Commentary: The Allentown Association presents a party to celebrate Buffalo's resilience against historic winter storms, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of '77.
While the open bar from 8 to midnight, two DJs and food from three Allentown restaurants will satisfy in several ways, take a chance to pat yourself on the back for all the shoveling, awkward car pushing and the ability to amuse yourself while stuck inside for days on end.
Commentary: Some events respect our hardiness against the elements, others try to transport us away from our (let's admit it, confusing) present weather situation to a tropical paradise.
That's the task of Saturday's luau in RiverWorks, which will feature reggae music from Preach Freedom and the rockaz, a full slate of DJs across two different stages, plus more family-friendly activities in the afternoon. See the entertainment scheduled below, then check out the Smiles photos from last year's luau.
Commentary: Carrie DeKoffin. Say the name slowly and think about it for a second. Irish Classical Theatre fundraiser The Wake will fake sadness at the death of fictitious character DeKoffin with a party that includes Guinness, wine and food with the price of admission, plus prizes, Celtic entertainment and Irish surprises when you least expect them.
4) GZA, 8 p.m. doors, show at 9 on Feb. 25 in Waiting Room (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
Commentary: It's a little wild to think Wu-Tang Clan formed 25 years ago, yet many of the rap group's members are still performing solo or in tandem. GZA, a founding member considered the Clan's "spiritual leader," stops by Waiting Room Saturday.
Did you know that GZA, whose solo disc "Dark Matter" will be released later this year, is a frequent lecturer on space, physics and the universe's origin at some of the world's most prestigious academic institutions, like Harvard, Oxford and MIT?
Commentary: It's been over 20 years since the death of Bradley Nowell, Sublime's lead singer, but tribute band Badfish has carried on the band's legacy with shows that closely emulate the early '90s punk stars.
Badfish's regular visits to Buffalo indicate how rabid a following the band boasts here; the massive fish logo is both awe-inspiring and a little terrifying.
[PHOTOS: Badfish and fans in Town Ballroom, from 2015]
Commentary: Inject live music into your Sunday afternoon and support The Big Easy's mission to continue booking quality Louisiana musicians for Buffalo shows. Local Americana band Ten Cent Howl kicks the show off at noon, followed by Louisiana headliners Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys.
The Big Easy also offers professional development and education for blossoming musicians and is a project of Arts Services Initiative of WNY, a local arts council.
7) Mardi Gras Masquerade, 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 in Flying Bison Brewing Co. (840 Seneca St.). Admission is $25 at the door, includes food and two drink tickets.
Commentary: Get a jump on Fat Tuesday by roaming to Larkinville for a party that features a live performance from Buffalo's Black Rock Zydeco, Cajun food from the Louisiana Cookery, king cakes from Mazurek's, hurricane beer cocktails from Bootleg Bucha and a special cask from the host brewery.
8) Battle at Buffalo: The Classics, 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Verve Dance Studio (910 Main St.). $5 admission at the door, $1 to battle.
Commentary: Verve Dance Studio's monthly battles are fascinating to watch - the combination of athleticism, confidence and expression from dancers of all ages is impressive.
Attendees can sign up for 1 vs. 1 b-boy and b-boy battles when they arrive at studio, as well as 1 vs. 1 funk or all styles competitions. Cyphers, or cyclical freestyle rap with several performers, will be part of the evening as well.
Commentary: News contributor Michael Farrell did a brilliant job setting the stage for Buffalo native d'Nur's gig on Friday: "Joined by 10-piece jazz ensemble, modern dance choreography and stunning visuals to honor the career of Simone, pianist and vocalist d’Nur will poignantly wind attendees down the same paths of resistance and recovery the night’s subject once traversed—and at a time when many are in need of some soulful reassurance."
10) Torn Space Theater's "The Collection," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Ave.). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. The Feb. 25 performance has sold out.
Commentary: News contributor Ben Siegel calls this Harold Pinter play "terrorist theater," where truth is a struggle to discern, time is ambiguous and abstractions - characteristic of Torn Space - are common.
Read Siegel's glowing review for an idea of how the production will challenge the viewer, and relish the Polonia cultural relic that hosts the play.