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Few people could have predicted how massive the “Star Wars” phenomenon would become when it was released 40 years ago. It certainly boosted the profile of Peter Mayhew, the 7’3” English actor who played the iconic Chewbacca in the space adventure series. Mayhew will be one of the featured guests at Niagara Falls Comic Con June 2-4. During a recent phone intervie…

Lifestyles

During a 2015 visit to northern California, my fiancée and I had the good fortune to visit Yosemite National Park and land a table for lunch at the back of the Ahwahnee Hotel dining room, where Queen Elizabeth enjoyed a meal in 1983. We also had the good fortune to be waited on by Rick Agnew, who served as wine steward for the queen and her royal party in the same spo…

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As superheroes and sci-fi heroes continue to dominate movie screens during the summer, many local fan events are filling up the calendar featuring celebrity guests, costumes and even baseball. “Flash Gordon,” 7 p.m. May 18 at the North Park Theatre. The 1980 sci-fi pulp film with the classic Queen soundtrack returns with a special screening at the North Park Theatre…

Buffalo

Buffalo's canyon of grain elevators is colossal. They are seemingly impenetrable. And there are a lot of them. In their heyday, the silos stored millions of bushels of grain inside more than 30 grain elevators. Today, 15 still remain, though just a handful are used. Now, an idea – and it's just that at the moment – is being floated to turn the cluster of six grai…

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For comic book readers, one of the most anticipated times of the year is the first weekend of May. Not only does a big budget superhero film usually come out that weekend, that Saturday is also the annual Free Comic Book Day, falling on May 6 this year. Many local retailers will have special guests and additional sales on Free Comic Book Day, which began in 2002 with th…

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It's beginning to look a little bit like summer. Two festivals, the first Slow Roll of the season and Downtown Wellness Walks are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Cherry Blossom Festival: 430 to 6:30 p.m. Campus House Cher…

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The picturesque village of Aurora on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, just over two hours from Buffalo, is a perfect getaway destination any time of the year. My husband and I spent a long weekend in this village celebrating our anniversary 10 years ago. This past summer I had the opportunity to revisit the village for a few hours with my daughter. It was just as charming…

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Jack Civiletto & Friends. 2 p.m. Shannon Pub, 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. The music of Frank Sinatra. 743-9348. shannonpub.com. Free. Lumagination. 6 p.m. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Interactive exhibit that showcases the architecture and horticulture collections. 827-1584. buffalogardens.com. $6-$14. "Co…

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Inside the Market Arcade, a frosted-glass skylight stretches over three levels of shops and offices, creating one of Buffalo's most unusual and decorative spaces. Twin facades of terra cotta and brick on Main and Washington streets feature tall Corinthian columns, rounded arches, sculpted bison heads, palladian windows and egg-and-dart molding. [PHOTO GALLERY: A Clos…

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New York City has the Statue of Liberty, a beacon of welcome to newcomers. Buffalo has the Labatt Blue six pack. The towering beer cans loom over RiverWorks, the complex at 359 Ganson St. on the banks of the Buffalo River. The 100 Things adventure swung by them on a summer adventure, kayaking on the river. Now we're back for a winter wonder. From Feb. 17 thro…

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It's one of the great things about Western New York: You don't have to travel far to find yourself in a different world. We've delighted in this phenomenon several times on our 100 Things journey. Visiting Letchworth State Park, for instance. Or taking in the grandeur of Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Now it has happened again. The city of Buffalo was damp with rai…

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The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Niagara Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Galls St., Niagara Falls. Explore all things fishing related at this massive expo. 278-2100. ccfny.com. $10 "Grounded." 2 p.m. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. One-woman story of a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot who is grounded and re-trained to fly remote controlled…

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The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Niagara Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. Enjoy everything fishing at this expansive show. 278-2100. ccfny.com. $10 "42nd Street." 2 and 8 p.m. at Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Broadway touring production of classic musical.  847-1410. sheas.org. $25-$65. "Groun…

History

Stuart Strickland remembered his father's stories about the most harrowing moment in his life, when William R. Strickland saw the out-of-control freighter Michael K. Tewksbury topple the Michigan Avenue lift bridge into the ice-choked Buffalo River just before midnight on Jan. 21, 1959. This weekend, Stuart Strickland plans to travel from his home in Pittsburgh to j…

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"Singin' in the Rain." 2 and 7 p.m. at Elmwood Regal, Transit and Quaker Crossing. A 60th anniversary screening of beloved musical starring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. $12.50. Sha Na Na. 3 p.m. Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada. Doo-Wop singers from "Grease." (888) 325-5788. fallsviewcasinoresort.com. $25 and…