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It’s football Sunday at Edie’s Pizza and Subs in the Village of Hamburg and Bills fans are keeping the phone ringing and the seats full. A half-dozen employees are hard at work in the back, tossing wings, building pizzas and putting together salads for what, on this day, is a robust take-out business. Edie’s has been a mainstay in Hamburg for nearly two decades, though …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Imagine climbing the steps to the church, your heart heavy with sorrow as you prepare to attend the funeral of a loved one who has passed. As you open the door and enter, a friendly face asks, “Would you like a venti cappuccino?” Likewise, imagine departing the church after attending a service for a friend who was an avid lifelong motorcyclist. As you pull into line for…

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The term “living legend” is used quite generously. That said, the UB Center for the Arts hosted an undisputed living legend Saturday night, when three-time Grammy Award winner Kenny Rogers took to the mainstage for one of the final stops on his “The Gambler’s Last Deal” world tour. For Rogers’ longtime fans, it was the last chance to relive a lifetime of iconic music be…

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As they waited in line to pass through KeyBank Center security on a crisp Saturday afternoon, two women were chatting about the upcoming Trans-Siberian Orchestra show. “Is it a concert, or an orchestra, or a play, I don’t get it” one woman said to her friend, who, it was clear, had brought her along for the first time. “It’s ... kind of all three,” the friend replied…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

The walls of Vern Stein Art and Frame in Williamsville pop with vibrant artwork that transcends any one style, period or artist. To the casual observer, merely walking in the front door could prove intimidating. Where do I begin? What kind of art do I want? Will that look good in my living room? Can I even afford any of this? These are just a few of the questions nov…

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Buffalo’s Best Grill, located on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park, a proverbial stone's throw from New Era Field, is an easy place to miss. With the plethora of chain restaurants just to the west on McKinley Parkway and Milestrip Road, and the cluster of local dining establishments to the east in the Village of Hamburg, Buffalo’s Best is on a bit of an eatery island.…

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With three consecutive No. 1 albums, nine singles reaching the top of the charts, and seven Grammy Awards, Lady Antebellum has a resume that speaks for itself. But despite the massive commercial success the group has enjoyed, fans at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Thursday had to wonder what to expect when the Nashville trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and D…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

As the proverb goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” In the case of Christian Johnson, the necessity was having a son who was about to get his driver’s license. Like most parents, Johnson was terrified thinking of her teenager behind the wheel. She knew she couldn’t always be in the car with him, so the 40-year-old Buffalo native did the next best thing — she in…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

It’s a mild Sunday afternoon with a few wispy clouds overhead as Brittany Luongo takes a sip from her beverage on the patio at Providence Social. Luongo, a resident of the Elmwood Village, isn’t alone. Stretched out at her feet, a bowl of water by his side, is Dutch, her three-year-old Rottweiler/Shar Pei mix. Luongo’s self-described “baby,” Dutch is a regular at Providenc…

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DARIEN CENTER — What a difference a day can make. Less than 24 hours earlier before Sunday night’s show, the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center was awash in Jesus as Kingdom Bound, the annual Christian music and arts festival, drew to a close. Thousands of attendees participated in altar calls, communion, prayer tents and worship. But on Sunday evening, when country …

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The little blond toddler streaking away from his mother, light-up sneakers illuminating his path, was the first indication Tuesday's OneRepublic show had a different vibe to it. Upon catching up with the precocious tot just past the bar, his mom scooped him up and lugged him, giggling, back to the lawn. Toddlers on the lawn are a rarity at the typical Darien Lake summer…

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It might be easy to look at his life in the last year and assume it’s been an easy road for Christian rocker Zach Williams. He released his debut single, “Chain Breaker,” in the fall and the song went to No. 1 on the Christian charts and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Not a bad way to launch a solo career. But behind t…

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In a month that has seen the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center host packed houses for the likes of Chicago, Nickelback, Foreigner and the Vans Warped Tour, a distinctly different vibe is planned to take over the 20,000-seat outdoor venue from July 26 to 29. The annual Christian music festival Kingdom Bound returns for its 31st year with more than 40 musical acts, speakers…

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Just before 8:30 p.m., with the sun setting majestically over the historic Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, platinum-selling, two-time Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes stepped onto the stage to put the cherry on top of the annual Starry Night in the Garden fundraiser. With thousands of fans camped out in lawn chairs, on blankets, and even across the street fr…

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Take a place swarming with hundreds of kids wired on sugar with seemingly every video game imaginable at their fingertips. Mix in a similar number of adults - and adult beverages - and a sporting event for every taste on screens as far as the eye can see. On the idea spectrum, this arrangement sounds like it would come closer to nightmare than dream. But at Dave and …