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Faith-based cinema is increasingly popular with audiences, and the same is true of the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. The fifth annual event runs from Aug. 2 to 4 at the Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Ave.), and features more than 150 film from 15-plus countries.  The roster includes narrative features, documentaries, animation, music videos and even trailers, all …

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For city dwellers, an occasional urge to escape clusters of buildings, traffic nuisances and cookie-cutter houses must be satisfied. Some fulfill their desire to get away by exploring the Buffalo-area's splendid parks, while others might schedule day trips to Niagara-on-the-Lake or Crystal Beach. From an event standpoint, this week's lineup offers a chance to relax away…

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When the Western New York Movie Expo and Memorabilia Show returns to Buffalo on Aug. 1 for the fourth consecutive year to celebrate classic movies, television and radio, Jeff Rapsis will be among those watching the films. The difference is that Rapsis will be creating a musical score on the spot as he accompanies silent movies and shorts. The New Hampshire-based musi…

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A weekend of glorious weather approaches, which is thrilling in light of Buffalo's events on the agenda. In fact, there's not one indoor event on this list, which touches on food festivals, a wild assortment of live music and even activities to appease garden and art lovers. The scenery at these events is also worth appreciating; there's Gratwick Park overlooking the Ni…

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The Erie County Fair is known for teasing exotic foods to build a buzz for the 12-day festival, which runs from Aug. 7-18 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Years ago, the mammoth deep-fried turkey legs – roughly the size of bowling pins – were the stunner, but more recently it's been concoctions such as deep-fried butter, a doughnut grilled cheese, a deep-fried pizza cone and…

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Since 1986, Kingdom Bound, the yearly Christian music festival launched by the late concert promoter Fred Caserta and area musician Michael Caputy, has made the Darien Lake Amphitheater and theme park a gathering point for fans of the genre. Now widely regarded as one of the biggest annual festivals of its type, the fest returns to its home venue for four days of music,…

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When checking out the Taste of Orchard Park on July 24, the eating approach is dependent on where you're coming from. For residents of the village of OP, who will say, "I've been going to Ilio DiPaolo's for 30 years!" the biggest opportunity will be trying the food-and-drink offerings from outside the area. Restaurants from Blasdell, Hamburg, West Seneca and even Amhers…

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The son of an evangelical Christian preacher, the Struts frontman Luke Spiller was drawn from gospel to glam rock after hearing the Darkness' "flamboyant, dangerous" music. Perhaps it's human nature, but a portion of Buffalo's event-goers seems drawn to activities with an edge, or at least a rebellious attitude, enticed by the same recklessness that appealed to Spiller.…

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A Florida man who allegedly got into a fight at Canal Fest turned out to be wanted on a gun charge in Georgia, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Police broke up a fistfight between Shawn L. Tukey, 35, of Davie, Fla., and Ronnie O. Hall Jr., 25, of Cambridge, Ohio, on Wednesday night in the festival area, said Capt. Fredric Foels. Officers were processing the pai…

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You could write a book about the recent history of the Italian Heritage Festival, and it would be far from boring. There were brawls in 2016, the final year on Hertel Avenue, precipitating a major location change to the Outer Harbor and an admission charge for the first time. Attendance at the 2017 festival set a record for the Outer Harbor, but social media reaction wa…

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Back in the 1950s, a lawn fete that would eventually become Buffalo's Italian Festival happened for the first time in front of St. Anthony of Padua Church near Niagara Square. The festival stayed there for years, until moving to Connecticut Street in the 1970s, Hertel Avenue in the 1980s, then a brief stint at the Outer Harbor. Now, the Italian Festival is back at Niaga…

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Festivalgoers who turned out Sunday for opening day of the 37th Canal Fest were treated to a blue-sky, cloud- free day under brilliant sunshine — but something was different at this year's Twin Cities festival: There was not a canine in sight. That’s because the Tonawanda City Council voted in June to ban dogs, with the exception of service dogs, from public gatherings,…

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Caressed by a lively breeze, the masses turned out under flawless skies on Saturday for a little Taste of Buffalo. Couples, families and assorted gaggles filled Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square, weaving through lines of folks waiting to trade tickets for tastes and the occasional billow of barbecue smoke. Food judges drawn from media, politics and business professi…

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Thousands of people, including neighborhood residents and those who left decades ago, crowded the Central Terminal Saturday for the first East Side Festival. The seven-hour event gave visitors a chance to see what has been done to save the gigantic former train station – and how much more needs to be done. A series of musical performances highlighted the festival, sp…

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The Buffalo-area has reached the pinnacle of its festival season, with annual giants such as Taste of Buffalo, Jam in the Valley, Queen of Heaven and Canal Fest all running this weekend. These four festivals all cater to different interests, too, with the Taste focusing on food, JiTV celebrating country music artists big and small, Queen of Heaven pitching carnival ride…