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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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Over the past 20 years, WYRK has proven that country music festivals don't need a rural setting to thrive. The radio station's Taste of Country concert will celebrate two decades on June 14 at Sahlen Field (formerly known as Coca-Cola Field), and the bill is beefier than ever. Luke Combs and Brett Eldredge are the two headliners, with Lee Brice, Joe Diffie and Buffal…

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There's a new challenge ahead for head coach Gary Boughton. After leading the Erie Community College women's team to the NJCAA Division 3 national title game in 2016, finishing fifth place nationally in 2017 and seizing the top ranking in the national polls for much of 2018, Boughton has accepted the head coaching job for the women's team at Trine University in Angola, …

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Bob Seger's gig, which hits KeyBank Center Thursday, is the marquee event of the week, but only re-sale tickets remain available. The interest locally isn't shocking: this is likely the last time the "Travelin' Man" will be a traveling man. If you're looking for another event option, there's a range of music, art, networking events and festivals to occupy your free time…

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Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and their band - the current makeup of The Who - will perform in Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. May 9 in KeyBank Center as part of the band's Moving On Tour. Tickets, ranging from $67.50 to $333.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 and will be available at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com or by phone at (888) 223-6000. Even though The News' Jeff Miers tho…

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Jesse McLaughlin was at the right place at the right time. The Williamsville South graduate attended San Diego State University to study craft beer when the city's brewery scene reached fever pitch, exceeding 150 in number. Eight years in that fertile environment was ideal for learning about the industry, and his education - as well as his own home-brewing experience - …

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With several head coaching jobs available in men's college soccer, Medaille College is the first to fill its vacancy. Medaille Athletics confirmed that Craig Wilkinson, who spent the last three years coaching a prep school in Maine, has been hired to succeed Micky Blythe, removed from the role in November. The announcement was posted to the school's website Thursday. …

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New Year's resolutions are often well-meaning but pretty cliche. Due to previous habits, they're remarkably tough to keep. If a little push is needed to keep you on track - especially in regard to personal health and a greater appreciation for Buffalo art and music - feel free to use the Weekend in WNY as a launching pad toward 2019 greatness. Or, just find a cool event…

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It was a sad time in Buffalo-area barbecue when Kentucky Greg's closed last May after 21 years of service. While owners Greg and Pamela Englehardt have catered events and organized pop-up service featuring items such as Brunswick Stew, smoked chicken and a line of desserts, Jan. 12 will mark one of the few times that Kentucky Greg's has offered barbecue staples since it…

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A flurry of activity in the Western New York restaurant scene closed out the final months of 2018, as new restaurants and bars opened from Alden to Olcott. Here's a quick list of the new businesses, including a Southtowns meadery and a new neighborhood bar-restaurant trumpeting trash plates and poutine. The Clinton Lounge Where: 1895 Clinton St. When: Opened Nov. 1…

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The first major arena show of 2019 in Buffalo crashes an otherwise quiet event slate that includes the grand-opening party for a Hertel Avenue food hall, an appreciation for David Bowie's catalog and the dawn of a monthlong residency for a well-known Buffalo funk band. Panic! at the Disco, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at KeyBank Center. Ticket prices range from $36.25 to $6…

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Playing more than 70 shows in a year will often catch the attention of the right people. Max Muscato, through fundraising and promoting his Rock Autism Foundation, embraced almost every gig: solo bar gigs, shows with his father on percussion, full-band sets opening for the likes of Theory of a Deadman, and a memorable performance with his autistic brother Sonny at the i…

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Former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick endeared himself to Buffalo football fans for several reasons: His ample beard, gunslinger mentality and sense of humor were just the start. His heroics initially as a Bills backup - and later as a starter - earned him the nickname of FitzMagic, which spilled over to his thrilling start to the 2018 season with Tampa Bay. Fitzpat…

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Does the first week of January represent the saddest week of Buffalo's year? The excitement of the holidays has abruptly ended, and the reality of at least four months of gloomy weather can dampen even the brightest of spirits. A solid event slate - especially for one of the typically slowest weeks of the year - can cure some of these Buffalo blues, although another Sab…

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Pastor Al Robinson and his wife, Vivian, look around the Lovejoy District and see hope, a word seldom used to describe the East Side of Buffalo. This hope stems from La Verdad Cafe, the Robinsons' new barbecue enterprise, inside the former "crack house" they took over at 1132 E. Lovejoy St. in early September. The restaurant is warm and welcoming, and that's intentional…

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The barbecue at La Verdad Cafe, the new smoked meat enclave at 1132 E. Lovejoy St., extends far beyond its popular Stretch Mark brisket sandwich, even if that choice steals the thunder because of its size and quality. Read the story behind the restaurant opened by pastors Al and Vivian Robinson and how it shows promise in helping to change a neighborhood with a rough re…