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An early morning shooting death outside an Allen Street bar Friday shocked Allentown resident Joseph Pennimpede, but it didn't rattle his sense of the neighborhood being safe. Pennimpede lives over the Allentown Pizza shop on Elmwood Avenue and Allen Street, just half a block from where a man was shot to death early Friday just steps away from Frizzy's Bar & Grill. …

Buffalo police made an arrest in a double shooting that occurred late Thursday on Park Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood, according to a tweet posted on the department's Twitter page Friday. The shooting, which occurred at about 9:15 p.m., involved a man and a woman who knew each other, Buffalo police said. Their identities had not been released by police o…

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning at Elmwood Avenue and Virginia Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood, according to Buffalo police. The man was running at about 8:10 a.m. on Virginia when the vehicle, which was traveling south on Elmwood Avenue, struck him. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old Buffalo man, was transported to Buffalo General for n…

Art

Think of it as a contest you automatically win. The Buffalo Infringement Festival, a yearly compendium of head-spinning variety that transforms Allentown and environs into an indoor-outdoor extravaganza of unbridled cultural activity, is accepting submissions for this year's festival through May 1. The upside for artists? No proposals are turned down. That's thanks to…

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Former blog buzz act Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will bring its April Living Room tour at a yet-to-be-disclosed home in the 14201 zip code on April 16. The New York CIty-based act gained notoriety in the mid 2000's through a rabid rush of blog support, one of the first bands to truly see a career launch through internet buzz, following the self-release of the group's epon…

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Instead of running a parade in 2016, Artvoice focused its energies on a bar party in Allentown, replete with masks, live music and bar specials. DBGB and Nietzsche's were two of the major venues participating.

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Over the past few months, as the debate over moving back Buffalo's bar closing time has intensified, we've heard the refrain ad nauseum: "Nothing good happens after 2 a.m." Well, not in our experience. As denizens of Buffalo's thriving late-night culture, we in The Buffalo News features department present 10 examples of late-late-night experiences that contradict this d…

Art

A new series of lavishly illustrated prints by the gifted comic artist and University at Buffalo professor John Jennings is on view through Feb. 27 in El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera (91 Allen St.). The show, called “MATTERZ of the FACT,” features what an El Museo release calls “surreal sci-fi contraptions that seem to parade under the glow of an alien sun.…

Music

Critical Mass8 p.m. Jan. 21; $5Pausa is known for offering young talent a chance to shine, and Critical Mass is packed with regional “young lions” of jazz, among them saxophonist Kenny Kuriscak, guitarist Jared Tinkham, keyboardist Harry Graser, bassist Anthony Henry and drummer and Alec Dube.An Evening of Afro-Cuban Music7 and 9 p.m. Jan. 22; $15 reserved seating for …

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For decades, Allentown has been the place for members of the arts community to do their one-stop shopping for nightlife entertainment. But until the opening of Pausa Art House in 2013, the majority of that nightlife involved late evenings that turned into early mornings, loud bars and lots of yelling in your companion’s ear in an effort to be heard over the band. Pausa f…

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Beer specialist and restaurateur Mike Shatzel has reached a deal to buy Colter Bay Grill, a longstanding fixture at Delaware Avenue and Allen Street. He’ll take over the lease on Feb. 1 and close the place for renovations, planning to reopen in April, Shatzel said. The restaurant, 561 Delaware Ave., was opened in 1988 by the Brinkworth family. Plans include opening up …

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The long-dormant Puritan building on Allen Street is coming back to life, with apartments upstairs and a new restaurant called Billy Club on the first floor. It will be the first place for owners Dan Hagen, a bartender at Toutant, and Jake Strawser, a mortgage advisor who also bartends at Blue Monk. They hope to open in early 2016. “We wanted to offer a bar program and…

Comedy

When Rick Matthews steps off the stage at Nietzsche’s on Nov. 24, it will be his last as producer of Buffalo’s longest-running comedy open mic showcase that was started by Kristen Becker nearly a decade ago. To celebrate, Matthews is throwing a “Red Wedding” show with many of the comedians who began their careers in that room, including Dan Fisher, Shaun Murphy, J…

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The running joke about Towne Restaurant, the faithful Allentown eatery known for its late hours and Greek-American menu, is that if you’ve eaten there you might not remember it. You might not recall how you got there, when you left, or how your party of six might, possibly, have gotten kicked out for being too loud. Give yourself a break. It happens to the best of us. …

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The unexpected Damian Weber farewell tour may hit the end of the line Nov. 2 at Nietzsche’s. The recently married singer/songwriter, better known as simply Damian, is leaving Buffalo for New York City at the beginning of 2016 and, since Damian shows are a "once in a blue moon" type of affair, his set at the Nietzsche’s weekly songwriter showcase may be your last chanc…