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Jackass Sighting at the Lexington Co-Op


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Steve-O from the MTV comedy Jackass is in town to play Helium, the comedy club in the Cobblestone District, and it looks as if he is settling in, because he was spotted at the Lexington Co-op this morning buying three bags of groceries.

He is also making friends! A cashier began chatting with him and he gave her two free tickets for her and a friend.

The cashier then gave the other ticket to a neighboring cashier. Both were super-psyched, said the Buzz spy who observed this.

Buzz was personally not there. we were actually at Lorigo's on Grant Street right about then, which, no Jackass there. But there were 8-ounce bricks of Philadelphia cream cheese at 50 cents each so that made up for the lack of celebrity sightings. We bet Steve-O was not able to nail 50-cent cream cheese at the Lexington Co-op.

Steve-O is at Helium for three nights starting tonight.

Today's Nagging News Question


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Buzz is mesmerized by the Twitter argument going on about which cool people should join that TV-head in a segment on wings on "CBS Sunday Morning." Most of all we love that the segment is part of a package on indigestion-causing Super Bowl foods. Ha, ha! No such thing as bad publicity!

At the same time we are puzzled by this Mo Rocca.

"We struggled," he said in today's story. "Should we go with a football player? Should we go with a legendary local lounge performer? Should we go with a civic booster/clean energy activist?"

He struggled over that?

Gee, who would we rather eat wings with, a local lounge performer (who, it is whispered, would be Lance Diamond ...


... who would chat you up and tell you jokes and encourage you to have another beer while he serenaded you with "Brick House") ...

OR ....

... some clean-energy activist quizzing you about how the deep fryer was powered, what kind of car you drive and what sort of light bulb hangs over your table?

Gee, that is a tough choice!

Waiter, another double order, while we figure this one out.

WNY To Play Host to World's Driest Wine Class


This landed in Buzz's inbox just in time for happy hour. The Starpoint Public School System  -- we learned where that is on Sunday -- is announcing an Adult Education Wine Class.


The WINE APPRECIATION course offering is designed for those with little or no previous wine knowledge, as well as those who are more knowledgeable.  The class will be tailored to fit the attendees.  The course includes: a systematic approach to wine tasting; an introduction to and comparison of a range of wine styles; food and wine matching; wine storage; viticulture and vinification; wines and grape types; and the wine regions of the world.  An opportunity to taste the wines at a licensed facility off school property will be arranged.

Attendees will gain a whole new appreciation for wine and how to differentiate wines from different regions of the world. The course is being held on Thursdays starting February 27th through May 1st, from 7:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m. for 8 weeks. No class March 27th and April 17th. Course fee is $59. 

For more information please contact Michael J. VonHeckler at or (716) 352-2750.

There is so much to love about this wine class!

"A licensed facility off school property." We love how they say that and not "a nearby bar."

Also the bit about the class being tailored to fit the attendees. That is brave. What if someone insists on Blue Nun? Or Lake Niagara? 

Buzz wants to sign up and do that.

Somebody has to!

The Fryer's Table


Casey's Tavern, at 484 Amherst St., is not the type of place to have a website or a Twitter account or anything else modern and glitzy. But it has something more wonderful.

Stopping in Sunday night, Buzz was told it was Fryer's Night.

We thought the bartender said "Friar's Night." What, were they playing host to the Christian Brothers? Then we realized it was "Fryer's Night." As in, nothing but fried food!

Beautiful and simple. We thanked God and ate fries and wings.

As the waitress said: "Nothing like fried goodness."

Big Fat Restaurant Coupon Alert


Alert, alert, $25 coupon for E.B. Green's at the Hyatt in the print edition of Gusto today, alert.

The coupon is on p. 19.

Grab it before it goes into the recycling! 

Use it to go hear Jackie Jocko.


Why Popeyes Chicken Didn't Cross the Road


Men see inside the minds of fast-food restaurants as women do not. And Howard, the guy Buzz married, offered insights into why Popeyes Chicken opened at the location it did, at 2160 Elmwood Ave.

It functions as a drive-through for all the guys coming out of Home Depot! Home Depot is at 2100 Elmwood and they virtually share a parking lot. Could any location be better?

Popeyes Chicken is simply following the laws of nature.

It is like the bird that sits on the back of the rhinoceros, feasting on the ticks on the rhino's back and the insects the big beast stirs up as it grazes.


It is like the sea anemone which feeds off the byproducts of nearby algae.


So it shall be with Popeyes Chicken and Home Depot.

They will feed off each other! 

In a Buffalo Snowstorm, If You're Not Doing Doughnuts ...

... you're eating them!

Behold two folks in South Buffalo, heading to Tim Horton's in shorts.


BPO Shatters Doughnut Record; Broadway Singer Awestruck


The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's concert this morning, the first of four Holiday Pops performances, shattered attendance records for Coffee Concert. More significantly it shattered doughnut records.

Buzz asked for the figure and it is in: 160 dozen doughnuts, donated by Budwey's.

Let us do the math. 160 times 12 is 1,920 doughnuts.

A Google search reveals that doughnuts average out to about 300 calories each. Hmm, not as high as we had thought! We are glad we did not deny ourself. Even so, though, when you add up all those doughnuts the number is impressive: 576,000 calories consumed.

Broadway singer Michele Ragusa, Buffalo native and guest star, emerged clearly awed.

"I've never said 'Good morning' at a symphony concert before," she said.  "We're all jazzed up on sugar and caffeine and ready to go!"

The crowd roared. Michele added: "I know I am!"

It was reported that Kleinhans Music Hall sank three inches into the ground from the weight of the accumulated caloric consumption.

This is what's called a heavy program!


Priceless Experience at the Broadway Market

 The pleasures of stopping by the Broadway Market of a winter morning:

Bargain baked goods at Chrusciki's: $1.

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Horseradish from Wanda Skup: $2.99 to, oh, $6.99, we forget.


Vintage Christmas ornaments at Theresa's Treasures, $3.

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AND ...

Hanging out at Lewandowski Produce griping about the government with people you don't know, including one with a rare, vintage authentic Polish East Side accent: 



Derby Cupcake Ban Echoes At Kleinhans Music Hall

NocupRon Spigelman, who used to be the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Pops Conductor, was born in Australia but he is a Buffalonian at heart. He proved that at Kleinhans Music Hall this morning at the Coffee Concert, which was "Classic Christmas."

After Engelbert Humperdinck's Prelude to "Hansel and Gretel," which opened the concert, Spigelman turned to face the big audience.

"There are a couple of morals to that story," he said. "One of them is: Don't eat doughnuts! Not good for you!"

Ha, ha! The crowd, which included a lot of schoolchildren, completely lost it.

Who has not been chewing on that cupcake situation out in Derby, where a principal is banning kids' birthday cupcakes? The food police are at the gates! Spigelman, who may have read the paper, fed into that.

"And gingerbread!" he lectured us. "Horrible!"

The audience howled.

"Just kidding," Spigelman said.



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