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

President Trump is a polarizing figure in a polarizing time. But he may be able to unify the country under a principle that is the bedrock of American male civilization: wearing things even though they have outlived their usefulness and/or doing bizarre, embarrassing things to make them look right. Even though I'm in the media and therefore am not to be believed, I prom…

There has been a late addition to the many dining options available for fans who are downtown to watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament: Lloyd Taco. One of Buffalo's favorite food trucks and restaurants will set up shop on the fifth floor of The Buffalo News from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Lloyd has periodically set up a catering operation in the News ca…

This is the month that people from around the country will do something they never planned – maybe never even considered: pay a visit to Buffalo, N.Y. Such are the vagaries of the NCAA Basketball Tournament selection process that one day all you know about Buffalo is that its football team lost a bunch of Super Bowls (true) and that it snows here non-stop from August …

I like to think of myself as a trusting person, who tends to err on the side of giving all people the benefit of the doubt. Unless you tell me that something is in Williamsville. Then I have a standard response: “No it isn’t.” It isn’t just places. I have met dozens of people who tried to tell me that they lived in Williamsville, only to be informed by me tha…

Aug. 23, 1938 – Feb. 10, 2017 Elaine M. Cambria of the Town of Tonawanda, who taught generations of students at St. John the Baptist Elementary School while raising six children of her own, died at home Feb. 10 of complications arising from ALS. She was 78. Born Elaine Trupia in Brooklyn, Mrs. Cambria was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School and St. Joseph’s …

Future is coming. The hip-hop artist whose has collaborated with artists included Drake and the Weeknd and has appeared on "Saturday Night Live," will bring his show to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. May 24. The concert will feature Migos, Tory Lanez, Kodak Black and Zoey Dollaz. Tickets go on sale at noon Feb. 17. Reserved tickets are $39.50 to $89.50;…

It doesn't have the built-in faux excitement of Groundhog Day. It doesn't quite generate the thrill of pitchers and catchers reporting. It doesn't match the lore of the swallows returning to Capistrano. But as a local sign of spring, you could do worse than the start of the annual RRRoll Up The Rim promotion at Tim Hortons, which starts today and runs through mid-April …

NONFICTION Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy that Will Prevail By Jonathan Chait Harper Collins 240 pages, $27.99 There may have been a time when you could read a political book about a polarizing figure that presented an argument so compelling about him as to be geometric and said, “Well that’s sure going to change some…

A pair of bands whose music still dominates classic rock radio will appear on the same Darien Lake stage this summer. Chicago and the Doobie Brothers will appear July 18 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the tour go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 9 on www.livenation.com. Chicago, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a band this year, was in…

The joy of an overstuffed file marked "CROWDS" is not just the photos within it that you instantly recognize, from sporting events or political rallies; it's also in the photos whose context is not immediately clear. Such is the case with this photo, marked May 6, 1973, and shot by Buffalo Evening News staff photographer Richard W. Roeller. The fashion choices and ha…

When it comes to the Sabres, the teams of the 1970s and the current era have at least one thing in common: No championship to celebrate, but reasons for hope. Never was that feeling of optimism more apparent than it was at the end of the 1972-73 season when the expansion Sabres, less than three years removed from their first game, made the Stanley Cup playoffs. The team…

Nonfiction The Daily Show (The Book); By Chris Smith, Foreword by Jon Stewart; Grand Central Publishing, 459 pages ($30) The great ones have a way of making it look easy. Think of Joe Montana throwing a touchdown pass or Frank Sinatra singing a Cole Porter tune. For more than 16 years on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart made it look easy. Now a new book chroni…

You know you’re a suburbanite if you’ve ever woken up with a start in the middle of the night between Nov. 1 and April 1 and realized that you forgot to pull the car in the driveway. You also know you’re a suburbanite if you’ve walked out to the street on a warm, sunny morning and seen a piece of paper under your windshield wiper left for you by a police officer…

Cazenovia Park has been a focal point of life in South Buffalo for generations. In the 1980s, it also was home to a series sponsored by the Abbott-South Park Business Association called Sunday in the Park. On July 28, 1985, the association sponsored a production of Cinderella in the park and hundreds turned out to see it. There are a lot of onetime South Buffalo resi…