1) Buffalo Undy Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m. registration, race at 9 on April 30 in Delaware Park (84 Parkside Ave.). Cost is $35 in advance or $40 day-of for the adult 5K (ages 14 and up), and $30 in advance or $35 day-of for the youth 5K and the 1.7-mile fun run. (I agree, too. Anything longer than 1.7 miles is not fun).
Commentary: The fundraising race for the Colon Cancer Alliance looked like a brilliant time in 2015 -- you can see event photos here -- as registrants don creative underwear often over their running shorts or spandex. If you think your Stormtrooper boxers are a little too raggedy for public wear, the organizers will have some options on hand, too.
2) Oozefest, 9 a.m. April 30 at the mud pit on St. Rita's Lane at UB North Campus. The 192 teams have already formed, but it's free to watch the sloppiness.
Commentary: This mud volleyball tournament is the annual capstone to the University at Buffalo's spring semester, as a whopping 192 teams compete for prizes and brave some really sloppy mud. It's one of our favorite galleries of the year because, well, just look through last year's set.
There's also food, drinks and entertainment at the day-long tournament. Here's an FAQ if you want more information.
Commentary: The National lead singer Matt Berninger bonded musically with Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf when the two bands toured together, and their complementary skills eventually formed into side-project El Vy and the duo's first album, "Return to the Moon," released in fall 2015.
Here's Jeff Miers' take: "Berninger’s sing-speak baritone – like Lou Reed, but much more college librarian than street hustler – fits snugly in Knopf’s sonic beds, and the result is a much more instantly lovable and huggable version of the National’s left-leaning think-rock. I sniff a Grammy nomination. This is just the sort of weird-but-smart stuff that the Academy loves for the “alternative rock” category."
4) Allen Burger Venture's first anniversary, 11 a.m. May 1 at 175 Allen St. Free to attend.
Commentary: The Allen Street metal-rocker-friendly bar-restaurant is renowned for its massive burgers and well-curated beer list. Although it technically opened on St. Patrick's Day 2015, ABV is getting around to a formal anniversary celebration this Sunday.
An outdoor beer tent, live music and nearly 20 local vendors add unusual spice to the party, and games like Kan-Jam and Cornhole will be squeezed into the tight corners of Allen Street. The party runs until 2 a.m., if you want to go all out.
5) Knox Farm Spring Art Fest, 6 to 9 p.m. April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 and May 1 in Knox Mansion of Knox Farm State Park (437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora). Free to attend.
Commentary: As someone who grew up in nearby Elma and worked in East Aurora, I know how pretty Knox Farm State Park can be in the spring (if you read that as a little emasculating, it's cool).
Add to your art collection or snoop around for some bargains, but the three-day event is a chance to appreciate the work of local artisans and relish a natural gem.
6) "Forefront," Three Centuries of Fine Art by Women Artists, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 and 30, with a brunch at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 at the former home of Margaret Martin (78 Summer St.). The Sunday brunch costs $12, and you can buy tickets here. It's free to visit on Friday and Saturday.
Commentary: Resource:Art sounds like a promising collaboration; the projects unites the wealth of talent of BT&C, Benjaman and Indigo galleries to "curate remarkable walls for corporate, public and private spaces." Benjaman Gallery director Emily Tucker presents this brief exhibition, on which Colin Dabkowski elaborates here.
Sunday's brunch offers unlimited coffee, mimosas, pastries and bagels -- it's unclear if "unlimited" also applies to the mimosas, although my hunch is "yes" -- which should be a tasty accompaniment to some of the best works of local female artists over the last 300 years.
Commentary: Jeff Miers calls Steely Dan's catalog as simply an "embarrassment of riches." From Seneca Niagara Events Center's perspective, it's the kind of material for which you'd pay $90 or more. As you can see from the image below, both Donald Fagen and Walter Becker boast steely gazes, to boot.
What are they so good at? Miers says it better than I ever could: "Though what the group has been doing for the past 40-plus years is ostensibly pop music, the Dan’s version of pop involves rich harmony, extended chord voicings and dazzlingly musical soloing, all of which is more often than not the terrain of jazz, not pop, where all concerned seem to be forever looking at their watches and wondering when the chorus is going to arrive."
8) Queen City Roller Girls: Saucies vs. Alley Kats, Queen's Court vs. Tri-City (Ontario), 4 to 8 p.m. May 1 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.).
Commentary: The Saucies look to rebound from a tight 159-134 defeat to the Dollies in their last bout, while the Alley Kats, off since April 1, last toppled the Saucies 184-155 and currently sit in first place among the three house teams.
If you enjoy humorous GIFs on Twitter, follow the Queen City Roller Girls, who have lighthearted fun with their account.
9) Prince in "Purple Rain," 7 p.m. April 30 in Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Free to attend, although seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open an hour before showtime.
Commentary: The shocking death of Prince last Thursday sent ripples through the music industry, affecting fans young and old. Jeff Miers' penned his own moving tribute, but the North Tonawanda theater lends its appreciation visually.
The film "Purple Rain" (1984) was the musician's acting debut, in which he plays "The Kid," but it contains several concert scenes that will provide plenty of Prince nostalgia. It's a free showing, too, which is a cool move by the Riviera to give tribute to a great.
Commentary: News contributor Mark Ciemcioch had a chance to interview improv-sensation Colin Mochrie, which you can read in full here. The chat hinges on the improv style of "Yes, and..." setting a theme or scene in which the comedic partner must agree. Hilarity often ensues, and Mochrie and Sherwood are refined veterans of the comedy industry.
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who wants you to decide if"undies" or "ooze" is the more uncomfortable word, at firstname.lastname@example.org