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Bruce Andriatch is the assistant managing editor/features at The Buffalo News.


A few years ago, when the topic of "The Natural" came up out of nowhere as it often does in certain circles, a friend told me he was in it. I reacted as many of us do when we hear such information: I said "Get out!" and begged to know everything. Pressed about his star turn, my friend conceded that his name wasn't in the credits, he didn't speak in the film and you coul…

Someone finally figured out that it's possible to combine physical comedy, intelligent dialogue, wacky characters, fantastic writing, borderline-raunchy humor and Broadway musicals into a TV show. (I know! What took so long?) Title: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Year it began: 2015 Where it can be seen: CW, Netflix Typical episode length: 40-43 minutes Number of…

Mariah Carey fans are getting an early Christmas present. The singer, whose hits have spanned four decades, is bringing her "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tour here for a Nov. 21 show at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino Events Center in Niagara Falls. Tickets go on sale at noon Oct. 6. According to a news release, the show show will celebrate her Christmas cat…

The local restaurant scene continues to change and grow and Buffalo News Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau has been watching and documenting it for more than five years. Every day brings something new. Take this week in restaurant news from Galarneau for example: • West Side French specialist Lait Cru Brasserie has started offering sandwiches and salads in the Cobble…

Record Theatre may be gone, but the legacy of its founder will go on. The section of Main Street running from Delavan Avenue to Lafayette Avenue and back to Harvard Place that was home to the iconic record store for more than 40 years will be named Leonard “Lenny” Silver Way. A ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29 in front of the now-closed retail music s…

Jeff Dunham, a ventriloquist whose concert specials and live performances have made him one of the most well-known comedians in the world, is bringing his cast of characters to KeyBank Center next year. Dunham just released his latest standup special, "Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster," on Netflix. The special features Dunham along with his posse of characters including W…

Jan. 8, 1942 - July 28, 2017 A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 23 at Canisius High School for Brother Louis Mauro, a Lackawanna native and former treasurer at the high school, who died July 28. He was 75. A graduate of Father Baker High School, Mauro joined the Society of Jesus in 1961 at St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Poughkeepsie. He received his bachelor'…

The good news for Niall Horan fans is that the One Direction member is coming to Darien Lake. The bad news is they will have to wait almost a year to begin shrieking. Horan will appear Sept. 7 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater. Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at at livenation.com or through Ticketmaster. Horan is currently in Tokyo, in the mid…

It's not the holiday season in Buffalo without an appearance from Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the tradition will continue this year. TSO will be play two shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 16 in KeyBank Center. As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the John R. Oishei Children’s Ho…

When it comes to commuting, we really don't have a lot to complain about in Western New York. It's hard to remember that when you and dozens of your fellow motorists haven't moved in the center expressway lane for 5 minutes because the sign way back there said the left lane would be closed in a half-mile so you moved over and now some idiot is zooming up that very left …

There's fake news and then there's fake news that might be fake, but sure sounds like it could be real. This comes courtesy of humor magazine/satire site The Onion under the headline "Diehard 8-Year-Old Buffalo Bills Fan Showing Early Signs Of Masochism." The story — which is a joke — is about a pretend fan named Cody Brenner. But in a way, maybe it's a story …

Katy Perry broke a lot of hearts in Buffalo Thursday when she announced that her concert scheduled for Sept. 16 would be canceled. But it's not like those hearts haven't been broken before. The list of acts that had planned to stop in Western New York and either bailed for good or deferred for another day is long. Here are some of our greatest misses. Justin Timbe…

Musical tastes are so varied and there are so many genres that it’s a fool’s errand to come up with any universal truism. Except for the obvious one: When a jolt is needed for any party, from backyard barbecue to formal wedding reception, “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire never fails. Likewise, no matter the year or the ever-changing lineup, Earth, Wind &…

Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne is coming to Buffalo. The Grammy-award winner announced Tuesday that he will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. Tickets range from $39.50 to $99.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Center for the Arts Box Office (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4) and www.ticketfly.com. For more information call 645-…

For as far back as I can remember, a quiet war has been raging. On one side were the profane, the people who never met a curse they couldn't work into a conversation, the people who never even considered putting dashes in the three places where letters were supposed to be in four-letter words. On the other were the genteel, those for whom the term "inappropriate" is …