1) Buffalo Undy Run, 7:30 a.m. registration, race at 9 a.m. April 29 at Amherst-Colvin green space in Delaware Park. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for kids in advance; prices rise $5 on the day of the race. See the course map here.
Commentary: If you see a big group of scantily-clad runners circling Delaware Park on Saturday morning, do not be alarmed. The Undy Run, a Colon Cancer Alliance fundraiser, consistently produces creative costumes and amusing team names, such as Barb's Booty Buccaneers and Strollin' for the Colon.
Commentary: Much to my surprise, the social media response to the University at Buffalo Student Association's announcement that Stanton would replace actor-filmmaker James Franco was favorable - even suggesting that the late replacement would have been preferred to the initial booking.
Rising to stardom through Humans of New York - his compelling street portrait profile series of every-day New Yorkers that was soon compiled into a New York Times best-selling book - Stanton was named one of Time's 30 under 30 changing the world for his blogging, photography and social media skills.
3) "Cabaret," 8 p.m. April 28, 2 and 8 p.m. April 29; 2 and 7 p.m. April 30 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets range from $27 to $72 and can be purchased here.
Commentary: The touring production has the right mix of seriousness, sadness and humor, News Reviewer Ben Siegel wrote in his terrific review. While you might chuckle at a gorilla wearing a dress, the reality of the Holocaust - and some of the horror that can be tied to recent events in Chechnya - leads to a sobering night at the theater.
This weekend serves as an opportunity to remember why The News' 100 Things series homed in on Shea's, too.
Commentary: At least when it comes to Buffalo's indie bands, few play as frequently as Humble Braggers (see photos from their March 11 show), and to a slightly lesser extent, M.A.G.S. But they're support for this show, as headliner, KOPPS, is an electronic rock-pop four-piece from Rochester that released a new single, "Baby I'm Dead Inside," on Friday morning.
5) Cabin Fever Beer and Wine Festival, 4 to 7 p.m. April 29 in Buffalo Ski Club's Tamarack Lodge (7414 State Road, Colden). Tickets are $30 pre-sale here and rise to $40 at the door.
Commentary: Although "cabin fever" isn't the most apt term for this time of year, the Ski Club freestyle team's fundraiser brings together 13 local and regional breweries, as well as three wineries.
Hang out in the lodge - not just to stay warm, for once - and sample beers, grab a commemorative tasting glass and munch on food from the Colden Country Kitchen.
6) Cloud Nothings, 7 p.m. doors, show at 8 April 28 in Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.
Commentary: The Cleveland indie rock band is back in the limelight after a successful fourth studio album, "Life Without Sound," in which News contributor Michael Farrell saw quite the musical maturation.
In his concert announcement from January, Mac McGuire recalled the "absolutely raucous" sold-out show in Buffalo Iron Works in 2014. Even though the band's sound has shifted away from emo a little, expect a similar stream of energy.
Commentary: For a northeast city that gets plenty of rain during the spring and fall, you'd think Buffalo would have more mud-centric events. One of the best is UB's mud volleyball tournament - Oozefest - held annually as a way for students to de-stress from a long semester.
Although registration has concluded and teams have formed, it's free to head over to North Campus to watch the splashing, as well as the joy mixed with discomfort. You'll see what I mean by scrolling through last year's Smiles gallery.
Commentary: Although Rusko's cancellation of his Town Ballroom show due to a medical emergency was a bummer for area EDM fans, Party Thieves' Saturday night show in VENU should help ease the pain.
New York-born party starter Jared McFarlin, who performs under the Party Thieves moniker, is reaching the end of his Grand Theft Army World Tour, although it's essentially a United States tour with one Canada date.
9) "Godspell," 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 29, plus 2:30 p.m. April 30 in Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster). Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for seniors and $10 for students, and can be purchased here. The show runs through May 7.
Commentary: For someone who wasn't impressed with previous takes on "Godspell," Ben Siegel wrote a glowing, four-star review of the Lancaster Opera House play, lavishing praise on the director.
"Director Kevin Leary does a remarkable job. It is the tightest production of a musical I have seen on a local stage in many years. It moves with a fresh and youthful spirit, and doesn’t sacrifice maturity in the process. Not a single moment is wasted. He stages a tableau like it’s architecture. His choreography is efficient, expressive and intelligent. There is a single vision at work here, and it shows in every breath."
Commentary: Two compelling exhibitions open Friday in BAS, with Julia Douglas' oil portraits inspired by a reaction to the Trayvon Martin case. Instead of the negative character traits given to some African-American men by the media, Douglas illustrates humble, humane examples from Western New York.
Nguyen's exhibition hinges on the prevailing "Western memory of Eastern spaces" surrounding the trauma and historical understanding of the Vietnam War. Her work grapples with the memories of the suffering of the Vietnamese.
Note: The Kiss Cares for Kids Super Hero Walk, in tandem with the Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, is now filled and will not accept walk-up registration.