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The 10: Cirque de la Lune, Undy Run-Walk, 'Kinky Boots'

1) Cirque de la Lune, 8 p.m. Saturday in the Dnipro Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.). Admission is free, and there will be adult beverages, cotton candy, popcorn and The Black Market Food Truck's fare for purchase.

Commentary: Benefiting Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo -- also the presenters of City of Night -- this "Circus of the Moon" is described as a "seduction of the senses" on its Facebook event. Typically things that sound this erotic are not free. Attendees are encouraged to wear some combination of turquoise, green, black and white. Belly dancers, poets and tattoo artists will entertain and presumably sensually seduce. (If there's a jester, someone please take a picture for me. Loooove jesters.)

This picture will make a whole lot more sense if you attend Cirque de la Lune, a free event in the Ukrainian Center. (Via ELAB's Facebook page)

This picture will make a whole lot more sense if you attend Cirque de la Lune, a free event in the Ukrainian Center. (Via ELAB's Facebook page)

2) Undy Run/Walk 5K, onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Delaware Park near the intersection of Amherst Street and Colvin Avenue. The race costs $40 to run. Takeoff for the 5K [race course] is at 9 a.m., and a 1.7-mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:10.

Commentary: You're obviously wondering about the underwear part, which I'll get to right off the bat. The Colon Cancer Alliance presents this race to raise money and awareness for a specific cancer that, perhaps more than some, is considered a little taboo. Every registered runner will be given a pair of boxers to (optionally) wear over their regular apparel, as it is a family-friendly event. What's cool? Back in 2013, the organization donated $.86 of every dollar it received. We're big fans of transparency.

3) "Kinky Boots", 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets range between $39 and $87.50; few remain for the Friday night and Sunday matinee performances.

Commentary: Give Colin Dabkowski's review of "Kinky Boots" a quick read before you go; theater buffs will fall in love with director Jerry Mitchell's choreography, while the less-familiar will appreciate Cyndi Lauper's score. If anything, the subject matter will expose theatergoers to transvestite and drag-queen culture, which proves the powerful progress of the LGBTQ movement in America.

"Kinky Boots" is on stage through Sunday in Shea's Performing Arts Center.

"Kinky Boots" is on stage through Sunday in Shea's Performing Arts Center.

4) Make-A-Wish 'Evening of Wishes Gala', 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hyatt Regency (2 Fountain Plaza). Tickets are $200 for an individual (the website notes that all money raised stays local).

Commentary: Two hours of cocktails and silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction and program -- all to honor the courageous battles that local children have fought against scary illnesses as well as community members who've supported financially. The Make-A-Wish fundraiser benefits the organization's quest to grant wishes to ailing children.

5) Decorators' Show House Preview Night, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Edward H. Webster House (164 Lincoln Pkwy.) Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: The Decorators' Show House before-and-after photo galleries have been popular today on BuffaloNews.com, but peering at a photo on your computer/phone/tablet isn't the same as wandering around a transformed house. Caribbean Extravaganza handles the music, while Giancarlo's supplies the food to make your exploration even classier (assuming you're a tidy eater.)

Image of the porch at the Edward H. Webster House, the now-transformed Decorators' Show House. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Image of the porch at the Edward H. Webster House, the now-transformed Decorators' Show House. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

6) Buffalo State College's Runway fashion show, 3 and 8 p.m. in Campbell Student Union Social Hall on Buffalo State's campus. Tickets available to the public are $15 for the 3 p.m. show and $25 for the 8 p.m. slot, while a limited number of VIP guests can get reserved seating, Flying Bison beer, hors d'oeuvres and a swag bag from sponsors for $100.

Commentary: Local models will showcase designs by students -- particularly those in the college's Fashion and Textile Technology Department -- and professionals in a show to culminate a semester's work. Local fashion icon Erin Habes, who's also an FTT lecturer, has based the show around the theme of "Innovation."

7) Bucket List Bash, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $40 at the door.

Commentary: The Bucket List Bash, which benefits Unyts, has an open bar -- that's always worth noting -- but also stations based on saving lives, being a game-show contestant, getting a tattoo, acting as a professional wine/beer/whisky/vodka connoisseur and much more.

8) Buffalo Pedal Tours, various times and routes.

Commentary: The focus of Gusto's cover story this week, Buffalo Pedal Tours are a new way to explore the city. Classical music critic Mary Kunz Goldman helped pedal a green party bus around downtown on a brewery tour -- there are also historic and custom tours available -- and explained the process. You can't drink on the pedal-powered bus yet -- you apparently can in other cities -- but there are plenty of stops on the brewery tour.

The pedal tour heads down Lower Terrace en route to Templeton Landing. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The pedal tour heads down Lower Terrace en route to Templeton Landing. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

9) New movies in local theaters -- "Ex Machina," "The Age of Adaline," "Little Boy" and more.

Commentary: It's about time Blake Lively was in a new movie! The "Gossip Girl" TV-show star plays Adaline Bowman, the protagonist in "The Age of Adaline." Jeff Simon handed futuristic "Ex Machina" 3.5 stars in this review, so that's a nice alternative in case you don't have Blake Lively fever like I do.

Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively star in the new film “The Age of Adaline.”

Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively star in the new film “The Age of Adaline.”

10) Queen City Roller Girls: Nickel City Knockouts vs. Suicidal Saucies, 7 p.m. (doors), bout at 7:30 Friday in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets range from $15 for general admission to $35 for a front-row seat and can all be purchased here.

Commentary: With the NHL and NBA playoffs in full swing, it's worth mentioning that the Queen City Roller Girls have a rematch of last year's championship game scheduled. Sure, the Knockouts have won the Cup the last three years, but Saucies stomped the Devil Dollies and edged the Alley Kats already in 2015, leaving them as the major threat to Nickel City's dominion. If you're looking ahead, this year's Championship bout is scheduled for June 19.

Email btsujimoto@buffnews.com if you spot any errors, or if you're willing to let me live in the Show House for a remarkably reduced fee.

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