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From behind the plum-colored, sky-high Asbury Hall curtains, Joan Baez, lone and lean and of enviable, angular cheekbones, meandered onto the stage. The waiting audience applauded at the sight of her, quickly rising to their feet. “Coffeeshops, 1958, Cambridge,” were the first of her several spoken words conjuring her rich, folk past and that would skewer the topsy-turvy …

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1) Pussy Willow Party Tent for Dyngus Day, 3 to 11 p.m. March 28 on Peckham Street at Memorial Drive in Historic Polonia (walking distance from Central Terminal). $10 to get in, or $2 with a Pussy Willow Pass ($10 itself from Wegmans locations). Commentary: Polish revelry will be in full force in the wildly popular entertainment tent, where polka band Those Idiots fills t…

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What a thrill. Grace Stumberg, a South Buffalo native and Performing Arts graduate, will be performing several songs on stage with Joan Baez in her hometown when they pull into Babeville for a concert at 8 p.m. March 26. Stumberg, 27, was hired four years ago to be the folk singer’s personal assistant by Baez’s road manager Blair Woods, who also lives in Buffalo. One con…

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Joan Baez was eager to talk about the state of today’s politics in a recent phone interview from a tour stop in Red Bank, N.J. Donald Trump was on her mind. “I think he’s ‘Hitlerian,’ ” said Baez, not one to mince words. “His success is something no one could ever have expected.” On the other hand, the longtime peace activist was excited by how Bernie Sanders has ignite…