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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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In 2017, the Danielewicz Farm was not prepared to host a social media phenomenon. Thanks primarily to Instagram's popularity and a selfie-centered generation, more than 2,000 people visited the Sanborn farm last summer to frolic in a field of blooming, yellow sunflowers. Artsy selfie photos were just the start, fueling the viral craze that briefly made Sanborn the pl…

Festivals

1) All Time Low, Dashboard Confessional, gates at 5 p.m., show from 6 to 10 Aug. 12 at Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Advance general admission is $39.50 here, which rises to $45 day-of. Commentary: Take that angst brewing beneath the surface and let it out with a high-pitched shriek on Sunday in Lewiston, as All Time Low, which just played the final Warped Tour, a…

Local News

Paul Callan, a New York litigator for the last 30 years, was not impressed by Rep. Chris Collins' attempts at stealth regarding his alleged insider trading, for which the Clarence resident was arrested Wednesday. When asked by host John King on CNN's "Inside Politics" to comment on the breaking Collins news, the legal analyst did not hold back, leading off by calling th…

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When Providence Social closed abruptly in late January with a remarkably bizarre notice, Buffalo eaters lost one of the most underrated patios and heralded brunches in the city. Thanks to new owner Joseph Panaro, who also runs Nye Park Tavern at 1672 Elmwood Ave., new life has been given to Providence Social, with a grand opening scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at 490 Rhode…

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Country star Carrie Underwood will bring her Cry Pretty Tour to Buffalo for a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 13, 2019, in KeyBank Center, the artist posted on her website Wednesday. Tickets, which will go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 17, run from $46 to $96 (includes $4.50 facility fee) and can be purchased at KeyBank Center Box Office, at Tickets.com or by calling 888-223-6000. A r…

Festivals

Three quality shows - Band of Horses, the Spill Canvas and Rise Against - have already sold out for this week in Buffalo, especially impressive because all three concerts are indoors. Thankfully, there's still a wealth of event options to choose from Monday through Thursday. Beatles Rooftop Tribute 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 outside Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), in Larkin Squ…

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Despite no official announcement, the Halestorm and In This Moment show scheduled for Aug. 6 at Artpark Mainstage Theatre has been canceled. "The reason we were given was that [the cancellation] was due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict," explained an Artpark representative in an email. Instead, Halestorm will play the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ, o…

Soccer

Only four teams remain in contention in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's premier division playoffs, and just two of them were projected to make it this far. Sunday's semifinal match-ups for the league's top tier are staggered so you can watch both live, if you're that devoted to men's amateur soccer in Buffalo. Here's the rundown for each game. No. 1 seed BSC…

Food and Drink

If you say the words "dive bar" to a Buffalonian, more often than not you'll soon hear about a weird, late-night experience at the Old Pink. In its #SavetheDiveBar initiative this summer, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected the Old Pink, at 223 Allen St., as one of seven bars that best depict a historic American dive. (It's technically called the A…

Soccer

The familiar refrain the last few Buffalo & District Soccer League seasons is that if BSC Raiders have a full allotment of players at a given match, they're going to win. And, considering Raiders haven't suffered a league or Tehel Cup defeat since a 2-0 forfeit loss to Clarence more than a year ago, attendance hasn't been too much of a problem. Behind two goals f…

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As Stack Burger prepared for a move from West Seneca to 1506 Abbott Road in Lackawanna, the creative burger specialists were busy collecting hardware, seizing the Best Overall Item and Best Meat Item at the 2018 Taste of Buffalo for the spicy Demon Burger. Three weeks later, Stack Burger owner Joe Maurino and executive chef/co-owner Anthony Giangrosso have officially se…

Festivals

1) Dierks Bentley, 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets begin at $39.50 and may be purchased here. Commentary: When it comes to Grammys, Dierks Bentley might be the Buffalo Bills of country artists. The Phoenix native has been nominated for a whopping 13 of the prestigious awards across eight years – and has yet to claim his f…

Soccer

About a year ago, BSC Raiders and BUSS competed in a match that's gone down in Buffalo & District Soccer League lore. The BDSL semifinal clash offered a bit of everything - a blown 3-0 lead, two red cards, two overtimes and seven goals in total. Raiders ultimately triumphed en route to their premier division title, but the pace of the match was frenetic, the talent …

Food and Drink

When Community Beer Works co-owner Chris Smith looked around the brewery's new location in Buffalo's lower West Side, his casual observation was telling. "It's almost too nice for us," said the CBW vice president during a soft-opening party at 520 7th St., the first offshoot from CBW's original location, at 15 Lafayette Ave., which opened in 2012 and will remain a produ…

Food and Drink

Live at Larkin's South Buffalo Night 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend. When done right, community celebrations can be lively gatherings bursting with pride. Through its six previous seasons, Live at Larkin's South Buffalo Night has been among the most popular of each summer, with congressman Brian Higgins and his Exchange Street B…