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In the past year or so, few issues have moved into the mainstream cultural conversation with more speed and intensity than gender.In the wake of Caitlyn Jenner’s big reveal, it seems everyone is thinking or talking about gender – its mutability, its liquidity, and now its place in the commercial landscape – in a new way. Of course, many great scholars and performers have b…

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It’s hard to enjoy music while in the middle of monsoon-like conditions –no matter who is on stage. It’s tough to dance and sway in a five-dollar poncho, crowd-ride in a pair of mud-caked Wellies, or shout lyrics through buckets of Lake Erie rain being blown in your face.But if Saturday’s messy WEDG-generated Edgefest on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor proved anything, it validated…

LEWISTON – The 58th annual Niagara County Peach Festival starts out its second day running on Saturday, literally with the 37th annual Peach Festival 5K beginning at 9 a.m. down Center Street and will come to a beautiful conclusion Sunday with the crowning of the Peach Queen in Academy Park.Admission is free to the festival in Academy Park on Center Street and parking shut…

The National Buffalo Wing Festival returns to Coca-Cola Field on Friday and Saturday with new features, including an emphasis on craft beer and off-beat wing flavors.The festival’s 14th edition offers all of the main attractions from past years, led by the festival’s namesake nosh. There will be more than 30 chicken wing vendors, offering 120 flavors of chicken digits. Llo…

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The Lewiston Jazz Festival is back, and this year it has a Latin flair.Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band are coming to town to headline the festival Saturday night. The Grammy Award-winning Sanchez, a legend at 61, is famous for his mix of jazz, soul and South American influences, all anchored by his extroverted percussion. A search of The News’ archives suggests that…

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Fans who bought tickets to see the recently canceled Meghan Trainor and/or Little Big Town concerts are getting a free day at the Erie County Fair.Fair officials are offering those concert ticket holders one free gate admission per ticket purchased to any remaining day of the fair, which runs until Aug. 23. “We appreciate the patience and understanding of the ticket holder…

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When a sudden, heavy downpour rained down on Hamburg just minutes after the official opening of the 176th Erie County Fair Wednesday, Mary Ellen Bossert showed what it means to be the “ultimate fairgoer.”She danced in the rain.Bossert, an art teacher who most recently worked for the Eden School District, won the title of 2015 Ultimate Fairgoer by virtue of more than 30 nom…

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It has aged for 176 years. And, like a barrel of bourbon, it is ready.But the Erie County Fair can be overwhelming. It’s not just remembering where you parked the car. (The new Erie County Fair app, which we’ll get to in a second, can help you with that.) It’s the wealth of activities that go on each day, every day, morning to night on the Hamburg Fairgrounds.Where do you …

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Ride out the dog days of summer in style, or by attending any or all of these events in Western New York. After extensive research (read: Google), the official dog days of summer end on Tuesday, according to the "Old Farmer's Almanac," so this marks the final weekend I can correctly apply this phrase. Do you think Florence + the Machine is aware of this? Apropos of nothi…

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The Town of Lewiston will welcome 175 professional and student artists from 13 states to showcase their work for the 49th annual Lewiston Art Festival.From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Center Street from Fourth to Eighth streets will be closed to cars to accommodate the pedestrian-friendly festival. Art will include painting, photography, graphic arts, sculpture,…

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The second annual Western New York VegFest brought floods of people to Delaware Park on Sunday’s sunny afternoon. VegFest aims to bring vegans and vegetarians together in a community, a goal that Nicole Frontera of Hamburg thinks the organizers accomplished very well. “I like the sense of community it brings, with promoting health and environmental and animal rights needs,…

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What's happening today at the Buffalo Infringement Festival? In short, everything. Here are but five options: 1) "Car Stories," Nietzsche's parking lot, 4 to 7 p.m. This piece of interactive theater, performed entirely within a parked car, is the work of the Montreal-based troupe Optative Theatre Laboratories and its founder, Donavan King. King and company founded the f…

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Variety is the theme for today's five Buffalo Infringement suggestions, which range from puppetry and poetry to film and activist theater: 1) Magnus Opium's Magnum Opus, 5 to 9 p.m., Karpeles Manuscript Library The steps of the Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street, on the edge of Allentown, have become a particularly idyllic Infringement Festival stage. Today at 5, …

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The cacophonic communion of outdoor music festivals has been ushering Buffalo’s residents away from the city’s core for years, sending gaggles of teens, young adults and the ageless along I-90 for a day at Darien Lake or elsewhere.Thankfully, Alternative Buffalo’s Kerfuffle has another direction in mind. After its second edition Saturday inside the confines of Canalside – …

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Today marks the opening of the 11th annual Buffalo Infringement Festival, a sprawling, multidisciplinary celebration of Western New York's profound underground spread across 92 venues and 11 days. Each day during the festival, I'll present five picks for promising Infringement events, sometimes based on past festivalgoing experience, sometimes on community buzz and other …