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Kristy Kibler


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FinnFest USA, a celebration of Finnish and Finnish-American customs, history and heritage, will be taking over Buffalo from Oct. 9-13. Founded in 1983, the annual event is described as a cultural, entertainment and educational symposium. One of its goals is to unite modern Finland with historic and contemporary America. Kleinhans Music Hall will be a central gathering spac…

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In Buffalo, you are almost always guaranteed to be no more than five minutes from a take-out pizza joint (or two, and sometimes three). There are no shortage of places to get wings or subs, either. But a good burger? It’s either fast food or a sit-down dinner – nothing in between.Well, until Stack Burger came to town, that is.Since June, Stack Burger has sat in a tiny stor…

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There we were, ready for a rowdy, preholiday weekend bar experience. Notebook in hand, I headed to the Press Box sports bar on Abbott Road in Lackawanna – only to find that for most people, the weekend included a Monday off from work, not a Friday off. However, at the Press Box, the lack of crowds didn’t spoil the atmosphere. My boyfriend, David, and I strolled in and grab…

There we were, ready for a rowdy, preholiday weekend bar experience. Notebook in hand, I headed to the Press Box sports bar on Abbott Road in Lackawanna – only to find that for most people, the weekend included a Monday off from work, not a Friday off. However, at the Press Box, the lack of crowds didn’t spoil the atmosphere. My boyfriend, David, and I strolled in and grab…

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Pizza places are a dime a dozen in South Buffalo, and it can be easy for your eyes to slide right over them in passing. The Great Lakes Pizza Company, formerly of Harlem Road, relocated last year to its current location on Indian Church Road, and it’s worth stopping in for a second look.David and I stopped by Great Lakes Pizza several weeks ago looking for something to war…

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The Seneca Niagara Casino got a dose of sunshine Saturday night in the form of a sweet and upbeat performance from pop singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat. Caillat is every bit the Southern California performer, from her laid back, happy stage presence to her long, straight, dark-blond hair. On tour to promote her fifth album, “Gypsy Heart,” she and her low, melodic voice tr…

A “Summer BBQ Jam” featuring music students ages 8 to 18 is being hosted at the Guitar Factory from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at The Chicken Coop outdoor pavilion at VFW Post 8113 (299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca). Part of the proceeds of the event will go toward the music therapy program at WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center. “They receive minimal funding and have a lack of in…

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Western New Yorkers have seen Mike Randall on their TV screens for decades as Channel 7’s longtime meteorologist. They may also recognize him as Mark Twain or Charles Dickens, both characters he’s brought to life on stage in one-man shows for years. But this summer, Randall is trying something new: playing Angelo, a necklace-hawking, payment-seeking goldsmith in debt with …

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The music and stories of Christy’s Minstrels of Buffalo, and the variety of early performers and troupes that worked the canal circuit, will be featured in a free concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Canalside Ruins. In a program sponsored by the Friends of the Buffalo Story, State University of New York at Geneseo professor Jim Kimball will be in town with fellow musicians Ka…

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Yoga classes will continue to be held at Buffalo River Fest Park against the backdrop of the historic grain elevators through Aug. 11.Led by Patrick Moltane, a certified yoga instructor, classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 and 11. Participants must provide their own yoga mat.Moltane owns Celtic Roots Yoga and also teaches yoga at Buffalo Sport & Spine, Ea…

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Yoga classes will continue to be held at Buffalo River Fest Park against the backdrop of the historic grain elevators through Aug. 11. Led by Patrick Moltane, a certified yoga instructor, classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 and 11. Participants must provide their own yoga mat. Moltane owns Celtic Roots Yoga and also teaches yoga at Buffalo Sport & S…

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Jason Aldean cruised into Darien Lake Performing Arts Center for the third time in as many years Saturday night, once again playing for a sold-out crowd. Though there weren’t any surprises from Aldean, the show featured hit after hit after hit, which is exactly what the 21,000 fans crammed into the lawn and arena were looking for. It all started with the lights going up, …

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Jason Aldean cruised into Darien Lake Performing Arts Center for the third time in as many years Saturday night, once again playing for a sold-out crowd. Though there weren’t any surprises from Aldean, the show featured hit after hit after hit, which is exactly what the 21,000 fans crammed into the lawn and arena were looking for.It all started with the lights going up, re…

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The Fourth of July was a perfect day for a concert, at least in Varysburg. The sky was a deep blue dotted with fluffy wisps of clouds, the temperature an ideal 70-ish degrees around 6 p.m. The lack of rain had kept the campgrounds and venue entrance clear and mud-free, and the food trucks, beer tents and vendors provided all you could want in terms of refreshments.The Jam …

Some who gathered to see John Mellencamp at the Seneca Niagara Casino Thursday night might have been worried they were in for a stripped-down, bare-bones performance after the first few songs in his roughly 70-minute set, rather than the full-strength show they were expecting.However, Mellencamp and his phenomenal band finally transitioned to the small-town rock ’n&…