October 2009

by Mark Utzig

StillwaterIf you haven’t experienced the upscale dining, fine drink and live entertainment at Stillwater, now’s the time. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to make my way into the comfortable, yet elegant setting of one of Stillwater’s four dining rooms. The atmosphere was perfect, with a beautiful fireplace gently ablaze amongst the fresh smelling aromas of the chef’s delicacies. I began the evening with a cup of their extraordinary French Onion Soup. The sweet caramelized onions and flavorful induced broth made me want a second helping, but I rightfully stopped myself knowing what I had coming next. My eyes were bigger than my stomach when I ordered the 32 oz. “Tomahawk” Chop. This house dry aged bone in Rib Eye was perfectly cooked to my liking, medium rare. This gigantic piece of flavor enrich meat came with a masterful side of roasted garlic whipped potatoes and seasonal vegetables. As hard as I tried to finish this delectable selection, I failed and had to take a “to go” box. Along with my steak to bring home, I couldn’t resist ordering the orange chocolate tart for a mid-night treat. The perfect combination of creamy chocolate and sweet orange tang made for a mouth-watering delight. With Stillwater’s stylish ambiance and fantastic food selections, it’s no wonder why this is one of Buffalo’s favorite hotspots. For more information regarding hours and menu features, visit www.thestillwater.com.

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by Mark Utzig

NFMarathonThe time has come for another rendition of the one and only Niagara Falls International Marathon. Beginning in 1974, this truly unique and special event showcases marathon runners from around the world participating in a 26.2 mile cross-border pursuit. That’s right! This is the only marathon in the world that starts in one country and finishes in another. The event takes place on Sunday, October 25th, 2009 @ 10am. The competition starts by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and continues for 4 miles throughout the majestic parkways of beautiful Buffalo. The participants will then cross the Peace Bridge into the historic old town of Fort Erie, Ontario, where they then follow the Niagara River Parkway and finish at the magnificent Niagara Falls. All interested individuals must submit their entry forms by October 21st, 2009. For more information, please visit www.niagarafallsmarathon.com.

by Carolyn Batt

CentralTerminal-HalloweenThe Central Terminal, one of Buffalo’s most notable architectural landmarks doubles up as one of Buffalo’s most happening (and haunted!) Halloween hotspots this season.

On Saturday, October 24th, the Central Terminal will serve as the site of Buffalo’s Biggest Halloween Bash. Join thousands of costumed creatures as the sounds of “That 80’s Hairband” and “Johnny Smoke” echo throughout the terminal. Beer and wine bars and plenty of food and dancing will make for one of Buffalo’s greatest parties. And make sure you dress up as the top costume scores a monstrous $2,000.

If getting scared is more your forte for the season, come back to the terminal the week after on Friday, October 30th for the “Halloween Ghost Hunt.” The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, WNY Ghost Hunters and the Iron island Preservation Society have set up this event that starts at the Terminal before shuttling you over to the Iron Island Museum for additional haunts. Check out these eerie locations alongside your favorite paranormal TV personalities. Chip Coffey, of A&E’s “Paranormal State,” Brian Harnois of “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Hunters International,” and Jonathan Watts from “United Skeptics and Believers” will provide lectures, workshops and help you investigate and see for yourself if there’s someone—or something else—lurking in these landmarks this Halloween.

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by Susan Braun

RoseI had an opportunity to go to opening night at the Alleyway Theater as the Jewish Repertory Theater launched its new season last week with a production of Martin Sherman’s thought-provoking one-woman show entitled Rose. The play is directed by Saul Elkin and stars Christina Rausa in a compelling performance as Rose whose story unfolds while she is sitting shiva (a mourning period of 7 days observed by Jews after the death of a loved one.) in her apartment in Miami Beach. According to tradition, the mirror is covered in black, her feet are bare and on her sweater she has pinned a black ribbon that has been partially cut in observance of the Jewish ritual of K’rian. Rose informs us that she is mourning the loss of a nine-year old girl who has been shot through the forehead by a bullet that Rose thinks probably cut her thoughts in half as it passed through.

While Rose is sitting on the bench, she reflects upon the events of her life, beginning with her birth in a shtetl (Yiddish for “small town”) in the Ukraine 80 years before. Her story parallels the history of twentieth century Jewish life as she moves from the shtetl to Warsaw, to Atlantic City and finally Florida. Along the way she reveals that she has been married and widowed at least twice and tells about her adventures in a commune in Connecticut and her visits with her son in an Israeli settlement.

