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Mummies have long been known for their haunting and mysterious images from a long-ago world. A British museum with a world-renowned collection of mummies and Egyptian artifacts is taking them on the road for the first time while the museum itself undergoes a renovation. And the first stop is Buffalo. "Golden Mummies of Egypt," which opens Saturday, offers a sophistic…

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This weekend's event lineup mingles old with new, trusty with trendy. The enduring fascination with ancient Egypt and mummies might seem a giant leap from the curious popularity of eSports, video-game competitions with prizes on the line – but also long-term, educational utility. They're both cool in their own ways, and worthy of attention. Since it's Buffalo in wint…

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Nothing is exact anymore. The Buffalo-area's Oktoberfests begin in the middle of September and Buffalo Beer Week is actually 10 days long. It reminds us of the time when Positively Main Street was on Elmwood Avenue. As amusingly misleading as these titles may be, a bounty of quality events lies ahead for the weekend of Sept. 13-15. The Meatball Street Brawl, one of the …

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Tifft Nature Preserve is trying to destigmatize insects with its 9th annual summer festival, Insectival, on Aug. 4. "We find that educating people on things they might find scary or not like is the way to change people's opinions and attitudes," said Meghan Dye, director of Tifft Nature Preserve. At Insectival, insects are collected, studied and yes, eaten. If it sou…

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Three throwback events grace Buffalo's event calendar this weekend, highlighted by opportunities to revisit the '80s or romp around at a prom-like event. They both involve dressing up, just in two slightly different ways. For those more eager to live in the present, Friday is National Grilled Cheese Day, while the opening of developer Rocco Termini's Chandler Street pro…

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The day camps are already booked. It’s too late to plan a family vacation in Florida. Your in-laws suddenly announce they’ll be out of town and unavailable for babysitting. And you don’t want the kiddos to spend the entire week playing Fortnite (or even worse, watching some YouTuber play Fortnite.) Did the February break sneak up on you? Fear not. This is Bu…

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1) Holiday Valley Wine & Beer Festival, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $65 and may be purchased here. Admission includes a $5 voucher for food. Commentary: For most people, Ellicottville is a destination, and in the gap between Fall Fest and the start of ski and snowboard season, you might th…

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An impressive number of Buffalo-area events has already sold out this week, with Johnny Marr, Hospice Harvest Fest Ruby Gala, the Hallowine Murder Mystery on the Niagara Wine Trail and all three Goo Goo Dolls shows filled to the brim. Don't fear, though, or just fear a little because it's the Halloween season. There's plenty to do this weekend in the Buffalo area. 1)…

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1) Thawfest, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $39 in advance here, $59 for VIP, which includes entry an hour before everyone else, plus rare beers and a selection of finger foods. Commentary: An impressive list of breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries will be represented in sprawling RiverWorks. Rochester's Iron Smok…

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The Buffalo Museum of Science has a fine permanent resident in Stuffy. He is a figure of a bison that came to the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences in 1895 and even presided for a few years over Central Terminal. But the museum's true mascot is even more impressive. That would be the huge Alaskan grizzly bear donated by Amherst physician Dr. Joseph K. Link, who sho…

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August's solar eclipse was a rare phenomenon. It was a day we all stood together, in wonder. Folks gathered at the Buffalo Museum of Science, at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve, at observatories, outside planetariums, and at fields out in the country. People who couldn't get away simply went out on the street. Everyone asked questions, shared viewing equipme…

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Ron Hawkins, 6 p.m. March 24, Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.), $22.50. Leaving his backing band at home for his latest Buffalo pit-stop, Lowest of the Low frontman Ron Hawkins will set up shop in a rather unexpected venue: the Buffalo Museum of Science. The musician shared his latest solo record "Spit Sputter & Sparkle" last year, but don't be sho…

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As our thaw goes away, and temperatures once again dip, there's just one thing to do. Celebrate! From Jan. 13 to 16, The Ice at Canalside is playing host to Chillabration, a celebration of winter. The free four-day winter wonderland is family friendly and includes ice carving demonstrations and ice skating, curling, ice biking and children's activities on and off the ic…

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Yes, get messy. In fact, get the ooey, gooey, sticky kind of messy. It's Messfest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 at the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Parkway). This is an annual event that celebrates all of the messy stuff in life. Well, some of it, anyway. The fun takes place all throughout the museum, with plenty of hands-on activities for all ages. [Read a…

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Curiosity is the hallmark of a happy childhood, and toddlers are curious little people with big appetites for fun. They’re no longer infants, but aren’t quite preschoolers yet. They need to continue to develop motor skills, but this is also an important time for intellectual, social and emotional growth. And, if you don't keep them moving and wear them out, they'll wear yo…