon, even if it was too early to have any. Back in the office, we excitedly told a co-worker what we had seen. She looked out the window to the spot we were describing.

And she sighed, “So near, so far.”

Awesome Dyngus Day Relic Finds Dramatic Resting Place

Surely there was no more enduring a sight in Monday's Dyngus Day Parade than the gentlemen of the Polish Cadets rolling their giant bottle of Sobieski Vodka. 

And lo, when Buzz was coming home from church today, we beheld that amazing bottle parked in front of the Polish Cadets, at the corner of Amherst and Grant streets. It gave us a thrill, the kind you would get if you were just going about your business and suddenly saw the Goodyear Blimp tethered in a parking lot.

Roll out the bottle! There it was! Up close!

Our exclusive photos:

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The Lighter Side Of Lent

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A funny Twitter trend, still going on, has people posting pictures of themselves getting their ashes, with the hashtag #Ashtag. Above is ours! That is Buzz in the lower right-hand corner, kneeling and awaiting our ashes.

Solemn as we look in the picture, we got some laughs, too, with our ashes. We went to Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Michael's Church downtown. This being Buffalo, after Mass ended, the stranger in the pew in front of us turned around and said hello.

"Don't you write for The News?" he asked.

And Buzz said yes, and introduced ourself, and said something silly like, "Happy Ash Wednesday."

And the guy gestures toward his forehead. And he says to us: "You've got something on your face."

Hahahahaha! An obvious joke, and yet we have never heard it before.

Happy Lent!

Prestigious Buffalo Church Auction Yields a Fine Forgery

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By Mary Kunz Goldman

Tragically, we don't have the Trinity Episcopal Church White Elephant Sale any more. We do, however, have the church's annual Snowflakes and Starlight Auction, which was Wednesday.

There was, to quote one friend of ours, "prodigious spending." She herself, coming to her senses the next afternoon, had to sit down and make a list of the "unnecessary objects" that had followed her home:

-- Five wallets with two micro coin purses (they were all in one lot)

-- An American Kestral wind chime, (that looked artisan made until we hung it up by the kitchen window and noticed the coin-sized made-in-China sticker)

-- a black and white photo of the yacht club that neither one of us has any affiliation with

 -- And the coup de grace ....

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Buffalo Photographer Shoots to National Fame

The cover story of Shutterbug magazine's February issue explores the artistry of Phil Pantano, Buffalo photographer.

Here is a portrait of the magazine, along with talented author Jim Corbran.

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Buzz was, of course, on top of all this with our recognition last summer of Pantano's genius as manifested in his exhibit "The American Worker." He was able to capture deejay Anita West in a rare moment when she is not saying "Cheese!" How was Pantano able to do that? We are still wondering.

A party next Friday will celebrate Phil's achievements. There will be free snacks -- did we hear the words free snacks? -- and the Roaming Buffalo Food Truck will be on hand.

A toast to Phil Pantano, Shutterbug cover boy!

Counseling Agency Has Comic Touch

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Stressed out? Depressed? Anxious? It might help just to walk past Brightside Counseling on River Road in North Tonawanda. You do not even have to walk in!

They really do look on the bright side!

In case you need a closeup:

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The Ghost of AM&A's

We don't remember seeing these before!

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This is on the back of the AM&A's building, on the west side of Washington Street, beneath the scaffolding that is over the sidewalk. The inscription on the left reads: "Ask the women who sew with Vogue."

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Every once in a while you glimpse past glories.

You have to keep your eyes open!

Buffalo History, Abridged

A friend got this greeting card in the mail and Buzz is fascinated by it.

Click on it to blow it up and pore over it. Some of the things we have never heard of! Like Monroe Ginger Ale. All of a sudden we want some.

In a nutshell:

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Miller Time at the Albright-Knox

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You had to love singer Cindy Miller, who kicked off The Buffalo News' Jazz at the Albright-Knox season yesterday.

She is such a card!

Cindy, pictured above in a photo by News photographer Sharon Cantillon, tossed off goofy joke after goofy joke. Buzz loved it. It reminds us of us. You throw stuff out there, see what sticks.

"I love the Albright-Knox, 'cause I don't have to wear socks!" scatted Miller, happy in her sandals.

She called Danny Hull, on drums, "a Hull of a drummer."

Good-naturedly, she plugged Milkie's, the jazz place on Elmwood and Utica run by Mike Milkie. "I drink the milk there," she cracked.

Acknowledging the applause, she bowed to the big crowd. "Thank you people, and dogs, and bichons..." she said.

Alas, the gallery's public art was not as appreciative. Cindy frowned at it. She said: "From these statues I get nothing."

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