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Ethnic reveal: I am not of Polish descent. My ancestors did not arrive in Buffalo from Eastern Europe. My mother has never made homemade pierogi; I’ve yet to sip my first bottle of Zywiec or Tyskie; and I’ve never celebrated the Hall of Fame polka catalog of Eddie Blazonczyk. But this lack of country connection doesn’t prevent me and thousands of Buffalonians from using …

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In 1985, Buffalo was a much different place. Jim Kelly had yet to suit up for the Bills. Metrorail had just begun its first stops throughout Main Street’s still-bustling shopping district, and the Goo Goo Dolls were inching toward formation. But as all these items were waiting to alter the local landscape, Chevy Celebrities were cruising down city streets to the ebullient…

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If last week’s green-hued tour of Buffalo finest tavern stages made you weary, bad news: It’s time to take a deep breath, get in a good stretch and find your favorite barstool for a weekend of March Madness. NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Championship tournament kicked off earlier this week with its First Four play-in games, but blossomed into its full-blown field of 64 on Thurs…

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This weekend will cap the end of the coldest month in Buffalo’s storied (and frigid) history. Leaving behind average daily temps of around 11 degrees will be a cause for celebration, a chance to envision warmer days ahead. And what better way is there to get into a sunnier state of mind than to attend the Nickel City’s first-ever winter luau? On Saturday, Buffalo’s recent…

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Say it with me: 25 days to go until the sights, sounds and sun (hopefully) of St. Patrick’s Day. The Buffalo Irish Center is crossing the passing days off its calendar with a green Sharpie. While it does, it is happy to host such holiday lead-up events as tonight’s annual and international Great Guinness Toast inside its locale at 245 Abbott Road starting at 6 p.m. Attend…

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Friday reveal: I never trained to be a professional kickboxer. I neglected to roll into high school parties in a khaki trench coat and Clash T-shirt; and though I absolutely considered it, failed to ever stand outside a woman’s home or employment and blast Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” out of a boombox hoisted over my head. I never did any of these things, yet John Cusac…

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It’s the first full weekend in February, which means one thing: the epic winter crawl between the Super Bowl and St. Patrick’s Day has officially begun. Football is over. Temperatures continue to dip to detrimental levels and, after two full months of these meteorological punches to the face, we’re all ready to hide underneath a pile of blankets until green-hued sunshine …

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The Ice at Canalside. Rinks at Riverworks. Frozen expanses at Martin Luther King Jr. Park and pop-up sheets across the suburbs. After centuries of frozen winters across the region, ice is finally trending. And like any Buffalo trend, it’s about time it had its own festival. Enter Larkinville’s inaugural Ice Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 31 at four different loca…

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Though probably not viewed as compatible by the focused likes of Walter Sobchak or PBA legend Pete Weber, bowling and music usually roll pretty well together. Whether it’s moonlight games under Voelker’s classic rock jukebox or the annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas, the sport welcomes enjoyment amid amplified distraction a bit better than the biathl…

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As detailed in this space before, Buffalo loves its tribute bands. The costumes. The hit-filled set lists. The nostalgia elicited by a collection of cover musicians at your neighborhood bar, and all for a fraction of what seeing the real thing would cost either today or 30 years ago. Seeing an improbable triple bill of KISS, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest in 1980? For some,…

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As has been noted across local blogs, pages and social media posts over the past week, many Buffalonians of a certain age still cherish 1993 AIDS benefit compilation CD “No Alternative” not only because it scooped them to bands like Pavement, Uncle Tupelo and Urge Overkill. It introduced many – including me – to a wailing dynamo listed as the Incredible Lance Diamond. Lea…

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And just like that, it’s the last weekend before Christmas. Really snuck up on you, didn’t it? This means malls, department stores and the Elmwood strip will experience a Saturday and Sunday crush of manic shoppers, rummaging through sale racks under the boozy coo of Dean Martin, and buying all kinds of last-minute items that will inevitably be either re-gifted, returned …

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It’s nice to have live music to look forward to – even if the upcoming show isn’t until April. That’s the early holiday gift many will be able to embrace later today when tickets go on sale for Neutral Milk Hotel’s highly anticipated date inside Buffalo’s Asbury Hall on April 21. The reunited-against-all-odds Athens, Ga. outfit rose to cult status on the strength of 1998…

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Thanksgiving’s over. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed and, for many, entry into December begins the Christmas season – and its soulful holiday soundtrack. “Someday At Christmas” by Stevie Wonder. “Merry Christmas, Baby” by Otis Redding, and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by the Jackson 5. All three will be omnipresent for the next three weeks, and the trio shoul…

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Are you sick of trying to balance your nutritional needs with a necessary weekly infusion of live blues or jazz? Relax and exhale. Wegmans has you covered. For those sick of forgoing snare hits for shopping trips, find the grocery store’s Dick Road or Sheridan Drive locations on Fridays. From 6 to 8 p.m., you can stock up on cranberry and flaxseed oatmeal to the scintilla…