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When immigrants make homes in new lands, they bring their families, their stories and their dreams with them. They also bring food, adding flavors of their homeland cuisines to the collective menus of their adopted communities. That effect is writ large in the restaurants of Buffalo, a city built and shaped by waves of people from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and elsew…

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This fall, the University at Buffalo Music Department is unrolling not only an intriguing concert season, but new ways to save money on classical music concerts. You can even score tickets free. First off, all UB students are in luck. Starting this season, UB students with a valid ID will receive one free ticket to all UB Music Department concert events. Smart students wi…

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Just because we've slipped past the dawn of September doesn't mean life in Western New York has suddenly become dull. Perhaps too much emphasis is placed on the gradual change of seasons and the looming (alleged) Polar Vortex, especially when the local event calendar shows little sign of relenting. Last weekend's shows touched on almost every major genre, and featured mus…

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With food trucks prospering as legitimate local food options in Western New York, it was a matter of time before the trend extended to the area's biggest university. The 30-foot-long Big Blue food truck, the product of the University at Buffalo's affiliated Campus Dining and Shops, will begin service at noon before the Bulls' men's football game against Duquesne, which ki…

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Whenever you’re asked to list off the biggest musical names to have emerged from Buffalo, the odds are, you spit out a few of the usual suspects – Rick James, the Goo Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, maybe Grover Washington Jr., Brian McKnight or Billy Sheehan. Oddly enough, most folks I encounter don’t include moe. in that list. And yet, moe. – the jam/rock/groove ensemble that …

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One reason why the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts is beloved among Western New Yorkers is its sheer variety of events. The 2014-15 season is no different, as a press release includes dates for myriad genres of music, theater, dance and comedy. We've selected a few highlights from the calendar, which ranges from Sept. 4, 2014 through April 22, 2015, and then p…

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The Friends of Vienna is unveiling its 2014-15 season. Six concerts are in store, and they offer local music fans a lot of bang for their buck. Admission to individual concerts are $10 for adults and $5 for students, making the Friends of Vienna one of the great bargains in town. Here is the schedule: • Sept. 14: Pianist Eric Huebner, assistant professor of piano at the …

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No resident Buffalo musician has ever been more important to its avant-garde musical history than Jan Williams.It should be said here that all superlatives aren’t hype. And all hype doesn’t necessarily arrive in superlative form.What I’m propounding here is a proposition so demonstrably precise and obvious to observers of Buffalo music over many decade…

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There are several reasons to champion the free outdoor University at Buffalo Student Association Summer Film Series, and near the top is the fact that this includes both the North and South campuses. This is a crucial and very wise way to positively promote UB’s role in the University Heights neighborhood, and while the Hayes Hall lawn may lack the open space of Bai…

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For 29 years, Artistic Director David Felder has nurtured the “June in Buffalo” modern music symposium at the University at Buffalo’s Amherst campus and seen it grow into a model for other like-minded programs across the country. While the main audience for music heard at this event is, due to the perceived “difficulty” of the scores, gen…