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The public art explosion that has consumed Buffalo over the past half-decade has been transformative. It's breathed new life into developing neighborhoods. It's given underexposed local artists new routes to recognition. It's helped downtown escape its stubborn reputation as a desolate snowscape devoid of people and color. But for young lovers and -- perhaps even mor…

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Eventgoers celebrated Fat Tuesday and Valentine's Day (a little early) with a Fat Valentine's Party in Hotel Henry on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Drinks, dancing and free beads were among the highlights.

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If you feel a sense of accomplishment shredding all that junk mail you get, imagine how great it would be to shred your romantic frustration - and get free wings as a bonus. Well, imagine no more. The Anchor Bar in East Amherst is hosting its third annual "Shred Your Ex Party" to help raise your spirits. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) at the Anc…

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It hasn't happened, scholars point out, since 1945. It is sending shock waves through Buffalo's Catholic community. For the first time in 73 years, Ash Wednesday – a solemn occasion that marks the start of Lent – falls on Feb. 14, the ancient feast of St. Valentine. The Catholic Church has relaxed somewhat since Vatican II in the early 1960s. But the rules of Ash …

Family

On Valentine's Day, it's time for a treat. Winter-weary Western New Yorkers owe it to ourselves to go to a flower shop. It doesn't have to be for romantic reasons. You can choose flowers for family, friends or simply yourself. And you don't have to break the bank. A single bloom can do the trick. "I can't tell you how many customers come in once a week, usually older…

Gusto

February and our thoughts turn to our sweetheart or rather sweet hearts. Imagine our surprise when pondering pastry hearts, we came across a notation on Wikipedia that lists Buffalo as the origin of the pastry heart. Could this be true? Using a non-scientific method, we Googled “San Francisco pastry hearts,” “New York City pastry hearts,” even “Rochester pastry heart…

Comedy

You probably already have roses and chocolate for your valentine, but what can you do for a night out? Helium Comedy Club is combining love and laughter with a special Valentine’s Day show featuring comedian Tammy Pescatelli. A national audience discovered Pescatelli during her run on the NBC reality show, “Last Comic Standing.” The “American Idol”-type show featured a …

Families are invited to enjoy a meal, music and dancing at the annual Town of Tonawanda Family Valentine's Dance, 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased by Wednesday, Feb. 1. Semi-formal dress is encouraged. The event will include a meal catered by Chiavetta's, coloring, pictures, and appearances …

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1) Valentine's Day activities, various times in various places (but Valentine's Day is Feb. 14, if you're behind). -- Where to get local aphrodisiacs -- in food! -- Beer-focused Valentine's Day events, via Kevin Wise -- Just Pizza's heart-shaped pie celebration, via Emeri Krawczyk -- New flavors from Blue Table Chocolates, via Emeri Krawczyk -- Sound choices for Valentine…

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With Valentine’s upon us and Easter around the corner, we spotted these new "candy bars" from Blue Table Chocolates when we stopped to get coffee at Public Espresso in the Hotel @ The Lafayette. We were curious, since Blue Table Chocolates of Buffalo normally sells specialty box chocolates online and for select retailers only. We called owner/chocolatier Ben Johnson to…

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Love is in the air, and soon to be in the ovens of Just Pizza locations around Western New York. While some people give chocolate hearts, we cannot see why adding a heart-shaped pizza shouldn't be in the mix. For 20 years, Just Pizza has been making special heart-shaped pizzas for Valentine’s Day. This year, Valentine’s falls on a Sunday. The pizzeria will be busy sellin…

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This weekend, there are numerous Valentine's Day events scheduled at area breweries. Your date can include beer, wine, chocolate, food and even broomball this weekend. -------------------------- Belgian Beer and Chocolate Fest 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 Pizza Plant 7770 Transit Road, Williamsville (832-0800) Pizza Plant Williamsville location invites you to start off Val…

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Buffalo’s preeminent sultan of sultry saxophone, Will Holton, has outdone himself with the lineup for his annual Valentine’s Day weekend show at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). In addition to a typical Holton program of prime R&B-tinged jazz and soul, the Feb. 13 show will celebrate five years of Holton’s “Reach Out and Lift Up” youth initiative program, which sp…