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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.


Sports

A resilient BSC Raiders side made life difficult for favored FC Motown on Sunday afternoon at Nichols, but the Buffalo & District Soccer League representative ultimately fell short, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Cup. After knocking home a cross from Tyler Pinho in the 24th minute, FC Motown's Maximiliano Garcia broke a 1-1 deadlock with a bending rig…

Sports

Here's a disclaimer: It's hard to take much away from a scoreless draw involving FC Buffalo, which trotted out only three signed players, a handful of trialists and a slew of alumni, and Daemen College, in the throes of its spring season. The exhibition match, held Friday night in Sweet Home High School, nevertheless whetted the palate for a new season of outdoor soccer…

Soccer

Thanks to what felt like an extraordinarily long winter, competitive soccer matches - youth teams aside - have been few and far between since college soccer ended in early November. After seeing last Sunday's friendly against North Mississauga SC canceled due to inclement weather, local National Premier Soccer League squad FC Buffalo will finally suit up for an exhibiti…

Food and Drink

1) Runway 11.0, fashion shows at 3 and 8 p.m. April 21 in Buffalo State College's Campbell Student Union (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Admission is $10 for students, $15 for general public for the 3 p.m. slot, while general admission is $25 for the later time. Ticket information may be found here. Commentary: Organized fashion events are few and far between in Buffalo, but Runwa…

Gusto

Less than a year after leading a wild party for VENU's first birthday, MTV "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D will return to the area to celebrate his own birthday with a DJ show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 1 at Sunset Bay Beach Club (1028 South Shore Drive, Irving). Tickets range from $25 to $45 and may be purchased here. Admission includes access both to the beach and the be…

Food and Drink

Jamison Phillips was far from a regular at the old Checkers, which closed in late February, but he understands the bar's value to North Buffalo. With plans in advanced stages to open JP's Checkers at 1854 Hertel Ave., Phillips – presently a bartender at Del Denby's – has been aggressive in his renovations, replacing the fixtures, freshening the exterior, adding a new gr…

Sports

With a traveling roster of just 14 players facing difficult weather conditions, Lackawanna FCY fell short in the quarterfinals of the Werner Fricker Cup, losing 2-0 to host Vereinigung Erzgebirge on Sunday in Warminster, Pa. V-E broke a scoreless deadlock with a penalty kick in the 65th minute, then added an insurance goal late to advance to the tournament's semifinals.…

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Buffalo's biannual week dedicated to local restaurants is back again, as Local Restaurant Week runs April 16-22 at more than 200 eateries across the area. News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau laid the framework and provided useful links here, while Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon took the health-conscious approach, for which I'm grateful - I don't feel as obligated to include…

Soccer

By taking down BUSS in penalty kicks in the Tehel Cup Final last summer, Yemen Elite – now referred to as Lackawanna FCY – earned the right to represent the Buffalo & District Soccer League in the Werner Fricker Open Cup Region I quarterfinals. Faress Saleh's team will pay a visit to Vereinigung Erzgebirge at 2:30 p.m. April 15 at 130 Davisville Road, Warminster, Pa…

Art

1) Trimania, 8 p.m. April 14 in the Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.). General admission is $25 here, while single VIP is $50 and couples VIP is $80. Commentary: Buffalo Arts Studio presents a night of multimedia pleasure in the Tri-Main Center, with a wealth of live music, more than 50 art installations and a chance to meet many of the building's tenants planned. It's…

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A star-studded lineup has been released for the unveiling of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Dan Aykroyd and alumni from the original season of "Saturday Night Live" are slated to perform Aug. 1-5 at venues near the comedy center, 2 W. Third St., Jamestown. Tickets will be ava…

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After a rousing party on Elmwood Avenue to celebrate its first anniversary in 2017, Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) plans to return the Summer Solstice Street Festival for another year. From noon to 10 p.m. June 16, Thin Man will close off traffic on Elmwood between Hodge Avenue and Utica Street to showcase the following local bands: Radarada, The CPX, The Jumpers, …

Sports

Kendell McFayden and Kyle Rogers scored on either side of halftime as the BSC Raiders took down TFC Gunners, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon in Virginia in the first round of the U.S. Region I Amateur Cup. Qualifying for the tournament as a result of their Buffalo & District Soccer League premier division crown from last summer, Rocky Palmeiro and Raiders were the second s…

Gusto

Brunch doesn't take a break after Easter Sunday. Three trendy local businesses - small-batch patisserie Butter Block, West Side coffee-house newcomer Remedy House and downtown restaurant Marble + Rye - will contribute to a 12-week Sunday brunch series at the latter's home, 112 Genesee St. The first edition is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8. No reservations will be…

Art

1) Thawfest, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $39 in advance here, $59 for VIP, which includes entry an hour before everyone else, plus rare beers and a selection of finger foods. Commentary: An impressive list of breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries will be represented in sprawling RiverWorks. Rochester's Iron Smok…