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“Fantastic Four” is a half-hearted attempt at a superhero origin story and a decent science fiction plot twisted together, yet still not willing to admit it is either of those things.The film is 20th Century Fox’s second attempt at an origin story film for the superhero group and third attempt at a Fantastic Four film. Ten years after the first movie, they still can’t get …

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The second annual Western New York VegFest brought floods of people to Delaware Park on Sunday’s sunny afternoon. VegFest aims to bring vegans and vegetarians together in a community, a goal that Nicole Frontera of Hamburg thinks the organizers accomplished very well. “I like the sense of community it brings, with promoting health and environmental and animal rights needs,…

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With a little faith, trust and pixie dust, “Peter Pan” stole my heart.The musical opened at Artpark on Thursday night to a crowd of children of all ages – some in wheelchairs and others clutching their mother’s legs.The show began with a peek into the Darling home, where three children – Wendy, Michael and John – live. They played pirates and told stories of Peter Pan. It …

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This weekend, a corner of downtown Buffalo will be transformed into a playground for all ages.On Saturday and Sunday, ChalkFest Buffalo! invites artists of all ability to draw on the sidewalks of Buffalo with chalk, decorating the area on Main Street at Fountain Plaza between Huron and Chippewa streets. The fourth annual event will offer food vendors and trucks, live music…

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People with multicolored hair alongside flower crowns, tie-dyed shirts alongside patched jean vests with studs, and parents alongside their kids all coexisting happily at one concert can only mean one thing: Vans Warped Tour is back in Western New York. On Wednesday, the all-day music festival brought more than 70 bands to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. The venue welc…

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s – Ant-Man?It’s been a geek’s paradise with the steady flow of comic book superhero movie blockbusters and TV series, continuing with Thursday’s release of Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” But the intertwining Marvel films can be slightly confusing to the casual viewer.Who are all these superheroes? Why do they all connect? And who is Ant-Man, anyway? Wat…

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Three international touring artists – Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott and Rudresh Mahanthappa – will take the stage as part of the 2015-16 Jazz Series at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.Here’s the schedule:Gretchen Parlato, 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Parlato kicks off the series performing with Taylor Eigsti (piano, keyboards), Alan Hampton (bass, guitar, vocals) and …

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Although most people think of Vans Warped Tour as just another music festival, there are quite a few different aspects to the daylong event heading to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Wednesday.This year, alongside performances by about 100 bands, energy drink trucks, merchandise tables and nonprofit organization’s tents, artists will teach workshops to their fans…

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In a world where people are glued to screens, getting educational content on those screens becomes increasingly important. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is releasing its second app, this time geared at tweens, and it does just that.“We’re trying to merge old-world technologies of education with new-world technologies of education in a way that’s responsible for our legacy …

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The outdoor music festival Jam in the Valley returns with three days of music again this year.The festival, which runs July 2-4 at the Buffalo Hill Village campsite in Varysburg, will host 13 local and national acts, plus a July 4 fireworks show. Music starts at 4 p.m. July 2 but concertgoers will be allowed to set up lawn chairs on the general admission field as early as …

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Somewhere someone on this planet thought putting a rapper and a pop-punk band on the same tour was a brilliant idea.We should probably not let that person make big decisions anymore. The only thing Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa have in common is black skinny jeans. Nevertheless, the pair co-headlined their Boys of Zummer tour at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Thursda…

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Ryan Montbleau is bringing his folk-blues-with-a-dash-of-funk tunes to the Tralf Music Hall. Montbleau, who has been performing since 1999, plays about 200 gigs a year, including several stops in Buffalo. The singer-songwriter and guitarist has opened for local folk legend Ani Difranco, as well as blues singer John P. Hammond and blues-rock singer and guitarist Martin Sext…

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Our world today is centered around screens. Turn on the television. Send a text message. Check your email. Scroll through Facebook. Turn on your GPS. Pick a song from your iPod. In a five-minute time span, you could use more than five separate screens.“We’re all in one way or another addicted to the screens that populate our world,” said Joe Lin-Hill, deputy director of th…

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Every year, the Allentown Art Festival seems to attract new faces; both visitors and artists.After a week of dreary, rainy weather, the skies cleared for the artists and attendees. Connie Ehindero, a watercolorist, is a first-timer in this 58th year of the festival.The Rochester native has participated in art shows for four years, but this is her first time at the Allentow…

You’ve heard of Naked and Afraid? How about Naked on Parade?On Saturday, Buffalo cyclists and skaters will be stripping down to little or nothing for the World Naked Bike Ride, a 3 to 5 mile ride that aims to bring attention to the dangers cyclists and pedestrians face, as well as society’s dependence on non-renewable energy.The dress code for the event is “bare as you dar…