The drama eclipsed the Oscars!
A photo of the Broadway Market that Buzz posted the other day captured a rare and elusive figure and took Facebook by storm.
An actual nun!
With nun shoes! (As one Facebooker marveled.)
That is a sight you never see any more. Spotting a nun made Buzz's experience as a Paczki judge that much more memorable.
Another nun and we could have had a Mel Brooks movie. No Mel Brooks production was complete without a couple of nuns.
No Broadway Market production is complete without them either!
February 28, 2014 - 1:17 PM
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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January 27, 2014 - 2:07 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Encouraged by Buzz, traffic signal expert Ryan Lysarz has begun his blog about traffic lights.
This isn't any blink-and-you'll-miss-it thing. He plans on writing regularly about the changing Buffalo signal scene, and apparently he has enough scholarship to carry him for years.
The first couple of posts show Ryan seeing red over the missing signal that used to be in front of Holy Name of Jesus Church on Bailey Avenue, and discussing what he calls the single most significant traffic signal intersection in Buffalo.
Definitely a blog that can be talked about on the street corner! As well as when you are stuck in traffic with nothing to do. Ryan has been studying traffic signals since he was 4. For the uninitiated he offers a primer on how to identify various models of traffic lights. That is a Crouse-Hinds Art Deco classic in the photograph up above, a photo he took on Grant Street.
OK, enough introductions. Ryan, you have the green light.
January 10, 2014 - 11:07 AM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Our recent blizzard is not all that distant and so all the ballots are not in. Early results, though, reveal a strong contender for the winner in the keenly competitive category of Most Frivolous Violation of a Driving Ban.
It is a woman who, in a feat pictured above, drove through the teeth of the blizzard to go to the gym. Southtowns Fitness, we are talking about, so you know we are not making this up.
What's so special about that, you say. I went to the gym too in the blizzard, you say. However.
She drove to the gym TO TAN.
The gym happened to be open because the owner was there to see to a broken furnace, is what Buzz heard. Says our source: "He could not believe she showed up to go tanning. In a blizzard!"
Hey, that's Buffalo. That is what makes our town great.
You go, girl!
December 4, 2013 - 5:24 PM
The situation in Lancaster made it irresistible to look up the scene in "Christmas Vacation" that made the name Griswold synonymous with anyone who overdoes the Christmas lights.
It is still pretty funny.
November 8, 2013 - 12:37 PM
Looking through the latest Gusto, dreaming of the weekend, Buzz can't help but be struck by Sinead O'Connor, on the cover...
... and Macklemore, on the next page. That is Macklemore on the left in case you do not know your rappers.
OK, Macklemore has a little more hair, and he strikes as a lot more fun. But they pretty much share the same look, you know?
First the bald pianist.
October 25, 2013 - 3:53 PM
Doc Severinsen, at 86, still manages to eclipse expectations. No matter how sequinned you expect him to be, he will be more sequinned. No matter how loud you think he'll be, he'll be louder.
This morning's Coffee Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra -- the concert repeats Saturday at 8 p.m. -- were full of memorable moments, and many were just Severinsen talking.
He told us how, down in Mexico where he lives, he often tunes in to the Sirius station that is All Sinatra, All the Time.
"At 2 a.m., I sometimes turn the station on, and the memories flood over me," he said.
The image of Doc Severinsen kicked back in the middle of the night, listening to Sinatra ... unforgettable!
Doc also introduced one number by saying, "So this is 'What is This Thing Called Love?' And if anyone knows the answer, give me a call."
Ha, ha! What else did he say? Well, a little poignantly, he said: "Life is a drama, and I don't know if I'm in the last act."
But he added:
"I am not going to go quietly into the night! I am going to be tap dancing right up to the end."
October 22, 2013 - 1:26 PM
This is turning into Doc Severinsen Week here at The Buffalo News, what with Doc Severinsen breaking his silence on the book about Johnny Carson, and, today, recalling his days with the roustabout Tommy Dorsey.
In a couple of days Doc will be here, performing with his big band and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. But we still have time for more Doc stories. Here is a dandy.
A retired Buffalo police officer Buzz knows -- he says we can call him Sal J. -- says that years ago, he was pulling into the parking lot of the Towne Restaurant and spotted Doc Severinsen walking past. This would have been during Doc's tenure as the Philharmonic's principal pops conductor.
Our pal Sal realized he had a wanted poster in the car that looked a lot like Doc! It wasn't a photo, just a sketch. He went with it.
"I pulled up to him," he told us. "I said, 'Sir, hang on, you look like someone we are looking for.'
"I showed him the wanted poster sketch. It looked like him! He laughed. He said, 'Hahaha, it does look like me!' He was very nice and personable. And ... he signed it!"
Sal laughed, remembering.
"Real gentleman," he said.
An officer and a gentleman! "I'm going to look for the wanted poster this weekend," Sal said. "It was so long ago."
If he finds it, Buzz will post it.
October 8, 2013 - 11:51 AM
Thinking about Melvin Seals at the Tralf tonight got us thinking about Terrapin Station which had a poll about what was the best thing about summer. It is too late to vote. The polls are over with, just like the summer! But you can enjoy their findings.
I'm loving it all, whatever comes: 27 %.
Laughter, sunshine and gratitude: 7.4 %.
Checking out the free music everywhere: 6.4 %.
Twirling in my big skirt: 3.2 %.
Hanging out in the parks: 1.1 %.
Mixing new hookah flavors: 7.4 %.
Playing my guitar and singing: 11.5 %.
Oh, heck! Here we were all looking forward to fall and Christmas and this poll was just too funny. Now all we want is summer.
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!