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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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This weekend is a little light on festivals, and I'm sure you know why. Maybe you're suffering from an Independence Day hangover -- not necessarily alcohol-related, but that's entirely possible. You could have singed your finger on the grill (pretending it was a hot dog, of course), become a little too zealous in leaping after a Frisbee or wound up enraged because your no…

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Although Bruno Mars' show tonight at the First Niagara Center is officially sold out, roughly 400 tickets are available on StubHub, ranging from $15 to an alarming $1102. If you're up to sitting in the 300s behind the stage, then $15.20 is all you'll need to acquire a ticket. Several seats are available on the floor, and those tickets range from $79 to $139.50. Have an ab…

Festivals

Get ready, because Western New York's summer festivals are set to descend upon us like a starved panther at a pig roast. (Contender for worst analogy of 2014). Below, we've culled both the big and small festivals scheduled for Sunday and provided the necessary logistical details. If you're the "bigger picture" sort, you can see the entire Gusto Festival Guide here. You m…

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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 Bat…

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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…