1) Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day parade, noon to 5 p.m. March 19, begins at the Valley Community Association (93 Leddy St.). Free to watch the parade and to enjoy the festivities.
Commentary: Maybe it's the route that winds through the Valley and Old First Ward neighborhoods, which lends a historic feel to Saturday's parade and lends a strong sense of authenticity. Maybe it's entire families lining the streets, people-watching, enjoying the various organizations involved in the parade, with adults gleefully indulging in a few afternoon beers.
Some St. Patrick's Day Weekend celebrants feel more comfortable in the Old First Ward than Delaware Avenue, and vice versa, but it's terrific that Buffalo offers both parades.
2) Delaware Avenue St. Patrick's Day parade, 2 p.m. March 20 along Delaware Avenue. The parade begins at Niagara Square and rumbles north. Free to attend.
Commentary: There are historic roots to Sunday's massive parade down Delaware Avenue, too. The United Irish-American Association has presented it annually since 1940, but -- let's not sugar-coat it -- it's evolved into a big messy party in downtown Buffalo, and it's probably not for everyone.
[Read Mary Kunz Goldman's 100 Things on the St. Patrick's Day parade]
My advice, if you're looking to avoid getting trampled, is to find a friend who lives on or near the parade route, and sit on their steps or porch to overlook the masses.
[Photos from the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade down Delaware Avenue]
3) Live at O'Larkin, 5 to 8:30 p.m. March 18 in Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.) Free to attend.
Commentary: Kick off St. Patrick's Day Weekend with an assortment of live and local music, as the bill at Larkinville boasts McCarthyizm, Poor Ould Goat, the Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipe and Drum, and performances by the Clann Na Cara School of Irish Dance.
Commentary: This family-friendly activity at the Museum of Science is a nice change of pace from the rest of the beer-drenched St. Patrick's Day Weekend festivities. The title isn't misleading: worm beds, invisible ink, something called "splatter hats" and other stations satisfy that
childhood human desire to get messy. The creation of a "messy mural" with balls of paint sounds right down my alley.
5) Double trouble in University at Buffalo Center for the Arts: David Cross in the main concert space, 8 p.m. March 19, tickets are $25.50 and can be purchased here, and Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls, 8 p.m. March 19 in the Drama Theatre. Tickets are $20.50 to $34.50 and can be purchased here.
Commentary: Unless you can clone yourself (unlikely, but who am I to doubt you?), you can't attend both of these at once. But, "Arrested Development" comedian David Cross, who played Tobias Funke in the popular show, takes over the bigger venue (~1,800-seat mainstage theater), while saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa performs in the 400-seat Drama Theatre, which is also on the first floor of the CFA.
Commentary: The Rhode Island band's cleverly titled "Acoustick Tour" bops over to the Tralf in downtown Buffalo, where Michael Farrell says to expect a smorgasbord for musical flavors. Most bands hate to be pigeon-holed in the first place, but it might be impossible to stuff Deer Tick into any classification, which should be a treat for the listener.
7) Last chance to see the Monet exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 19, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 20. Tickets for a half-hour time slot are $15 for adults, $11 for students (13+) and seniors, $8 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under.
Commentary: Where has the time gone, Claude? His exhibit, "Monet and the Impressionist Revolution," arrived in Buffalo to much fanfare on Nov. 20, 2015. Maybe you've seen it, maybe you've procrastinated, but the broad strokes of the Frenchman will vanish after Sunday.
Not shockingly, we've written about Monet, one of the greatest artists in the history of the world.
8) Maple Weekend, several locations on March 19 and 20. Costs vary, too, often in terms of how many pancakes you can mow down.
Commentary: Celebrate syrup! I thought that would be more challenging to say aloud, but it's not so bad. News contributor Emeri Krawczyk breaks down a bunch of locations where locally produced maple syrup will be drizzling, so you can go carb-happy and then take a nap on your ride back through rural towns.
9) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," 7 p.m. March 19 and 20 for costume contest, and 1:30, 4:15, 7 and 9:45 p.m. March 18 through 24 in North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). Tickets, to be purchased at the door, are $7.50 before 6:00 PM, $9.50 after 6 PM, $7.50 for students all day, $7.00 for seniors all day.
Commentary: You can call me a second-rate "Star Wars" fan, but I didn't know that Sphero made an app-enabled BB-8 until today. It's pretty cool (if you're into cute, circular droids, I guess)!
Anyway, see the most recent film in the legendary series at the North Park, and the best costume from the 7p.m. shows March 19 and 20 will win a BB-8. Also, there's a roaming TIE Fighter nearby, too, which Toni Ruberto mentions in her preview.
10) "Beautiful," 8 p.m. March 18, 2 and 8 p.m. March 19, and 2 and 7 p.m. March 20 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets range from $37 to $87 and can be purchased here. Note: Not many are left for all shows except for 7 p.m. Sunday.
Commentary: News critic Colin Dabkowski rarely hands out four stars to a theater production, so you know it's a good one when he does. Read his review on the jukebox musical, which even made the ushers dance! (The musical, I mean, but the review could have, too).
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who likes events but likes the NCAA Tournament more, at firstname.lastname@example.org