1. Dyngus Day is no longer a quaint, isolated Easter Monday celebration. It's everywhere, from Black Rock (the Ukrainian-American Civic Center, 205 Military Road) to the tropics (Page's Paradise Island, 4701 Transit Road, Depew). The epicenter, however, is still the Polonia neighborhood on Buffalo's East Side. The Dyngus Day Parade steps off there at 5 p.m. from Corpus Christi Church, Clark and Kent streets, just east of the Broadway Market, and the most traditional of the parties will offer Polish food, polka music and pussy willows nearby -- from noon in the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave.; and from 3 p.m. in Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive, and the Old Polish Veterans Post, 617 Fillmore Ave.
2. Radical movements of a generation ago have regained relevance in the wake of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the protests following the slaying of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. A program at 7 p.m. in Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St., features a discussion of the memoir "Love & Struggle" by David Gilbert, a member of the Weather Underground held in Auburn Correctional Facility, and talks by Naomi Jaffe, a former comrade of Gilbert's, and Sheila Hayes, wife of Robert Seth Hayes, a member of the Black Liberation Army currently held in Wende Correctional Facility.
3. Two award-worthy poets are featured at 7 p.m. in the Wordflight Reading Series in the Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood Ave. at Highland Avenue. Geoffrey Gatza has won a Boomerang Award, is widely published and has had his visual art poetry exhibited in galleries here and in New York City. Jae Newman, who has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, also has had his work appear in many literary journals. He teaches creative writing at Jamestown Community College and composition at Monroe Community College. The program is free and open to the public.
4. Singer-songwriter Peter Case, who grew up in Hamburg, has reunited with one of his first musical cohorts, Paul Collins, with whom he created an early New Wave band, the Nerves, in San Francisco in the mid-1970s. They put together an evening of songs from the Nerves, including "Hanging on the Telephone," which later became a hit for Blondie, along with material from their later bands, Case's Plimsouls and Collins' Breakaways and the Beat. Augmented by members of the Beat, they're winding up a cross-country tour that included showcases at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, last month. They play the Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St., at 8 p.m.
5. The 17th annual Mass for Peace in Northern Ireland and throughout the world will be offered at 7 p.m. in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. David and Felicia Meyer of Kindred will provide the music. Also featured will be the Erie County Sheriff's Pipes and Drums Band and step dancers from local schools of traditional Irish dance. The collection will benefit the Belfast Summer Relief Program, which offers children from Northern Ireland a six-week holiday in the Buffalo area.
6. Seventy years ago today, American and Filipino forces surrendered to the Japanese in the Philippines and the soldiers who were captured and survived were subjected to the infamous Bataan Death March. The day is now marked as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, which honors all former military prisoners for their courage and sacrifices. A ceremony honoring local ex-POWs will be held at 1 p.m. in Freedom Hall, Room 301 in the VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Ave.
7. It's National Library Week! The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library will kick it off with what shapes up as a State of the Library program at noon in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. There will be speakers from the Children's Programming Team, Development & Communications Department, Information Services & Outreach Department and the Grosvenor Room. It's free and open to the public.
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