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For decades, people walking along Mirror Lake and the Japanese Gardens near the Buffalo History Museum have seen the century-old building's impressive eight-column portico, its grand stairways made of Vermont marble, its statue of Abraham Lincoln ... and a doorway that isn't really a doorway. That will be changing as part of an ongoing renovation that will restore the m…

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The outdoor "Party on the Portico" has been a summertime staple at the Buffalo History Museum in recent years. But this year, the series was put on hold for a good reason: the long-awaited restoration work on the portico. On Aug. 16, the party returns in a special "Party FOR the Portico" concert by Boston, Mass.-based band The Sheila Divine, fronted by Hamburg native Aa…

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It's tough to over-emphasize the importance of "local." Supporting Buffalo businesses, events and people is absolutely crucial to the city's economy, well-being and growth. Like every week, local events are at the root of this list, with a chance to support farmers and other producers, artists, actors and restaurateurs all detailed below. Giving back to the community n…

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Taste of Vegan Sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. at Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.). Tickets $19 (non-drinking), $27.50 (drinking) here, and at the door, as capacity allows. Children under 5 enter for free. An all-you-can-eat assortment of more than 30 plant-based appetizers, main courses, drinks and desserts will be offered in bite-sized form from a…

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Cinco de Mayo Street Fiesta at Deep South Taco Noon to midnight at all three locations: 291 Ellicott St., 1707 Hertel Ave., and 6727 Transit Road, Lancaster. Presale costs are $15 for two people and $28 for four. Details here. Day-of cost is $10 per person. VIP tickets are $125. The biggest Cinco de Mayo party in town is at all three Deep South locations for the first …

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UB Distinguished Speakers Series with Alan Alda 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Arena on University at Buffalo's North Campus (Amherst). Tickets range from $24 to $58 and may be purchased here. Known primarily as an actor - as Hawkeye Pierce on "M*A*S*H," for instance - Alan Alda also spent more than a decade as host of "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS, then went on to chann…

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The Buffalo News' BN Blitz hosted a night at the Buffalo History Museum titled "Icons: The Moments and Makers of Buffalo Sports," on Friday, April 20, 2018. News sports reporters Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski were on hand, as well as enterprise writer Tim Graham.

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1) Runway 11.0, fashion shows at 3 and 8 p.m. April 21 in Buffalo State College's Campbell Student Union (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Admission is $10 for students, $15 for general public for the 3 p.m. slot, while general admission is $25 for the later time. Ticket information may be found here. Commentary: Organized fashion events are few and far between in Buffalo, but Runwa…

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Thanksgiving is a time for feasting, for enjoying the comforts of home. From family to football, from pumpkin pie to the mighty green bean casserole, there's plenty to keep us content. But let's talk turkey. At some point, you will need to get out. Wouldn't it be fun, with all the expats and relatives back on the scene, to celebrate things that are going well in our …

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It's the most Buffalo time of the year. Spirits soar as we warm up for the Turkey Trot, one of the 100 Things every Western New Yorker should do at least once. And for the World's Largest Disco, another adventure on our bucket list. Friends and relatives flock in from out of town, craving wings and beef on weck. Thanksgiving is in the air. It's fun to celebrate this …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to cartoonist Jim Davis, creator of “Garfield” and born on this date in 1945, “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” . . . BIG BARGAINS – A garage sale to support the Western New York Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2017 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 296 School St. off Militar…

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The popular Food Truck Rodeo at The Buffalo History Museum returns from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and we've received the lineup of trucks for the season opener. Remember, the trucks serve until 8:30 p.m., and the event runs on the first Wednesday of every summer month (July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2). Roughly 60 parking spots are available in the museum's lot, and street parking ca…

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More than a dozen Buffalo-area museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission Saturday, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced. Participating institutions include (Note: click on the links for further information): Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo History Museum Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst Buffalo Religious Arts Center Burchfield Penney Art Cen…

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One of Buffalo’s most unique warm-weather gathering venues, the covered porch (portico) and back steps of Buffalo History Museum overlooking Mirror Lake and a slice of Delaware Park, will be the setting for Party on the Portico from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 18. This series of happy hour events features admission to Buffalo History Museum, cash bar, complimentary appetizers …