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Two friends, Chris Stapleton, and a whole lot of fun; photos by Alex Weiss Last week our editor, Christine Green, and “Lunatics Lounge” columnist, Taylor Terrance, attended the Chris Stapleton concert at Darien Lake Amphitheater. Read below to learn about their concert experience. Christine Green: Taylor, thanks for coming to see Chris Stapleton at Darien Lake Amphitheater with me last…
16.07.2024
Can’t make it to the shore this summer for an old-fashioned clam and lobster bake? There is no reason you can’t recreate the experience in your own backyard. Grab the Zweigle’s, some beer, clams, live lobsters, and fresh corn. Make sure you have plenty of big pots for boiling and steaming and a bag of charcoal for the grill.  This…
2.07.2024
Assorted locally sourced pickled vegetables Vinalia Urbana  230 Monroe Ave., Rochester  738-0384  vinaliaurbana.com Along the stretch of storefronts on Monroe Avenue is an unassuming black building. There are no flashy signs or grand entrances. But as you step into the glass enclosure, you’re suddenly transported into a world of merriment.  The interior is illuminated by dazzling chandeliers casting a warm…
1.07.2024
“You’re only a quarter of the way up this mountain, and it only gets harder from here.” After two hours of agony on the aptly named Grouse Grind, this is not the encouragement I need from the park rangers. But these rangers have zero patience left for overzealous vacationers; the kind who think climbing what’s known as “Mother Nature’s StairMaster”…
1.07.2024
Without fail, July and August proves to be my favorite season to be in Western New York. The lead up in June is a part of my summertime rhythm. Rochester Cocktail Revival. Jazz Fest. Independence Day. Then, if I’m lucky, nothing super major for a while. Just long, warm days and cool, breezy nights. It’s a welcome handful of weeks…
1.07.2024
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Nick's Picks: Starry Nites Cafe

Sometimes a cup of coffee is just that, a cup of coffee. A necessity that is consumed without pleasure in mind, instead an act of survival, meant to wake you from the dead. Other times however, a cup of coffee is much more than just caffeine—it’s an entire experience. Like wine, beer, barbeque, pizza, and …

Exit strategy

Several of Joangel Concepcion’s old colleagues deleted her from their social media accounts after the release of her television newsroom memoir, Dropping the Mic: My Break-Up with the American Media (Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd., 2017).  She wasn’t at all surprised that people from the news stations she worked at were none too pleased with her …

Into the wood

The language of wood can sound poetic, mysterious, and even a little dangerous. Take pommele sapele that resembles “rain drops cascading down a pane of glass” and the names—African Bubinga, Mexican Chakte Viga, and Indonesian Macassar. And then there’s wenge, an African wood whose splinters can cause infections while its dust can impact the central …

Extending the season

Dappled impressions from sunlight enliven a room, bringing it to life. The ever-changing effect of light shifts color on walls, furnishings, and flooring, animating everything in its sphere.  Katrina and Gregg Nicandris’s sun-filled, pastel-toned living room illustrates the impact sunlight can have when designing a room. A soft palette of buttery yellow and pastel blue …

The casino compromise

Portico by Fabio Viviani del Lago Resort and Casino 1133 Route 414, Waterloo (315) 946-1777 dellagoresort.com/dining/porticobyfabioviviani   You get along fairly well with your fiancée except for a few little things. For one, she likes to go to the casino. To keep yourself occupied on weekend trips to Niagara Falls, you bring books and a …

Plaiting for love

When hair stylist and salon owner Jordan Betts opened the doors to Mint Salon in 2013, she knew that she wanted to give back to the Rochester community in some way. “We didn’t have the money to be philanthropists but realized we could do it by using our hands,” she says. After brainstorming ideas with …

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