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The framed image hangs near the door of Montez Thalman’s apartment in a retirement community in Arizona. It still causes people to stop in admiration, a kind of magic that after more than 60 years has yet to lose its power. Neighbors routinely pause to study a photograph that shows Thalman, as she is today, holding a black-and-white photo. It portrays Elvis Presley on h…

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BIG 5 EVENTS Johnny G. Cansdale Soup Stroll, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 along Main Street in Williamsville. Each 3-ounce sample is $1. Banana pepper soup from Eagle House, greens-and-beans from DiCamillo and cheddar pale ale soup with bacon from sparkling-new BriteSmith Brewing – just three of more than 20 soups planned for the stroll, an annual Williamsville …

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The dancers of the University at Buffalo's Zodiaque Dance Company celebrate their 46th anniversary with a lavish spring program of pieces created specifically for them by guest choreographers. Performances will be in the Drama Theatre of the UB Center for the Arts on the North Campus at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8. Several professional choreographer…

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On Oct. 24, 10-year-old Sam Hypnarowski went to the nurse’s office at Iroquois Middle School in Elma, complaining of a headache and feeling sick to his stomach. What happened next is every parent’s nightmare that quickly became a reality for Jeff Hypnarowski, Sam’s father and a long-serving member of the Buffalo music scene. “It was around 12:45 that day, and I was o…

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Telefon Tel Aviv, 8 p.m. Feb. 27, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa), $20. Experimental electronic project Telefon Tel Aviv will touch down in the Rec Room this week. Last year saw the long-awaited release of  "Dreams Are Not Enough," the reactivated New Orleans act's fourth studio effort, and first since TTA co-founder Charlie Cooper died. The bleak record, now presented as …

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THE BIG 5 EVENTS The Lumineers, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $24.50 to $74.50. Believe it or not, this thriving folk-rock band from Denver has never played Buffalo despite considerable airtime on local radio stations. They're down to two full-time members – Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites – after the departure of their cellist, bu…

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Artpark, Darien Lake and KeyBank Center have each announced another major concert for the summer 2020 season. Tool with Blonde Redhead, 7:30 p.m. May 2 in KeyBank Center. Tickets are $55 to $125 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 via tickets.com. and by calling 888-223-6000. There is a limit of four tickets per order; if tickets remain, they will be sold at the KeyBan…

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A local student musician's performance has gone far beyond the Elma gymnasium in which it happened. Iroquois High's Leah Streety performed "The Star Spangled Banner" on her violin before a girls basketball game earlier this month. The Twitter account for the school's cross-country and track team streamed it, and the video recently caught the attention of national media …

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Ballston Spa in August 1988. My father looked at me, shook his head, said, “Have a safe trip,” and walked back into the house through the garage. His “What the heck is wrong with you?” was implied, not explicitly stated. I looked at my weathered 1975 Oldsmobile Starfire, a tiny blue hatchback purchased from my benevolent grandparents for a song, and tried to consider my…

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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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When the great Frida Kahlo died in 1954, The New York Times described her as "wife of Diego Rivera, the noted painter" before saying that Kahlo was 44, had suffered with cancer for several years and then, finally, "She also was a painter." For women artists, recognition has long been a struggle. In recent years, however, the struggle itself is getting more recognition. …

PUP 7 p.m. Friday, Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.), $25 Enthusiastic punk outfit PUP will be making a highly anticipated visit. Hailing from Toronto, the former buzz band will be rolling through town to perform tracks from its critically acclaimed album "Morbid Stuff," the follow-up to 2016's breakthrough "The Dream is Over." The record, bleak and angry,…

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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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Dim Lam Lun made the decision the first time she touched the keys. She was a teenager in Burma, forced to seek an education far from home amid sweeping reprisals in 1988 that shut down government schools. She enrolled at a seminary school that had a piano, the first one Dim had ever seen. In a place where she still felt like a stranger, surrounded by children who spoke …