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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…

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We love our summer festivals. From neighborhood lawn fetes to large annual events attracting thousands, we can’t get enough of this summer tradition.If you are an organizer of a festival open to the public that has activities, food and live entertainment, you can be part of Gusto’s annual Festival Guide. All we need is the information. Send us the official title of the eve…

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The band wore mittens. Listeners huddled in hoodies. But summer at Larkinville is up and running.Luckily, the featured attraction at the second of Larkinville’s Food Truck Tuesdays was the Joey Giambra Big Band. These guys, veteran musicians all, are troupers. When sound problems derailed them 10 minutes into their first set, they took advantage of the quick break not only…

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It’s not just an announcement, it’s a party. The schedule for the Live at Larkin summer concert series will be announced with a happy hour party from 5 to 7 p.m. May 4 in Larkin Square.The party will feature the announcement of the 14-week concert series at 5:30 p.m. followed by live music from Jony James and Zac Ward. Food from the Whole Hog truck and a cash bar will be a…

The green, copper-topped observatory dome of the Buffalo Museum of Science that pops into view along the Kensington Expressway is at the center of a new $1.5 million fundraising push announced Friday.“We view the observatory as an icon of the community,” said Mark Mortenson, president and chief executive of the museum.With $350,000 from the Margaret Wendt Foundation alread…

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It might not look like it today, but it won't be long before the streets are filled with people and music and the air is filled with the aromas of summer. Summer festival season is upon us. The Buffalo News will publish a guide to all things festival, but it's never too soon to start planning. This should get you started. Buffalo Greek Fest - June 5 to 7 Kick off your …

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Food Truck Tuesdays, the al fresco buffet that made it hip to do Larkin Square, launches its third season May 5, bigger than ever. For 26 Tuesdays, up to 32 mobile edibles purveyors will offer a uniquely diverse menu to the crowds at 745 Seneca St. Poutine, barbecue, Thai, pierogi, wood-fired pizzas and buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches are just the beginning. There wi…

Here are a few ways that allow you not only to observe the cityscape, but become part of it.• Buffalo Pedal Tours operates the Pedal-Powered Party Bus for public and private pub crawls, bachelorette parties, even architectural tours. The bus can be chartered for private tours, or join a public tour. Call 984-3834 or visit buffalopedaltours.com.• Open Air Autobus is painted…

The WWE returns to Buffalo when it broadcasts “Smackdown” on June 16 live from the First Niagara Center.World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Big Show, Bad News Barrett and the WWE Divas are among those set to appear.Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 25 and start at $17.50 through the FNC…

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The WWE returns to Buffalo when it broadcasts “Smackdown” on June 16 live from the First Niagara Center.World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Big Show, Bad News Barrett and the WWE Divas are among those set to appear.Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 25 and start at $17.50 through the FNC…

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It was a procession of sorrow and shock.Now, the public journey of the funeral train of Abraham Lincoln through Western New York 150 years ago this month will be marked with a series of displays, performances and programs in locations around the city.“Lincoln in Buffalo: 150 Years,” a remembrance of Lincoln and his travels through and connections to the city, will begin th…

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So maybe you didn’t make plans to go to Florida or South Carolina for spring break. Now, you’re stuck at home wondering what to do with the kids for a whole week while they’re out of school. Well, you came to the right place. We’re going to talk you through it, offer a few tips and pass along some things to keep in mind. Call it your Spring Break Survival Guide. • Mon…