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Bold graphics and brief yet thoughtful wall texts immediately draw in visitors to the new Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. The Center, which reveals authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls, is housed within the Niagara Falls Amtrak depot and an adjoining, preserved former U.S. Customs House that now…

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Five years ago, Janne Sirén moved from Finland to take over as director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. There’s been a flurry of activity since, including the largest single private donation ever given to a Buffalo cultural institution: $42.5 million. That and additional funds will support a major expansion project to house the museum’s growing collection. You’ve done a…

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At least 10 feet off the ground, Erica Cope pulls herself up and twists around two long pieces of silk fabric suspended from the ceiling. As she contorts her body and flips forward, she’s not thinking about the precarious distance between her and the floor, or even the next skill she’ll perform. Instead, she’s feeling the music and concentrating on creating an exciting per…

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As sad as we are to see summer wind down, there’s still a chance to take in some end-of-the-season celebrations and festivals. From an outdoor music extravaganza to a look inside the career of one of the ‘80s most unconventional heroes, we’ve mapped out some can’t-miss events. Sept. 6-9: Niagara County Peach Festival Academy Park, 890 Center St., Lewiston Everything’s…

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Carolyn and Bill Panzica know how to operate a bakery. For over 20 years, the couple created and cultivated Butterwood Desserts, which they grew in West Falls and sold for relocation to Buffalo almost 10 years ago. But to turn their former fire hall-turned-bakery space into a rustic performing arts center? It wasn’t something they intended, but now five years since firs…

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Built in 1928 at a cost of $100,000, the Grandstand was lauded in an Erie Independent article that year as a “fine structure, not surpassed in beauty and completeness by any similar stand on any fairgrounds in the country.” It has since been the center for many of the Erie County Fair’s most memorable moments, playing host to everything from chariot races and horse show…

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If you’ve absorbed the sounds, sights and scents of nature during a walk in the woods and emerged feeling calmer and more focused, you have dabbled in a wellness trend — forest bathing. Developed in Japan during the 1980s, Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, has gained popularity in the U.S. over the last couple of years. It’s simple and inexpensive — take a leisurely two …

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When Margaret Kolodziejczyk adopted Conrad — a Labrador German Shepherd mix — eight years ago, she never suspected he’d inspire her to start her own business. “He had a lot of digestive issues,” Kolodziejczyk said. “Nothing seemed to make a difference until I started experimenting with homemade diets.” Kolodziejczyk said she has always been careful about her own heal…

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From the hottest jazz festival in the area to chilling by the river for a great cause, make the most of your summer days and nights. Use these events as your guide and you’ll find plenty of fun and excitement — and possibly even a new place to live! July 31-Aug. 4: Music and Arts Festival of the Tonawandas Various locations in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda This inaugu…

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Whether it’s a family picnic or a Bills tailgate, it’s no secret that Western New Yorkers get pretty competitive. Charlie Sciandra has enjoyed a unique perspective on the region’s fervor for games. As a co-founder of KanJam, Sciandra watched the game grow from a local passion launched in North Tonawanda to a global gaming phenomenon. Sciandra believes KanJam wouldn’t be…

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You could say every comic book shop, like the stories on the shelves, has its own arc. There’s Collector’s Inn in the Village of Kenmore, which in addition to comics offers designated areas for “unplugged gaming.” That’s a space for gamers who dabble in Dungeons & Dragons, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic or Pokémon. At Gutter Pop on Elmwood Avenue, there’s a lot of real estate ded…

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Mighty Taco CEO Russell Jasulevich is relatively new to the gig…but he’s not new to Buffalo’s most beloved tacos, having served the last 10 years as company COO. He’s ingrained in the quirky company culture, a brand backed by food that Buffalo expatriates crave by name — and that multiple generations of locals still inhale on the regular. This month, Mighty Taco celebrates…

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Weego The Albright-Knox Art Gallery continues its colorful public art initiative with the addition of three recent works. Hertel Avenue’s business district became brighter — and more imaginative — with an acrylic and spray paint mural by artists and longtime friends Chuck Tingley and Matthew Grote. The mural, titled “Weego,” spans the west wall of the Lloyd Taco Factor…

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Maybe you’ve taken a personality quiz or two, but have you ever made a humor profile? The National Comedy Center will do just that for each of its guests using personalized technology. The Center opens Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. Visitors should get admission tickets ahead of time for the opening week and pick a time slot so the staff can manage the crowds, said Journey Gunderson…