October 8, 2013 - 8:04 AM
What do you wear to the Melvin Seals concert? It is a big question and a thing to be concerned about.
Melvin Seals is playing at the Tralf Music Hall tonight.
"It's like Halloween," says one friend. "You feel you should go in costume."
Will you be able to find your Grateful Dead hoodie?
Perhaps you should call in sick to work or cut class and get crafty.
You know how Terrapin Station is always telling you to stop in and say Hi?
This could be the day!
September 25, 2013 - 8:53 AM
Jon Rosen, the Snyder gentleman who owns Jon Rosen Systems, went over to a neighbor's house to help them get ready for a move. In a crawl space in the basement they found this written on the wall:
This being the Internet age, the story does not end there. Jon put the picture up on Facebook. And the house's former owner, now living in Texas, immediately got in touch!
"I can't believe you found my note!!!" Holly Kirkpatrick Whiting wrote from Dallas. "I wrote it when we moved my mother to Asbury Pointe around seven years ago. I couldn't bear to walk out and not leave some note about who had built the house. Thanks so much for sharing!"
It turns out that her sister was Facebook friends with Jon's sister.
The house's adventures continue. Buzz hears that it has just been sold to Liesl Folks, the new dean of the UB School of Engineering.
Engineers have an eye for interesting buildings!
September 19, 2013 - 12:04 PM
What with all the excitement surrounding the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening gala Wednesday, one piece of good news went unmentioned. And it should be mentioned.
The size of the lower-level Ladies Lounge has been doubled!
That is the entrance to the Lounge pictured above on this esteemed Buffalo architectural website. The hall was flush with rumors before the concert even started. "They knocked out a wall," someone said. Buzz, zipped precariously into a skin-tight evening gown, went tripping daintily downstairs to see what we could see. And lo, it was true.
Most mysteriously, the additional, ahem, stalls looked as if they had been there forever. As if the lounge had always been this way!
Oh well. It is like a Mozart symphony.
God knows exactly how it was constructed but we rejoice that it is there!
September 7, 2013 - 12:38 PM
Adding sparkle to this rainy Buffalo weekend is "Doctor" John Bisci, the DJ of the long-gone disco Club 747, immortalized in the above video. Bisci now lives and works in Las Vegas and he was in town on business.
Doctor John is not to be confused with the bluesman Dr. John! Originally, Bisci told Buzz, he worried when he was told to take that name, because the New Orleans bluesman already had it.
Then he reasoned that the musician Dr. John's real name is Mac Rebennack. In any case, Dr. John from New Orleans has been gracious and has never protested.
Bisci had to take a nickname, he said, because all the deejays back then had nicknames. There was Charles "Captain Disco" Anzalone, Charlie "CC" Cimino and someone else he mentioned to us who went by General Mills, hahahaha!
We liked how Bisci, who is now pretty dapper (he's at right, under the banner, in this pic)...
... sees the humor in the situation.
He said: "The first night I announced I was Doctor John, I was laughing so hard."
August 23, 2013 - 10:24 AM
Flowers and barbed wire, an unbeatable combination!
We should get Guns 'N Roses to play here.
Downtown last night in Niagara Square...
Braced for the feeding frenzy!
... when you open The Buffalo News and see a headline reading:
"Rogue Priests Preside At Subterranean Services"
It is on page B2 of the print edition today (Monday).
The story is about the parishioners at St. Ann's Church ...
... trying to keep the place from closing. "Ousted Parishioners Cling On In Basement," runs the main headline.
This story is heartbreaking.
But the headlines are great!
Eddie Brady's, on Genesee Street in downtown Buffalo, is so charmingly 19th century.
The menu is called "Bill of Fare" and is just a few things printed on a chalkboard. Everything is the same price, $6. Except for the Soup du Jour, which is $2. The Soup du Jour, and we love this touch, is available "in season."
A portrait of Eddie Brady's grandfather sits over the bar in a stentorian oval frame.
Today at Eddie Brady's, eating a tuna sandwich, Buzz watched idly as a woman dressed in lawyerly fashion greeted Eddie. "Hey, Eddie," she said.
Eddie looked up from making a sandwich. "Hi, honey, how you doing?" he said.
So old-fashioned! So comforting! But today, Eddie Brady's finally got with the times.
Eddie himself lifted a broom handle and moved the hands of the bar's Iroquois Beer clock, visible over the door in the above picture, an hour forward. The clock went from 10 minutes till noon to 10 minutes till 1.
Daylight Savings Time, better late than never!
Petal to the metal!
The sign is protecting a window box on Connecticut Street.
Hands off those marigolds!