The stage is starkly furnished which focuses the audience’s attention squarely on Rausa’s performance. She makes a genuine connection with the audience as an elderly Jewish woman who, in spite of her tragic history, has managed to retain a sense of humor. I enjoyed the performance and would encourage you to act quickly to see the play. Rose will be on stage at the Alleyway Theater until November 1st. More information about tickets and performance times can be found at www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com.

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by Mark Utzig

Mummies! Zombies! Evil Clowns! There is no place to hide when visiting America’s Screampark. Buffalo’s Frightworld is back for its 8th year and it’s sure to be scarier than ever. Don’t miss your chance to visit the 7th best haunted house in the country (ranked by CNN & AOL). This masterful scare facility offers 5 different and unique houses to choose from. Whether you venture into the Wicked Woods, where darkness falls and the only way out is continuing through the woods, or step into CarnEvil, where death is found amusing, you’re sure to be frightened. For the “not so brave” visitors, enjoy entertainment outside of the Haunted Houses at the Eerie Tavern and Frightworld Scare shop in the concessions coral. Believe me, from personal experience, this fear house is everything it says it is. When I entered the House of the Dead, I went in trying to be tough to impress my girlfriend, but turns out I was making her lead the entire time! Don’t pass on this impressive Halloween extravaganza. For more information regarding hours of operation and ticket prices, visit www.hauntedbuffalo.com.

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by Ellen Goldbaum
Courtesy the UB Reporter

Whether you’re a total non-science person or the next Einstein, the Science and Art Cabaret was made for you. This is science as never seen before.

The first Science and Art Cabaret, sponsored by UB and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, will be held from 7-9 p.m. October 20 in the Ninth Ward in Babeville’s Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Admission is free and open to the public; a cash bar will be available.

“It’s an entertaining mash-up of cutting-edge science and technology, with art, music, poetry and performance,” says Will Kinney, UB cosmologist, associate professor of physics and cabaret organizer.

The topic will be “Taking Nature Apart,” and UB’s scientists and artists will be weighing in.

The Science and Art Cabaret is part of the Café Scientifique movement that has swept the U.S. and Europe.

Now, Buffalo has its own place for artists and scientists to connect, created by UB physicists and visual artists who have collaborated on such successes as the UB Physics and Arts Summer Institute and the permanent “Physics and Arts Exhibition” in Fronczak Hall on the North Campus.

“Order a drink at the bar and hear top university researchers discuss their work in context with creative minds from the arts and humanities,” Kinney explains. “We pick a topic and look at it from all angles.

“Physicists, biologists, musicians and poets will riff on reductionism, that peculiar scientific notion of learning about the world by breaking it into component parts,” he says. “What do we learn by taking an organism apart? What do we learn by taking matter itself apart? What don’t we learn? Should we feel alienated or illuminated by the creative destruction of scientific inquiry?”

In addition to Kinney, the panel includes College of Arts and Sciences faculty members Ulrich Baur, particle physicist and professor of physics; Katharina Dittmar de la Cruz, assistant professor of biological sciences; and Gary Nickard, clinical assistant professor of visual studies.

Local artist Patty Wallace will do a reading, and live music will be provided by The Vores (unplugged), Buffalo’s late ’70s alternative band whose music is described as punk rock and surfer, and which features UB artists Nickard and Biff (Kenneth) Henrich, and UB grant writer Catherine Carfagna.

To provide the critical connection to the world of quarks and questions about our place in the universe, particle physicist and UB assistant professor of physics Avto Kharchilava will host a live video link to the control room at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

For more information, contact Nickard at 645-0529 or Kinney at 645-2017, ext. 111.

by Mark Utzig

FreeNightOfTheaterIt’s hard to find a great night out on the town for FREE these days. Say no more! The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo will join over 600 playhouses nationwide for Free Night of Theater 2009 giving stage lovers from coast to coast the opportunity to attend live performances. This extraordinary event will begin in early October and last well into November. You’ll have the opportunity to view masterful pieces of Buffalo’s live productions, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps to Frank McGuinness’ Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. This special event is sure to be a hit, so don’t miss your chance to get tickets. Online ordering starts October 1st and tickets are limited. For information regarding locations and show times, go to www.freenightoftheater.net.

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