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The best advice for this week is probably to stay inside and huddle under several layers of clothing. Buffalo will still have events going on next week, after all. We kid. The temperatures are expected to rise midweek, and while we might be reluctant to emerge from the warmth of our lairs, there are a handful of steamy events to make it worthwhile. Disney on Ice: Wor…

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1) Buffalo Soup-Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Entrance costs $5 and "Soup Bucks" cost $1 each. Commentary: If you're someone who likes to browse menus as much as I do, then the SoupFest offerings below will occupy a few minutes of your time. What's Mooney's "mystery soup"? What does a "Blazin' Bison" look like? I…

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The cast and crew of “Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate” skated into First Niagara Center on Wednesday evening and was – by all accounts – an instant hit. The vibrant colors and fast pace kept the crowd engaged. The kids took it all very seriously, too. Many of them attended in their favorite character costumes and princess dresses. There were plenty of kids dressed as Anna …

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For Alexis Darrow, growing up in Bemus Point, a village of less than 500 residents tucked away in rural Cattaraugus County, she had but a single dream — to be a professional skater. That meant lacing up her ice skates at age 6 and training six days a week for much of her childhood. Now 21, Darrow has traded in the sleepy back roads of Bemus Point for cities across North Am…

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It feels kind of dirty starting off the 10 with an event you cannot actually attend. But Dreamland, the DIY arts collective on Franklin Street, is hosting a wildly popular, costume-mandatory Knockturn Alley Fest this Saturday. Maybe the words "Knockturn Alley" made your ears -- or wizarding hat -- perk up, and 125 people have already conjured (read: bought) the $5 tickets…

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Morgan Bell has one of the most instantly recognizable work uniforms in the world. Stepping into a traditional Norwegian bunad in blue, she throws a deep fuchsia cape around her shoulders and with braided pigtails is transformed into Princess Anna, half of the royal sister duo from the cultural phenomenon that is Disney’s “Frozen.” As a star of “Disney on Ice presents Pr…

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Morgan Bell may only be playing a princess in “Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes,” opening Wednesday in the First Niagara Center, but the young performer quickly found she had more than a little in common with Princess Anna from “Frozen.” “I can definitely relate to Anna with my personality off the ice,” Bell, 23, said in a recent phone interview. “Anna’s chara…