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Elmwood and Hertel avenues boast Buffalo's best shopping. So surely the best of the best can be found where those two streets meet. Lo, over that hallowed crossroads looms the legendary North Buffalo Amvets. Greater Buffalo has two Amvets stores. The other behemoth, which rightfully has its fans, is on Walden Avenue in Depew. But the Buffalo store has an urban appeal…

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The mighty American Legion Band of the Tonawandas is bringing out the heavy artillery for Veterans Day. The 85-piece ensemble, 20-time winner of the national championship, is joining forces with a dynamic trio, the American Bombshells. The Bombshells, based in New York City, are what would have been called "girl singers" in the 1940s. Their style is a modern take on the…

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A viola with a colorful history is coming to Buffalo, thanks to a Buffalo Chamber Music Society concert. In a way, it's a homecoming for the instrument, which is owned by Buffalo's own Baird family. It is on loan from the Library of Congress, where it is housed. The viola is called the "Tuscan-Medici," because it was part of an ensemble made in 1690 for the Grand Duke o…

The Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra is tuning up for a concert 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at Slee Hall on UB's North Campus. Led by Music Director Ansgarius Aylward, assistant concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the group has planned a colorful program featuring Berlioz's "Roman Carnival Overture"; Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" Symphony; and the first movement of Sch…

Many love Neil Diamond. Few admit to it. Put a paper bag over your head, if need be, and head to Kleinhans Music Hall at 8 p.m. Nov. 11, where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by San Francisco-based Super Diamond, a leading, high-octane Neil Diamond tribute band. You'll hear all your surreptitious favorites: "Sweet Caroline," "Coming To America," "Cracklin…

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A good house turned out Saturday to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. And with good reason. With music by Chopin, Brahms and Richard Strauss, how could you lose? And on hand to play Chopin's Second Piano Concerto was Konrad Skolarski, from Warsaw, Poland. Everything was in place for a night of richness and romance. It all culminated in a wonderful performance …

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The Oishei Children's Hospital can rest easy now. It has found its lullaby. On Nov. 2, the contest finals at City Honors School put to bed the search to find a new, local, performance of Brahms Lullaby to be played whenever a baby is born at the hospital. Playing the famous lullaby on such occasions is a longstanding hospital tradition. It turns out it's hard to beat…

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In Italy, they would say it musically, something like: "GUER-chee-oh." Western New Yorkers say it, no-frills, "GURSH-ee-oh." Why stand by formalities? We're family. Guercio & Sons has presided over Grant Street for more than half a century. When weather permits, you can shop under awnings on the sidewalk in front of the store. Apples, pears, eggplant and cauli…

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Pianist Konrad Skolarski embraces rich, Romantic repertoire. His no-holds-barred approach won him high praise from one of Poland's great musicians, Kryzsztof Penderecki. "A great virtuoso of the piano," Penderecki reportedly said. Audiences and critics seem to agree. Skolarski, born in 1980 in Warsaw, Poland, grew up in a musical family and performed a Bach concerto …

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Born in Buffalo in 1905, Harold Arlen never grows old. Celebrate his songs at 2 p.m. Nov. 5, when the Theatre of Youth (203 Allen St. in the historic Allendale Theater), plays host to an Arlen tribute featuring the Buffalo Jazz Collective. In an afternoon of singing, moving and learning, you'll enjoy "Over the Rainbow," "I've Got the World on a String," "Come Rain or Come …

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"The Godfather," released in 1972, is turning 45. Celebrations are in order. At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4, the Screening Room Cinema Cafe at the Boulevard Mall is presenting special 45th anniversary screenings. The screenings are preceded by festivities. At 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3, for $20 (includes movie) taste beer by Flying Bison and enjoy Artisan Pizza by Isa Bella Pizza. At …

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It's hard to imagine conductor Michael Tilson Thomas at retirement age. When he led the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he was a boy wonder. Tilson Thomas announced Oct. 31 that, in June 2020, he would be stepping down as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. The 2019-2020 season will mark his 75th birthday. It will also mark his 25th year leading the San Franci…

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The Oishei Children’s Hospital Lullaby Contest is about to be put to bed. Several months ago, the hospital put out a wake-up call to local musicians, inviting them to try their hand at performing the famous Lullaby of the German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms. The winning performer will win $1,500 in cash and the opportunity for an audio recording of their song to be…

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Halloween'ed out? Dodge the jack o'lanterns and trick-or-treaters and head Oct. 31 to the Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St., University Plaza, Amherst). At 7 p.m., the Buffalo Film Seminars, led by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, will be screening the 1990 Meryl Streep movie "Postcards From The Edge." Carrie Fisher's darkly humorous account of her struggles with addiction …

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Oh, man. That's what I kept saying, watching the Coffee Concert edition of Cirque de la Symphonie at Kleinhans Music Hall. A troupe of top-notch cirque performers -- Russian, by the look of their names -- are joining the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell for a glittering variety of crazy stunts. I thought it would be good…