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Ben Tsujimoto

I'm Ben. I smiled a little too aggressively for my profile picture. I do digital things for The Buffalo News, live off of Hertel and attended Houghton College.


Food and Drink

Until earlier this month, the East Aurora building at 34 Hamburg St. - just off the main traffic circle - had sat vacant since Dec. 30, 2014, when Burger King closed its doors. In 2016, Mighty Taco considered moving in for more space than its Grey Street location but was ultimately priced out. For the last week and change, the building has bustled with life, as Las Bras…

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1) Benefit for Buffalo Irish Center, 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at 245 Abbott Road. Cost is $5 for 21+ and $7 for anyone under 21. Commentary: Established in 1970 as an Irish cultural hub in South Buffalo, the Irish Center has been remarkably active in the community - hosting everything from Irish dance troupes to ample local music to participating in major events such as the Old N…

Food and Drink

A good margarita isn't simple to pull off. The preferred mix of tequila, triple sec and lime juice varies by the drinker; some want top-shelf tequila at the front (and the back), others are fine with a sugary beverage to mask the taste of well tequila, while still others demand a delicate balance. Calling upon pre-made margarita mix might be considered cutting corners f…

Sports

Matt Waddington's summer just got a lot busier. The local coach at the club and high school levels has been named the new head coach for the Western New York Flash's United Women's Soccer team for the 2018 season, the club announced in a release Friday. Waddington takes the mantle from Gary Bruce, who directed WNY through its first season in the UWS. Bruce is expecte…

Food and Drink

Tack on another major accomplishment to Buffalo chef Mike Andrzejewski's decorated culinary career. The chef-owner of SeaBar and Cantina Loco competed on The Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay," taking down Washington, D.C.-based rival Anthony Nelson and then conquering Iron Chef Flay in an episode calling "Going Loco." After dispatching of Nelson in the first round, An…

Sports

Update, Feb. 16: South Buffalo Development spokesperson Phil Pantano issued the following statement in regard to some of the claims made Saturday by M/ilesports owner Mike Damico: “While we appreciate the enthusiasm our prospective tenant has for the many positive attributes of the site, any public comments made in regard to development beyond the proposed athletic fac…

Art

1) Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational, 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport). General admission is $45 and may be purchased here, while designated driver tickets run for $10. Commentary: Craft-beer fanatics will be thrilled with the return of the BN Brewers Invitational, which brings together dozens of rare and one-off locally p…

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If you take pride on visiting new local restaurants before anyone else, here's a handy resource, an eater's checklist of sorts. Especially as the warmer weather nears, the activity in Buffalo's restaurant scene speeds up. Plans for ambitious projects are announced, new food trucks hit the pavement and bold new eateries - sometimes with concepts foreign to Buffalo - open…

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Rock band O.A.R. has been a hit in its annual Buffalo-area stop for years, and the Maryland group has planned another summer visit. O.A.R. and Matt Nathanson are slated to perform at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 as part of Artpark's Coors Light Concerts, in the outdoor amphitheater (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Tickets go on sale at noon Feb. 16 at tickets.com and artpark.net, by ph…

Sports

Add another name to the list of FC Buffalo alumni who've gone on to sign professional contracts. Midfielder Ian McGrath, a box-to-box stalwart for the Wolves in 2016, has agreed to a deal with new United Soccer League club Nashville SC, the team announced Friday morning. https://twitter.com/e_017/status/962012962213920770 McGrath, who wrapped up his college career…

Festivals

1) Cupid's Undie Run, noon Feb. 10 in and around Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets are $40 and may be purchased here. Commentary: At first glance, Cupid's Undie Run is a chance to enjoy a few local craft beers before running - scantily clad and quite chilled - around downtown before warming up with a few more drinks (we recommend Thin Man's Bliss, even if you…

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The morning following Justin Timberlake's performance at Super Bowl LII, the "Man of the Woods" star announced a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in KeyBank Center. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 19, range from $53.50 to $229 and will be available online at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-223-6000. Leading off with "Man of the Woods" single "Filt…

Soccer

ALFRED STATE COLLEGE (12-4 overall, 2-0 in ACAA, won conf. finals) Taryn Dechow, senior defender from Randolph Stats: 15 games (all starts), one assist, one point Alison Winchester, sophomore midfielder from Maple Grove Stats: 2 games (1 start), no points ***** ALFRED UNIVERSITY (7-9-3 overall, 3-3-2 in Empire 8, lost in conf. semis) Sara Nostrant, senior …

Art

1) Wine About Winter OR Buffalo Brewfest, two sessions of each: 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. in Grapevine Banquets (333 Dick Road, Depew). Tickets are $27 in advance and may be purchased here. Commentary: Whether you're OK with being called a wine and beer enthusiast or not, wine and beer enthusiasts will converge upon a spacious venue on Dick Road in Depew for two sepa…

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards was a big evening for country superstar Chris Stapleton, who paired with EmmyLou Harris to perform "Wildflowers," an emotional Tom Petty tribute, then seized three coveted awards in his genre. On the heels of these accolades, Stapleton announced he will play June 28 at Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien) as part of his Al…