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Macaroni and cheese is a canvas for experimentation, a chance to adorn a classic comfort food with creative flavors from savory to spicy. The Mac Attack in 500 Pearl is a wondrous chance to try some of the area's best interpretations; we previewed five that should whet your palate. Southwestern steak? Pizza Log-inspired? Sesame chicken? Check all those boxes. See wha…

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Name a better trio for surviving a (dismally wet) early January weekend: laughs, craft beer and roller derby. All three are on tap for Buffalo this weekend, with self-deprecating Jim Gaffigan amusing the KeyBank Center audience on Sunday. See what else is ahead. Jim Gaffigan, 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at KeyBank Center. Tickets are $31.25 to $55.25. Thanks to the cel…

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There's a limit to the lying around that should be done between Christmas and New Year's Day. (Some lethargy is encouraged, of course). Muscles start to stiffen from inactivity, Netflix keeps asking if you're "still watching," and you feel a little nauseated from pounding leftover Christmas cookies. Here are ways to get moving – at least a little – even if many inclu…

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The final weekend before Christmas is actually pretty calm in terms of events, likely because organizers understand how Buffalonians are occupied with last-minute preparations. This weekend's highlights are filled with holiday sentiment, featuring caroling, a family-friendly play at Shea's and a chance to support a local business that's fallen on unexpected hard times. …

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You won't know how much you'll miss the Albright-Knox until it's gone (temporarily, at least). At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Elmwood Avenue art gallery – an institution that has put Buffalo on the grid internationally – will close for two years to execute a major expansion project. For those hungry for a bite of culture on the first Friday night of the month, or those who wa…

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Is there any way to tie together a crucially important food-focused fundraiser, a concert by one of the world's hottest hip-hop artists and a hard-cider tasting celebrating the region's best? Not really, other than in this Buffalo event rundown below. Daniel Tracy's Iron Event IX leads the weekend charge for two reasons: first and foremost, the desperate need for an eff…

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Fall in Buffalo will start off with a bang. Sure, autumnal activities were the theme of this week's Gusto cover story, but the wheels are already in motion. The festival schedule is absolutely packed this weekend; Oktoberfests and harvest fests are happening around virtually every corner, suburbs and cities alike. Will you find out what Black Rock and Riverside have …

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Meet your grand finale, Buffalo's festival season. Through live music, art, and food and drink, an elite list of events will make wise weekend planning a true challenge. From Ireland to India to Egypt, cultural festivals all highlight traditions - some deeply embedded into Buffalo's fabric, while others, such as India and Egypt, still gaining traction. There's the Elmwo…

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Life hasn't been quiet for Chad and Louise Brachmann, the owners of Danielewicz Farm and Sunflowers of Sanborn, which sparked a viral photo craze in 2017. After a cease-and-desist order from the Town of Cambria abruptly shortened their 2018 season, the Brachmanns had their work cut out if they wanted their rural attraction to return this year. Like wineries, brewerie…

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Organizing a downtown music festival is tough work. There are bands to book, schedule and accommodate, a smattering of paperwork to submit, local food vendors to attract, workers/volunteers to find and a litany of other duties necessary to ensure a seamless experience. It's exhausting and overwhelming. Music venue Buffalo Iron Works and part-distillery, part-music host …

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The Buffalo-area has reached the pinnacle of its festival season, with annual giants such as Taste of Buffalo, Jam in the Valley, Queen of Heaven and Canal Fest all running this weekend. These four festivals all cater to different interests, too, with the Taste focusing on food, JiTV celebrating country music artists big and small, Queen of Heaven pitching carnival ride…

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Buffalo's summer event schedule would be more dull if it just repeated festivals year after year. There's nothing wrong with tradition - this weekend's Ride for Roswell and Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle are reasons to look forward to each summer - but the spice of new, creative options injects a little more excitement to this list of things to do. Artpark's Strawbe…

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This is an elite concert and festival weekend in Buffalo, as it's entirely reasonable to hit four major happenings in the span of three days. For those who acted fast for the sold-out Taste of Country, that accounts for Friday night, with a prospective doubleheader of Juneteenth and Thin Man's Summer Solstice a diverse selection on Saturday. Cap the weekend with Death C…

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Buffalo Pride Week, which cherishes the local LGBTQ+ community's courage and extols acceptance instead of division, annually produces one of the city's happiest days, uniting Buffalonians regardless of their sexual orientation. Both the Elmwood Avenue parade and the Canalside festival are true celebrations, awash in color, noise and camaraderie, a refreshing environment…

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Memorial Day Weekend is the ideal three-day respite to relax, appreciate better weather and spend time outside - whether it's dusting off the grill, heading to a nearby green space with friends or even following Francesca Bond's suggestions. With one more day to account for, this edition of the biweekly event rundown is robust but balanced, with a wealth of options rang…