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It's full-steam ahead into the holiday season. The Buffalo area will light up this weekend through a wealth of tree lightings, holiday fundraisers and artisan markets. Here are some of the top events for this weekend. 1. Canalside holiday celebration and tree lighting, 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at 44 Prime St. Free to attend, while ice skaters can receive $1 off by donating e…

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Holiday market season brings together a few of life's simple pleasures: eating, drinking, music and shopping. You could always go on Etsy if you wanted a handmade gift, but instead, you fight the crowds and scour downtown for parking because like all seasonal activities, it doesn’t feel like the holidays without it. Aside from the annual markets you've grown to expec…

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1) Witches Ball, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). General admission tickets are $40 in advance here, while VIP passes are sold out. Commentary: One of Buffalo's most popular Halloween parties - Buffalo Rising's masquerade ball - rages again on Saturday in the historic Statler. Five categories of costume contests, with $1,000 doled out in prizes, ar…

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From charitable dining to showing love for Buffalo-bred female country artists, Oct. 8-11 offers a nice mix of events in the Buffalo area before the arrival of another festival-filled weekend. Steely Dan at Shea's is the only major event that's essentially a sellout (two tickets remain). See what else is on tap for this week before The 10, which previews the weekend eve…

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Lazlo Hollyfeld, 5 p.m. July 12, Buffalo Place's Queen City Social (20 Fountain Plaza), Free. Long-running instrumental act Lazlo Hollyfeld will entertain the happy hour crowd at Fountain Plaza this week. The experimental post-rock band's performance, its first since sharing the stage with Aqueous at a New Year's Eve engagement at Town Ballroom, is part of Buffalo Pl…

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Arthur Bovino came to Buffalo with a plan to write a 60,000-word book on Buffalo cuisine. The New York City resident spent about a month eating in Buffalo, and more time delving into the history behind the food he found. He ate at more than 120 places, and packed on 20 pounds. When Bovino started writing, he wrote 60,000 words and kept going. "I couldn't stop," he sa…

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Wild Adriatic with The Tins, 5 p.m. June 27, Larkin Square (726 Exchange St.), free. Live at Larkin's free weekly summer concert series continues to chug along as it welcomes Saratoga Springs' Wild Adriatic to the revitalized business district's busy stage. The spirited outfit specializes in an upbeat brand groovy guitar rock that the loosened up post-work crowd shou…

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Steven Tyler & the Loving Mary Band 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Artpark Tuesdays in the Park (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Cost is $17 and tickets may be purchased here. The Aerosmith front-man is a bonafide rock 'n' roll icon, but he also loves other forms of American roots music, and in Nashville's Lovng Mary Band, he's found some real ringers. Expect plenty of mildly co…

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Live at Larkin begins its season 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend. The annual Live at Larkin summer concert series kicks off with a killer double bill featuring Buffalo's Southern soul/roots music powerhouse Miller & the Other Sinners and Ithaca's Afrobeat/funk/jam ensemble Big Mean Sound Machine. As ever, food trucks and local br…

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Outdoor fitness classes, health-related author talks and healthy food truck options have become popular fare as Larkin Square has ramped up its wellness offerings during the last six years. Visitors welcome better weather with free use of Hula-Hoops, pickleball courts and a mini-golf course in the revitalized neighborhood several blocks east of downtown. Larkin Square l…

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Eckl's@Larkin, the huge new Larkinville restaurant and event space, plans to open May 5. Work on the 7,000-square-foot restaurant, in the Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St., is nearing its completion, said owner Jim Cornell. Delays have pushed back the initial opening, he said. Wood paneling, antiqued copper ceiling tiles and a central bar with a hammered …

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Minus the Bear with Coathangers 8 p.m. in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $25 in advance, $29 at the door. This Seattle-born indie rock outfit released "Planet of Ice" in 2007, marking a significant expansion of their already adventurous sound with the addition of keyboardist Alex Rose to the ranks. Now, the band has launched a tour to celebrate the album'…

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The seventh annual Live at Larkin concert series boasts a mix of local and national acts across a spectrum of genres that includes funk, blues, Afrobeat, pop, R&B and indie-rock. The series kicks off June 6 and continues on consecutive Wednesdays through Sept. 5, with a one-week break July 4. All shows begin at 5 p.m., run through 8:30 p.m. and are free and open to …

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Diners searching for something to eat in the vicinity of Larkin Square Tuesday will have to find alternatives. Unseasonably cold temperatures, along with forecasts of snow and ice, have forced the cancellation of Food Truck Tuesday at Larkin Square, according to its director of hospitality, Bridget Schaefer, in a statement on Monday. The event will resume at 4:30 p.m…

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1) St. Patrick's Day parade, begins at 2 p.m. March 18 in Niagara Square and continues north along Delaware Avenue. Free to attend. Commentary: Employing a phrase of late college football announcer Keith Jackson, this parade is the "grand-daddy of them all," at least in terms of sheer size and participation. Run by the United Irish-American Association, based on Abbo…