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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.


Comedy

The last time Kevin Hart was announced for a comedy show in Buffalo, April 17, 2015, the event sold out rapidly. So, Hart added a second gig for the same night, which also sold out. If his previous popularity is any indication, then tickets for the just-announced performance at 7 p.m. May 6 in KeyBank Center will vanish before you know it. Tickets for the Irresponsib…

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There are secrets to navigating Buffalo Soup-Fest. Avoiding spicy soups upon arrival, for example, will preserve your taste buds for relishing the savory and subtler options first. Think that's a common-sense tip? Maybe, but once you enter the second floor of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, the maelstrom of people and booths and scents are a lot to take in, so a …

Family

1) Buffalo Soup-Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $5, available at the door, and soups are between $2-3 apiece. Commentary: The annual slurping spectacular returns to the convention center, inviting 30 restaurants to offer two to three soups apiece. Attendees can peer at the various booths, select their …

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Sometimes the problem is bigger than potholes. During an interview between Channel 7's Liz Lewin and Erie County Deputy Commissioner of Highways Charles Sickler for a segment called Pothole Patrol, two motorists unintentionally stole the show, colliding in the intersection of Dingens Street and Rossler Avenue. The local TV station reported that no injuries were suffe…

Colleges

When Hurricane Harvey forced the postponement of two Florida State women's soccer matches late last summer, the Seminoles evacuated Tallahassee as a precaution, busing eight hours to share facilities with Ole Miss for a few days before a makeup match at Troy. Little did Florida State freshman Maddie Pezzino know then that those temporary grounds would be the next step i…

#viralWNY

When skeptics - inside or outside of Buffalo - question the extent of the city's tourism renaissance, what's the proper way to respond? That's a complicated question, but Thrillist - a digital lifestyle brand out of New York City - embraces the task in detail in its "Why Buffalo (Yes, Buffalo) Is America's Most Underrated City to Spend a Weekend." The article's autho…

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The rapper who stole the show at the 2016 Grammy Awards has announced his first stop in the Buffalo area since 2013. Kendrick Lamar will play at 7:30 p.m. June 3 in Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien), with notable openers Schoolboy Q, SZA and a long list of others. Tickets, which range from $35 lawn tickets to $125 seats, go on sale at noon Jan. 2…

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One advantage to booking a bill of two rather dissimilar bands is the chance to ensure a large crowd and broaden each of the bands' appeal. Emo-pop-punk band Fall Out Boy will join Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly on a two-pronged bill at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in KeyBank Center. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 29, range from $30.50 to $70.50 and may be purchased at…

Art

A generation obsessed with images, selfies and Instagram is naturally drawn to compelling backdrops for their photos, seeking out anything from public art to fields filled with sunflowers. Shark Girl, a product of the public art partnership between the Albright-Knox, Erie County and City of Buffalo, finds itself among the region's top examples, appearing in the Huffingt…

Family

1) T-Mobile Backyard Classic, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Ice at Canalside (Marine Drive). It's free to spectate, although registration is full. Commentary: Slide over to Canalside on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy small-sided hockey games featuring both kids and adults. Schedules for the 10th anniversary of the event - which is separate from…

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It's a bright Thursday for Deadheads. Dead & Company, which features pop sensation John Mayer and three original members of the Grateful Dead, will play at 7 p.m. June 19 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 26, range from $45 for lawn seats to $149.50, and can be purchased at LiveNation.com, Tic…

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Thomas Rhett's vault to country super-stardom is no better reflected than in his headlining role for the 2018 Taste of Country, the annual show hosted by 106.5 WYRK FM. Scheduled for June 8 at Coca-Cola Field, Taste of Country will also feature Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, Danielle Bradbery and local contest winner Kate Mallen. Tickets for the general public will go o…

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Darien Lake concerts may conjure images of raucous tailgates and wild shows for some, but the venue actually offers a strong lineup of family-friendly, wholesome programming. One of those is the annual visit by Kidz Bop Live, which comes at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Darien Lake pavilion (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 19, run from…

Comedy

The one-two comedy punch of Steve Martin and Martin Short will grace the Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.) stage at 7:30 p.m. April 12, LiveNation announced Monday. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 19, range from $59.50 to $189.50 and will be available online at LiveNation.com, Shea’s box office or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The duo's bill is called…

Soccer

The breakdown of this list is a sure sign that girls soccer is on the upswing in Western New York. While four student-athletes wrapped up their NCAA Division I college soccer careers this past fall, 13 more completed their freshman season at the top level of collegiate sports. Williamsville South alum Carissima Cutrona, who plays at the University at Buffalo, paced a…