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Less than a month after Thin Man Brewery opened its second location, on Chandler Street, co-owner Mike Shatzel has announced a Thin Man Williamsville taproom will replace the banquet room in the rear of Brennan's Bowery, at 4401 Transit Road, Clarence. Shatzel also owns Brennan's, in tandem with his brother, David Jr., and his father, David Sr.; the bar-restaurant will …

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Wake up. Go to class. Do homework. Work. Do more homework. Go to another class. Go to a coffee shop. (Do some more homework.) At least we're nearly in the final stretch. There's just that one paper, a couple of quizzes, maybe three exams and one more paper between you and waving a final goodbye to the professor who clearly doesn't understand that his c…

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Last weekend was a feeling-out period for Chandler Street, a burgeoning food-and-drink district thanks to the foresight and finances of developer Rocco Termini. Curious about the openings of Tappo Pizza and the second location of Thin Man Brewery at 166 Chandler St., Buffalonians navigated the previously quiet industrial street that veers east from Military Road, findin…

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Have you been to Chandlerville yet? You will be, if Rocco Termini has his way. The developer who led Ellicott Street’s restaurant resurgence with Tappo and the buildings that became Toutant and Seabar has been working on laying the groundwork for a new Buffalo drinking and dining destination district. In Black Rock, two blocks north of Amherst Street, Chandler Str…

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I'll admit to confusing Plantasia, the coming exhibit at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, with "Fantasia," the 1940 Walt Disney animated film put to classical music. (Cut me a break: how many words rhyme with "-asia"?) The two are actually remarkably different, as the former teases spring in Buffalo's not-so-distant future, while the latter involves Mickey Mouse's curious attem…

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The Dirty Nil, 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.), $1.07. Buzzing Hamilton, Ont. trio the Dirty Nil will take over the Chip Strip music club this weekend. The arena-rock indebted punk act is touring to support its latest release, 2018's "Master Volume," which saw the band deliver a slightly more polished and stadium-ready version of its raw and powerful rif…

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Brassband, Dixieland, Americana & Burlesque 6, 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $15. The sixth installment of Brassband, Dixieland, Americana & Burlesque series is returning to Mohawk Place this weekend for a rollicking good time. Musician Tyler Westcott, frontman of the event's house band, if you will, Folkfaces, is responsible for the curati…

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New Year's resolutions are often well-meaning but pretty cliche. Due to previous habits, they're remarkably tough to keep. If a little push is needed to keep you on track - especially in regard to personal health and a greater appreciation for Buffalo art and music - feel free to use the Weekend in WNY as a launching pad toward 2019 greatness. Or, just find a cool event…

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Strictly Hip, 7 p.m. Jan. 4, the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $10-$12. The area's premier Tragically Hip tribute act will return to the Theatre District music venue to kick off its annual residency series. Each Friday during January, the band will deliver a faithful rendition of one of the beloved Canadian band's albums. The first installment will feature a front…

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With Buffalo's promoters and venues gearing up for New Year's Eve celebrations, this weekend is a little quiet event-wise as a result. There are still several smaller activities - especially a few that are family friendly - that can make for a nice outing. If you simply cannot wait for New Year's Eve, check out Jeff Miers' concert suggestions, Brian Campbell's brewery e…

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As If: Snow Ball Dance Party, 9 p.m. Dec. 28, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. Transmission NYE Dance Party, 10 p.m. Dec. 31 Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. Mohawk Place is the site for your end-of-year nostalgic dance parties as both As If and Transmission will be throwing one last get together before the calendar turns. First up is the DJ duo of Gabtron a…

Food and Drink

Eight days from Christmas, Buffalo will bustle with holiday parties that embrace the theme of ugly sweaters, which are playful, often funny and occasionally comfortable. A last-minute market at Thin Man and a secular party at Black Iron Bystro in Blasdell are further wise choices for the window of Monday through Thursday. 1. Ugliest Sweater Party, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thu…

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From winter warmers, stouts and holiday ales to barleywines, Scotch Ales and porters, there are plenty of distinctive beer styles to spend some time with this time of year. These styles offer plenty of hearty flavors to combat Buffalo’s cold winter weather including roasted malts and barley, chocolate, toasted marshmallow, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, licori…

Festivals

Guess what? You can wear a Santa hat to eight of these 10 events, which comprise some of Western New York's best activities this weekend, without any concerns over appropriateness. Take advantage of this while you still can! Here is what's ahead. 1. SantaCon Buffalo, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 along Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo. Cost is $10 in advance here or a…

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Gabriel Kahane, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), $22. Composer and singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane is set to make a special appearance at the Burchfield Penney on Friday. The NYC resident is currently on tour in support of his ambitious new record, the sparse and intimate "Book of Travelers." To prep, he took an unplugged, nearly 9,00…