January 7, 2014 - 2:04 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Facebook plus snowstorm equals a lot of laughs! It brings out the comedian in us all.
"Gore-Tex for the Vortex." This is from Forgotten Buffalo's Airborne Eddy. Oh wait, he is an actual comedian. That is his picture we posted up above. We think it's him. It looks like his street. Well, whatever, we figure he won't mind seeing that he is used to being on TV and everything.
Eddy also wrote, on Facebook: "I had to shovel the driveway to get the convertible out but I can't get the damn top off. It's frozen!"
Another friend writes:
"The driving is bad so I am sending my mom up to 7-11 for beer and chips. My only hope is they are open, and there is beer left. Oops better call her and tell her not to forget the dip."
Good thinking. Similar wisdom comes from Howard, the guy we married.
"A six-pack isn't going to do it this time," he advised his friends before the storm even hit.
"Start drinking now!"
January 6, 2014 - 5:41 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Buzz did the Metro Bus thing today in the snow, as shown above in a Buzz file photo, and we are not sorry. While everyone else was sliding around and turning their headlights on and calling the radio saying how bad the traffic was ... we were sleeping!
And we woke up just in time to see something we've always wanted to see.
There is this corner with a stop light where a sign indicates that you should stop far in advance of the signal. It is Delaware Avenue and Amherst Street. The reason the sign is there is, the bus makes this turn. And it needs room.
People are always ignoring this sign and we have wondered: What would happen if a bus came along when someone was sitting there in the forbidden area?
This is what happened today on the snowy corner. And here is what happened:
January 6, 2014 - 12:29 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
The real winner of Saturday's Metropolitan Opera auditions is not even a singer.
It is Buffalo!
Organizer Dianne Rubin forwarded to Buzz an email from a Toronto couple, Ellen Richardson and Bruce Little, who were there to cheer on some of the many Canadian singers in the auditions.
The Torontonians wrote: "We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves -- a lovely day of singing, bracketed by two nights at a splendid B&B (the Parkside) and excellent meal at Hutch's and Ristorante Lombardo. Buffalo is on our list of long weekend getaways now."
With which Buzz found ourself gawking at the Parkside House, pictured above, which has a friendly dog and a claw-foot bathtub and a music room complete with a baby grand piano. We want to go there! We want to stay in the Jewett Room.
Anyway, let's make a note of this Toronto twosome's comments, and make it a high note, while we're at it. We are always looking for that silver bullet here in Buffalo.
Opera could be it!
January 4, 2014 - 12:58 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Want some drama in your life? Consider stopping by the Metropolitan Opera auditions, going on all day -- until 6 p.m. or thereabouts -- at the Nichols School Flickinger Performing Arts Center. It's free! Buzz caught the first hour, sticking around until the first potty break. (It is fun to hear a Metropolitan Opera judge say "potty break.")
Buffalo baritone James Wright (above), whose candidacy was written about in The News the other day, made a very good showing. Wright, in a natty suit with his hair slicked, looked vaguely and appropriately old-fashioned. He began with an aria from Gounod's "Faust," "Avant de quitter ces lieux," and it was easy to see why. That aria had a Sign of the Cross built into it, right at the start!
Who, auditioning for the Met, would not want to call down all the blessings you possibly could? And it apparently worked. Wright was called back to sing part of another aria -- a good sign.
All the other singers we heard were sopranos. Naturally there was high drama. Most memorable was when Maria Lindsey's accompanist stopped dead in the middle of "Volate, Amori," from Handel's "Ariodante." The situation might actually have helped Miss Lindsey, a singer from Colorado, because she got to show off her poise. She never lost her smile or her cool.
You could say she Handeled it well!
January 3, 2014 - 12:46 PM
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.
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!
January 2, 2014 - 12:30 PM
You know those guerrilla signs you see taped to telephone poles? They are a way of life in Buffalo. Anyway, we have seen a classic, posted on the corner of Washington and Exchange streets. It says:
"LEARN TO FIGHT LIKE BATMAN."
And there is a picture of a bat, sort of like the Batman logo pictured above, followed by phone numbers and stuff.
Alas, it was too cold, and Buzz was too bundled up, to take a picture. If you do not believe us you will have to go and see for yourself. These signs are never taken down. So don't worry, by the time you get around to it, it will still be there.
Same Bat time.
Same Bat telephone pole!
December 31, 2013 - 2:53 PM
... running out to our car freezing, Buzz just saw someone in shorts.
Ambling down Scott Street, la la la la la.
We quick snapped a picture and if you click on it to blow it up, you will see that it is true.
A wonderful New Year's Eve sight!
December 30, 2013 - 2:07 PM
Hey, sure we missed the playoffs, but it's only a game!
This story comes from The Buffalo Evening News 100 years ago this week. Happily, the situation seems to have worked itself out OK. So we can forgive ourself for comically misunderstanding the headline.
Who could help it?
December 27, 2013 - 2:13 PM
At last, a list in which New York State may excel!
Our state makes quite the showing in "The 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places On Earth."
There is a roofless Seneca Lake farmhouse that sits by a yard full of abandoned cars. And an asylum built in 1869 in Willard. Got to have an asylum in there, you know? People are always picking on asylums, especially writers who cannot use apostrophes correctly. (As we say here in Buffalo, we are just saying.)
There is Bannerman Castle in Pollepel Island, N.Y. How can we not have heard of this place?
City Hall Station in New York City is beautiful.
So is an abandoned Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn.
Other sites include Pripyat, Ukraine, abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and a scary-looking hotel in North Korea, just so you see what we are up against here.
The competition is keen.
We are world class!
December 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM
A big Wassail Award to the law offices of Doran and Murphy at 1234 Delaware Ave. When it comes to Christmas spirit, this office has other law offices licked.
Making your columns into peppermint candy sticks is such an obvious idea, but a rare sight.
Buzz took this fleeting picture from the bus, which we took to be safe in the snow. That is the bad news for Doran and Murphy. No personal injury business from us, at least not today.
All the same, they have our admiration!