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There's a special guest for This Week in Buffalo: Niagara Falls. Our northerly neighbor is not a daunting destination for many Buffalonians; it's no more than an hour away from the farthest reaches of Erie County (even from you, Sardinia!). With thriving alt band Judah & the Lion booked for Rapids, plus celebrities en route to the Niagara Falls International Film…

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The sun beams into the tall front windows of Hydraulic Hearth, shining on the wooden bar and hardwood floors while glistening off the bar back displaying the selection of spirits. Large tomato cans on shelves against one wall look like an art installation. Exposed brick and metal lend an industrial feeling to the bar and restaurant, known for its wood-fired pizzas that …

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Never count out an underdog. With big-name pizzerias such as Bocce and Picasso's vying for the title of best cheese-and-pepperoni slice in the city at SexySlices' People's Championship, it was a small family-owned shop in Cheektowaga that reigned supreme even though it was one of the last invited. Macy's Place Pizzeria, at 3348 Genesee St., won first place at the Hyd…

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Barely anyone knows the true identity of Sexy Slices, the Buffalo pizza reviewer who approaches 7,000 followers on Instagram. After eating and reviewing 104 pizzas across Western New York over the last four years, the anonymous-yet-voracious eater has narrowed down his personal favorites - so far. But now, he requests your help. The culmination of the critic's pizza …

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It's a strong week for concertgoers in Buffalo, as both Kiss 98.5 FM and Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM host concerts with deep bills, while the City of Buffalo Artists Market, in the seasonally spectacular Ellicott Square Building, is a chance to feel both festive and productive. Find out what is on tap for Monday through Thursday. 1. Kissmas Bash, 6 p.m. Thursday, De…

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1) All Time Low, Dashboard Confessional, gates at 5 p.m., show from 6 to 10 Aug. 12 at Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Advance general admission is $39.50 here, which rises to $45 day-of. Commentary: Take that angst brewing beneath the surface and let it out with a high-pitched shriek on Sunday in Lewiston, as All Time Low, which just played the final Warped Tour, a…

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Beatles Rooftop Tribute, 6 p.m. Aug. 9, Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), free. One of Buffalo's newest traditions is gearing up for its third installment. Hydraulic Hearth's rather popular Beatles Rooftop Tribute is back for another summer to shut down Swan Street and give audience members a stiff neck while rocking out to a night full of music from the legendary Bri…

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Three quality shows - Band of Horses, the Spill Canvas and Rise Against - have already sold out for this week in Buffalo, especially impressive because all three concerts are indoors. Thankfully, there's still a wealth of event options to choose from Monday through Thursday. Beatles Rooftop Tribute 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 outside Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), in Larkin Squ…

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Buffalonians have plenty of places to hide during the city’s inclement months. Darkened whiskey slings and mood-lit martini bars. Cramped corner pubs with Bills game beer specials, and family staples serving a heralded fish fry. These are the joints people pile in during harsh weather, and the affinity for such huddled revelry gives credence to Buffalo’s claim as the Ci…

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Like every winter, now is the winter of our discontent. Football is over and our plan to organize family photos has fizzled. Avoid the inevitable ennui that sets in this time of year by visiting Hydraulic Hearth’s Saturday Burritos & Brooze brunch. Formerly Bagels & Brooze in collaboration with BreadHive Bakery (see a past Smiles gallery), this year’s vers…

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After three seasons of the Bagels & Brooze Saturday brunch event at Hydraulic Hearth, the Larkin Square restaurant will collaborate with Lomo Lomo! Food Truck for its new Burritos & Brooze series. See who hung out on the debut day, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

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Beatles Rooftop Tribute, 6 p.m. Aug. 24, Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), free. After a successful first run last summer, the Larkinville hot spot is bringing back its rooftop tribute to the Fab Four for a second go-around. Because of the popularity of the inaugural event, the organizers have closed down Swan Street and will open up Larkin Square for much-needed spac…

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Last year we traveled around Western New York searching out places to celebrate National Bagel Day on Feb. 9. (Unfortunately all area Manhattan Bagels closed by last August.) This year we suggest waiting for the weekend to head to the weekly Saturday Bagels & Brooze brunch party hosted by BreadHive Bakery at Hydraulic Hearth (716 Seneca St.). The quirky weekly ev…

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We have another Festivus miracle on our hands. The third annual "holiday for the rest of us" celebration (as Frank Costanza so put it) will make its return at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23 in Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.). Based on the fake holiday created on the popular show "Seinfeld" (the show's answer to the commercialism of the Christmas/Hanukkah season), the Larkinville …

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Hydraulic Hearth is hosting a Beer Garden Gospel Brunch for those ready to hear the good word about barbecued pork and gospel music. The brick-oven pizza restaurant, along with The Black Sheep owner and chef Steve Gedra and local musicians, will present an outdoor three-part monthly gospel brunch series. The first two seatings are Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. While Toney Rhod…