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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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1. NYBP's third anniversary: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport. Free to attend. New York Beer Project is perhaps the Buffalo area's fastest-growing brewery, with expansion planned to Victor, and a bustling clientele at its sprawling Lockport base. NYBP and the Krupski family will celebrate three years in a slew of ways: A brunch with…

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If there's one major cuisine lacking around Hertel Avenue, it's pan-Asian with an American twist. Beyond Taste Good on Delaware and China Star on the east end of Hertel, there's a relative dearth for those on the hunt for lo mein, fried rice and more, especially in a sit-down setting. Good Fortunes, which began as Gourm-Asian Food Truck, then opened its first brick-and-…

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While tickets still remain for the Buffalo stop of "Hamilton," prices begin at $165 for the touring production that runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 9 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). For those who still desire tickets but can't stomach the cost, Shea's, "Hamilton" producer Jeffrey Seller and Shea's Broadway series producer Albert Nocciolino have announced a #HAM4HAM …

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These two performers are remarkably different, but it's possible - even likely - that both will sell out their just-announced Artpark shows next year. Brian Wilson - the founder of the Beach Boys - will bring his Pet Sounds Tour on June 15 to the Artpark Mainstage Theatre, while polka parody king Weird Al Yankovic's Strings Attached Tour will include an area stop at 5 p…

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James Ernst and Sarah Sendlbeck have big plans for the vacant space two doors from their plant-based restaurant, Root & Bloom. The restaurant owners will open Kind of a Creamery, a scoop shop for plant-based "ice cream," at 425 Elmwood Ave., with February as the target for opening. Expect 1970s decor, a wall mural and no seating. The concept of the scoop shop wil…

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Begin to tackle holiday shopping lists, celebrate anniversary parties with a ski-lodge themed bar and waterfront seafood bar-restaurant, and even warm up with the Big 4 basketball during this week's events in the Buffalo area. Stay tuned for The 10, which highlights the top events in the area for each weekend, when it's published Thursday morning. Shea's Shopping Soire…

Bills

With Bills first-round pick Josh Allen and veteran Derek Anderson ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Matt Barkley - signed on Halloween - will be under center for Buffalo's visit to East Rutherford, NJ. Nathan Peterman, who flopped in his two starts this season, will be relegated to a backup role. That's scary. On a day when the Buffalo Sabres came from be…

Sports

One week after the Section VI boys soccer Exceptional Seniors Game roared in Elma, the girls grip the spotlight Sunday for their post-season invitational match, organized by Tim Kronenwetter and his Medaille College Sports Management program. The blue and gray teams, listed below, will square off from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Sahlen Sports Park (7070 Seneca St.,…

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These advance concert announcements are getting a little out of control. English heavy metal band Iron Maiden has booked a show for Aug. 13, 2019, in KeyBank Center, as part of its Legacy of the Beast 2019 Tour. Tickets, ranging from $39.50 to $125, go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com or by phone at (888) 223-6000. The Raven Age, buoyed by…

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There was a whirlwind of interest in five concert and event announcements over the last 10 days in Buffalo, and Friday, Nov. 9, is the date these tickets go on sale. Blake Shelton Who is he?: Country music superstar who is also a coach on "The Voice." Put on a memorable St. Patrick's Day show in then-First Niagara Center in 2016. Event date: Feb. 22, 2019, in KeyBank …

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1) Holiday Valley Wine & Beer Festival, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $65 and may be purchased here. Admission includes a $5 voucher for food. Commentary: For most people, Ellicottville is a destination, and in the gap between Fall Fest and the start of ski and snowboard season, you might th…

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While his son's liver cancer put further recording plans on hold, traditional pop star Michael Buble will press forward with his touring schedule, announcing a Buffalo stop on Feb. 27, 2019, at KeyBank Center. Tickets, ranging from $69.50 to $144, go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 and may be purchased at the KeyBank Center Box Office, at Tickets.com, or by calling (888) 223…

Food and Drink

Summer's roundup of drool-inducing food photos from Buffalo restaurants proved one thing: an easy way to halt absent-minded feed-scrolling is an image of a delicious dish. It's why the Tasty instructional videos are popular, it's why restaurants invest in professional-level photography to showcase their dishes, and it's one reason why The Garage Cafe can barely keep up …

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From an anticipated appearance by a stand-up star to a behind-the-scenes tour at the Museum of Science to the 84th anniversary of an Elmwood Avenue bar staple, a strong list of events should entice Buffalonians from Nov. 5-8. Stay tuned for the 10, the preview for Buffalo's best weekend events, on Thursday morning. David Cross Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 on Nov. 8 in A…

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At least they waited until after Halloween. Buffalo radio stations Mix 96.1 FM and Star 102.5 FM have started playing Christmas music exclusively on the same day, the morning of Nov. 5. From competing parent companies - Mix is a Townsquare Media station, while Star is run by Entercom Communications - the two stations with similar audiences are already jousting for ho…