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Bruce Andriatch

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


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 …

One of my closest friends has a cottage in Ontario. Every summer, she nags my wife and me to come visit her and her family, sit on the beach, drink beer and relax. (I know. The horror.) The last time we did, while all around us people were laughing and screaming and having a grand old time, it was all I could do to not start crying. Because every time I looked to my lef…

U2 is returning to the Buffalo area for the first time in more than a decade. But the legendary Irish quartet has a long relationship with our city, dating to its very first American tour. Here are a few Buffalo highlights from the past 35 years. Dec. 8, 1980: U2 plays its first Buffalo show, opening for Talas inside Stage One, the club owned by Harvey Weinstein, who…

The summer concert season just got a little more crowded. Artpark announced today that Blink-182 and Ziggy Marley have been added to the Coors Light Concerts lineup. Tickets for both shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday June 2. Ziggy Marley will play the venue on July 19 with tickets ranging from $12 to $27. Blink-182 with special guest PVRIS is set for July 31…

NONFICTION Al Franken, "Giant of the Senate" by Al Franken; Twelve, 416 pages, ($28) In the fall of 2007, the Democratic leadership of the U.S. Senate was not entirely on board with the idea that the people of Minnesota would be interested in electing Al Franken to the august body the following year. First off, he had never run for office. Second, there was some v…

An independent film "American Wrestler: The Wizard" did not win wide release when it came out in 2016. But you have a chance to see it on the big screen, anyway. The film, inspired by true events and starring former Cheektowaga resident William Fichtner, will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 in the Regal Elmwood Center 16. In an email he sent to friend - …

For most of the history of cinema, two questions preceded every movie-going decision: What do I want to see? and where is the nearest theater? It was all so very 20th century. But it was a winning formula for Hollywood and the companies that owned the theaters. No more. Now the question many movie lovers ask is: With all the options available on my TV and computer…

With the possible exception of "Seagal vehicle," no two words foreshadow limited cinematic appeal more than "golf movie." It's not that producers don't keep trying, and thank God for that or "Caddyshack" would have remained a National Lampoon–inspired hallucination and not the film that launched a hundred catch phrases, which is nice. But the shanks are far more pl…

Since this show premiered in 2003, perhaps it would be better to call this "You Should Have Been Watching." But thanks to Netflix, a cult following, new episodes produced years after the series ended its network run and the promise of yet another sequel makes it more than worth the trip. Title: “Arrested Development” Year it began: 2003 Where it can be seen: N…