My main piece of advice for today, the first Saturday of the 11th Buffalo Infringement Festival, is pretty simple: Just walk outside and follow your ears and eyes.
So jam-packed is today's schedule that aimless wandering from venue to venue seems the best approach, especially in neighborhoods where Garden Walk Buffalo is also in full flower. But if you want a few suggestions, we've got those too.
Here are my five picks for today's Infringement Fest activities:
1) Broadway Market Rooftop Party, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Broadway Market
The roof of the historic Broadway Market provides a panoramic view of Buffalo's East Side. It's a spectacular backdrop for performances from 13 local and touring bands, from indie rockers Science Lion to "post-rock/shoegaze" from TOMOREAUX.
2) Kidfringement, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bidwell Park
How can you resist a performance with a title like "The Crazy Balloon Lady Infringes Upon Buffalo"?
That's just one of the many promising (if also mildly terrifying-sounding) performances slated for this year's kid-friendly mini-festival in Days Park, which features musical performances, hula-hoop-based activities, and a treatise on zen metaphysics. I mean, what kid wouldn't be into that?
Check out the full Kidfringement schedule here.
3) World Music Saturday, 2:30 to 10 p.m., Days Park
Ambling through Allentown today will be made much more pleasant than usual by this eclectic lineup of 12 world music acts, set to perform in the bucolic grassy oval that has hosted countless memorable Infringement acts over the years.
4) Babushka!, 6 p.m., Burning Books
Local veteran improv comedians Don Gervasi and Tod Benzin are Infringement Festival mainstays, reliably bringing down various, out-of-the-way houses with their peculiar brand of long-form improv and their distinctly chuckle-worthy personalities.
5) Music at Geoff Kelly's House, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
A seriously eclectic night of music is the ostensible draw here, but how often do you get to hang out at the abode of a veteran Buffalo editor and journalist? The Public editor's house has been an official Infringement venue for the past several years, and will host this evening of music as well as a series of poetry readings on Aug. 1.