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The final weekend before the Erie County Fair is anything but blase. Perhaps the chief reason for excitement is just how different each of this weekend's options are: You can revel in tasty sweet corn, take endless rides of Ferris wheels, eat desserts with bacon in them, embrace the passion of Michael W. Smith and even pull some tractors. We'll shine the spotlight on thr…

A new Young Miss Buffalo will be crowned on Aug. 3 following a pageant with several shining participants. Each of the young ladies, ages 13-17, has participated in life-enrichment and esteem-building programs throughout the year, qualifying them to be contestants at this event. The motto of both the pageant and of its creator is: “Helping young women become their best.…

A new Young Miss Buffalo will be crowned on Aug. 3 following a pageant with several shining participants. Each of the young ladies, ages 13-17, has participated in life-enrichment and esteem-building programs throughout the year, qualifying them to be contestants at this event. The motto of both the pageant and of its creator is: “Helping young women become their best.…

The Buffalo Bisons will host their fourth annual free movie night with a showing of Disney’s animated film “Frozen” at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 on the Coca-Cola Field scoreboard. There is no admission charge. Fans can sit in the first base seating area or bring a blanket to sit on the field. Limited free parking will be available in the Bisons Exchange Street lot. The Centerfie…

The Buffalo Bisons will host their fourth annual free movie night with a showing of Disney’s animated film “Frozen” at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 on the massive Coca-Cola Field videoboard. There is no admission charge. Fans can sit in the first base seating area or bring a blanket to sit on the field. Limited free parking will be available in the Bisons' Exchange Street lot. The…

“Down-home blues, down-home blues,” the song goes. “All she wants to hear are those down-home blues ...”Buffalo’s got them.Every summer, a new feeling wafts through the air. Well, make that an old feeling. It’s the vibe of bygone juke joints like the Pine Grill, the Moonglo and the Little Harlem Hotel. It’s the honk of a beat-up saxophone, the wail of the Ham…

“Down-home blues, down-home blues,” the song goes. “All she wants to hear are those down-home blues ...” Buffalo’s got them. Every summer, a new feeling wafts through the air. Well, make that an old feeling. It’s the vibe of bygone juke joints like the Pine Grill, the Moonglo and the Little Harlem Hotel. It’s the honk of a beat-up saxophone, the wail of the…

Squeaky Wheel is a Buffalo treasure. Canalside is a Buffalo treasure. So Squeaky’s Tuesday Night Flicks at Canalside could be called a marriage made in Buffalo heaven. The series is not the first time the nonprofit media arts center has held events at Canalside – last summer saw the bicycle-themed Wheel-to-Reel Film Series and an encore presentation of its Outdoor Anim…

Squeaky Wheel is a Buffalo treasure. Canalside is a Buffalo treasure. So Squeaky’s Tuesday Night Flicks at Canalside could be called a marriage made in Buffalo heaven. The series is not the first time the nonprofit media arts center has held events at Canalside – last summer saw the bicycle-themed Wheel-to-Reel Film Series and an encore presentation of its Ou…

They’re loud and raucous. They have a touch of the dangerous – or, at least, the unstuffy and free-wheeling – about them. And then, of course, they are beautiful. In a way, fireworks are like America itself. And, since Buffalo is the most quintessentially American of cities – hard-working and honest, diverse – then fireworks are, in the end, as Buffalo a ph…

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…

The artful Buffalo collaborative ELAB (Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo) along with those at the helm of rising cultural attraction Silo City, are holding the third annual City of Night from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. June 28. This multimedia affair happens in the shadow of grain elevators at the edge of the Buffalo River. Last year, the event drew 12,000 revelers.The event incl…

The artful Buffalo collaborative ELAB (Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo) along with those at the helm of rising cultural attraction Silo City, are holding the third annual City of Night from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. June 28. This multimedia affair happens in the shadow of grain elevators at the edge of the Buffalo River. Last year, the event drew 12,000 revelers.The event incl…

The Aurora Theatre in East Aurora will begin its annual Fisher-Price Summer Family Fun Film Series July 2 with a showing of “The Lego Movie.” The family-friendly films, which are free, are shown at 11 a.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 13.The film schedule for the rest of the series is: “The Nut Job” on July 9, “Despicable Me 2” on July 16, “Snow Day” on Jul…