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1. Celebrate yet another rite of spring -- the lifting of the ice boom -- this weekend as BoomDays energizes the waterfront.

The action starts at 5 p.m. Friday inside the Chief Petty Officers Club at the foot of Porter Avenue. Hang out for the night, take part in a poetry slam, then groove to the Rockin' Gauchos. Fireworks, too!

Admission: $5. For a complete listing of BoomDays festivities, visit

2. Spend your afternoon Saturday watching "Night at the Museum," the hilarious Ben Stiller film that shows what really happens after museum hours.

Laugh in the dark for 105 minutes in the cozy confines of The Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Two dollars gets you in. Showtimes at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

3. In the mood for a great story-telling experience?

Spin-a-Story Tellers present "Furry Tales" at 7:30 p.m. Friday inside Holy Spirit Church, 85 Dakota Ave.

Donations accepted. Arrive early for storytelling workshop at 6:30 p.m.

4. Mark Friday the 13th with some artsy folks from Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave.

The multimedia display begins at 8 p.m. as filmmaker Mark Street joins with local artists from the Real Dream Cabaret and the Open Music Ensemble to explore climate change and the changing faces of the City of Buffalo.

Admission: $7.


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