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Best Bets

1. See Bonecruncher, Meatdripper, Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater on stage! But never fear. The Big Friendly Giant is there, too. So is the Queen of England!

The Theatre of Youth production of Roald Dahl's "The BFG," using puppets and masks and backdrops of the London skyline and Buckingham Palace, continues at 2 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and again April 8 and 9.

Find the theater at 203 Allen St. The play is best for children 7 and up.

Tickets are $17 and $19. Call 884-4400.

2. Roll up your sleeves and tie on your aprons - for the first ever "Kids Cook."

Kids of all ages can learn how to cook from area chefs as adults wander past vendors to see the latest in kitchenware. Then, they sit together for a family-style meal featuring food from local restaurants.

"Kids Cook" is presented by Wegmans in collaboration with Carly's Club and the Essential Care for Children program, which supports children with life-threatening illnesses.

Tickets are $50 (two adults and two children), plus $10 for additional children; or $20 for single tickets. The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Fieldhouse at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Call 845-8788 for information or visit

3. As a kid growing up in Buffalo, John Kennedy Kane wanted to join the circus. But he didn't have a magic lamp to make his wish come true.

Now he does, as the Lovable Genie with Garden Bros. Circus, which performs at noon and 5 p.m. Sunday in HSBC Arena.

During the past 25 years, Kane has performed in every major circus as a fire-eater, magician, clown and ringmaster. He'll be in the ring with the Performing Elephants, the Black Stallion Review, the human cannon, Chinese acrobats and Flying Preciados, whose signature feat is a triple somersault.

Tickets are $26; children 12 and under are $11. Tickets may be purchased at the arena box office and, including Tops markets. To charge by phone, call (888) 223-6000.

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