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THE BIG 5 EVENTS The Lumineers, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $24.50 to $74.50. Believe it or not, this thriving folk-rock band from Denver has never played Buffalo despite considerable airtime on local radio stations. They're down to two full-time members – Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites – after the departure of their cellist, bu…

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Luis Mojica, 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $7. Baroque musician Luis Mojica will be paying a visit to Mohawk Place. Formally of the quirky New York City cello-led outfit Rasputina, the Woodstock-based artist has since gone solo to build a catalog of intimate, piano-driven pop music. His decade-ending release "How a Stranger is Made," was shared in …

Health and Fitness

Music has the power to change lives for those with cancer. Tom Lillis and fellow founders of the Against the Storm Foundation are proof. Lillis and Joey Nicastro, another founder, launched Rock the Cure four years ago to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western & Central New York. Both served on the regional LLS board at the time and envi…

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It's possible you'll want to spend every waking moment around family during Christmas week. But that kind of commitment is certainly not for everyone, so a small but plucky group of events can provide an escape from political debates, burnt cookies and out-of-town Grinches. The Christmas Party 15, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (76 Pearl …

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The final weekend before Christmas is actually pretty calm in terms of events, likely because organizers understand how Buffalonians are occupied with last-minute preparations. This weekend's highlights are filled with holiday sentiment, featuring caroling, a family-friendly play at Shea's and a chance to support a local business that's fallen on unexpected hard times. …

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Buffalo has a soft spot for jam bands, especially when they were reared in Western New York. moe., now 30 years after its formation at the University at Buffalo, doesn't schedule a homecoming too frequently, but this one is especially meaningful as Rob Derhak (vocals/bass) is now cancer-free. The jam band has a lot of laudable traits honed over those decades – happy mus…

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Coles on Elmwood is one of the bar-restaurants where most Buffalonians have a memory. After all, it's been there forever. Maybe you were a local college student, squished between dozens of peers on a Thursday night, trying in vain to maneuver your way to the bar, trying all sorts of tactics to get the bartender's attention. Maybe you're a classy adult, rolling in for…

Art

You won't know how much you'll miss the Albright-Knox until it's gone (temporarily, at least). At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Elmwood Avenue art gallery – an institution that has put Buffalo on the grid internationally – will close for two years to execute a major expansion project. For those hungry for a bite of culture on the first Friday night of the month, or those who wa…

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Still have an appetite for more Halloween after the weekend's robust parties at the Statler, Thin Man Chandler and in RiverWorks? Good, because the calendar doesn't slow down as we speed toward Thursday – Halloween itself. Many Halloween parties present the same entertainment – prizes for best costume, themed drinks and food, and dancing to spooky music – so the setting…

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Because of its spot on the calendar, this year’s Borderland Music + Arts Festival — set for Sept. 21 and 22 in East Aurora’s bucolic Knox Farm State Park — can bill itself in a handful of ways. It’s a goodbye to summer, occurring on the season’s last two official days. It’s a welcome to fall, happening on the doorstep of the region’s arguably most beautiful season. And …

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There's a special guest for This Week in Buffalo: Niagara Falls. Our northerly neighbor is not a daunting destination for many Buffalonians; it's no more than an hour away from the farthest reaches of Erie County (even from you, Sardinia!). With thriving alt band Judah & the Lion booked for Rapids, plus celebrities en route to the Niagara Falls International Film…

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Take advantage of Buffalo events that meld exploration, fun and philanthropy. Thursdays' Plate Expectations meets the criteria: attendees will roam the new Resurgence Brewing Co. in the Old First Ward, engage in games of chance such as a Wine Wall and balloon-popping and support FeedMore WNY – formerly the Food Bank – in the process. There's a solid mix of marquee co…

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Christmas in July strikes many as a strange concept (or totally unnecessary), but nevertheless, it's celebrated in Buffalo. But what about St. Patrick's Day in August? Why not give that a chance? This week's event list suggests the creation of another faux holiday, thanks to the arrival of Flogging Molly on Tuesday and the Irish-tinged Almost Halfway to St. Patrick's Da…

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Buffalo has had (and still has) its share of signature festivals, whether Kerfuffle, Edgefest and the forthcoming Borderland in late September. But when determining which affair best exemplifies Buffalo and its diversified music sensibilities, one could make the case that none have cradled the city’s evolving ethos as well as Cobblestone Live. Set for its third sessi…

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"Each day we experience is an opportunity to pursue a new chance," says singer and poet Nola Ranallo. "We must go forth. A song keeps moving. If we as humans did not keep momentum, rhythm, we would certainly surrender to expiration." Ranallo knows a thing or two about struggling to keep moving forward. After more than a year spent in an abusive relationship, in the spri…