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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…

Festivals

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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There was a time when we had to travel great distances, often at a high cost, to celebrate our geekdom at pop-culture conventions where all the things movies, television, superheroes and comics could be celebrated. Not anymore. Now the stars are coming to us. When “Nickel City Con” opens Friday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, it will kick off our summer sea…

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Shea's Wine, Food and Beer Festival 5:30 p.m. at 646 Main St. Tickets $30 pre-sale here, $35 door, $45 VIP. Bites and sips from area restaurants, breweries and winemakers take center stage for the 23rd festival raising funds for the grand dame of Buffalo theater. Besides food and drink, participants get a chance to explore areas of the 1926 theater normally off-limits …

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Buffalo Ride of Silence Gather at 6 p.m., ride begins at 7 in Delaware Park near the police radio tower. Free to participate. The Ride of Silence is an annual international bicycle ride to help alert motorists to the dangers they pose to cyclists; according to Ride of Silence organizers, 818 cyclists died and roughly 45,000 were injured in crashes in 2015. The 8-mile s…

Food and Drink

The Wailers Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Cost is $25 in advance here, $30 day of show. Ease into the week with reggae on Tuesday, as the Wailers - an offshoot of the remaining band after Bob Marley's death in 1981 - drop by Babeville. The Jamaica-rooted group is fronted by Aston "Familyman" Barrett, who might be best known for fathering …

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MisterWives in Town Ballroom Doors at 6:30 p.m. at 681 Main St. Tickets are $25 in advance here, $30 day-of-show. Last seen in Buffalo in fall 2017 for the Alternative Buffalo Birthday Party, indie pop-rock group MisterWives will drop by less than eight months later for a downtown gig booked by After Dark. The New York City-based band, which broke out through 2014 s…

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"Stellaluna" by Theatre of Youth 2 p.m. at Allendale Theatre (203 Allen St.). It may not be every child’s fantasy to be raised by birds, but that’s the impressively bizarre premise of “Stellaluna,” the latest offering from Buffalo’s premiere children’s theater company. By an unfortunate sequence of events, the title character finds her way to a bird’s nest, where th…

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Underoath in Rapids Theatre 7:30 p.m. at 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. Cost is $32.50 in advance here, or $38.50 at the door. Metalcore survivors Underoath return to town to headline a bill that also includes Dance Gavin Dance, Veil of Maya and Limbs. The band recently returned from an eight-year period devoid of new music, and all reports suggests that the band's batt…

Family

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…

Art

1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 to 11 p.m. May 12 at roughly 20 locations throughout the Village of Hamburg. Wristband for entrance into participating venues, including Memorial Park, runs for $10 and may be purchased at any of five locations. Commentary: In Memorial Park and in venues throughout the village, live music will resonate in Hamburg all day Saturday. Restaurant…

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"ForeFront" at the Terrace at Delaware Park 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 199 Lincoln Parkway. Tickets are $35 or $60 per pair; details here. If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Terrace, one of Buffalo’s most buzzworthy new destinations, here’s an opportunity: ForeFront, a fundraiser for the YWCA of Western New York, will feature the work of many local female artists, …

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An Evening with Lou Barlow 7 to 10 p.m. at Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets range from $28.45 for general admission to $107.62 for admission plus a dinner with Barlow and his dad. No joke. A rare opportunity to spend some quality up-close-and-personal time with an alternative rock legend, 'An Evening with Lou Barlow' will find the former Dinosaur, Jr. and S…

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Bullet For My Valentine Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St.). Tickets are $27.50 advance here, $32 day-of-show. 103.3 the Edge is presenting a heavy rock throw-down at the Rapids, with Welsh alt-metallers Bullet For My Valentine headlining a bill that also includes opening salvos from Trivium and Toothgrinder. The BFMV crew will be debu…

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Jazz Happy Hour with Susan Peters 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). Free to attend. 21+ unless accompanied by a parent. Nietzsche's, the famous Allentown watering hole, is welcoming spring with free Monday jazz happy hours. Every week features a different performer, and on May 7, chanteuse Susan Peters takes the bandstand. With her husky voice and …