September 13, 2013 - 2:21 PM
Here is not the best picture but the most unusual picture you are going to see of the Tall Ships visiting Buffalo. Well, it is one of the Tall Ships. It is hunkered down in the drizzle.
Can you see the ship? If you click on the picture you can see it better.
It is like playing "Where's Waldo?"!
Here is a hint. The ship is on the river between the second posts of the Skyway (counting from the left) and the orange crane.
It is the view from Buzz's window. Yesterday we heard cannon fire and that was how we knew when the Tall Ships arrived.
And this is funny: A co-worker heard the big booms and said, "What's that?"
Buzz, busy snacking as usual, said without really thinking, "Cannon fire."
Then we both went back to our work.
Party like it's 1799!
September 12, 2013 - 10:28 AM
The 90th anniversary party at Chef's, pictured above in a photo by The News' Harry Scull, shows this town's greatness more eloquently than any art or architecture could ever do.
First, the street is blocked off! A pasta party that needs to block off a downtown street demands respect right off the bat.
The faithful gather. Owner Lou Billittier tells The News: "We've got about a thousand people."
The cake is so big and so elaborate that it has to be protected by dry ice.
The lectern is an ice sculpture.
Fireworks are set off by hitting a "detonator."
Continue reading "Pasta Party Screams 'That Is So Buffalo!'" »
September 8, 2013 - 7:00 AM
Buzz's new friend "Doctor John" Bisci, voice of Club 747, passes along this picture of himself and his fellow disco DJs gathered for a charity reunion, the Hustle for a Cure Charity Event at First Niagara Center on Friday night.
Priceless! If this is not a clip-and-save picture Buzz does not know what is.
This explains Doctor John's stealth flight into Buffalo.
Thing like this do not happen by accident!
August 27, 2013 - 11:16 AM
Today's Buzz column continues the saga of the adventures of Paul Crapsi, candidate for Family Court Judge.
Here is the exclusive picture of him in a sling.
Fine with us if it gives him a shot in the arm.
He's earned it!
August 23, 2013 - 10:24 AM
Flowers and barbed wire, an unbeatable combination!
We should get Guns 'N Roses to play here.
August 22, 2013 - 11:19 AM
Our Facebook friend Dave snapped this picture of Air Force 1 heading into the Buffalo airport. It is pretty thrilling, you know?
Maybe not to Dave.
He wrote: "I bet they go for the Super Kiss at Delta Sonic."
August 21, 2013 - 11:20 AM
A meeting tonight at 7 at St. Columba-Brigid Church to strategize on saving beautiful St. Ann's Church, which has been condemned by the Buffalo diocese, is shaping up to have a touch of military might.
Continue reading "Military Group Joins Battle To Save St. Ann's Church" »
August 15, 2013 - 2:41 PM
The Extreme Chicken Wing Hip-Hop Video was a sign. For one moment, one brief shining moment, Buffalo is the food capital of the world.
Our food is weirder and better than anybody's!
In today's Gusto, Food Critic Andrew Galarneau writes of a “seafood trio presented in dessert forms,” starting with octopus and squid ink “Oreos." And foie gras doughnuts with Jamaican coffee crema dipping sauce. They are at Butterwood Sweet and Savory.
Meanwhile, let us wallow in the new foods that have debuted at this year's Erie County Fair. There is a Bacon Bomb. A Deep-Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll. Alligator and Shark Kabobs. Deep-Fried Gummy Bears. Shrimp Dogs. And our favorite, immortalized in a photo by our friend Ryan Lysarz ...
Pig Butt on a Stick!
Not Pork Butt, Pig Butt!
Alas, gather ye pig butts while ye may, because time is a-flying. The fair runs through Sunday, and at Butterwood, Andrew writes that the chef is soon to be simplifying many of the menu items. No more foie gras doughnuts, alas! None of these delicacies is here for long.
The moral of the story: Eat up.
For a few precious days, this is one great gourmet town.
August 12, 2013 - 10:01 AM
... has to be Paul Crapsi, pictured at left, seen pressing the flesh at both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, held two Sundays in a row at Martin Luther King Park.
Crapsi is a Democrat running for Erie County Family Court Judge. He made the rounds of big concert/picnic with his little daughter in tow, handing out flyers.
Two hot Sundays in a row, shaking hands as saxophones blared, yelling over the din of risque blues lyrics! ("Stoop down, mama, let your daddy see/You got somethin' down there, mama, somethin' that been worryin' me...")
This is the kind of dedication that transcends political boundaries.
If he gets on the ticket, he has earned our vote!
It has been a long time since Buzz heard a good old-fashioned street preacher. And a terrific one was holding forth just now on Main and Division streets downtown.
His voice blasted operatically down the block even though he had no megaphone. He had a good captive audience in the dozens of people waiting for buses.
The best thing is, he actually shouted "Repent!" as preachers are supposed to.
"Repent! Repent! Prepare for the King of Jerusalem!" he thundered.
"Hell is not some place where you shake hands with the devil and say, 'Hey, it's nice to meet you!' " he roared. "The worm dieth not! And the fire is never extinguished!"
At one point he declaimed: "You think I want to be here? I don't want to be here! I would rather be home playing my Xbox!"
Buzz apologizes that the picture is not more distinct but the preacher was shy and did not want to give his name. We asked him after he left off preaching. However he did tell say he was from the Seneca Babcock area. And we learned he comes from Charity Baptist Church in Black Rock.
Thank you, Charity Baptist, for letting us borrow this preacher for a day! And a most modest preacher at that.
"I didn't want to be here today," he reiterated to Buzz. "I would rather be home with my Xbox."