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Thanks to quirky Dyngus Day and now Cinco de Mayo, which isn't even a major holiday in Mexico, Buffalo has had ample opportunity to emerge from winter slumber. The city will be awash with Mexican-themed activities - all weekend, but especially on Sunday - with tacos and margaritas aplenty, with the bonus of some top-notch patios opening. For sombrero-less folks, additio…

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Even though there's a wealth of event options on Dyngus Day, revelers typically wind up at one of three places: The Pussywillow Party Tent, especially if the weather cooperates; the Central Terminal, a historic setting with wildly popular Those Idiots; and the Adam Mickiewicz Library, a dance party in tight quarters that's set apart from the wildness near Paderewski Drive.…

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Torn Space Theater, headquartered on Buffalo's East Side, has received the largest grant in its history. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has awarded Torn Space $310,000, which will be used by the theater company to finish the exterior renovation of its performance space in the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle. "The Wilson grant concludes stage one of th…

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Intrepid Travelers' Nietzsche's residency, Cinco en Mayo 9 p.m. at 248 Allen St. $7 at the door. There's a show each Thursday in May. Improv-heavy Buffalo band Intrepid Travelers celebrates its fifth anniversary as a band with a five-show residency in Nietzsche's beginning Thursday, with shows following on May 10, 17, 24 and 31. In his interview with The News' Jeff …

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Who needs actors to put on a play? Certainly not Torn Space, the experimental theater company that acknowledges no boundaries, follows no rules and hews to no conventions except those of its own inscrutable design. To that end, the company this weekend will mount an original production called "Security," featuring about 10 actual security guards recruited from a small B…

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1) Dyngus Day at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 3 to 11 p.m. April 2 at 495 Paderewski Drive. Cost is $15 to attend - ticket details here - and it's a 21+ event. Commentary: Even as the Central Terminal continues slow progress toward restoration, the Art Deco venue attracts attention on Dyngus Day for a few reasons: its vast size is convenient for large crowds, it doesn'…

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1) Pussy Willow Party Tent for Dyngus Day, 3 to 11 p.m. March 28 on Peckham Street at Memorial Drive in Historic Polonia (walking distance from Central Terminal). $10 to get in, or $2 with a Pussy Willow Pass ($10 itself from Wegmans locations). Commentary: Polish revelry will be in full force in the wildly popular entertainment tent, where polka band Those Idiots fills t…

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Young Jean Lee’s powerful and powerfully intimate play “The Shipment” is packed with angles, anger and comedic observation – so packed that it requires a nimble cast to deliver on its promise of meaningful provocation. Torn Space Theater and director Dan Shanahan found that cast. Together, Peter Johnson, Dudney Joseph, Greg Howze, Danica Riddick and Shabar Rouse expand th…

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Whenever Dyngus Day approaches -- and it arrives on Monday, legitimate extension of the weekend -- Anderson Cooper's reaction to the Polish festival in 2012 is mandatory viewing. If you're short on time, fast forward to 1:42 in the video below. [bn_youtube id="6hRG2WHFFm8"] [Also, remember, Anderson Cooper has promised to one day visit a Buffalo Dyngus Day, as some local…

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The fifth annual Buffalo Beer Week kicks off this Thursday with a launch party at Templeton Landing. What’s better than a “Beer Week?” How about a beer week and a half, with this year’s festivities extending from Thursday until Sunday, Oct. 5. There’s an event for every beer drinker during this 10-day celebration. Some deals last the entire week, like Amherst Street bar …