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Tobogganing at Chestnut Ridge was on our initial list of 100 Things. We couldn't get to it until now. One reason was that it was tough to get the timing right. The chutes are open only on weekends. The hill must be groomed. You need a firm layer of snow. The other reason was ... well, stand under the toboggan chute and look up. It's a daunting sight. "Everybody re…

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1) Statler City Ice Ball, 7 p.m. Dec. 31 in 107 Delaware Ave. Ticket prices range from $115 to $135, depending on your room of choice. All tickets must be purchased online, and reserved seats may be chosen here. Separate from the Ice Ball, a dance party will take over the Statler's Niagara Room, for $60. Commentary: The process for attending the glamorous Ice Ball has b…

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1) CPX-mas, doors at 7 p.m. Dec. 23 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Tickets are $10 and may be purchased here. Commentary: Country Punk Extravaganza might not be the first three-word phrase that comes to mind during the holidays, but the reunited local band fronted by Andrew J. Reimers is joined on the Saturday night bill by Last Conservative, the Albrights and the …

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The two prime events sold out for this weekend could not be more different: Every Time I Die's holiday show at Buffalo RiverWorks, which The News just highlighted as a surging multi-purpose venue, and the commissioning of the U.S.S. Little Rock LCS 9 on Saturday at Canalside. Fortunately, there's still plenty on Buffalo's event agenda. 1) Kerfuffle Before Christmas: …

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You may have gone to Buffalo RiverWorks for a meal or a pre-game drink with your friends. Perhaps you've been there to cheer on the Queen City Roller Girls, see an MMA fight or for ice skating. Maybe you've brought the kids to a family event like the recent two-day Totally Buffalo 716mas festival. Since opening in June 2015, Buffalo RiverWorks has become a game-ch…

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Poinsettias aren't shy. They sport names like Luv U Hot Pink, Ruby Frost and Advantage Red. And at the annual Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.), they don't just command center stage, filling the atrium under the big glass dome. They demand total control. They are everywhere. Follow them, and you discover a new wor…

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1) SantaCon Buffalo, 1:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 in 11 bars in the downtown Buffalo area, mostly on Chippewa. Cost is $11.54 online or $10 in-person at D'Arcy McGee's or VENU. Must be 21+ to take part. Commentary: Few sights scream "the holidays" like hundreds of Santas frolicking around the Chippewa District, bouncing jovially from bar to bar. Each costumed Santa is asked to…

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We're making a list and checking it twice. And we would like to invite you to join us. Because when the Christmas season ends, we don't want to have any regrets. The holidays are hectic. The days fly by. Too often, we don't have time to do the things we wanted to do. To bask in the beauty of a Christmas tree, say. To hear one of our town's magnificent choirs. To enjo…

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A yuletide or two ago, covering the 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once, we did our Christmas shopping on Elmwood Avenue. This year, we're hitting Hertel. Make no mistake, we'll find time for Elmwood too. You can't stay away. But Hertel Avenue, the jewel of North Buffalo, increasingly clamors for attention. The fun begins in earnest this weeke…

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1) Polar Plunge, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Woodlawn Beach State Park (3580 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell). Minimum fundraising amount is $100; further details here. Commentary: The annual Special Olympics New York fundraiser is both a duel with the elements and a rousing good time. One of the day's highlights is a costume contest - the competition is stiff, often both lit…

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The World's Largest Disco is surely the marquee event of this weekend, but it's been sold out for some time. Same with the second of two visits by Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins' Canadian rock band beloved in Buffalo. Don't panic too much, however, as there's a wealth of big and small events to which to turn your attention. The vast majority of these have free admission…

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On Saturday, the World's Largest Disco will pulsate inside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, where thousands of 1970s-themed celebrants roar with energy under the colorful lights of disco balls. Just outside, though, will be the World's Smallest Disco, a micro-pop-up dance party created by Choose Yer Own Adven-Tours founders Ron Ehmke and Paula Watkins. The amusing…

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While the Strictly Hip's performance at Tralf Music Hall and both nights of Lowest of the Low in Town Ballroom are sold out, there's no reason to panic for the ticket-less looking to go out Wednesday. Buffalo wholeheartedly embraces the reputation of the night before Thanksgiving — believed to be the biggest party night of the year — and several other venues are hosting…

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It's the most Buffalo time of the year. Spirits soar as we warm up for the Turkey Trot, one of the 100 Things every Western New Yorker should do at least once. And for the World's Largest Disco, another adventure on our bucket list. Friends and relatives flock in from out of town, craving wings and beef on weck. Thanksgiving is in the air. It's fun to celebrate this …

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1) UB Distinguished Speaker Series: Jesse Williams, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena, North Campus. Tickets range from $18-$42 and may be purchased here. Commentary: This visit by the undergraduate student-choice speaker is a big deal, even if the character he plays on "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. Jackson Avery, cannot be trusted because he has two fir…