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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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One of the beauties of Buffalo's summer is the abundance of cheap live music during the week. These concert-goers have routines: Artpark on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Live at Larkin on Wednesdays, Canalside Free Thursdays, and then a gaggle of weekend options. Monday feels a little left out. Don't overlook the Lewiston Council on the Arts' Blue Mondays, which kicks off the …

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The final vacancy in the 2014 Canalside concert lineup has been filled. Moby, an electronic music pioneer of the 1990s, will perform along the waterfront on Aug. 14. Although the Thursday concert is free, VIP passes -- which include admission into the VIP tent, unlimited food and drinks, front-of-stage viewing and private bathrooms -- are available for $40. More ticket in…

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Maybe its our designation as the City of Good Neighbors, or that one can live comfortably here on a modest salary, but according to CNN Money's list of 10 Least Stressed Cities, the Queen City ranks among the most relaxed. No, we may not boast the low poverty rate of Salt Lake City, the No. 1 least-stressed city, nor the short work hours of our enviable neighbor -- second…

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Back in 1974, the Buffalo Sabres pulled perhaps the best prank in the history of the National Hockey League. My family -- most specifically, my late grandfather, Joshua -- had a hand in the selection of Taro Tsujimoto, a fictional hockey player drafted in the 13th round of the 1974 draft. Now that the Tsujimoto draft saga has reached its 40th anniversary, TSN Canada drop…

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By the time Weezer's just-announced Aug. 10 show at EdgeFest arrives, two years will have passed since the last time Rivers Cuomo and crew serenaded Buffalonians along the water. That show, if you harken back to Jeff Miers' account of July 13, 2012, was a roaring success. Weezer breezed through a 16-song set list -- then returned for two encores -- and still had fans plea…

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Pop phenom Christina Perri, fresh off the release of her second album, "Head or Heart," has been booked for the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, recognized for her single "Jar of Hearts" and a hit on the Twilight: A Breaking Dawn soundtrack, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 4. Ticket prices range from $29.50 …

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Get ready for your social media timelines to be strewn with a BuzzFeed listicle, Western New Yorkers. Early Monday afternoon, BF editorial fellow Andrew Ziegler posted "31 Realities All Western New Yorkers Know to be True," igniting the probable share-a-thon we can expect for the next few days. Kudos to Ziegler, who -- after a little digging -- appears to be a former St.…

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A new fried-fish emporium has come to town, and it has a decidedly foreign twist. The British Chippy, the South Park Avenue fish-and-chips shop run by English Pork Pie Company owners Vicky and Damian Parker, began serving food Friday. Although the husband-and-wife duo originally planned to debut in February, the June 6 soft opening featured a limited menu focused on Batt…

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As if the Stanley Cup stakes couldn't get any higher, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to a friendly wager with California governor Jerry Brown. Naturally, Cuomo will pull for the New York Rangers, who travel to Brown's hometown team, the Los Angeles Kings, in a best-of-seven series that begins at 8 p.m. June 4. The most compelling part of the bet, of course, is…

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As dubbed by Deadspin, the "Summer of Gronk" keeps chugging along. In June 2's episode of CW's "Whose Line is it Anyway?", Gronkowski appeared as a special guest for Wayne Brady and Jonathan Mangum's improv song skit. [bn_youtube id="hQbCAVopVaA"]   The three-minute clip is littered with Gronky highlights: perhaps you'll find the awkward dance moves complemented b…

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National studies often lend local insight, and Vox.com's quintet of beer maps explains, to some degree, Western New York's relationship with beer. The study was conducted by Matthew Zook and Art Poorthuis, primarily by aggregating geo-tagged tweets, and the results were published in their book "The Geography of Beer." Vox.com then published the results for the web. Bear …

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You can thank Ren, and, well, Ren's Mom. Ren's List, a website that details local places where you can and cannot walk your dog, is the product of Jaclyn McKewan, a suburban dog owner with the willingness to fill a void and inform the public. The site's "about" page -- where McKewan is simply referred to as "Ren's Mom" -- clarifies the genesis of the site: Ren, a short-h…

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Following Andrew Galarneau's preview of the revamped Clinton's Dish, interest swirled around the new food options at Canalside, the bustling summer hub of water activities, lunchtime hangouts and evening concerts. Would former Merge Restaurant chef Kate Elliott, chosen by venue management specialists Global Spectrum to head food operations, put her own twist on the fare? …