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1) Buffalo Marathon, 6:30 a.m. May 27 at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Registration has closed, but it's free to enjoy as a spectator (and much easier on the body). For any Buffalo Marathon questions, refer to the handy guide. Commentary: As someone who's run only a few miles at once in his life, it's hard to fathom the marathon distance of 26.2 …

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SkyRide 7 a.m. in LaSalle Park (corner of Porter and AmVets Drive, off Porter Exit of 190 South). Two loops are available to cycle: The Skyway Loop and the City Loop (Skyway and more). The post-ride festival begins at 10 a.m. in LaSalle Park and runs until noon. Full schedule here. While online sales have concluded, in-person registration is accepted in LaSalle Park fr…

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BuffaLoveFest 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.). Cost is $25 in advance here. The Buffalo Zoo devotes an event to all things connected with the Buffalo area, from locally brewed beer and wine to 25 food trucks and 55 artisans with Buffalo-themed products. Advance tickets include two complimentary drinks, as well as live music from XOXO and the K…

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1) SkyRide, day-of registration begins at 6 a.m., with bicyclists taking part in the City Loop departing at 8 a.m., then the Skyway Loop leaving at 8:25 on May 20 from LaSalle Park (intersection of Porter Avenue and AmVets Drive). Register from 4 to 8 p.m. May 18 and 19 for $40, then day-of for $50. Commentary: The Skyway's closures have been a thorny issue for drivers …

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It's a puzzle Buffalonians see the world differently. Every once in a while, something happens that makes us stand out, wherever we happen to be. Such an event occurred not long ago when the Commuter Puzzle -- the crossword carried by The Buffalo News and other newspapers across the country -- carried a clue that had special relevance to us. Thanks to Buffalonian Bob A…

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With the arrival of May, the kickoff of summer festivals has officially begun. What's easy to get lost in the Canalside Live and Live at Larkin shuffle is Buffalo Porchfest, presented by the Elmwood Village Association. Returning for its sixth year, the neighborhood uniting music fest will once again show off the city's musical talent in a casual and relaxing setting. T…

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We have another name for summer in the Buffalo area: We call it festival season. From one-day neighborhood lawn fetes and carnivals where you know everyone, to the large multi-day events that attract hundreds of thousands, festivals are happening every week throughout the summer. To help you plan out these rites of summer, Gusto will again be publishing its annual Festi…

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The Used 6 p.m. in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets range from $29.50 in advance here, then $33 day of show. Alt-emo mainstays the Used will be joined by Akron, Ohio, up-and-comers Red Sun Rising and the Fever 333 - a new project fronted by former LetLive leader Jason Aalon Butler. The headliner's latest record, fall 2017's "The Canyon," peaked at No. 50…

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Bucket List Bash 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $35 pre-sale or $45 at the door. VIP passes run for $60. Event is 21+, and there is no valet parking this year. Cross several items off your bucket list in one fell swoop, as Unyts' fundraiser allows guests to experience virtual reality, face their fears, walk the red carpet and get an …

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You know it's summer when the Red Cross paints the town red. It happens every year around the beginning of June, when the white tent goes up in front of the Red Cross' Delaware Avenue headquarters, heralding the annual BASH. This year's BASH, which marks the party's 20th anniversary, takes place June 1. There will be a special guest, "M*A*S*H" star Loretta Swit. The …

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1) "Phantom of the Opera," 8 p.m. April 27, 2 and 8 p.m. April 28, 2 and 7 p.m. April 29 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). Limited tickets remain for several of the scheduled slots, with prices ranging from $37 to well over $100. The play runs through May 6. Commentary: Reading through the various takes of Buffalo theater members in regard to "Phantom" is amusin…

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Glassing Magazine was one of the hosts of Buffalo's first Beach Glass Festival, held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Events Center. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, too.

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1) Trimania, 8 p.m. April 14 in the Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.). General admission is $25 here, while single VIP is $50 and couples VIP is $80. Commentary: Buffalo Arts Studio presents a night of multimedia pleasure in the Tri-Main Center, with a wealth of live music, more than 50 art installations and a chance to meet many of the building's tenants planned. It's…