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Macaroni and cheese is a canvas for experimentation, a chance to adorn a classic comfort food with creative flavors from savory to spicy. The Mac Attack in 500 Pearl is a wondrous chance to try some of the area's best interpretations; we previewed five that should whet your palate. Southwestern steak? Pizza Log-inspired? Sesame chicken? Check all those boxes. See wha…

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Just a reminder that the Albright-Knox, which has shuttered its main Elmwood Avenue galleries until 2022 for construction, is opening its new Northland exhibition and activity space (612 Northland Ave.), with a free open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17. More activities are on  Jan. 18, which will have "pay-what-you-wish" admission. The first show in the venue, a repurpos…

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New development, new restaurants, new quarterbacks and new stadiums grab public attention and headlines. Appreciating what's come before, however, is frequently just not as sexy, even if it often serves as the foundation for greater achievement. The past is a theme that connects several worthy events for this week in Buffalo. The Big 5 events Celebration honoring D…

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Name a better trio for surviving a (dismally wet) early January weekend: laughs, craft beer and roller derby. All three are on tap for Buffalo this weekend, with self-deprecating Jim Gaffigan amusing the KeyBank Center audience on Sunday. See what else is ahead. Jim Gaffigan, 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at KeyBank Center. Tickets are $31.25 to $55.25. Thanks to the cel…

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An eclectic collection of works by six artists is filling the Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center with light, color, inspiration, imagination and, to counter the grayness of the season, a bit of fun. "The Winter Exhibition" in the architectural landmark opens with a free public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Resource: Art curators …

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To help set the mood for a production of "The Bridges of Madison County," Kavinoky Theatre director Loraine O'Donnell and the show's romantic leads, Steve Copps and Michelle Marie Benzin, journeyed to the great state of Iowa to caucus with those now-famous covered bridges. We can see how it all worked out starting Jan. 10, when the musical adaptation of Robert James Waller…

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Celebrating "local" has been a strong trend in eating and shopping, but the practice isn't limited to those categories. Buffalo's artists and musicians crave local support; in some cases, they're relying on these talents as chief sources of income. This week's event suggestions are all of the local variety, touching on a monthlong concert series downtown and a lighthear…

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First and foremost, this weekend is about the Buffalo Bills, who visit Houston on Saturday for the AFC wild-card game – but there's plenty of related activity here in Buffalo. (Thankfully, as this weekend is usually among the quietest of the year). You should know where you can eat for free or purchase discounted food and/or drink while watching Josh Allen compete in hi…

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A recent CityLab story suggested we here in Western New York might become a “climate refugee-friendly destination,” delivering a line that somehow encapsulates the Buffalo experience: “With climate change, the world is going to suck, but Buffalo may suck less.” The business of “sucking less” over the last year involved an expanding arts and culture scene that provided a we…

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Yes yes yes we know. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is cocooning for a couple of years so it can emerge as a bigger, even more dazzling butterfly. But that does not mean this is now a city without art. And winter is a wonderful time to enjoy what all the area's other galleries have to offer in climate-controlled comfort. Let's face it,  nobody controls climate as well as…

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A shattered window was not part of chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski's holiday plans for Cantina Loco, but the events that followed the Dec. 14 vandalism – a confluence of goodwill, public art and a festive spirit – will seal this saga as an unexpectedly positive memory. Andrzejewski and his staff quickly boarded up the broken window, and then a discussion between the chef a…

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When you donate tens of millions of dollars to an art gallery, you can have some say about what will be exhibited there. Or so it seems, based on the latest social media post from Albright-Knox benefactor Jeffrey Gundlach. Gundlach, the Amherst native who went on to lead one of the most successful investment management firms in the United States, weighed in Wednesday…

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It's not quite the banana duct-taped to a wall. But you could call it post-modern. Buffalo-style. Monday morning, as Buffalo Bills fans continued to relish the 17-10 win the previous night over the Pittsburgh Steelers, clinching a spot in the NFL playoffs, Stephanie Wilson, who describes herself as "Boston Based" and a "Bills Blogger & Insta Queen for @atbsportsn…

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Plan on parking before you get to Main Street in East Aurora the evening of Dec. 21, because the entire stretch between Olean and Riley streets will be taken over by the village's 47th annual Carolcade from 7 to 8 p.m. Before and after, check out all the shops, not just the must-see Vidler's, and enjoy the caroling (song sheets provided) plus hot cocoa, doughnuts and Sa…