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Cleveland-born rapper Machine Gun Kelly set social media ablaze with the release of his diss track, "Rap Devil," last week, where he committed roughly five minutes to an elaborate take-down of Eminem. What was most surprising, though, was that one of the two backdrops in the controversial music video - which had 65 million views as of Wednesday night - is Buffalo's DL&a…

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Patrick Lynn has been a producer with "American Idol" for the entire 16-year run of the groundbreaking television show. This year, he successfully lobbied to have the singing competition show hold auditions in Buffalo for the first time. Western New York definitely impressed the judges. "We had a monster turnout today," Lynn said Sunday. "We couldn't be happier." …

Health and Fitness

Some of the top outdoor fitness instructors at Canalside will return to the downtown waterfront park this weekend for one last summer hurrah. “We talked about it and said, ‘Let's end with a big splash,’ ” said Maureen Hanagan, manager of community relations with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, which sponsors health and fitness activities at Canalside. The E…

Food and Drink

Princess Jasmine ate saucy chicken wings at Allentown bar-restaurant Gabriel’s Gate next to her arch-nemesis Jafar, who preferred the beef on weck. It sounds like the beginning of a way-too-specific joke. But Lissa deGuzman and Jonathan Weir, respective Jasmine and Jafar in "Aladdin," which finishes up its Buffalo stop on the tour Aug. 19 in Shea’s Buffalo Theatre (646 …

Attractions

The revitalization of Buffalo was on full display last weekend during National Dance Day. Cynthia Cadwell Pegado — a dance instructor who specializes in working with those who have Parkinson's disease — led a joyous group in marking the celebration on the boardwalk at Canalside. Several of her students with Parkinson's were there. So were Buffalo Public School studen…

Business

The fourth annual Canalside Auto and Boat show will get underway Friday, with a mix of new automobiles, RVs, trailers and boats on display. The free show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The show is produced by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, Anchor Marine and Canalside.

Health and Fitness

For generations, the phrase “I’m bored” has been a familiar childhood refrain during summer – but kids today belong to the first generation that can easily fill time sitting and gazing at a smartphone or computer screen. It’s not enough anymore for a parent to say, “It’s not my job to entertain you.” Today, they have to add “and you’re not getting on your phone – go fig…

Education

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has launched its Storytime Series at Canalside for the summer. The M&T Bank-sponsored program will offer weekly programming to children up to age 8 and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 29. The series aims to create a positive and fun environment while promoting reading and a healthy lifesty…

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A friendly bull, a playful elf and a cowardly lion will all make appearances as part of the Tuesday Movie Series at Canalside. The free family series opens July 10 with "Ferdinand," an animated tale inspired by the beloved book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. Movies start at 6 p.m. You are allowed to bring blankets, chairs and refreshments. …

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It can be easy to forget that, less than a decade ago, the Buffalo expanse that would become Canalside consisted of an excavated canal and cobblestone. No free Thursday night concerts with the likes of the Tragically Hip, Public Enemy or Father John Misty. No yoga, Zumba and waterbikes. No extended boardwalk or public art, and more importantly, nowhere to get a relaxing…

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Explore & More Children's Museum said Friday it has awarded a $5.25 million contract to Savarino Cos. to build out the interior of its new Canalside facility, following an "extensive community outreach and bidding process." The East Aurora-based nonprofit broke ground in March on the $29 million project to construct a four-story museum in downtown Buffalo, on a port…

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Five summer editions of 107.7 Alternative Buffalo’s Kerfuffle are now in the books. And after its latest affair on June 16, the station can check off another rollicking amalgamation of Fender rock, electro pop and all points between along Buffalo’s Canalside waterfront. The daylong festival – featuring Mainland, Mansionair, Family of the Year, Marian Hill, Robert DeLong…

Health and Fitness

Free fitness classes are underway across the region, Slow Roll Buffalo plans two bike rides, and runners have race options this week in Western New York. These are among the Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Biking enthusiasts can ride twice this week with Slow Roll,…

By Peter Dow Bravo! We are delighted that Rep. Brian Higgins, The Buffalo News, Robert Gioia, and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. have endorsed the idea of building an urban residential village where the Memorial Auditorium once stood. We have been pushing this idea for several years, and now that the children’s museum, the carousel and other waterfront attra…

Business

DiPizio Construction, which has battled in court for years over its removal from the Canalside ice rink project, has shut down and is selling off its equipment. Alex Lyon and Son will auction the construction equipment starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday at 5690 Camp Road in Hamburg. The long list of items to be sold includes five hydraulic excavators, eight loaders, and a var…