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Eat and appreciate. The International Institute's Buffalo Without Borders, considered one of the premier ethnic food events in the area, returns Thursday in the elegant Statler with a wealth of local restaurants and entertainers. The colorful, lively event - which extends well beyond food - reminds us that Buffalo is far more diverse than what you might see in a Post Ma…

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Hardcore punk icons Black Flag will be performing at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). The nihilistic, politically driven Los Angeles act, whose 1981 debut release "Damaged" is widely considered a landmark record in the history of the genre, will return to the road after its latest reunion earlier this year. The band's most recent album "What the...…

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Greg Farley, 8 p.m. March 16, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $7. Roots artist Greg Farley will be making a pit stop at the downtown music venue. Formerly a 10-year member of the Catskills-bred, Americana act the Felice Brothers, the working-class musician has since moved on to peruse his own solo project following his long stint as the group's fiddle player. While …

There are lots of options if you want to include laughter in your St. Patrick’s Day weekend, as here are our picks for the week of March 14-20. Legendary veteran comedian John Witherspoon returns to Buffalo for five shows at Helium Comedy Club. A native of Detroit, Witherspoon has been performing in entertainment for decades, and gained a new audience of fans with scene…

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The best part about writing titles for the Weekend in WNY, which rounds up a wildly diverse cast of Buffalo events, is that they almost never make sense on their own. For instance, if you pictured a clown sipping Krupnik while listening to Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places," you totally get my point. While Arkells, Badfish and Perks' first "Parks and Rec" trivia nigh…

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Tom Waits' "Blue Valentine," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $10. This Valentine's Day, Duende down at Silo City will be hosting a musical gathering for even the most hardest of hearts as the bar will present a front-to-back take on Tom Waits' "Blue Valentine" album. Dropped back in 1978 during the raspy musician's stretch of releases with …

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The Scrooges and the Grinches will say Valentine's Day is a commercial holiday, something Hallmark made up out of thin air to sell more cards. People hate Valentine's Day for a lot of reasons (BuzzFeed cites 16) but just because it's cooler to hate it, doesn't mean you have to. Why not treat yourself, your valentine, your galentines and palentines to a special day ou…

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One of the nicest new Valentine’s traditions in the city is a musical one. For the fifth year, saxophonist Will Holton has gathered a group of his talented friends for “Love Cadenza,” a romantic concert of jazz and R&B musical stylings. The concert is 8 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Tralf Music Hall. Joining Holton this year are Buffalo pastor, singer and drummer D’Mott Motley…

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Does the first week of January represent the saddest week of Buffalo's year? The excitement of the holidays has abruptly ended, and the reality of at least four months of gloomy weather can dampen even the brightest of spirits. A solid event slate - especially for one of the typically slowest weeks of the year - can cure some of these Buffalo blues, although another Sab…

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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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There are bands whose foremost connection with their fans is through a tsunami of guitar chords and crashing cymbals, wailing and smashing to whisk away listeners to another sonic universe. Delivery of accompanying lyrics is certainly an element of the operation, but it’s clearly secondary to the instrumental onslaught. This isn’t the case with emo-punk act Bayside, who…

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Amped-up rock acts going acoustic isn’t as revelatory as it once was. Many have turned the trick since MTV’s “Unplugged” first gave acts like Nirvana a way to diversify their material and, in turn, reveal its art in a different manner. New York pop-punk act Bayside has played the acoustic gig before, and played it with poignancy. In 2006, it released “Acoustic” after th…

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Some members of the busy cast of "Hamilton" are using a night off during their Buffalo stay to help others. The vocalists, accompanied by the band also from "Hamilton," will put on a holiday-themed benefit concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. All of the proceeds benefit Broadway Cares, an indus…

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The Joy Formidable, 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa), $25-$55. Former buzz act the Joy Formidable will be posting up at downtown Buffalo's newest music venue. After a short batch of West coast dates opening for the Foo Fighters ended in September, the Welsh act returned to the road in a headlining role to support its fourth full-length record, the cathartic "…

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Some people have the power to summon spirits from their immediate surroundings to the heavens, serving as a conduit to capture and fuse otherwise fleeting feelings of joy and pain in creating a communal experience. In the case of stirring soul singer Nikki Hicks, who on Friday night packed the Tralf as she does routinely, her initial inspiration to create not just a con…