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From 1971 until 2003, Peter Falk’s characterization of rumpled but shrewd Lt. Frank Columbo captivated the imaginations of television viewers. In fact, "Colombo" is one of the most beloved television characters of all time. Interestingly, Peter Falk was not the first actor to play Columbo. The invention of writers William Link and Richard Levenson, the Columbo charac…

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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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Fresh off Canada's Thanksgiving holiday (it was Monday), a heartwarming Canadian export has arrived in Shea's Buffalo Theatre to share those grateful feelings. The hit musical "Come from Away" is set in Gander, Newfoundland, pop. about 12,000, where 38 commercial jets carrying nearly 7,000 passengers were forced to land when North American airspace was closed in the hou…

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Sports fans show their colors in many ways. Some fans paint their faces, some fans paint their garage doors, and some fans, like Buffalo artist A.J. Fries, make actual paintings. Starting Oct. 18 at the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Bills fans can get a look at "Superfan!," a dozen Fries paintings inspired by the museum's Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills it…

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Often, we stress ourselves out by trying to be perfect. Life can be challenging and scary, and we sometimes add to the pressure by worrying about getting everything absolutely right. Many of us could benefit, it seems, from friendship with an easygoing, hipster cat who teaches valuable life lessons about chilling out and just enjoying the rock 'n' roll jam that life can be…

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The play "Superior Donuts" is a lot like its namesake, a superior doughnut: Inside its coarse exterior there lies a satisfying goodness, sprinkled with a nutty tidbits and leaving you wanting more. There is room to share Tracy Letts' wonderful play in Shea's 710 Theatre, where "Superior Donuts" is being presented again by Road Less Traveled Productions. RLTP had a hit w…

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O’Connell & Company, the venerable little theater company headed by Mary Kate O’Connell, has moved from its longtime home at the Park School in Snyder to a new theater at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons, formerly Philip Sheridan School (3200 Elmwood Ave.). They have inaugurated the space with the big, brash and wacky 2007 Mel Brooks musical, “Young Frankenstein.” This i…

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It's another busy opening weekend throughout the local theater scene. On Oct. 10, O'Connell & Company presents the regional premiere of "Young Frankenstein." The show, based on the classic Mel Brooks comedy, will run through Oct. 27 in the theater company's new home at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons (3200 Elmwood Ave.). Also on Oct. 10, Road Less Traveled Production…

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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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Is there any way to tie together a crucially important food-focused fundraiser, a concert by one of the world's hottest hip-hop artists and a hard-cider tasting celebrating the region's best? Not really, other than in this Buffalo event rundown below. Daniel Tracy's Iron Event IX leads the weekend charge for two reasons: first and foremost, the desperate need for an eff…

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Niagara University is known for the talent that comes out of its theater department, but you don't have to wait until graduation to see its students in action. NU's 2019-20 season opens Oct. 3 with Max Frisch's pointed political allegory "The Firebugs." Frisch, who was Swiss, wrote the play in 1953 as a criticism of his country's legendary neutrality. He questions whether …

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There is only one "Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent," and it is only right that the comic periodical be celebrated upon reaching its 10th anniversary. More than 70 comics from the series will be on display for the next month at the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.) with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4. The Great …

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I guess if you’re going to take a cult classic, a movie beloved the world over, and pull it apart at the seams, stuff it with padding, and sell it back to us – well, this is how you do it. “Mean Girls” is as perfect of a comedy as contemporary hits come. Though the Tina Fey-penned movie that helped make Lindsay Lohan a global superstar is now 15 years old and frankly, s…

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The Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn dance company, will present one public performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts drama theater on the UB North Campus. "Walking with 'Trane" is inspired by the late great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Local pianist, educator and composer George Caldwell is co-composer of the work and will acco…