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Toni Ruberto

Toni Ruberto is the editor of Gusto who also likes to write about movies and music. When the South Buffalo native isn't walking her dog, she is listening to mopey British music or watching Syfy or TCM.


It's a remarkable time for movie fans in the Buffalo area. Hollywood is not only calling, it's calling Buffalo home base for multiple movie productions and big-name events. As film crews ramp up production here on another film - this time "The Adventures of Wolfboy," with a cast led by John Turturro - we are preparing for the premiere of the feature film "Marshall," sho…

Bill Wharton does more than play the blues. He cooks up a mighty fine Gumbo - and likes to help others out, too. So at 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Friends of the Night People (394 Hudson St.), the "Sauce Boss" will cook a 60-quart pot of Gumbo to feed the homeless as part of his “Planet Gumbo” charity that helps raise community awareness of the plight of the homeless. Afterw…

The No. 1 kids toy in the world is going live - and it’s starting right here. “Shopkins Live! Shop It Up” is the world premiere theatrical production that brings those tiny Shopkins characters - grocery store items with personality - to full-sized life. Music and videos accompany the show at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. A…

Country legend Kenny Rogers brings his "Christmas and Hits Tour" to the area in a special concert to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Western New York. This will be your last chance to see the Grammy Award-winning artist who has been on a farewell tour that includes a star-studded farewell concert Oct. 25 in Nashville. The area concert is 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Univer…

There's never been any doubt that Buffalo is in love with "The Natural" and here's another example: Tickets for the Turner Classic Movies special presentation of the locally made film were gone within 15 minutes. Free tickets were being made available to the public starting at 9 a.m. today for the event, being held at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Herte…

Another large open casting call is taking place for "The True Adventures of Wolfboy," a feature film being made in the Buffalo area this month. The filmmakers are again seeking hundreds of extras for "Carnival Day," a scene which will be shot with lead cast members from the film. The shoot dates are Sept. 18, 19, 20 and 21 but attendance is not required for all four day…

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon and we were on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore for a special event. It’s an area we don’t get to often so we were stymied trying to find a restaurant open at 3 p.m. Hopping back in the car toward busy Sheridan Drive, we were at the Royal Restaurant within minutes. The restaurant’s parking lot surrounds the Royal and the welcoming sight …

When actor Bob Balaban first saw “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” he remembered being blown away. “This is a movie where no one talked about it. So we didn’t think about it. It wasn’t until we sat down in the Ziegfield theater in New York to watch the movie. All of us were blown away. We had no idea of the power of the movie,” Balaban, who played a mapm…

Going to the big U2 concert at New Era Field tonight? Once again, the stadium concert is following NFL game-day rules. That means everything from traffic patterns to what you can bring in - or not - will be the same as if you are going to a Buffalo Bills game. Read the list carefully because they are serious: if you have something on the prohibited list, you will be …

If you didn't get your tickets for U2's big show in Orchard Park you still have time. A new block of tickets has been released for the band's "Joshua Tree Tour" stop at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at New Era Field. Beck opens the show. This means fans can now buy tickets in all price ranges including standing room-only floor tickets at $70. Prices start at $35 for the upper de…

Love classic movies and television? Then the Western New York Movie Expo is worth checking out. The second annual Expo – taking place Sept. 1-4 in the Hilton Garden Inn Airport – will have two screening rooms showing shorts and feature-length films from pre-code comedies to animation, early talkies and silent movies with live musical accompaniment. In a large dealer…

The Waiting Room concert venue has closed. The closing of the club at 334 Delaware Ave., which also featured the smaller Studio @ Waiting Room, was announced in a statement by club owner Chris Ring. The more than 40 shows scheduled in the two rooms are being moved to the Town Ballroom, VENU, Mohawk Place and the Landmark on Pearl. "To all of our friends, to all of th…

The Towne Players will hold auditions for its annual Christmas show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 11-12 at 169 Sheridan Parkside, Tonawanda.  Actors of all ages are needed, especially from 6 to 12 years and from 30 to 60 years.  Production dates are Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17. Actors will read from the script. Call 885-3179. ... Cheektowaga Chorale/Chamber is seeking teno…

Poetry is not limited to words. Images – still or moving – can be poetic, too. That's true of "Sunrise," the 1927 silent masterwork by German filmmaker F.W. Murnau. It's a simple tale we've seen thousands of times – temptation, infidelity, perhaps murder – yet it remains a hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking film 90 years later. The black and white phot…

Emmy-award winning actor John Turturro will be in Buffalo in September filming the new feature "The True Adventures of Wolfboy." Jaeden Lieberher, 14, who stars in the new adaptation of Stephen King's "It," is cast as the teen who runs away from home to find his estranged mother, according to Variety. Also in the cast: Chris Messina, Eve Hewson, Chloe Sevigny and Michel…