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The Buffalo Non-Life Master Sectional Tournament, for players with fewer than 500 master points, begins today, Saturday, May 18, and continues Sunday, May 19, in the Bridge Center of Buffalo, 3362 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Games are at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days. For info, click this link. • • • The Airport Bridge Club celebrates Memorial Day May 27 with extra-point …

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It was his first time on stage, but when actor Jesse L. Martin played Scrooge at the former Campus West School, he gave it everything he had. “My little fifth-grade self acted up a storm. I’m sure I overacted, but I was amazing. Somehow, I knew I would end up in New York City, and it started here in this school. Buffalo gave me everything as a kid,” Martin said Friday d…

Books

George Clooney must be a little crazy. Not as crazy as John Yossarian claimed to be in the 453-page Joseph Heller novel “Catch-22” that the late famed director Mike Nichols turned into a two-hour movie in 1970. But crazy enough to think the cast in a new Hulu version of the satirical antiwar film could compete with the memory of the incredible cast in Nichols’ film. …

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You don’t have to be a Nobel Prize winner in mathematics to know that there is an extremely high probability that every regular viewer of “The Big Bang Theory” loved Thursday’s series finale. The amazing thing is the one-hour finale was so good that even people who didn’t love the series over its 12-year run could love the ending, too. Like me. You likely needed t…

YOUNG ADULT The Missing of Clairdelune, Volume 2 of the Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos, translated from the French by Hildegarde Serle; Europa Editions, 540 pages ($20.95) Ages 12 and up. ... Prepare to be dazzled yet again, as French author Christelle Dabos returns in Book 2 with an even more deliciously complicated fantasy featuring formidable heroin…

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Name: Amy Bueme, 42. Who she is: Owner along with her husband, Joe, of Catalyst Fitness – which is expected to open its seventh location in September, this one on Meyer Road in Amherst. The Western New York native graduated from Depew High School and attended Erie Community College. The Buemes live in Buffalo and have four children, ages 22, 20, 18 and 10. What she's…

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We’ve had a lot of rain lately, so for our newest Reader Challenge it's only fitting that we asked for photos of rain boots. Thank you to those who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are two options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would ever do that.…

Remember the film "Revenge of the Nerds" from 1984? Some of us do. Back then, the word "nerd" was a pejorative. It described hopeless, pencil-neck guys with glasses, pocket protectors, and no social, sexual or athletic skills. What they might have, though, were big brains and the good school grades that sometimes went with them. The word "nerd" in 2019 has another co…

TV

With the megahit “The Big Bang Theory” ending its Thursday run with a one-hour finale at 8 tonight on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), CBS is focused this fall on re-establishing the night. It is premiering three new series on Thursday this fall, the same number of shows ABC, NBC and Fox are premiering individually over seven nights all fall. As usual, CBS is going with familiar…

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Every summer, the Buffalo Niagara region, Rochester and southern Ontario are transformed into holy ground for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, horror and other delightful forms of entertainment. If geekdom and fan-love were a religion, then it’s time to get ready to worship. Here are this summer’s offerings: Nickel City Con When: 3 to 8 p.m. May 17, 1…

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The days when the networks unveiled a large number of new shows in the fall apparently are over. ABC became the third broadcast network Tuesday to announce it is planning to air only three new series in the fall. And one of them has a Western New York angle. Williamsville East graduate Michele Fazekas and her writing partner Tara Butters are the writers and execut…

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Welcome to summer – geek style. Nickel City Con – which has become the unofficial kickoff to summer for local pop culture fans in only three short years – returns May 17 to 19 to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Since debuting as a two-day convention in 2016, NCC has expanded to three days of all things pop culture: comic book artists, cosplay contests, gaming …

Sports

The big news to come out of Fox’s schedule announcement Monday for next year is that “The Resident,” the popular medical series from Buffalo Seminary graduate Amy Holden Jones, is moving from Mondays to 8 p.m. Tuesday. In another bit of news, Fox announced that “Empire” – which will air after “The Resident” – will end its run after its sixth season. That is a bit of a s…

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Let’s hope sensitive and defensive Western New Yorkers and political types don’t make a big deal out of a one-line cheap shot against the area uttered in the series finale of HBO’s satirical political comedy “Veep” Sunday night. It came from Selina Meyer, the foul-mouthed character played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she was trying to get enough delegates to earn the presi…