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There's obviously more to do than drink alcohol and (safely and responsibly) carouse in Buffalo. But, thanks in part to winter blues and a burgeoning craft beverage culture, the event landscape lends itself to this type of party. This weekend, christen a new music venue with a country bent, chuckle with Jeff Dunham and choose from a robust party list. We'll throw in …

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This is not an ordinary week. Presidents Day is Monday, and a week off from school presents a juggling act for many families. How do you keep kids entertained? What can you do, as a family, that's not mundane? Here's a solid list, as all but the finale of the Big 5 can accommodate all ages. Fat Thursday Polish Happy Hour, 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Stag…

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The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament is for more than just hockey fans. It's for those who want to explore a cool section of and venue in Buffalo. It's for quirky music fans who relish Nerds Gone Wild. It's for friends of the skaters, the appreciation of goofy team names and the refreshing cold air of Buffalo winter. While the amateur hockey tournament, in a 4-vs.-…

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This newsletter is committed to satisfying a great range of cravings. Need brain stimulation? Consider a Scrabble tournament for a cause. Want decadence for your taste buds? There's a luxurious food-and-drink fest in East Amherst. Want to listen to new takes on old favorites? There's both Badfish and the Allman Betts Band this week. It's a solid week.   BIG 5 AND A BON…

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This weekend's event lineup mingles old with new, trusty with trendy. The enduring fascination with ancient Egypt and mummies might seem a giant leap from the curious popularity of eSports, video-game competitions with prizes on the line – but also long-term, educational utility. They're both cool in their own ways, and worthy of attention. Since it's Buffalo in wint…

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Dreams of speed, style and luxury make the annual auto show an alluring event. Last year brought a $200,000 Lamborghini to the convention center, while a beastly Humvee will be on display this year. With four days and a charity preview gala, there's no shortage of opportunity. Read Matt Glynn's five things to know about the auto show. Buffalo Auto Show opens, 11 a.m.…

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Few Buffalonians have a vested interest in Super Bowl LIV. Sure, there's likely to be a gaggle of Chiefs fans huddled up at Casey's Black Rock, and certainly the eight Niners fans in the area will congregate somewhere (kidding!). This doesn't mean football fans won't watch the spectacle, which features Shakira and J-Lo at halftime for those who couldn't care less about …

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The 10th anniversary of Buffalo Soup-Fest satisfied at RiverWorks on Jan. 26, split into two sessions of slurping soup fans. In total, approximately 4,500 people attended the milestone soup celebration. Nearly 30 local vendors competed for a swath of awards, which event co-organizer Matt Carlucci announced Monday evening. We've included the specific varieties that won i…

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Soup-Fest, Larkinville Ice Festival, Groundhog Day and the rest of last weekend's event bonanza are now behind us. It's time to exhale. This week's lineup touches several different areas – from more chances to relish the Botanical Gardens' Lumagination exhibition to events based on mindfulness, hay bale tossing and "brass house." It's all a little offbeat, frankly, b…

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I am officially decreeing that February be renamed FeBREWary thanks to the multiple can’t-miss local beer events over the next few weeks. Most exciting: Four of these festivals are new. For those who enjoy variety in their craft beer, these events are tailor-made for you with everything from barleywine and hoppy beers to barrel-aged and cask beers, and even an entire…

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There's simply no better weekend in January for Buffalo events. You could even argue it's the best weekend of winter altogether. Choosing specific highlights is a Herculean task – most of them appeal for different reasons, from decadent food to goofy alpacas to an annually stunning plants-and-light exhibition. Good luck picking what to do, but know that it will be ha…

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James Staub was far from the icy sidewalks of his Western New York home. He was selling french fries and deep-fried tacos Tuesday at the South Florida Fair, amid the gentle breezes of West Palm Beach, when his mobile phone erupted with text messages. Within a new proposed state budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had just revealed that he seeks $4.9 million to lengthen the annual…

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Charity hockey games among volunteer firefighters and police are a highlight of this weekend's annual Winterfest event in the Town of Tonawanda. The festival started Thursday and runs through Monday. Activities include a wine tasting, an outdoor softball tournament, hay rides, biergarten, synchronized swimming demonstration, arts and crafts and other family fun, open ic…

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Congratulations on making it through 2019. That kind of endurance is deserving of a pat on the back, an extra sip of champagne and a few more toots on the New Year's Eve blower. New Year's Eve plans are often cemented several weeks in advance, which is why this heavy hitter list was published. From those suggestions, very limited seating remains for the Ice Ball at S…