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

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…

To hear Tracey Tong tell it, all she did was defend a fellow subway rider in New York City from the verbal assault of another passenger. Ellen DeGeneres saw it another way: She thinks Tong is a hero and brought her on her daytime talk show to show the viral cell-phone video of Tong standing up for another person and to celebrate her for what she did. https://twitter.…

This lecture event scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Daemen College has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date. David Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, had been scheduled to speak as part of the college's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series.    

UPDATE: Due to technical difficulties, Galarneau would he happy to take your questions at this Facebook post. We apologize for the glitch. Western New York is going through a restaurant boom unlike anything that has been seen here in generations, and Buffalo News Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau has had a front row seat. He is not shy about sharing the information he …

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…