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The Used 6 p.m. in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets range from $29.50 in advance here, then $33 day of show. Alt-emo mainstays the Used will be joined by Akron, Ohio, up-and-comers Red Sun Rising and the Fever 333 - a new project fronted by former LetLive leader Jason Aalon Butler. The headliner's latest record, fall 2017's "The Canyon," peaked at No. 50…

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Tiny museums are usually something you visit on vacation. You are excited to discover them when you’re away. At home, you pass them and say that someday, you will visit. Maybe you'll stop in when friends are in town. Maybe -- Just go. These micro-museums, as I found myself calling them, can be magical. They make you feel like a tourist in your own hometown. It does t…

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Buffalo has so many museums that now we need one more. We need a museum of museums. The sheer number of the little museums scattered around Western New York could relate to our tendency in Buffalo to decentralize ourselves. We have tons of police departments, school districts, towns, hamlets and villages. Also, here in Buffalo we like to hoard -- er, collect -- thing…

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Bullet For My Valentine Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St.). Tickets are $27.50 advance here, $32 day-of-show. 103.3 the Edge is presenting a heavy rock throw-down at the Rapids, with Welsh alt-metallers Bullet For My Valentine headlining a bill that also includes opening salvos from Trivium and Toothgrinder. The BFMV crew will be debu…

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Niagara Falls, Ont., has its own wild wings. Thousands of them, in countless different colors. They are all fluttering around at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. Opened in 1996, the conservatory has more than 2,000 tropical butterflies from more than 60 different species, flying about in a climate-controlled greenhouse. Since butterflies have short life span…

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The Lancaster Youth Bureau inducted Town Councilman Ronald Ruffino into its Hall of Fame during its annual dinner at Twin District Fire Hall on William Street. Ruffino, who served as Town Board liaison with the Youth Bureau from 2009 to 2017, also coached hockey, football and baseball, and mentored youth in the Lancaster-Depew community for years, said John Trojanowsky,…

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Ruth Boczar paid $18 a week for a family cabin on Allegany State Park's Buffalo Trail in 1957. Back then, camping for Boczar's family meant pumping and boiling water and using an old Coleman stove to cook. Today, the 65,000-acre state park in Cattaraugus County looks a lot different. The 97-year-old park this season will add mountain bike trails and two "ninja" playg…

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Allegany State Park is about to receive a makeover Saturday thanks to the efforts of nearly 300 registered volunteers, said Paul Crawford, president of Friends of Allegany State Park. The event takes place on the Quaker side of the park, said Crawford. It represents the fourth year the Friends of Allegany sponsored the event in cooperation with park management and Parks…

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The towns of Aurora, Holland and Wales will celebrate their 200th anniversaries this year, and members of the Foothill Trails Club look to become part of that journey. Two of the towns, Holland and Wales, are home to about 30 miles of the Conservation Trail, a 182-mile branch of the Finger Lakes Trail that extends from Niagara Falls to the Pennsylvania border. The Fo…

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The escape room phenomenon is in full bloom in Buffalo. Check out the recent quest to wriggle free from the confines of the Queen City Escape Room, then browse this non-comprehensive list of local escape rooms and other themed interactive group events to check out. Prices listed are per person unless otherwise noted: Queen City Escape Room 225 Louisiana St. #100 Phon…

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When five of my friends and I huddled into the small vestibule of the Queen City Escape Room on a recent Thursday night, we had a few questions about what we were getting into. What exactly were we escaping from? Were the walls going to close in on us like in the "Saw" movies? Is anyone here good at math? In due time, over the course of one frenzied hour, we wo…

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Darien Lake will give a sneak preview of the Tantrum today, its first new roller coaster in a decade. The $5 million ride is still under construction, but the coaster's first and biggest steel loop is already in the air, and crews are working to finish the rest. The ride starts off with a nearly 100-foot vertical climb followed by a 97-degree drop. The ride features …

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Hey Buffalo, we're going to need a bigger events center - or least more room for fans lining up to see actor Richard Dreyfuss. The Oscar-winning actor will be in Buffalo from May 18 to 20 at Nickel City Con, held in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In addition to his general appearance at the convention, the weekend includes two special events with Dreyfuss: a que…

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While Darien Lake theme park opens for the season May 5, fans excited for the debut of the Tantrum, the entertainment venue's first new roller coaster since 2008, will have to wait a bit longer. Darien Lake officials confirmed the Tantrum would be ready for public use sometime on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28. The $5 million project is the first major addition since t…

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Lights on four iconic structures in Buffalo will go blue at dusk on Tuesday to help raise awareness about the importance of foster care. “In Erie County alone, there are over 900 children age birth to 21 who are part of our foster care system,” said Carolyne DeFranco, president and CEO of Gateway Longview, who is also a foster and adoptive mother. “As our city lights up…