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Sprinkled cookies. Bedazzled sweaters. Pandora-served tunes by Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and the Muppets. All are now expected at every holiday party, and all have helped solidify the standard expectation for what your planned gathering should look and sound like. Suggestion: This year, haul those expectations to the curb like a dead Christmas tree. Winter in Wester…

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Whether it’s French-inspired cooking demonstrations or craft cocktails made from locally distilled gin, Western New York offers a world of opportunity to have fun this fall. Get out there and enjoy the crisp air and these cool events. Oct. 21: Buffalonia 500 Seneca Atrium, Buffalo Hop on down to the happening Hydraulics District for this fundraiser to benefit the Ma…

Some of Buffalo’s hottest Halloween parties are right around the corner, so ditch those boring old witch hats for something more creative. After all, there are costume contests to win. Here’s a rundown of some of Buffalo’s most popular Halloween parties: Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.: Spooktacular New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project Power Vista, 5777 L…

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The story of Homer and Raven Ford echoes a familiar chord for a pair of young Buffalo repats — they met while working together at the former Bistro Europa, had their first date on Dyngus Day in 2008 and left several months later for work in Rhode Island and later New York City. In 2015, they returned to the Queen City. Eager to give back to the community where they got the…

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Now in its second year, the WNY Children’s Book Expo (WNYCBE) got a little help from a big-time author. In 2014, James Patterson donated over a million dollars to independent bookstores across the country, and Monkey See, Monkey Do children’s bookstore in Clarence received $8,500. Bookstore owner Kim Krug and her mother Kathleen Skoog used that seed money to rent Kleinh…

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As children, most of us are taught not to run away from our problems. Now one local organization is teaching young girls to run through them. Girls on the Run, a 20-year-old national program with chapters around the country, came to Buffalo in 2010 following a conversation between running buddies Meghan Cavanaugh, program director, and Katie Joyce, council director, abo…

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“Personality begins where judgment ends.” “Be a voice, not an echo.” “Lift someone up.” These are some of the rallying points put forth by Gracie & Cameron, a new local clothing line designed for teenage girls. Launched by best friends and East Amherst moms Corey Lazzaro and Jessica Colvin, the messages are meant to infuse some positivity into the trying years of ad…

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A handful of urban teenagers jostle each other to get a better look at the kid cutting up steel. Nearby, a few more are playing with fire or painting their names in wild colors of permanent ink. It’s the first project students undertake as part of the Griffis Art Program, a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo and the Essex Arts Center in Buffalo (a…

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She didn’t choose to be an artist, says sculptor Sarah Fonzi, a Buffalo native. From an early age, she simply was one. She is now a professional sculptor with several large, commissioned installations in the Buffalo area, and a growing list of exhibits to her credit. To gain experience outside Buffalo, she chose to attend Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. T…

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The greatest relationship between a band and its fans is one that’s reciprocal. The band toils to create impressionable music and, as thanks for this impactful work, fans buy albums, attend concerts and purchase band-branded gear to fashion their allegiance. But in recent years, this dynamic has been challenged. Despite the Internet and social media’s ability to make comm…

Western New York has produced some amazing things over the years, from writers and artists to fashion designers and high-quality brews. These early-Fall happenings showcase the prowess of our homegrown talent, and provide a great opportunity to support some worthwhile organizations and charities. Sept. 14-18: 70th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show Buffalo Therape…

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On her way to work teaching textile arts at Buffalo State College, Dawne Hoeg often passed groups of women wearing flowing swaths of brightly patterned fabrics, some adorned with intricate stitching and beadwork. She reverently referred to them as the "Beautiful Women," and spent months pondering their pasts and their presence. "I kept thinking that we must have somethi…

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Collin Kerdahy, a native of Smithtown, N.Y., began studying ballet when he was in middle school. After doing gymnastics as a younger child, and knowing that he enjoyed dancing, he auditioned for a musical as a pre-teen. “I was in Seussical the Musical at around 11 or 12,” said Kerdahy, now 20. “After that, I found a weekend program at a theater outside of school, which …

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In more than 35 years on Broadway, Albert Nocciolino has earned four Tony Awards and co-produced shows including Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Annie, Peter Pan and countless more. But, looking back on his career, Nocciolino says his proudest accomplishment has been helping to bring big-league theater to cities nationwide. As the Broadway League’s vice chair of the…

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In a city bursting with renewed Buffalo pride, it seems only natural that Buffalo-themed décor is popping up more in local shops. From Buffalo-themed tables to butter lamb soaps, there’s no shortage of options. Here’s a guide to some of our favorites. Butter lamb soaps Village Artisans 5560 Main St., Williamsville; Facebook It’s an Easter tradition to hit the Broadwa…