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Studies say millennials just don't like going out that much. It could be the pressure to dress up and paint your face in makeup. It could be the expensive drinks and rounds of shots you ultimately forget buying. Or it could be that some bars just suit people better than others. For those who aspire to live out a scene in a Harry Potter movie, sipping on a butterbe…

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Ah, fall. The time of year for scary walks in the park among actors re-enacting "haunting" Shakespeare scenes. The season of finally learning how to become a home bee-keeper. The time when we all celebrate Oct. 3, the unofficial national holiday celebrating the cult classic movie "Mean Girls." Well, maybe these aren't the most traditional fall activities, but normal …

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It may be called Buffalo Whiskey Riot, but it's not all about drinking the fiery liquor. The three-hour tasting session on Sept. 29 dives into so much more than copious amounts of tastings, with educational seminars discussing American and Scotch whiskeys and distillery owners explaining what they're pouring as you take a swig. You can sample more than 90 whiskeys, but kee…

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So you’re new to the area (and probably going to school for something smart, like pre-med) and maybe you know a few things about Buffalo, or maybe you don’t. Well, the rumors are true. It’s cold here a lot of the year (but we have a few fun ways of dealing with it,) our public transit leaves room to be improved (which is why each place featured here is walkable fro…

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Three white, plastic tables sit under a red pop-up tent for a growing crowd of around 85 people in a parking lot outside New Era Field. No one is jumping through these tables. They're used for a more innocent purpose, as brothers Rory and Ray Parker cook and assemble stinger subs — shaved steak, marinated chicken fingers, lettuce, tomato, cheese and Italian dressing plo…

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Welcome to Buffalo, Bengal. You scored the jackpot in the neighborhood department -- perhaps that was a factor in your collegiate choice -- with the Elmwood Village, widely considered a hub of the city’s arts, culture and shopping. After you’ve settled into your diminutive dorm room, hung your inspirational quote decals and indie movie posters on the wall, stuffed your…

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It's only fitting that Knox Farm, an estate that shares a name with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, is the new home of Buffalo's two-day music and cultural festival, Borderland. The sprawling, 633-acre former estate of Buffalo's prominent Knox family, is best known for its strikingly-scenic public grounds and popular dog park. And now, for being the home of a two-day mus…

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Pumpkin picking isn't just choosing a pumpkin worthy of elaborate jack-o-lantern carving. It's about the experience: The hayride, the baked goods, the baby goats. Some hot apple cider, freshly-sugared kettle corn or a doughnut. Experiencing a slice of nature, while double-fisting a cinnamon-coated piece of dough and a rather heavy orange gourd. The u-pick pumpkin far…

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At a sleepy-looking dive bar on Franklin Street, a life-size cardboard cut-out of Abraham Lincoln surveyed an erudite crowd as they collectively shouted “KIEFER.” (As in Kiefer Sutherland, the actor.) John F. Kennedy looked on from his rectangular-framed portrait as the crowd yelled, “CALIFORNIUM.” (As in the periodic table element.) Barack Obama watched from his Tim…

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As the temperatures drop and divisive pumpkin spice-everything floods storefronts, from actual pumpkins to pumpkin-flavored drinks to pumpkin-flavored oddities like Pringles and gum, another, less aggressive, more universally loved flavor subtly enters the market: apple. Long before Starbucks popularized pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider dominated the market – as in a c…

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Leaves are beginning to yellow. A sea of blue and red is popping up everywhere you turn on Sundays. What could all this mean? It's Bills season. If you'll be at New Era Field for Sunday's first home game, we've researched where to eat, what to bring, where to find the cheapest white table (to eat on, why else?). If you don't have coveted tickets to Sunday's gam…

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Clusters of friends are huddled around computers and flat-screen televisions, bent over the edge of their chairs and cushy couches. They rarely break eye contact, yet maintain animated conversations. Nearby, a solitary gamer is intensely concentrating as he plays "League of Legends." Lime green walls and tall drop-ceilings frame this video-game oasis, where there are as…

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On one stage, you have Jimyn the Singing Mime, with a stark-white painted face and a small string instrument in hand. Since mimes are not generally known for their verbal skills, that should be interesting. On another is Peelander-Z, a Japanese “action comic punk band” dressed up in elaborate, neon-colored, animal-inspired costumes and that may do something called “huma…

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There is no other place in the world (we checked) where people bob their heads in a vat of blue cheese, bobbing for chicken wings. Welcome to the National Buffalo Wing Festival. The festival, which has been happening for 17 years, was inspired by the 2001 comedy “Osmosis Jones” starring Bill Murray. Murray’s character, a chronic junk-food-eater, strived to attend a w…

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A round-trip plane ticket from Buffalo to Paris costs about $1,000, which is an expensive way to live like a Parisian for a Queen City dweller. Whoever says one needs to travel all the way to Paris for a French experience doesn’t understand the magic of a picturesque brick wall, a croissant, a beret and a particularly lively, romantic imagination. To feel like you’re…