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"Taken, taken so easily/To pass into glass reality/Transform, to transfer, to energy/I am a camera" – Yes, from "Into the Lens." I have a love/hate relationship with my phone. Often, I lean toward the “hate” side of the equation. I feel like the thing runs my life. It urges me to work, even when I’m not supposed to be working. It beats me over the head with hor…

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While Buffalo has a reputation as a drinking culture, it doesn't turn up its nose at family-friendly events. Seasonal destinations - the Great Pumpkin Farm, Kelkenberg Farm, Pumpkinville, Mayer Bros. and Becker Farms, among others - are easier to fit into schedules, but well-organized specific events have the same, if not more allure. Entertaining kids is easy work t…

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Kevin Scoma, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $5. Local music veteran Kevin Scoma will be celebrating the release of his debut solo EP "Into the Weeping Sea" at Duende. Primarily known for his work in Buffalo acts Mandy K, Nelson Type and Mutual Friends over the years, the artist found himself settling into a comfortable musical role while work…

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its list of 2020 nominees Tuesday morning, and it didn’t take long for social media to be flooded with comments on the list, from the famous, the unknown and the infamous alike. My takeaway from all the digital hullabaloo? No one takes the Rock Hall particularly seriously. And yet, everyone seems to have a passionate opinion ab…

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Alternative Buffalo appears to be in a very giving mood with the holiday season quickly approaching. The popular radio station's annual Kerfuffle Before Christmas event will now be a two-night affair split between shows at 7:05 p.m. Dec. 4 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.) and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). The Dec. 4 show will fea…

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Eat and appreciate. The International Institute's Buffalo Without Borders, considered one of the premier ethnic food events in the area, returns Thursday in the elegant Statler with a wealth of local restaurants and entertainers. The colorful, lively event - which extends well beyond food - reminds us that Buffalo is far more diverse than what you might see in a Post Ma…

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Jubilant ladies were spotted posing in front of the beaming, larger-than-life likeness of country superstar Carrie Underwood emblazoned on the side of a semi a few blocks from KeyBank Center as thousands made their way to the country star's concert on Sunday night. The "Cry Pretty Tour 360" features Underwood and her band, and two female-fronted empowering opening acts: tr…

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It was the night of the drummer: rollicking rock and rolling, spitting-on-the-stage before a solo, testosterone-fueled drumming that was the magnificent surprise of the Chainsmokers' EDM show at KeyBank Center on Saturday night, a stop on their "World War Joy" tour. Among the night's circuslike surprises were flaming drumsticks during the four hours of premium dance and po…

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Carrie Underwood isn't a total stranger to Buffalo. She played the former First Niagara Center twice, in 2013 and 2016, and even played the Erie County Fair back in 2006, the year after she won "American Idol." Reviewer Ben Siegel was on to something 13 years ago, when he wrote: "Still, this young performer shows glimmers of a bright future. Maybe it's a sign of the tim…

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Three classic albums. Fifteen top-notch musicians. Giveaways, including a grand prize of a set of two "golden tickets" good for every Sportsmen's Tavern show for a year. All this on one night in a new music venue. The Best of Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour, Vol. 1, an event co-hosted by The Buffalo News and The Cave. Mark it down and get your tickets now: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday…

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The variety of music presented through the SUNY Buffalo State Music department's Faculty and Friends Guest Artist Series is a testament to how expansive the faculty's list of friends really is. Concerts include jazz, classical and chamber music, but there also is electronica, choral music and drumming. With 20 concerts to choose from, anything is possible. For instance,…

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The Doors' acclaimed 1971 album "L.A. Woman" is the selection for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Please note the change in pricing for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour events. Buffalo News subscribers can now purchase a discounted $5 ticket in advance here. Non-subscribers can purchase a $10 ticket in advance here, or subscribe to …

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Dwayne Gretzky, 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $15. Toronto nostalgia powerhouse Dwayne Gretzky will be dipping under the border for another visit to the Theatre District music venue. Featuring members of Born Ruffians, July Talk and Our Lady Peace, the popular cover supergroup, which once sold out nearly 100 dates in a row throughout the greater Toron…

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Grammy-nominated pop-rap-rock star Post Malone crooned, pontificated and partied with Buffalo on Sunday night at KeyBank Center. Strutting about a runway stage in a picture-collage suit, the 24-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper-singer delivered a bombastic and entertaining performance. Posty, profusely thankful for the crowd’s fandom and presence, invited us to ride wit…