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Come Thursday morning, there will be two camps of people: those thrilled that Chick-fil-A has opened its first restaurant in Western New York and those who vow to boycott it. One thing is for sure: If Chick-fil-A is not in the mouths of Western New Yorkers Thursday — it will be on their lips. Hundreds of people are expected to line up for its 6:30 a.m. opening, traff…

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Catholic Charities disputed a Cheektowaga town board member's account that the town reassessed its support for a Catholic Charities student services program due to the organization's decision to end its foster care and adoption program. Dennis Walczyk, CEO and diocesan director for Catholic Charities, said Wednesday that the organization has been in talks with town offi…

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Translating directly to “pride” from French, Fierté is a relatively new club, just off the strip of Allen Street’s de facto gay quarter, on Virginia Place. The former Twilight Room boasts a new sleek industrial design that’s been woven into the standing wood to create an ambiance that reflects the duality of the bar’s character. An ambitious endeavor from the start, Fie…

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The Underground Niteclub, a beloved haunt for members of Buffalo's gay community for much of the past 40 years, will close Sunday after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development denied the property owner's application to renew the bar's lease. The decision not to renew the bar's lease followed multiple noise complaints from tenants of the Touraine Apartments …

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"Empire" Premiere Party, 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 23 at The MOCHA Center (1092 Main St.) If you missed the buzz around Season One of Fox’s hit series "Empire," it’s not too late to catch up. The show follows a man who is terminally ill and looking for one of his sons to take over his music empire. One of his sons, Jamal Lyons, is gay. The show’s creators have promised a second …

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LGBT may be well on its way to mainstream, but that doesn’t mean our little niche isn’t full of diversity. Soak up some subculture this week. Pride After Dark, 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) Ball culture is taking hold in Buffalo, and Pride Center of Western New York is upping its game in time with the beat. A new and improved “Vogu…

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We have some old friends back in town this week that you won’t want to miss. Plus, the Imperial Court brings shopping to the bar, since you can’t bring the bar shopping. Lady Lush & The Vinyls, 8 p.m. Friday at Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) It was easy for LGBT Buffalo to fall in love with the six-piece, lounge-jazz slash soul-pop amalgam that is Lady Lush &…

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It’s easy to get distracted by the majestic crowns, ostentatious gowns, and oh-so-libatious nights on the town, but this weekend, Imperial Court of Buffalo reminds us (with a party) what the monarchy is really all about — the giving, not the glamour. The royal family of ICOB Reign 24 raised $16,000 since last summer that will be disbursed among nine different local organi…

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Is your favorite bar stool at the local watering hole starting to perfectly conform to the shape of your body? Or maybe the seat of your favorite recliner? It happens to the best of us. Try something a little different this week. Out for Business at the Beach, 5 to 7 p.m. July 23 at Woodlawn Beach Tiki Bar (3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell) Pack a change of clothes before …

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Out At The Ballpark, 5 p.m. July 16 at Coca-Cola Field (One James D. Griffin Plaza) When the Buffalo Bisons take on the Columbus Clippers this week, it’s going to be a gay ol’ time. The Bisons are the first professional sports team in Western New York to raise the rainbow flag and make the local LGBT community its special guest. You’ll notice the difference — from the mu…

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Whether you’re an artist, a partier or an athlete, LGBT Buffalo has a little fun for everyone this weekend. Simply Natural, 6 to 10 p.m. July 10 at Prism Gallery (224 Allen St.) Out photographer Brandon Blount believes that when placed in nature, as nature intended, all human beings are beautiful, even if they don’t fit into a societal box of standardized billboard beau…

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OK, maybe Friday wasn't the biggest news day ever, but it had to be close. Two major national stories brought relief and joy to many Western New Yorkers, while the Buffalo Sabres' brass made a flurry of moves in an attempt to continuing molding a Stanley Cup-caliber team. Let's go back through the major stories that touched Western New Yorkers on Friday: *The Supreme Cou…

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Sometimes it’s the simple things — watching TV with friends, lounging around in the park, live music on a Sunday afternoon — that remind you how community is supposed to feel. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" marathon, 7 to 11 p.m. June 25 at Dreamland Arts Space (387 Franklin St.) Buffy fans unite! After the Sunnydale slayer’s brief death in the finale of Season 1, the Buffyv…

By Michael RizzoSpecial To the NewsWe’ve had a week to recover from the hustle and bustle of Pride; time to return to our regular routines. Here are some of this week’s staples to get you back in the groove.Q-araoke, 10 p.m. June 16 at Q (44 Allen St.)It’s the bar where everyone knows your name, and if you’re a Tuesday night regular – the songs you sing. Possibly the stron…

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It's tempting to treat worldwide pop stars more as symbols of success than actual humans, focusing more on success metrics like album downloads, YouTube views and Grammys than philanthropic endeavors or social initiatives. For Lady Gaga, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the First Niagara Center, it's impossible to separate the social issues she defends from the art…