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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.


Soccer

It's schedule release season for the Buffalo soccer community, as the home and away dates are set for WNY Flash head coach Matt Waddington's first season at the helm, and local amateur men's side FC Buffalo has committed three matches to its calendar. The Flash, which enters its second season in amateur league United Women's Soccer, will play home contests at Dobson Fie…

Food and Drink

When the Elmwood Avenue location of Louie's Original Footlong Hot Dogs burned down in 2013 after 22 years in business, fans of the comfort food establishment were resigned to a single spot: Louie's seasonal enterprise at 69 Grand Island Blvd. in Tonawanda. On March 17, however, the newest Louie's location opened in Buffalo, in Black Rock at 1893 Niagara St., the restaur…

Gusto

It's been a dark few days for electronic dance music star Datsik, who's been dropped by his record label and has canceled the remainder of his Ninja Nation 2018 tour as a result of sexual assault allegations made against him by social media users. The Canadian DJ, whose real name is Troy Beetles, was scheduled to play Buffalo on March 30 in Buffalo RiverWorks. But Datsi…

Festivals

1) St. Patrick's Day parade, begins at 2 p.m. March 18 in Niagara Square and continues north along Delaware Avenue. Free to attend. Commentary: Employing a phrase of late college football announcer Keith Jackson, this parade is the "grand-daddy of them all," at least in terms of sheer size and participation. Run by the United Irish-American Association, based on Abbo…

Gusto

More than 14 years passed between Dave Matthews Band's 2001 show at Rich Stadium and the return of major outdoor stadium concerts in the Buffalo area. But these large-scale shows were a key part of the city's history of major concerts, especially during the glory days of rock-and-roll, and extensive renovations, beginning in 2012, gave the venue legitimacy again. With B…

Food and Drink

The next project set for the northwest corner of Transit Road at Main Street in East Amherst is a major departure from the former TGI Fridays. My Dad's Market and Restaurant, a venture of Falconer-based Lewis & Son, Inc., is expected to open in mid-April at 6850 Main St., according to a press release. Plans for the sprawling space include a restaurant with organi…

Art

1) Project Glam, noon to 4 p.m. March 10 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Advance cost is $25 general admission or $40 for VIP passes; further ticket info here. Commentary: Billed as the "Ultimate Girls Day Out," Townsquare brings together roughly 60 vendors - from wineries to dessert experts to spa and salon representatives - for an afternoon of shopping and exp…

Soccer

FC Buffalo's season may still be two months away, but there's good news to announce for the club. Striker Akean Shackleford, a productive force on the pitch and a fan-favorite off it, will return to the National Premier Soccer League club for summer 2018, he announced on Twitter. Shackleford, a native of Jamaica who just completed his second season at Indian Hill…

Soccer

The next steps in the athletic careers of several Western New York student-athletes have been established, with National Signing Day, Feb. 7, prompting a slew of announcements that have trickled out ever since. By no means is the following list comprehensive or complete, as many All-WNY selections and lauded premier club players have yet to decide between several outsta…

Art

1) Shamrock Run, 9 a.m. day-of registration, tentative noon start time March 3 at Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). Late registration fee is $40 and may be purchased online here and picked up at the OFW by EOB Friday. Commentary: The 40th anniversary of the pre-St. Patrick's Day race is a 5-mile jaunt through the Old First Ward, with runners donning a r…

Latest Sabres

It was a foregone conclusion Sabres winger Evander Kane would be traded before the 3 p.m. deadline Monday. The questions were more about what first-year Buffalo GM Jason Botterill could fetch in return for the mercurial forward. When Botterill sent Kane to San Jose in exchange for two conditional draft picks and prospect Danny O'Regan, Buffalo Twitter was quick to evalu…

Gusto

Los Angeles, Calif., metal band Metallica has been a stranger to Buffalo for nearly 10 years; the James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich-led band last stopped in November 2009 for a show at HSBC Arena. The wait is over for metal fans, however, as Metallica announced an Oct. 27 concert in KeyBank Center as part of its WorldWired Tour. Tickets, which range from $65 to $135, go…

Gusto

There's a solid reason to go to The Pink before the usual 3 or 4 a.m. hours. Goo Goo Dolls' bass player Robby Takac tweeted early Friday that he'd be the guest DJ at 10 tonight at 223 Allen St. The Pink is far from a huge venue, so it would be wise to arrive early to see the local music icon in action and to discover his secret alumni. (We hope he plays more than jus…

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…

Featured

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…