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Welcome to summer – geek style. Nickel City Con – which has become the unofficial kickoff to summer for local pop culture fans in only three short years – returns May 17 to 19 to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Since debuting as a two-day convention in 2016, NCC has expanded to three days of all things pop culture: comic book artists, cosplay contests, gaming …

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It's tough to over-emphasize the importance of "local." Supporting Buffalo businesses, events and people is absolutely crucial to the city's economy, well-being and growth. Like every week, local events are at the root of this list, with a chance to support farmers and other producers, artists, actors and restaurateurs all detailed below. Giving back to the community n…

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Thanks to quirky Dyngus Day and now Cinco de Mayo, which isn't even a major holiday in Mexico, Buffalo has had ample opportunity to emerge from winter slumber. The city will be awash with Mexican-themed activities - all weekend, but especially on Sunday - with tacos and margaritas aplenty, with the bonus of some top-notch patios opening. For sombrero-less folks, additio…

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Even though there's a wealth of event options on Dyngus Day, revelers typically wind up at one of three places: The Pussywillow Party Tent, especially if the weather cooperates; the Central Terminal, a historic setting with wildly popular Those Idiots; and the Adam Mickiewicz Library, a dance party in tight quarters that's set apart from the wildness near Paderewski Drive.…

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Back-to-back days of celebration can be a lot to handle. Easter typically brings baskets of chocolate bunnies (with odd expressions) and jelly beans, family meals with heaps of ham, and the awkward cutting of a cute butter lamb. Dyngus Day immediately follows with awkward squirt gun and pussywillow flirting, a longer parade route and a chance to revel with Polish bee…

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Every Easter Week, the Broadway Market is the destination thanks to its lengthy list of vendors, array of foods for purchase and sense of history. To accommodate the rush of patrons, the market's hours expand considerably through Saturday, and even then the shopping haven's 90,000 square-feet will be a tad congested. The buzz of activity and holiday joy can be felt on B…

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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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Buffalonians tend to hold grudges in some areas - the New England Patriots, ranch dressing on wings and Shaggy - yet are more forgiving in others. We'll see how the city responds to pop superstar Justin Timberlake when he performs in KeyBank Center after postponing twice late last year and a third just five years ago. In 2015, WYRK's Rob Banks teased a Justin Timberlake…

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One perk about Buffalo's event calendar is that almost every taste can be satisfied. Love trendy bars? There's an anniversary party at Falley Allen this week. Have a hankering for architecture knowledge? Learn from nine of Buffalo's inspired builders at 6MBS. Adore award-winning rock musicals? Head to Shea's for "Rent." Keen for snapping turtles? Well, I don't think we …

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One is the hottest female pop star of the moment, while the other is a three-decade veteran of the spotlight. Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey, two female pop icons, both come to Buffalo this weekend for shows in KeyBank Center and Shea's Buffalo Theatre, respectively. Even though they're more than 20 years apart in age, the pair has much in common: exceptional vocal t…

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I'll admit to confusing Plantasia, the coming exhibit at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, with "Fantasia," the 1940 Walt Disney animated film put to classical music. (Cut me a break: how many words rhyme with "-asia"?) The two are actually remarkably different, as the former teases spring in Buffalo's not-so-distant future, while the latter involves Mickey Mouse's curious attem…

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Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day Weekend celebrations wouldn't be the same if the Valley Community Center chose not to host the Old Neighborhood Parade due to diminishing returns. While the Delaware Avenue parade on Sunday has garnered a reputation for shoulder-to-shoulder crowds and a bit more sloppiness, the Old First Ward parade, held the day prior, still harbors the clos…

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Given how difficult it is to own or work in a restaurant, it's worth commending culinary students for their ambition and boldness. A little encouragement for those choosing this challenging career path comes Wednesday in Salvatore's through the annual Taste of Education. High school students from four BOCES programs - in Medina, Sanborn, Angola and Ashville - will serve…

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Unexpectedly, I wound up watching a marathon of "Fixer-Upper" on HGTV last weekend. As a devoted viewer of "Chopped" on the Food Network, it wasn't hard to grasp the practical appeal of HGTV, even if Buffalo's buyers market isn't exactly ideal. The Buffalo Home Show comes to town this weekend and next, with celebrities, designers and local businesses all showcasing thei…

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The 2019 edition of Taste in Education offers the chance to “get stuffed” and watch a live cooking challenge on March 13. High school culinary students are the stars of the annual fundraiser, as teams from local vocational schools staff sampler stations for the crowds. This year’s culinary theme, “Get Stuffed,” will be reflected creatively in their menus. Hewes Educa…