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Buffalo has a soft spot for jam bands, especially when they were reared in Western New York. moe., now 30 years after its formation at the University at Buffalo, doesn't schedule a homecoming too frequently, but this one is especially meaningful as Rob Derhak (vocals/bass) is now cancer-free. The jam band has a lot of laudable traits honed over those decades – happy mus…

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Still have an appetite for more Halloween after the weekend's robust parties at the Statler, Thin Man Chandler and in RiverWorks? Good, because the calendar doesn't slow down as we speed toward Thursday – Halloween itself. Many Halloween parties present the same entertainment – prizes for best costume, themed drinks and food, and dancing to spooky music – so the setting…

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TED Talks are firmly in Buffalo's vernacular; it's rare that you'll receive a blank stare when TEDxBuffalo is mentioned. The beauty of these 18-minute presentations is their brevity; our ever-dwindling attention spans can cope, and if one topic is too dull, there's an entirely different idea ready to be delivered by the next speaker. People with a passion for ideas a…

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Take advantage of Buffalo events that meld exploration, fun and philanthropy. Thursdays' Plate Expectations meets the criteria: attendees will roam the new Resurgence Brewing Co. in the Old First Ward, engage in games of chance such as a Wine Wall and balloon-popping and support FeedMore WNY – formerly the Food Bank – in the process. There's a solid mix of marquee co…

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When the Bills aren't competing on New Era Field, a range of community events takes place on the Orchard Park turf. Races have finished at the 50-yard line, flag football tournaments have graced the gridiron and even a kickball tournament is slated for the new future. Namastadium - a yoga event presented by lululemon Buffalo and the Bills - unites some of the area's top…

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Social media is a little weird sometimes. A tweet by Clarence High School alum Maddy Smith featured a still shot from the Instagram story of her friend, Marisa Miosi – confusing enough already, right? – that exulted the perks of being a member at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. It spread like wildfire, earning nearly 24,000 retweets and more than 200,000 l…

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It really seemed like competitor pig "Jim Smelly" was the favorite in one of last year's Erie County Fair Swifty Swine races. He had the first challenge – facing the proper direction at the starting gate – down, more than could be said for "Russell Bo-swine," who looked thoroughly confused by the obstacle course in front of him. As it turned out, neither pig named after…

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For city dwellers, an occasional urge to escape clusters of buildings, traffic nuisances and cookie-cutter houses must be satisfied. Some fulfill their desire to get away by exploring the Buffalo-area's splendid parks, while others might schedule day trips to Niagara-on-the-Lake or Crystal Beach. From an event standpoint, this week's lineup offers a chance to relax away…

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The son of an evangelical Christian preacher, the Struts frontman Luke Spiller was drawn from gospel to glam rock after hearing the Darkness' "flamboyant, dangerous" music. Perhaps it's human nature, but a portion of Buffalo's event-goers seems drawn to activities with an edge, or at least a rebellious attitude, enticed by the same recklessness that appealed to Spiller.…

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While there might not be any mules named Sal, there's lots to be done this week by the Erie Canal. (Sorry if that song gets stuck in your head). Aside from the Erie County Fair, Canal Fest of the Tonawandas offers the longest opportunity to take part, touching on two separate weekends and five weekdays with activities to appease both kids and adults. The bustling can…

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Why does Buffalo's summer stampede by so quickly? It's likely because there's so much more scheduled during the week, in addition to jam-packed weekends, that the whole concept of time becomes a blur. Though June, July and August can feel frenetic, Buffalonians understand how crucial it is to take advantage of warm temperatures. The Tall Ships and Fourth of July holi…

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Buffalo is blessed with a marvelous lineup of cheap, weekly events, usually centered around local musicians and/or food trucks. But scattered throughout the city's summer event calendar are worthy fundraisers, sometimes one-offs, that support landscape-changing projects. This week, for example, lends an opportunity to scope out the Massachusetts Avenue Project farmhouse…

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Spring and summer in Buffalo feel significantly shorter than fall and winter. The seasons are obviously the same length, but warm weather tends to vanish in a flash - and, err, take its time arriving - which limits the period we can bask in the sun while absorbing Buffalo's wealth of admittedly jammed-together summer events. From a food truck event centered on world cui…

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For 30 years, you could bank on it: Thursday nights in Buffalo would feature live music outdoors throughout the summer. The names of the locations and series changed frequently - we even got to say "wharf" for a few years - but leaving work Thursday often meant fresh air, a domestic beer and the joy and release that accompany a band jamming in the summer heat. When Cana…

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Free concerts are fundamental to Buffalo summers. Enjoying a green space or bustling village while listening to local and regional musicians is an enduring pastime, and there's ample opportunity to participate. Buffalo River Fest Park's concert series opened nearly three weeks ago, while the popular Picnic in the Parkway will return to the Elmwood Village later in June.…