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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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When Food Network star Alton Brown visits a relatively unfamiliar city, he takes finding the right places to eat and drink seriously. The "Eat Your Science" performer, who entertained at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts Thursday night, sent a tweet Wednesday asking where he should get wings in Buffalo, prompting nearly 900 responses and even prodding the …

Art

1) Janet Jackson, 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $32.45 to $122.45 and may be purchased here. Commentary: It's a big deal that Janet Jackson is playing Buffalo, especially if you're like News contributor Ben Siegel, who had his 11-year-old heart set on seeing his beloved performer back in 1993, when she canceled her area show at the last minute due …

Sports

D'Youville women's soccer has a plan for how to win soccer matches. Opponents know what's coming, but there's a reason professional teams thrive using the same strategy. Jim Hesch's Spartans are content to let foes keep possession for the majority of a match. They're built to absorb pressure and persuade opponents to involve more players into the attack, allowing D'Youv…

Sports

In the regular-season meeting between the Medaille and D'Youville men, the heavily favored Mavs breezed to a 4-0 soccer victory, ripping 15 shots on goal to the Spartans' three. The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs are a different beast, however, as it took Micky Blythe's team into the first minute of overtime to send pesky, disciplined D'Youville packi…

Sports

It's possible the Buffalo State men's soccer team looked beyond first-round opponent Geneseo toward fellow nationally ranked SUNYAC foes Oneonta and especially Cortland, the No. 1 seed that's knocked the Bengals out the last two years. But it wasn't complacency that plagued Mark Howlett's squad on the field in a shocking 2-0 defeat to the Knights at Buffalo State Saturd…

Sports

Enduring two grueling months of the college soccer season has rewarded several programs with a chance at competing in their respective conference tournaments. While the NCAA Division I schools have a few more matches before the postseason begins, the NCAA Division III sides begin the do-or-die part of their season on Saturday. Fortunately, all of the NCAA Division II…

Music

1) The Witches Ball, 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $40 general admission, $120 VIP, and must be printed and brought to the event. They may be purchased here. Commentary: Eight performance spaces and five event stages will encompass the Statler for a night of spooky dancing and exploration. From Se2 Silent Disco to Dames of the Dead, a H…

Sports

There was a scenario where, if the Medaille men's soccer team beat Penn State-Behrend on Tuesday at D'Youville, the Mavericks would win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season title, earn a first-round bye and avoid facing both Mount Aloysius and Behrend in the postseason. Behind an incredibly disciplined and organized defense - as well as the stella…

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The glow of blue lights, a somber symbol of Officer Craig Lehner's death, made for a stirring visual on the morning when police from around the world, as well as Buffalonians embracing the service of one of their own, mourned in downtown Buffalo. The Buffalo News is covering Lehner's funeral in KeyBank Center in its entirety, but here are touching tributes and reactions…

Sports

Noah Keem scored 62 goals in a sterling high school career at Sweet Home, so it seemed a little unusual to see him at center back and fullback as a freshman for the Daemen Wildcats. After all, Daemen had scored a conference-low 17 goals in 2016 - the Wildcats' second season, officially, in NCAA Division II - with exactly zero goals returning this fall, as leading scorer…

Music

Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM's popular music festival will have a much different look this year. After invading KeyBank Center last December, the Kerfuffle Before Christmas will move to Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.) for a three-day festival, beginning Nov. 30. Here are the three shows, for which doors open at 6:15 p.m. and shows commence at 7:10: • Thursda…

Music

Kesha has come a long way since "Tik Tok" - both musically and personally. Her career roller coaster has swung from nearly giving up on music to crafting a potential album of the year. The singer-songwriter, whose Aug. 11 album "Rainbows" topped the Billboard 200, will headline Kiss 98.5 FM's Kissmas Bash on Dec. 9 in KeyBank Center. The openers include PRETTYMUCH, Why …

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1) 103.3. The Edge's Halloween Bash, 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in The Cove (4701 Transit Road, Depew). Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Commentary: Hosted by Edge personalities Shredd and Ragan, the first big Halloween bash of the season rolls to Depew, where $2,000 will be doled out for the best costume - plus $500 for best Pennywise the Clown, the haunting Stephen Ki…

Soccer

Melvin Blair's eyes got really, really big. A lofted ball forward met the chest of Canisius striker Filippo Tamburini, with Blair lurking a few paces behind, eager to have a try at goal. Tamburini's layoff was exceptional, and the Jamaican midfielder sizzled a right-footed volley under the crossbar for a 1-0 Griffs lead in the first minute, and Canisius never looked …

Food and Drink

The biannual Local Restaurant Week begins Oct. 16 and rages for a full week, celebrating Buffalo's freakishly deep roster of quality eateries. The News' Andrew Galarneau wrote about the nuts and bolts of LRW here, and you can browse the list of participating restaurants here. But, to get the creative dining jus flowing, here are 10 quality options from around the are…