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Life hasn't been quiet for Chad and Louise Brachmann, the owners of Danielewicz Farm and Sunflowers of Sanborn, which sparked a viral photo craze in 2017. After a cease-and-desist order from the Town of Cambria abruptly shortened their 2018 season, the Brachmanns had their work cut out if they wanted their rural attraction to return this year. Like wineries, brewerie…

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Winter drags on as does another frustrating Sabres season, but there's good comedy to lighten the moods in Buffalo for the week. Here are our picks: Stand-up comic Dan Soder returns to Helium Comedy Club to headline five shows March 21-23. Soder has released a few comedy specials, including “Not Special” on Comedy Central, and has lent his comedic talents to “Inside Amy…

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NIAGARA FALLS — A city man was charged with misdemeanor assault Saturday night and accused of decking a woman who threw a drink in his face inside the Seneca Niagara Casino nightclub. Police were called to the Fourth Street casino just before 11 p.m. and found a 66-year-old Hamilton, Ont. woman lying on the ground and bleeding from the back of her head. She was taken to…

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A Florida man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly biting a Seneca Niagara Casino security manager who was escorting him from the premises, according to Niagara Falls Police. Police said Brian L. Benjamin, 65, of Largo, was observed by security at about 9:20 p.m. inside the casino, after he had been banned from entering the property. As the security manager was escortin…

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A diverse field of comedy comes to the area this week. Here's what we're eyeing up: D.L. Hughley returns to Buffalo for five shows over three nights at Helium Comedy Club, from Jan. 18 to 20. A veteran comedian, actor, writer and familiar voice for social commentary, Hughley has worked on stage, film, television, radio and literature. As of late, he is the host of the a…

Comedy

This December week sees a stronger than usual lineup of comedy in the Buffalo area. Here are our picks for the weekend: If you’re a fan of Ilana Glazer, we hope you already got tickets to her four shows at Helium Comedy Club Dec. 7-8, because they’ve been sold out for a while. What’s the big deal? Glazer is the producer and star of Comedy Central’s acclaimed “Broad C…

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The man who triggered a police standoff at a Seneca Niagara Casino hotel room earlier this week will not face any criminal charges, Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said Friday. The circumstances surrounding Monday's incident involve a medical issue, DalPorto said. The man, whose name was not released by police, had some type of affiliation with the…

Crime

A man who barricaded himself inside a hotel room Monday morning in the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls is undergoing a medical evaluation at an area hospital and may face charges, according to city police. Police were called to the casino hotel on Sixth Street around 6:30 a.m. Another person who had been in the 10th-floor room with the man had already…

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The first week of October brings a full lineup of comedy stars to the Buffalo area. Here’s our picks for the weekend: The landscape of late night news comedy has greatly expanded since Jon Stewart’s days at “The Daily Show,” but his successor, Trevor Noah, has grown into his own as the current host of the Comedy Central show. His background – a native of South Africa bo…

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Buffalo has warmly embraced a comedy resurgence in recent years, as national headlining acts continue to make stops in the area. Here are several noteworthy comedians scheduled to perform locally to highlight the fall season. Eddie Izzard, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, Amherst. With style, wit and honesty, Izzard has crafted a uniq…

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A Buffalo native will have a homecoming this weekend when the music of Boston and Styx, two of the biggest arena rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s, will be combined into one tidy package at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Los Angeles-based tribute act BOSTYX, with Buffalo native Glenn Jost on vocals and drums, will be performing two sets at 7 and 10:30 p.m. …

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Bills legend Bruce Smith will be helping tackle the Guinness World Record for largest vow renewal ceremony. Smith will serve as the officiant for the event, scheduled for June 23 outside Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. The couples will participate in "stating a single vow together in order to break the official record." The mark stands at 1,201 couples. The ca…

Festivals

1) "Phantom of the Opera," 8 p.m. April 27, 2 and 8 p.m. April 28, 2 and 7 p.m. April 29 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). Limited tickets remain for several of the scheduled slots, with prices ranging from $37 to well over $100. The play runs through May 6. Commentary: Reading through the various takes of Buffalo theater members in regard to "Phantom" is amusin…

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The Bacon Brothers will perform at 8 p.m. July 27 in the Bear's Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino (310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls). Comprised of long-time actor Kevin Bacon and his Emmy-winning composer brother Michael, the blues and folk rocking pair has become a regular attraction at the Seneca Casinos over the years. The duo has released seven …

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Canadian comedian Ron James is an enduring entertainer in his home country, but that doesn’t mean he’s not above touring the United States with a show booked on Jan. 26 at the Bear’s Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino. It also doesn’t hurt to visit the warmer states this time of year for a break from the cold Canadian winter. “I’m pretty good at freeloading when you ha…