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The Scrooges and the Grinches will say Valentine's Day is a commercial holiday, something Hallmark made up out of thin air to sell more cards. People hate Valentine's Day for a lot of reasons (BuzzFeed cites 16) but just because it's cooler to hate it, doesn't mean you have to. Why not treat yourself, your valentine, your galentines and palentines to a special day ou…

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Canalside Fitness Classes: Barre Centric 7 to 8 p.m. at 44 Prime St. Free to attend. BlueCross BlueShield's free summer fitness classes at Canalside start rolling with Barre Centric's first waterfront workout of the season. The weekly series runs Mondays through Aug. 27. Barre Centric, based at Main and West Ferry streets, intertwines ballet, yoga and Pilates into…

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Jazz Happy Hour with Susan Peters 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). Free to attend. 21+ unless accompanied by a parent. Nietzsche's, the famous Allentown watering hole, is welcoming spring with free Monday jazz happy hours. Every week features a different performer, and on May 7, chanteuse Susan Peters takes the bandstand. With her husky voice and …

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At dusk on Feb. 12, the glass-enclosed space of the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion will start to glow with a strange and unfamiliar light. In the imagination of Berlin-based artist Olivier Pasquet, people may see that light from afar and be intrigued enough to take a closer look. When they do, they'll find him inside the airy visitor center for Frank Lloyd Wrigh…

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We are always looking out for everyone’s well-being. So when the July 4 holidays are over, here are four events to keep the summer party going. “Botanicals” is a hot new word in the world of food and drink, but in this case, the Botanicals & Brews indicates the location — the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park). The event takes place fro…

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Frank Lloyd Wright called Buffalo millionaire Darwin Martin the best friend he ever had. A Western New Yorker following The News' 100 Things list can top that claim. To us, Darwin Martin is family. One warm September day, we visited Graycliff, the summer home he commissioned from Wright in the late 1920s. Martin, who had overcome a poor childhood to work his way to t…

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“A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn't afterward,” so said Frank Lloyd Wright (apparently). While we don’t agree with the architectural master on the first point, we are happy to report you have the opportunity to attend two Wright drinking days this spring and summer. As part of its adult education programs, the Frank Llo…

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After a look through the 2016 calendar, CNN published an article entitled "16 things to see and do in the U.S. in 2016," and one of Buffalo's architectural treasures made the cut. The Darwin Martin House, built in 1905 on Jewett Parkway, is on the list of National Historic Landmarks and endures as one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most exquisite contributions to Buffalo archite…