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Ben Tsujimoto

I'm Ben. I smiled a little too aggressively for my profile picture. I do digital things for The Buffalo News, live off of Hertel and attended Houghton College.


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It's the ultimate festival weekend in Buffalo. Other than the sold-out Eagles show on Saturday, major local festivals hog the spotlight. An exceptional variety of food, beer and art-based gatherings -- from the charming wilderness of East Aurora's outskirts to pizza-scented Hertel Avenue -- has us feeling a little dazed, as if we just played dizzy-bat on an airplane. Bad…

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Today is July 16, or 7/16, or sans slash, 716, which is the area code for most of Western New York. Apparently, this is cause for civic celebration! The hashtag #716Day started trending nationally this morning around 10, an impressive social media feat and proof that people across the United States remain loyal to their roots in Buffalo (or they just like grain elevators,…

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Buffalo's first distillery since Prohibition has moved downtown. Lockhouse Distillery has doubled its production space by relocation to 41 Columbia St. on July 8, leaving its birthplace in the Great Arrow Building, where the business launched in November 2013. Situated near Helium Comedy Club, Buffalo Iron Works, Ballyhoo, the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and Swannie Hous…

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There have been so many photos of Mick Jagger on Buffalo.com this week that even we're getting confused. To help you prepare for tonight's Rolling Stones concert at Ralph Wilson Stadium -- the band's first visit since 1997 -- here are links to all of our pre-show content. *Jeff Miers' assessment of The Stones: have they mailed it in, or are they still chuggin' along? "Th…

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It's a top-heavy week in Western New York for events, but the top two are arguably the biggest events of the summer. The Rolling Stones' vaunted appearance will attract over 50,000 rock fans, while the two-day Taste of Buffalo annually reels in nearly 500,000. The 10 demands, "Start Me Up!" (Perhaps the most feeble attempt at a Stones pun yet). 1) The Rolling Stones, 8 p…

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The foundation of the Fourth of July holiday obviously harkens back to 1776, when the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain through Thomas Jefferson's fine penmanship monumental document. Unless you're roughly 240 years old, it's impossible to recreate the exhilaration, stemming from freedom from oppression, that our forefathers experienced, but…

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Buffalo Sabres wunderkind Jack Eichel is receiving his tour of Buffalo, and the 18-year-old appears to be enjoying himself. Honestly, it's only a matter of time before he receives a key to the city and a day named in his honor. One of his stops was at Larkin Square, the home of Food Truck Tuesdays and Live at Larkin, where outdoor activities -- like nano-golf and pick…

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Debates about whether Buffalo's craft-beer market has reached its saturation point seem a little premature, as local beer-based events continue to draw crowds, regardless of their intended scale. From 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning tonight, restaurateurs Jason Davidson and Mike Shatzel will host Hoppy Hour, a craft-beer-focused party on the terrace of Marcy Casino in…

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Due to problems with "travel logistics," The Sheepdogs will be unable to fulfill their scheduled headlining performance at Canalside tonight. Instead, Canalside tweeted that Yonder Mountain String Band, the opener, will instead perform two sets. https://twitter.com/CanalsideBflo/status/616603056646561792 If you purchased VIP tickets with the intent of seeing The Sheepdo…

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With local breweries and craft beer booming, Buffalo Bisons food service operations manager Rob Free sought a way to highlight the industry's surge with a trendy product that prompted collaboration and created a buzz. Today, Consumers Beverages will start selling three-packs of canned local brews, pictured in the header, while Free's stadium concessions at Coca-Cola Field…

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For a city hardened by winters and missed postseasons, you'd think we'd take a little better care of our valued electronic belongings. Not so, says Gazelle, an e-commerce company that buys, fixes and resells used or damaged smartphones. Of the smartphones sent from Buffalo to Gazelle, 23 percent of the electronic devices have cracked screens or have suffered significant …

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OK, maybe Friday wasn't the biggest news day ever, but it had to be close. Two major national stories brought relief and joy to many Western New Yorkers, while the Buffalo Sabres' brass made a flurry of moves in an attempt to continuing molding a Stanley Cup-caliber team. Let's go back through the major stories that touched Western New Yorkers on Friday: *The Supreme Cou…

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If you haven't peeked at the forecast in a while, just know that #WeekendWashout is picking up steam on Twitter. The National Weather Service apparently started the trend, but we blame bearer-of-bad-news T.J. Pignataro. You know, Mother Nature, you should plan these intrusive events on Mondays and Tuesdays in April, not Saturdays and Sundays in late June. But, whatever. W…

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Like many visiting stars, Michael Ian Black took to Twitter to remind his nearly 2 million followers of coming performances Thursday through Saturday in Helium Comedy Club. Some comedians will click "send" and then ignore the deluge of responses/questions, which typically include "What do you think about the Bills?" or "Have you been to Niagara Falls yet?" Not Black, who…

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Jack Eichel and Evander Kane share more than the strong likelihood they'll eventually be Sabres teammates. There's a supreme self-confidence in both, a demeanor that detractors dub "cockiness" and supporters deem "belief." While it may rub some folks the wrong way, a large contingent of fans digs this attitude. In the case of Eichel and Kane, a memorable meme connecting t…