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It's the ultimate festival weekend in Buffalo. Other than the sold-out Eagles show on Saturday, major local festivals hog the spotlight. An exceptional variety of food, beer and art-based gatherings -- from the charming wilderness of East Aurora's outskirts to pizza-scented Hertel Avenue -- has us feeling a little dazed, as if we just played dizzy-bat on an airplane. Bad…

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The early days of the chamber-folk group Tiny Rhymes were a bit of a learning process, met with certain levels of excitement and humbleness. “Our first couple shows were fun, but rough,” admits cellist/vocalist Katie Weissman. “A lot of the string parts were up in air for the first couple shows, so I would be improvising and trying connect with Sharon at the same time.” …

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With a handful of fundraising shows in the bag, the Public Picnic is ready to launch this evening down at Silo City. The bi-weekly brainstorming session will be an opportunity to discuss Buffalo’s present and future, and curate ideas and information about the constant change the city is facing. Providing musical support will be Tiny Rhymes, who replaces originally schedul…

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Friday reveal: I never trained to be a professional kickboxer. I neglected to roll into high school parties in a khaki trench coat and Clash T-shirt; and though I absolutely considered it, failed to ever stand outside a woman’s home or employment and blast Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” out of a boombox hoisted over my head. I never did any of these things, yet John Cusac…

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If you are an avid National Public Radio (NPR) listener, then you should be familiar with the station's show "All Songs Considered," a weekly podcast hosted by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, and more specifically, the program's fantastic reoccurring series, "Tiny Desk Concerts." Available in both audio and video (but, really why wouldn't you watch the video), the show host…

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Remember that time you went for a nice morning jog, gazed at the passing neighborhood scenery and decided the only thing that could possibly make the run better would be supporters lining your route – and tossing multicolored chalk dust at your face? OK, maybe this never occurred to you. If it did, you’re in luck. At 8 a.m. on Aug. 16, runners will fill Canalside for the …