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The 10: Allentown Art Festival, Naked Bike Ride, 'Jurassic World'

For the penultimate The 10 of spring, I'm going to cut right to the chase and go more bare-bones. You'd probably rather spend more time doing activities rather than reading my ridiculous prose anyhow.

1) Allentown Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on Delaware Avenue and Allen Street. Free to attend, but you have to buy the art. Support local business, you know.

Commentary: Read Colin Dabkowski's preview -- he has an unnatural knack for making these posts exciting, and it's a thought-provoking tease about what Allentown is as a neighborhood. Here's a map that you can click to make bigger.

Map of the Allentown Art Festival. Driving in the city will be tough this weekend, but it's temporary, so relax!

Map of the Allentown Art Festival. Driving in the city will be tough this weekend, but it's temporary, so relax!

2) Buffalo World Naked Bike Ride, 7 p.m. checkpoint at Franklin and Linwood in downtown Buffalo. It's free to join, but don't show up driving a car because that's against the point of the event. The ride itself begins at 8 and covers an eight-mile course. Eminem just grinned somewhere, face deep in some spaghetti.

Commentary: The hook is that bare Buffalonians will bike around the city, but the mission is to encourage alternative modes of transportation and raise awareness of how addicted we are to oil (gas that powers machines, not olive oil, which is tasty on pasta). Some of the event details are secretive, intended only for those participating so as to make the experience more comfortable. There's a frequently updated public Facebook page with some NSFW art. There's an after-party to be held at Handlebar.

There will be naked bodies on bikes this weekend. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

There will be naked bodies on bikes this weekend. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

3) "Jurassic World," various showtimes at a theater near you! (Sounds way more advertorial than I mean, readers.) Find local showtimes here.

Commentary: Maybe it's just the dinosaur-loving crowds that I roll in, but I've read several excited posts about going to see "Jurassic World." After listing all the dinosaurs he remembers, Jeff Simon handed the film three stars -- read his review here. I'd keep my distance from these three, though.

Chris Pratt stars as Owen in "Jurassic World." Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking "Jurassic Park" series. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure, and Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Chris Pratt stars as Owen in "Jurassic World." Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking "Jurassic Park" series. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure, and Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

4) Juneteenth Festival, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Martin Luther King Jr. Park (intersection of Best Street and Fillmore Avenue). Free to attend.

Commentary: A festival to celebrate the heritage of Buffalo's black community, the local Juneteenth -- now in its 40th year -- has grown to become the third-largest of its kind in the world. Nearly every family-friendly activity imaginable is on the slate, including African dance, a heritage tent, a basketball showcase, underground railroad tours, and a health and wellness tent. A worship service is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on both days, while the Juneteenth parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday from Genesee and Moselle streets.

Smiling faces at the 2014 Juneteenth Festival. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

Smiling faces at the 2014 Juneteenth Festival. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

5) Tyler, the Creator, 7 p.m. Sunday in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets run for $30 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Michael Farrell calls Tyler "casually profane" -- which might be a slight understatement -- but the Odd Future founder is grooming a Wu-Tang-esque collection of artists that could be rap's next dynasty. Included in Jeff Miers' top 10 indoor shows of the summer, Tyler, the Creator's visit is nothing to take lightly.

Tyler, The Creator is one of the summer's few impressive hip-hop bookings.

Tyler, The Creator is one of the summer's few impressive hip-hop bookings.

6) Jake Miller, 6 p.m. Saturday in Darien Lake Theme Park. Show is free to attend with the purchase of park admission.

Commentary: We obviously hold a soft spot for Jake Miller, as he is one of the few performing artists who follows @Buffalodotcom on Twitter. He's also cool because he gave a very honest interview to The News' Tim O'Shei, discussing his past problems with acne and how he tries to communicate hope -- a reminder of the ephemeral nature of bad days -- through his music.

Jake Miller will perform Saturday in Darien Lake Theme Park. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)

Jake Miller will perform Saturday in Darien Lake Theme Park. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)

7) Lawrence Brose's "Indicted" reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in BT&C Gallery (1250 Niagara St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: This is complicated to write about, for sure. Brose is controversial to the art community because he was charged with possession of child pornography, then after a long legal battle, wound up pleading down to a minor obscenity charge. Colin Dabkowski has more on the saga here, but Brose is back with a mixture of new and old prints, and his opening reception overlaps with Body, Trade and Commerce Gallery's one-year anniversary at its Niagara Street location (congratulations!).

Prints from Lawrence Brose's film "De Profundis" will go on view with several new works Thursday in the Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery.

Prints from Lawrence Brose's film "De Profundis" will go on view with several new works Thursday in the Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery.

8) Wayno's BBQ at Hamburg Farmers Market (Village of Hamburg Municipal Parking Lot, entrances on Union and Main streets), 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Entrance into the market is free.

Commentary: Barbecue aficionado Michael Chelus raves about Wayno's BBQ here, and the brisket and ribs are even more alluring considering that you can only get Wayno's once a week during the summer. Grab a wad of napkins before you read Chelus' post (to catch your saliva!).

Wayno's smoked beef "may have been the best barbecue I’ve eaten in Western New York. " (Michael Chelus/Special to the News)

Wayno's smoked beef "may have been the best barbecue I’ve eaten in Western New York. " (Michael Chelus/Special to the News)

9) Irish Classical Theatre's "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime," 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Irish Classical Theatre (625 Main St.). Runs through June 28. Tickets range from $35 to $39 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Even though he used theater terms that I don't exactly understand -- everyone refuses to tell me what a "finger sandwich" is -- reviewer Ben Siegel awarded three stars to this comedy, and here's his best line: "...these people are fools, and they’re running the show, and they’re out of touch with the rest of the world. Now let’s have cake! There’s also a murder." There's even a reference to killer pastries. Maybe I don't understand British theatre.

10) Queen City Roller Girls: Playoff Doubleheader -- 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.) Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door, with VIP and front-row seat options for additional cost.

Commentary: It would be an all-time shock if the win-less Alley Kats downed three-year defending champ the Nickel City Knockouts, but the second bout between the Suicidal Saucies and the Devil Dollies will be worth the price of admission alone. Who will get the chance to reign supreme at next Friday's QCRG Championship?

[The Taste of Country was not included in this week's The 10 because it was sold out well in advance of the publishing of the post. We prefer actionable activities for this list.]

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who is on a [probably futile] quest to understand British theatrical comedies, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

 

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