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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.


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On Saturday, the World's Largest Disco will pulsate inside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, where thousands of 1970s-themed celebrants roar with energy under the colorful lights of disco balls. Just outside, though, will be the World's Smallest Disco, a micro-pop-up dance party created by Choose Yer Own Adven-Tours founders Ron Ehmke and Paula Watkins. The amusing…

Soccer

After one season with Portland Timbers 2 in the United Soccer League, former University at Buffalo star Russell Cicerone has signed his second professional deal - this one with FC Cincinnati, a club that competed in the same second-tier league in 2017. “Russell is an incredibly talented young player,” said FCC head coach Alan Koch in a team release Tuesday. “He ha…

Gusto

While the Strictly Hip's performance at Tralf Music Hall and both nights of Lowest of the Low in Town Ballroom are sold out, there's no reason to panic for the ticket-less looking to go out Wednesday. Buffalo wholeheartedly embraces the reputation of the night before Thanksgiving — believed to be the biggest party night of the year — and several other venues are hos…

Art

1) UB Distinguished Speaker Series: Jesse Williams, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena, North Campus. Tickets range from $18-$42 and may be purchased here. Commentary: This visit by the undergraduate student-choice speaker is a big deal, even if the character he plays on "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. Jackson Avery, cannot be trusted because he has two fir…

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The Buffalo Bills' quarterback shakeup is already making waves on social media. Incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor, pulled at the end of Sunday's blowout loss to New Orleans, has been officially benched, making way for rookie Nathan Peterman. Was the general response sympathy for Tyrod? Excitement over the fifth round draft pick from Pittsburgh? Sardonic humor? (When is it …

Food and Drink

Left Coast Taco is nestled in a sleepy plaza on Oakwood Avenue in East Aurora, a block removed from a bustling stretch of Main Street. Identified by a simple sign reading "TACOS" along the top of the building, the tiny takeout-friendly restaurant is actually tough to miss. Run by the operators of 42 North Brewing Company's in-house restaurant, Root's Kitchen, Left Coast…

Soccer

The national title dreams of Buffalo's two college programs in the NCAA Tournament came crashing down on Saturday, as Buffalo State lost 2-0 to Hobart and Medaille fell by the same score to Otterbein. At Coyer Field, Hobart struck for two first-half goals - including a back-breaker in the 42nd minute - then withstood early second-half pressure from the Bengals to kill o…

Soccer

They were out. Then they weren't sure. Then they were in. The last two weeks have tormented, teased and titillated the Buffalo State men's soccer team, which returns to the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the first time since 1984. The Bengals host the first two rounds, with their first match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Hobart at Coyer Field. Messiah jous…

Art

1) Dirty Heads, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $24 in advance here or $28 day-of show. Commentary: Rapids Theatre continues its stellar run of bookings with this six-piece reggae band from Huntington Beach, Calif. Dirty Heads' sixth studio album, "Swim Team," was released less than a month ago, drawing praise for the b…

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Few topics start a more heated debate in Buffalo - and throughout the country - than when holiday music should start being played on the radio each year. The News' Bruce Andriatch detailed how STAR 102.5 FM elected to be the first radio station to play exclusively holiday music on Nov. 6. We looked to Buffalo Twitter, then, to gauge the popular reaction to the unofficia…

Food and Drink

Concocting the craziest concession is a constant challenge for arenas across the country, and Delaware North and the Buffalo Sabres have placed two inside USA Today's For the Win's Top 10 bizarre eats. The cotton candy waffle cone, the featured item in Nick Veronica's wrap-up of the new menu items for the 2017-18 Sabres season, came in at No. 7, nudging the apple crumbl…

Sports

It's been 33 years since the last time the Buffalo State men's soccer team has earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but the agonizing wait is over as Mark Howlett's Bengals have earned an at-large bid into the 2017 field after finishing fourth in the final Northeast Regional Rankings. The news gets better for Buffalo State, too. The Bengals will host the f…

Sports

The first 15 minutes were trending in the wrong direction for Canisius. A midfield usually so composed and technically clean was spraying passes in every direction but toward their intended targets, gifting Iona odd-man rushes and half chances. But one moment can change the entire complexion of a match, and two in quick succession doomed Iona. On the dribble, dynamic…

Soccer

Since 2012, Penn State-Behrend stood firmly between the Medaille men's soccer team and the NCAA Division III Tournament. The powerhouse program conquered the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference three of the last four years and, after blanking the Mavericks in their last three meetings, seemed destined to roll to the NCAAs again. It took a Herculean team-wide effort…

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For the high school boys soccer players who aren't still alive in the playoffs, the annual Exceptional Seniors Game is a terrific opportunity to be seen by local college coaches, who are in the process of filling out their roster openings ahead of February's signing day. Organized by Villa Maria College men's soccer head coach Tim Kronenwetter, the showcase match - sche…