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Sensual vocals, soaring instrumental solos, and compositions of several genres filled Artpark Mainstage Theater on Thursday night. Vanessa Williams, singer/actor and an avowed Buffalover, appeared with her band of two decades (a repeated fun fact), and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. BPO resident conductor, and summer season leader, Stefan Sanders, conducted. Artpar…

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If you've enjoyed The 10, Gusto's weekly series previewing many of the area's top events each weekend, as a resource for things to do in Buffalo, then this new series will fill in the gaps for weekday happenings. While Rockin' at the Knox, featuring Beck, sold out long before Monday's gig, there's plenty more on tap for a busy summer week in the Queen City. Canal Fest …

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Vanessa Williams calls this a “visceral experience:” Standing in front a full orchestra, singing her pop hits like “Save the Best for Last,” with strings and brass melding to form the music beneath her voice. But when she does that with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday at Artpark in Lewiston, the experience will be more than visceral. It’ll be a homecoming…

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Actress and singer Vanessa Williams returns to Buffalo for a special performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Williams and her band will perform 8 p.m. July 19 at the Artpark Mainstage Theatre in Lewiston. Stefan Sanders will lead the BPO as Williams sings her hits including "Save the Best for Last," "Dreamin" and "Love Is." It's a homecoming of sorts for…

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The Buffalove continues to flow from Vanessa Williams. The actress/singer/former Miss America appeared on "LIVE with Kelly and Ryan" Wednesday and told the co-hosts about her ties to the area and her July 4, 2015, wedding in Buffalo to Jim Skrip of Depew. "My husband is from Buffalo, very strong Buffalo roots," Williams said. "My mother was born and raised in Buffalo…

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NIAGARA FALLS — When Vanessa Williams arrived here straight off a plane from New York City, she was suited for success, down to her crisp white jacket and knee-length black skirt — both items from her new V. by Vanessa clothing line. Success is the reason Williams was booked as the speaker for Leadership Niagara’s April 27 awards luncheon. (That and her ties to Western Ne…

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When Vanessa Williams tells you a story, she doesn't spare the details. I learned that in July when I interviewed the actress and singer about her Buffalo wedding to Jim Skrip of Depew. I'm guessing we'll see that today, too, when I moderate a conversation with Williams at Leadership Niagara's sold-out Leader of the Year luncheon at the Conference & Event Center of Ni…

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At 1 o’clock on a sunlit Sunday afternoon, Vanessa Williams was sitting by open bay windows of her luxury suite. The sounds of the street below – an intermittent horn, the occasional tire screech – weren’t nearly as frequent as the ones she’d hear in the cities where you might expect her to be.But this wasn’t New York. Or L.A. Not Miami, not Chicago, not even Toronto.This …

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One of the most famous people ever known as “Miss” became a “Mrs.” Saturday in Western New York.Actress, singer and onetime Miss America Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip of Depew exchanged “I do”s at a private ceremony and then later held an equally private reception.Details of the nuptials were kept secret.Last year, Williams announced on a daytime talk show that she and Sk…

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Actress Vanessa Williams and her Buffalo boyfriend are engaged, she told Queen Latifah during a taping of her daytime talk show.The New York Daily News reports that Queen Latifah asked the former Miss America and “Ugly Betty” star about her dazzling ring in her interview for a show that will air Tuesday (3 p.m., WKBW-TV, Ch. 7).Williams, 50, said she and Jim …