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Toni Ruberto

Toni Ruberto is the editor of Gusto who also likes to write about movies and music. When the South Buffalo native isn't walking her dog, she is listening to mopey British music or watching Syfy or TCM.


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Dan Wiedenhaupt has loved writing since he was a child growing up in East Aurora. As a kid, he would dictate his stories to his mother who would type them up and then give them to him to illustrate. It’s a sweet memory he had forgotten until his mother dug those stories out of the basement. He had just sold his first script and she wanted to remind him that he had been …

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John Kennedy Kane was 8 years old when he knew what he wanted to do with his life – join the circus. His family may have thought he was kidding at such a young age, but it was in his blood from the time he saw his first circus at Melody Fair. And it has stayed there through a 35-year career that will find him at the Erie County Fair as the ringmaster for “Cyrk Live!” …

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Horses, cows, rides and food – lots of food. Those are some of the things we normally associate with a fair. And though the 179th edition of the Erie County Fair will have all of that and more when it returns from Aug. 8 to 19 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, fairgoers can expect the unexpected, too. You'll be able to scuba dive, meet Molly the Ketchup Robot and even get alert…

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The 179th Erie County Fair kicks off Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 19 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway. Here's what you need to know. Hours The fair opens at noon Aug. 8. For other days, gates are open 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; buildings from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; the midway from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cost Gate admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors (60 and older); f…

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Two world premieres, two regional premieres plus three productions at Shea’s 710 Theatre, including a major collaboration with four theater companies, fill the 29th anniversary season of MusicalFare Theatre. The following five shows are part of MusicalFare’s subscription series presented on the Mainstage at Daemen College (4380 Main St.). Musical direction is by Theresa…

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A cult musical, a beloved two-hander from A.R. Gurney, continued performances of a perennial favorite and four shows at the Shea's Smith Theatre are all featured in the recently announced 2018-19 season for O’Connell & Company. The season officially opens at Shea's Smith Theatre with "Gentlemen Prefer Divas - Buffalo Legends" at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 as part of Curtain Up…

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The "MmmBop" kids are going symphonic. Former teen-pop idols Hanson will perform a special concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra that will feature symphonic works off the band's future  album, "String Theory," set for a fall release. The concert - featuring brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson - is set for June 7, 2019 in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are …

Towne Players of Ken-Ton is holding auditions for a production of "Calendar Girls." Director John Giarratano needs 10 women and four men of various adult ages for the show which includes adult themes and brief nudity. Auditions are from 7 to 9 p.m. July 16 and 17 at Sheridan Parkside Community Center (169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda). The production is slated for…

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"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation." With the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. While on a vacation with his family, Count Dracula makes a romantic connection. 97 minutes. (Rated PG for some action and rude humor). Showing at Flix, AMC Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, Niagara Falls, Quaker Cross…

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Laugh & Other Drugs. 8 p.m. July 20. 9th Ward @ Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. Hosted by Kevin Thomas Jr. with Claire Dee, Mad Dukez, Michael "Eddo" Edmiston, Don Johnson, Jameel Key, Liam Patrick and Chris Plumer. $8 advance, $12 day of show (box office, Ticketfly.com) Matt Graham. 8 p.m. Aug. 6. 9th Ward @ Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. $10 (box office, Ticketfly.com)…

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Area filmmaker Hope Muehlbauer started making her first feature film when she was 16. For its premiere on July 14 in the North Park Theatre, she gave her horror film an "R" rating. That means she wouldn't have been able to see her own movie without her parents - and she sees the humor in that. “I did find it funny that I wouldn’t have been able to see it at 16 withou…

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A friendly bull, a playful elf and a cowardly lion will all make appearances as part of the Tuesday Movie Series at Canalside. The free family series opens July 10 with "Ferdinand," an animated tale inspired by the beloved book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. Movies start at 6 p.m. You are allowed to bring blankets, chairs and refreshments. …

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"Ant-Man and the Wasp." Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins. Directed by Peyton Reed. As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. 118 minutes. (Rated PG–13 for some sci–fi action …

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July 6-8: Queen of Heaven Carnival. 6 to 11 p.m. July 6, noon to 11 p.m. July 7 and noon to 9 p.m. July 8. Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca. Food, games, carnival rides, music and beer tent. qofhcarnival.com July 6: Scharfest. 5 p.m. Scharf’s German Restaurant, 2683 Clinton St. This sixth annual event is held under the tent, Oktoberfest style, with G…

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The Canalside Live lineup just got bigger with the addition of one of the biggest names in rap music. Multi-award-winning musician and actor Ludacris will perform July 28 at Canalside as part of the summerlong concert series. Two notable changes for this concert: It will be on a Saturday night (not the traditional Thursday) and general admission tickets will be $15. …