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Montez Billquist had it all mapped out. On an April evening, long ago, the 15-year-old was on a quest with three teenagers from Jamestown: There was Montez's best friend, Ann Meurer, and Ann’s younger sister Pat, and Karen Sampson, another teen Pat asked to come along. Roy Meurer, Ann’s father, dropped them off in a parking lot at the old Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. He…

Comedy

As one-half of comedy’s best-known counter-cultural duos, Tommy Chong has worn many hats, including musician, actor, director, weed advocate and even lawbreaker. He reunites with his performing partner Cheech Marin to bring the Cheech and Chong show to the Seneca Niagara Casino Nov. 26. Last week, Chong spoke by phone as he was leaving “a little hippy community” in Oreg…

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The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda will host a free showing of "Purple Rain" on April 30, the venue posted on Facebook. The showing starts at 7 p.m. and no advance tickets will be issued. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue, 67 Webster St., will open about an hour before showtime. "We invite you to join us in celebrating the life and care…

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The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda will host a free showing of "Purple Rain" on April 30, the venue posted on Facebook. The showing starts at 7 p.m. and no advance tickets will be issued. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue, 67 Webster St., will open about an hour before showtime. "We invite you to join us in celebrating the life and care…

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When news came Monday about the death of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, fans of a certain age could immediately hear the words and music that became part of the soundtrack of their lives. "Well, I'm a runnin' down the road tryin' to loosen my load, got a world of trouble on my mind ... " "You can't hide your lyin' eyes. And your smile is a thin disguise ..." "There's tal…

Art

Artist: Dana McKnight // Title: "White Consumption Mac & Cheese" // On Vimeo In this new video work by Buffalo artist and Dreamland co-founder Dana McKnight, the point is impossible to miss. A white man pounds his fist on a table and a black hand slides a casserole filled with macaroni and cheese into the frame. While he shovels forkfuls of food into his mouth like…

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Well, that was fast. This year's Buffalo Infringement Festival draws to a close tonight, after 11 days of feverish activity in more than 90 venues throughout the city. Since today is the last chance to get Infringey, here are some suggestions for closing out the festival in style: 1) Megafringe, an Allen Street mini-fest, 12 to 8 p.m. This is what Infringement is all ab…

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The end is in sight. But before the Buffalo Infringement Festival closes out tomorrow, there are still dozens upon dozens of worthy events and performances to satisfy nearly every artistic appetite. Here are five possibilities for today: 1) Bidwell Farmers' Market #2, Bidwell Park, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Start your day with a stroll thought the idyllic Bidwell Farmers' …

Art

Have you ever wanted to have your dope Atari skills projected onto the side of a respected art museum? Well, you're in luck, because that's one of the dozens of activities available to you today (see item No. 3), the final Thursday of the Buffalo Infringement Festival. Here are today's five picks, selected from a dizzying menu of diverse options: 1) Morning music @ Infri…

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Today is one of the Buffalo Infringement Festival's slower days, but there's still an absurd amount happening throughout the city as festivalgoers recover from a hyperactive weekend. Here are five picks for today: 1) Jonathan Foster, 11 a.m., Cafe Taza Start your day in a lazy way with a cup of coffee and a performance from this singer-songwriter, who will perform new son…

Art

One of the under-sung benefits of the Buffalo Infringement Festival is the opportunity it provides to explore spaces you've either never heard of or wouldn't otherwise venture into. To that end, today's five music-heavy Infringement picks feature venues that are probably not on your usual rounds: 1) Uncle Sam's Sunday Shenanigans, 2 to 8 p.m., Uncle Sam's Army Navy This af…

Art

My main piece of advice for today, the first Saturday of the 11th Buffalo Infringement Festival, is pretty simple: Just walk outside and follow your ears and eyes. So jam-packed is today's schedule that aimless wandering from venue to venue seems the best approach, especially in neighborhoods where Garden Walk Buffalo is also in full flower. But if you want a few suggesti…

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Today's the day that the Buffalo Infringement Festival really starts heating up. The schedule features more than 50 separate shows, many with multiple performers. If you can't find something to like in today's absurdly diverse schedule, online at Infringebuffalo.org, it's probably time to check that pulse. Here's my list of enticing picks for today: 1) Open Busking, 12 to…

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Nearly 50 years ago in western Massachusetts, an 18-year-old back from his first year at college celebrated Thanksgiving with friends in an old church. After dumping the trash from dinner in the next town, he and a friend were arrested for littering. Not only did the arrest lead to a Vietnam War draft deferment for that teen, Arlo Guthrie, but it also resulted in his clas…

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Buffalo music legend Lance Diamond is being treated for heart complications at Buffalo General Medical Center, family members said Wednesday. The popular performer, dubbed the “hardest working man in Buffalo show business,” was forced to cancel his New Year’s Eve performance at Milkie’s on Elmwood Avenue. Diamond began suffering issues with his heart shortly after Christ…