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Kate LoConti Alcocer, Executive Artistic Director of the Irish Classical Theater Company.

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Irish Classical Theater Company returns to theater after nearly two years: There is a major return to basics for the Irish Classical, writes News contributor Matthew Nerber. The premiere of “Waiting for Godot” is also a return to the company’s roots: it was Samuel Beckett’s 1953 play that first brought the Dublin-born O’Neill brothers, co-founders of artistic director Vincent and the late Chris, in Buffalo. Read more

Watch now: Look inside O’Brien’s Smokehouse Bistro at West End Inn: The West End Inn has been the site of countless memories for Hamburg residents since the 1860s. After purchasing the building in 2019, Pat and Yvette O’Brien, and their daughter Allie O’Brien Phillippi, set up Airbnbs, apartments and kept the banquet hall. But O’Brien’s Smokehouse Bistro mixes traditional fare, like fried fish and weck beef, with Allie’s smoked meats. Read more

Garden Talk: Greg Gima reflects on 2021, plans for the new season: For the second week, during this snowy January, we reached out to a gardener who was featured in The News’ “Outdoor Spaces” series last summer. Elmwood Village resident Greg Gima talks about what worked and didn’t work in 2021 and looks back to this year. Read more

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