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Welcome to summer – geek style. Nickel City Con – which has become the unofficial kickoff to summer for local pop culture fans in only three short years – returns May 17 to 19 to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Since debuting as a two-day convention in 2016, NCC has expanded to three days of all things pop culture: comic book artists, cosplay contests, gaming …

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We have another name for summer in the Buffalo area: We call it festival season. From one-day neighborhood lawn fetes and carnivals where you know everyone, to the large multiday events that attract hundreds of thousands, festivals are happening every week throughout the summer. To help you plan out these rites of summer, Gusto will again be publishing its annual Festiv…

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Memories will flood back for Buffalo classic rock fans when The Who hits downtown Buffalo Thursday. The music of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend (and the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle, for that matter) is the childhood soundtrack for many born in the '60s and '70s, with "My Generation" and "Tommy" shaping a future wave of rockers, and not just in England. The Who,…

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Thanks to quirky Dyngus Day and now Cinco de Mayo, which isn't even a major holiday in Mexico, Buffalo has had ample opportunity to emerge from winter slumber. The city will be awash with Mexican-themed activities - all weekend, but especially on Sunday - with tacos and margaritas aplenty, with the bonus of some top-notch patios opening. For sombrero-less folks, additio…

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The craving to see something before anyone else is a repeatedly proven part of human nature. Take the sold-out opening night of "Avengers: Endgame," the frenzied soft openings of anticipated Buffalo bars and restaurants, or the music fans who register for the oddest of fan clubs in order to access presale concert tickets. For those who've watched the gradual rise of the…

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The organization that puts on Canal Fest has agreed to pay $8,000 more to the cash-strapped City of Tonawanda to further offset the cost of municipal services provided for the event. Council President Jenna Koch this month said the city spends nearly $50,000 annually to provide police, fire and parks and recreation aid for the eight-day event, the Tonawanda Sun reported…

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It's all right if you're Dyngus-ed out; signs of spring are more and more prevalent, and the fresh air might re-energize you (but it won't heal bruises from pussywillows). Spring fashions will steal the show at Runway 12.0, Silo City Boom Days will boast fireworks to celebrate better weather and the Spring Fling Disco even includes the season in the name! There's probab…

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There are bad ideas. And then are epically bad ideas. Night Nation Run – which bills itself as “The World’s First Running Music Festival,” because, hey, who can believe no one thought of this sooner? – is coming to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor in June. It fits the epically bad idea bill rather snugly. I became aware of this day-glo cynicism-fest – cynical because this is a…

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Even though there's a wealth of event options on Dyngus Day, revelers typically wind up at one of three places: The Pussywillow Party Tent, especially if the weather cooperates; the Central Terminal, a historic setting with wildly popular Those Idiots; and the Adam Mickiewicz Library, a dance party in tight quarters that's set apart from the wildness near Paderewski Drive.…

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Get ready for an early taste of summer: the first Food Truck Tuesday is here. The seventh annual season for the weekly Larkin Square event opens at 5 p.m. April 23. For the first week, at least three trucks will make their Food Truck Tuesday debut: Falafel Bar, Fat Lady's Cakes & Pies, and Rollin' Deep. Music is by Funktional Flow. Other trucks scheduled to appea…

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Hosikids presented the second Taste of Ghana, on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Congregation Shir Shalom in Amherst. Ghanaian food and drinks were complemented by dancing, drumming and more at this warm event.

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Back-to-back days of celebration can be a lot to handle. Easter typically brings baskets of chocolate bunnies (with odd expressions) and jelly beans, family meals with heaps of ham, and the awkward cutting of a cute butter lamb. Dyngus Day immediately follows with awkward squirt gun and pussywillow flirting, a longer parade route and a chance to revel with Polish bee…

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Buffalo has always been a city of strong ethnic identities, cherished by generations whose ancestors first arrived at this waterfront territory, settled and, ultimately, set us all up to be united as Americans. We’re also all really good at celebrating where we come from – and initially, our ancestor-generated festivals were much more insular affairs. They were family a…

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For the 13th year in a row, Buffalo's Polish community, parade enthusiasts, pussy willow wavers, red shirt wearers (but not Anderson Cooper) are gathering for everyone's favorite post-Easter holiday: Dyngus Day, On April 22, Dyngus Day festivities will be focused in Old Polonia on the East Side specifically on Broadway Avenue, Fillmore Avenue, Memorial Drive and Peckham…