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Kristy Kibler


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Full disclosure time: I’m no metal/hard rock fan. Besides having a healthy respect for Metallica and appropriately getting down when “Too Many Puppies” comes over the jukebox at my local bar, the genre is generally not my favorite. But if any performance could make a believer out of me, it was Sevendust’s Friday night show in Rapids Theatre, Nia…

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Gem Street USA is returning to Western New York. Located at the Grange Building of the Fairgrounds in Hamburg (5600 McKinley Parkway), from June 13-15, the show and sale will feature national artists and collectors offering custom-made jewelry, distinctive beads, fossils, rare minerals and crystals. In addition, there will be examples of the latest jewelry trends and an ar…

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Explore Buffalo is offering a behind-the-scenes look at one of the country’s oldest private women’s clubs, the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo. The tour is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. June 13 at the club, located at 595 Delaware Ave.“[Architect] E.B. Green designed the home for one of America’s most historic private women’s clubs to be a …

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Buffalo’s waterfront will be highlighted this month during a walking tour offered by Explore Buffalo each Sunday (June 8, 15, 22 and 29). Tours take place from 10 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. and meet in front of the Swannie House (170 Ohio St.).Topics of the tour will include the Erie Canal and the development of the grain elevator; the Old First Ward neighbor…

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Explore Buffalo is offering two weekly walking tours throughout June, one focusing on buildings designed by the Queen City’s architects and another featuring works by national players.The “Buffalo Classics” downtown tour showcases many of the best local architects, who designed some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Buildings on the tou…

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It’s interesting, the things we pass in our day-to-day life without ever really seeing them. I’ve been to the Walden Galleria just as often as any Western New Yorker over the years, but I can honestly say that until I was looking for Jim’s Truck Plaza Restaurant, located just past the mall on Walden Avenue, I had never really noticed it at all. It turns out that this 24-ho…

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Loud. That’s the first word that springs to mind when thinking about how to describe Rock ’n’ Roll Heaven, a hard-rock haven on Seneca Street (near the corner of Center Road) in West Seneca. From its deep red walls slashed with black-and-white streaks to the intimidating decibels of the music, everything about this place is enthusiastically shouted.Dave and I visited Rock …

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I recently moved to South Buffalo, and finally, the cleaning, unpacking, arranging and rearranging is almost completed. Now that the bulk of the heavy lifting is done, I’ve had some time to take in my surroundings and visit some of the nearby bars and restaurants. It seems like a good omen for my new digs – and perhaps a bad one for my wallet – that South Buffalo’s beloved…

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Katharine McPhee’s voice is strong, soaring and simply gorgeous, so there’s no doubt her performance on Sunday night at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts would have been a great one no matter what. However, the crowd Sunday night didn’t just get an impressive and lively concert experience from McPhee – it was also witness to a $35,000 check presentation to th…

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If you were at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls on Friday night, in between the clacking of the slots and the calls of the blackjack dealers, you might have heard strains of alternative pop-rock a la 2008 drifting down the stairs that lead to the Event Center.The Fray was in town, and although the band didn’t stray far from its tried-and-true repertoire of hits, …

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When one thinks of beer staples in Western New York, anything that can be obtained in a “light” version comes to mind: Budweiser, Labatt, even Genny. But there’s a whole world of pilsners, IPAs, lagers and stouts out there, and if you’re looking to try them (or even the old standards), I have three words for you: Ebenezer Ale House.I stopped at Ebenezer after work on a rec…

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It’s always hard to face the upcoming week on a Sunday afternoon. And when the Sunday in question is a warm, breezy day following a long holiday weekend … well, it’s darn near impossible to even think about the impending return to responsibility. To avoid the inevitable and extend our Fourth of July weekend just a little longer, David and I headed to a place whose very nam…

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As the sun set over the Niagara River on Sunday night, those gathered in North Tonawanda’s Gratwick Riverside Park got more than just a picture-perfect, color-washed view to end the sweltering day. They also got a stirring, satisfying performance from Canada’s hard rock darling, the Tea Party, as part of the Niagara River Rocks concert series.The band – lead vocalist/guita…

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LEWISTON – Wednesday evening in Lewiston was typical for Western New York this summer. That is to say: it poured. Several times. However, despite a delay and evacuation, O.A.R. and its openers still took the stage and turned out energizing, if slightly soggy, performances as part of Artpark’s Coors Light Wednesday series.Soul singer Allen Stone started things off, but rain…

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It is often said, when one has had a particularly rough week at work or there is an occasion to be celebrated, that “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” That overused adage is uttered with bars like the Dog Pound Saloon in West Seneca in mind, where the dim interior and rowdy atmosphere makes it easy to surrender to the music and forget about life for a while.David and I stopped by…