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Jake “The Snake” Roberts has come a long way since March 29, 1987 when he strode to the ring at the Pontiac Silverdome with his 15-foot python Damien in a burlap sack, and wrestled in front of 93,000 fans at the WWE’s “Wrestlemania.”Today, you’ll find him at events like the recent “Infinity Con” in Lake City, Fla., where he signed autographs, posed for pictures and relive…

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More than 45,000 people are expected to attend the 29th annual Kingdom Bound festival, which takes place Wednesday through next Saturday at Darien Lake. Christian music, it seems, is holding its own in an increasingly complex world.“I think there is a draw to it these days, because of the fact that, I think there’s hope, and people are starved for hope,” said Anthony Hoisi…

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Kingdom Bound is featuring more than 50 musical acts, from all around the world. Among them are two Western New York brothers who can really claim to have that power in the blood.Anthony and Chris Hoisington, in a story unusual to the Buffalo area, spent their early childhood on the road, singing with the McClurg Family, a Southern-style gospel group anchored by their gran…

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Fans of the ABC reality dance competition, “Dancing With the Stars,” will have more than fireworks to look forward to on the Fourth of July. Siblings Derek and Julianne Hough are bringing their “Move Live on Tour” show to the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center for performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.The current 33-show summer tour follows on the heels of a successf…

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For some, June is the start of the summer season in the Buffalo area. To others, it’s the opening of our festival season. From lawn fetes to food festivals, community picnics to garden walks, cultural celebrations to heritage events, there are festival-type events every weekend through the summer for people of every age to enjoy. So fill up on food (Burger Fest, Wing Fest,…

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For some, June is the start of the summer season in the Buffalo area. To others, it’s the opening of our festival season. From lawn fetes to food festivals, community picnics to garden walks, cultural celebrations to heritage events, there are festival-type events every weekend through the summer for people of every age to enjoy. So fill up on food (Burger Fest, Wing Fest,…

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A menacing Jason Voorhees, complete with a bloody hockey mask, walked the floors of the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Saturday, kindly stopping whenever someone asked if they could get a photo with him. A "talkative" droid from "Star Wars" roamed the convention floor to the laughter of those he strolled by. Zombies and characters from "Game of Th…

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The 18th annual Picnic in the Parkway Summer concert series will kick off on June 30 along Bidwell Parkway. The Elmwood Village Association will host eight performances throughout the summer from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday. Performing will be the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, June 30; John and Mary and the Valkyries, July 7; Black Rock Zydeco, July 14; McCarthyizm, July 2…

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Free community concerts are a staple of our summer concert season and are offered nearly every day of the week. Here are a few of the free weekly concert series being offered this year.MondaysMusic Mania Mondays6:30 to 9 p.m., Town Community Center (7105 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara)June 22, Penelope; July 1, Hit ‘N Run; July 6, 90 West; July 13, White Chocolate Band; Ju…

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The rumble of engines, the whiffs of smoke and spice, the kids with hula hoops, the guys in baseball caps and gals in maxi dresses, the cups of Flying Bison beer, the long lines at Lloyd Taco Truck … it can mean just one thing:Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkinville.Maybe you have never been to Larkinville. There is no shame in that. Just a few years ago, neither had anyone. Th…

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When: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SundayWhere: Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont.Info: niagarafallscomiccon.comWhat: This three-day pop culture festival is taking over 200,000 square feet of the convention center and includes guest appearances from movie and TV celebrities, wrestlers, artists and wr…

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Actor Scott Wilson is outside a Michigan restaurant on a phone interview in anticipation of his three-day appearance at Niagara Falls Comic Con when a car pulls over. Wilson has been recognized and the driver wants to chat. The actor patiently takes a moment with the fan.“He was just driving by and recognized me,” Wilson said with a quiet, almost embarrassed laugh when he …

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Criss Angel knows his numbers, and good numbers they are. Spend 14 minutes on the phone with the 47-year-old magician and he’ll share a bunch: He’s performed 3,000 Vegas shows over the last seven years, bringing in $150 million in a single year to the Luxor – “according to Newsweek magazine,” he said, adding, “It’s the only magic show on that list.” ∆ While explaining so…

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Criss Angel knows his numbers, and good numbers they are. Spend 14 minutes on the phone with the 47-year-old magician and he’ll share a bunch: He’s performed 3,000 Vegas shows over the last seven years, bringing in $150 million in a single year to the Luxor – “according to Newsweek magazine,” he said, adding, “It’s the only magic show on that list.” ∆ While explaining so…

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Mini golf is so 1995. Get your fine motor skills in shape for Larkin Links, Buffalo's first "nano golf" course, a lighthearted fusion of public art and recreation dreamed up by Buffalo entrepreneur Harry Zemsky and slated to open June 17. The course, which will be free and open to the public, features 11 holes designed by local artists and designers. These range from a c…