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Ben Tsujimoto

Ben works on the digital side of Gusto, writing mainly about things to do and food-and-drink. He's the editor of The Buffalo News' soccer blog, BN Soccer, and coordinates the Smiles photo galleries. He attended Houghton College, lives off of Hertel and says he smiled a little too aggressively for his profile picture.


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Back in 1999, when boy band 98 Degrees and lead singer Nick Lachey were at their heart-throb height, a KISS 98.5 listener challenge among local high schools - with the reward of a free concert featuring Lachey's band - spurred the submission of 15 million index cards. (Kenmore West was the winner, in case you're into '90s Buffalo pop trivia). In the ensuing two decades,…

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The official outlawing of table-slamming outside New Era Field was big news Sunday, preventing the more raucous Buffalo Bills fans from engaging in their favorite pastime. But, it wouldn't be a Bills home opener without some sort of unexpected fracas – even if it occurred a few miles from the stadium. Edgy national sports-entertainment site Barstool Sports tweeted a …

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The nostalgic fervor surrounding early 2000s hip-hop presses on with the newest Rapids Theatre booking: Chingy and the Ying Yang Twins will both feature in the Turnt Up Tour, stopping in Niagara Falls on Dec. 8. Tickets, which go on sale at noon Sept. 21, will cost $25 and may be purchased at the Rapids Theatre box office (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls), Ticketfly.com an…

Festivals

Docs vs. Jocks for PUCCS 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Adam's Mark Hotel (120 Church St.). Cost is $100 and may be purchased here. Former Sabres goalie Marty Biron could stop slap shots and has proven he can analyze hockey, but can he cook? He and former teammate Andrew Peters will duke it out with local neurosurgeons Douglas Moreland and Elad Levy in a cook-off fundra…

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BN Soccer's tour around local college soccer begins with a deeper look into the University at Buffalo women's soccer team, which enters Friday's Big 4 rivalry tilt, at UB Stadium against St. Bonaventure, with an impressive 5-1 start to the season. As we will with as many local teams as possible this fall, here are five storylines to know before checking out the Bulls in…

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For many people in the Southtowns, Southwestern Boulevard is the route to New Era Field, the home of the Buffalo Bills. When they hear "Southwestern," they'll likely utter the first thought that comes to mind: "How many traffic lights can I get through without stopping?" One reason to stop before or after a journey to a Bills game would be Pamp's Red Zone Bar & Gril…

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In describing the new concessions at New Era Field this season, the Delaware North Buffalo Sportservice executive chef cracked a grin. "People like their fried food in Buffalo," Jonathan Wilson quipped. While lacking the showiness of stadium foods Delaware North has debuted for the Sabres, the new items for general Buffalo Bills ticket-holders at New Era Field - begi…

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1) Hamburg Oktoberfest, 2 to 11 p.m. Sept. 15 in Memorial Park, at Lake and Union streets, Hamburg. Free to attend, and discount tickets (for various purchases such as food and drink at the festival) can be found here. Commentary: Although we're still roughly three weeks from the beginning of October, the Oktoberfest event season has begun. Head to Memorial Park in Hamb…

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Cleveland-born rapper Machine Gun Kelly set social media ablaze with the release of his diss track, "Rap Devil," last week, where he committed roughly five minutes to an elaborate take-down of Eminem. What was most surprising, though, was that one of the two backdrops in the controversial music video - which had 65 million views as of Wednesday night - is Buffalo's DL&a…

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St. Bonaventure men vs. Niagara 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Marra Field (3261 W. State St., Olean). What to know about St. Bonaventure: Now in his fourth season at the helm of the Bonnies, head coach Kwame Oduro finally has a team he's assembled on his own. And the side he's constructed is difficult to play against: they're very athletic, pressure the ball relentlessly and have…

Food and Drink

After a busy weekend of events in Buffalo, the pace slows down considerably from Monday through Thursday; intimate concerts, a flashy food fundraiser and two three-star local plays stand out from the rest. An Evening with Yo La Tengo Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 Sept. 13 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $26 in advance here and $30 at the door. New Jersey cu…

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Three Chippewa Street restaurants claimed meatball supremacy at the third annual Meatball Street Brawl, held Sunday outside Osteria 166 on West Mohawk Street. Frankie Primo's +39, newcomer D-Tour and Bada Bing were among the winners in four categories determined by judges and participants. Deep South Taco, in its first year competing at the festival, and Amici Ristorant…

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East Aurora is jousting for restaurant supremacy in the Southtowns, as an influx of relatively new businesses - Griffon Gastropub, Left Coast Taco and the East Aurora Co-Op, for example - mingles with enduring favorites such as Rick's on Main, The Roycroft Inn and Taste. At the Taste of East Aurora, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8, on closed-off Main Street between Olean…

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We'll hold off on the "turn back time" quips, but the "Goddess of Pop" is heading to Buffalo. Legendary recording artist Cher has announced that her Here We Go Again Tour will play KeyBank Center at 8 p.m. April 26, 2019. Tickets will go on sale at noon Sept. 14 and run from $37.95 to $197.95. Tickets will be available online through LiveNation.com, Tickets.com or by ph…

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The phrase "tailor made" is typically used when a designer makes a piece of clothing specially suited for a customer. In the case of the Tailor Made Music Festival, which will run for a second year at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 outside Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.), the term applies to fan-selected bands that will grace the bill. Early-bird tickets cost $45 general admission,…