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Toni Ruberto

Toni Ruberto is the editor of the print and digital editions of Gusto. She also writes about movies and music for The Buffalo News.


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Three new concerts at Darien Lake, a Rapids Theatre showcase of legendary industrial bands and March events at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort all go on sale on Jan. 17. Here's the list by performance date: Styx, 8:30 p.m. March 19 at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ont. Tickets start at $45 and will be available online at ticketmaster.ca st…

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It may feel like winter outside, but the summer concert season for 2020 is already packed with major shows from Artpark in Lewiston to New Era Field in Orchard Park. Here's a look. AWOLNATION with Andrew McMahon, The Beaches and Bleeker. 5 p.m. May 31 at Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston (754-4375). Tickets are $40-$45.50 general admission (box office, tickets.com, a…

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The Biebs is back. Justin Bieber will return to the area for a concert on Aug. 24 in KeyBank Center, according to a press release from his record label. Ticket information is yet to be announced. The press release also includes information that his next single, "Yummy," will arrive on Jan. 3 as the first track from his fifth studio album to be released in 2020 on RBMG/D…

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The first photo, a teaser trailer and poster have been released for the Buffalo-made film "A Quiet Place Part II" and although they look rather nondescript, they also seem to give us an important bit of information about the sequel. In the photo, the surviving members of the Abbott family – mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and her teen children Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and…

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If you’re watching a Christmas movie on television and think that picturesque small town looks a lot like East Aurora, chances are you’re right. With the recent premiere of “A Christmas Princess,” ION Television is now showing three locally made holiday movies, all from director Fred Olen Ray. In each, East Aurora has a starring role, with other localities in the mix. …

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It’s quiet – unnaturally quiet, considering the number of people in the room. Inside a nondescript building in Black Rock, about 20 people in soft-soled shoes and sneakers are standing by, not making a sound until they get the all clear. It would be fascinating to watch if not for the fear of making a noise yourself. So you stand silently among them. Out of the darkn…

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A quartet of rock heavy hitters is headed to New Era Field as part of the 2020 "Stadium Tour." Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are collaborating for a summer stadium tour that heads into New Era Field at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 2o20. Tickets are $49.50 to $149.50 and go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Dec. 13 via LiveNation.com a…

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The TCM Big Screen Classics film series returns for 2020 with 14 movies ranging from the fiercely enormous (“King Kong”) to the adorably small (“Babe”), two films directed by Steven Spielberg and eight movies celebrating notable anniversaries. Here’s a look at the full schedule with dates (times are to be announced). Locally, the movies will again be shown in Regal Elmw…

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Another locally made holiday film is getting national attention. “A Christmas Princess” premiered on ION Television over the weekend, showing off the small-town charm of East Aurora and a sophisticated elegance to the city of Buffalo. It will be repeated on Dec. 15, 21 and 23. It’s another film from director Fred Olen Ray who has shot multiple movies here including “…

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He’s been everywhere from Middle-earth to space. Add Buffalo to that list. Actor John Rhys-Davies, the star of such megahits as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” is starring in “Prick’d," an independent movie currently filming in the area. In “Prick’d,” Rhys-Davies plays the Greek god Cupid who has grown frustrated with helping humans …

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Holiday shopping is stressful for so many reasons: the crowds, the parking, the mall madness. Even once you get inside, it's not over because then you have to find a unique – or at least – useable gift. Too often, we make the easy choice and get gift cards. But, let's face it, that's pretty impersonal. Out of ideas? We're here to help. Starting this week nearly right up…

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A new feature film being shot in the Buffalo area is looking for a large number of background extras. "Prick'd" will be shot in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, N.Y., from Nov. 19 to Dec. 11. Men and women of all ethnicities are wanted as background extras playing club goers, a wedding party, wedding attendees and pedestrians. While the filmmakers are seeking extras ages 1…

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Sometimes when you want a single chicken wing to go with that slice, you literally mean one wing – not a single order of 10. So we were intrigued when a co-worker tipped us to the fact that he often visits Carbone’s Pizza & Subs in the Old First Ward and grabs a slice and a few wings. Here's the deal: Walk in, choose a slice from a variety of pizzas waiting pipin…

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At the Dunkirk Lighthouse, a crew was shooting a scene upstairs for the feature film "Widow's Point." Hope Muehlbauer was in a small room at the bottom of the stairs, where it was her job to make sure it was quiet downstairs. She didn't think anything of it when someone came up behind her, even though they were so close she could hear their breathing. As long as they we…

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You've got your pumpkins, picked your apples and made the traditional stops to the Great Pumpkin Farm, Pumpkinville or the MAiZE in Wheatfield. What else is there to do to get you in the Halloween spirit? Plenty. From ghost walks and tours, to a seance, horror movies and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on screen and stage, here is a sampling of other holiday happenings. …