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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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While there are over 70 Erbert & Gerbert's Sandwich Shops in the U.S., the vast majority huddle in the Midwest -- not straying too far from the chain's birthplace in Eau Claire, Wisc. Before Erbert & Gerbert's dabbled in the East Coast market -- the 484 Elmwood Ave. location is its first stop -- the closest franchise was in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., a nearly six-hour t…

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There are few places where you can brush up on your llama knowledge, wax nostalgic with a Van Halen tribute band and guzzle bacon lemonade -- and we're fortunate to have such an eccentric destination in our own backyard. For many, Friday marks the first chance to go truly wild at the Erie County Fair, as there's little fear of having to endure a rough morning-after in you…

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As The Buffalo News announced on July 15, Buffalo Brewfest has outgrown its traditional venue and expanded to the streets, where the craft-beer festival will engulf the Cobblestone District from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the 21+ event can be purchased in advance for $25 through Ticketfly.com, with all proceeds benefiting the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center…

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String players tune, an alligator crawls impatiently, and restless swine toss and turn deep into the night. The 175th anniversary of the Erie County Fair is finally upon us, and the festivities commence at noon Wednesday at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg). As we will each day through Aug. 17, a daily planner post -- replete with recommended activi…

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At least for this week, your entertainment comes in pairs. Whether it's the Wilson sisters from Heart, two mid-week Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performances or Drake and Lil Wayne spitting verses back and forth on the same stage, you'll swear you're seeing double. Plus, the Erie County Fair -- which will later greet Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum and Bridgit Mendler …

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The final weekend before the Erie County Fair is anything but blase. Perhaps the chief reason for excitement is just how different each of this weekend's options are: You can revel in tasty sweet corn, take endless rides of Ferris wheels, eat desserts with bacon in them, embrace the passion of Michael W. Smith and even pull some tractors. We'll shine the spotlight on thr…

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There's no shortage of articles praising Buffalo these days, and the novelty of hearing the city as an object of praise -- rather than scorn -- has begun to wear off. Now, instead of blindly sharing everything national that's written about our local, we've become more judicious. With the likes of WalletHub and Movoto cheekily adding various cities to top 10 lists and then…

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It must be terrifying to step onto the ice of a bar-league hockey game and notice a player's face that's oddly recognizable, one you vaguely recall seeing on TV. The tuft of hair peeking out the back of the helmet and a slightly smug look, one you could have sworn having seen holding up a big, silver cup. No, it can't be. Oh, right. It's a little after 9 at night at the N…

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Don't dismiss Weatherbox because the San Diego band has cycled through more than 12 members over the last decade. Many bands would dissolve with that alarming turnover rate, so perhaps vocalist-guitarist Brian Warren deserves credit for persistence. The four-piece punk rockers play a show in downtown Buffalo at 7 tonight at Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. Tickets run for …

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The Queen of Heaven Carnival beer tent wanted nothing to do with Jon Bon Jovi. On July 19, popular local cover band Hit N Run opted to play Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" which, in most other cities, would be a shoo-in for belting out drunken "oooo-oooh!"s and promoting general happiness. Not in Western New York, as Jon Bon Jovi's interest in buying the Buffalo Bills an…

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Could this weekend be the peak of Western New York's festival season? It's certainly a prime contender. You've undoubtedly already heard about the Italian Heritage Festival that swarms Hertel Avenue and the eight-day Canal Fest, which straddles the Erie Canal in the Tonawandas. While these two are terrific options, a breadth of other summer fests are scheduled near and f…

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If you haven't checked today's date yet, we forgive you. Yesterday did feel like June, after all. It is July 11, though, informally referred to as "seven-eleven," which may now get your mental wheels turning. It's Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven -- not exactly a national holiday, but we're not ones to stick our collective nose up at free frosty desserts. Within a 15-mile ra…

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If you're digging for good news in this post, it's that, at 1:30 p.m., 25 tickets remain on StubHub for tonight's Justin Timberlake show at the First Niagara Center. All hope is not lost! In other words, the rescheduled show remains sold out, but if you're willing to empty your 'N Sync-emblazoned piggy bank (and potentially invade someone else's), you could be a last-minu…

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Justin Timberlake broke hearts all over Western New York when he said he couldn't make it here in February, making the long, cold winter a little longer and a little colder. Tonight's the night he makes it up to us. (Cue the shrieking.) The show at the First Niagara Center kicks off about 8 p.m. But before he brings sexy back and asks you if he can be your boyfriend whi…

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It's tempting to treat worldwide pop stars more as symbols of success than actual humans, focusing more on success metrics like album downloads, YouTube views and Grammys than philanthropic endeavors or social initiatives. For Lady Gaga, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the First Niagara Center, it's impossible to separate the social issues she defends from the art…