If you haven't peeked at the forecast in a while, just know that #WeekendWashout is picking up steam on Twitter. The National Weather Service apparently started the trend, but we blame bearer-of-bad-news T.J. Pignataro.
You know, Mother Nature, you should plan these intrusive events on Mondays and Tuesdays in April, not Saturdays and Sundays in late June. But, whatever. We'll deal.
While local event organizers scramble to prepare for or adjust to the "soaking rain" and "fall-like" weather, and here's our slightly revised The 10:
1) Sabres Draft Party, 6 p.m. Friday in First Niagara Center. Free to attend. Draft begins at 7.
Commentary: Someone important declared June 26 to be "Jack Eichel Day" in Buffalo. How wild would it be if the top two picks didn't go as planned? If that unlikely scenario went down, where else would you rather be than surrounded by a few thousands of equally bewildered Sabres fans? Why do I ask so many rhetorical questions?
2) Ride For Roswell Celebration of Hope, 7 p.m. Friday in UB Stadium; and post-ride after-party, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Baird Point/Victory Village. Both are free of charge. It is too late to register for the Ride For Roswell itself.
Commentary: Whether it's three miles or 102 miles, Ride For Roswell participants are cycling to raise money to find a cure for cancer. A noble cause, for sure. Even though it's too late to sign up for the ride, if you work/serve/donate in the fight against cancer, Friday's Celebration of Hope and Saturday's post-race party are other ways to be involved and show your support. A free concert from country star Kellie Pickler (8 p.m. Friday) is just one of the perks. Here's the schedule for the whole weekend.
Commentary: I'll be honest, I had no idea who J. Roddy Walston was when I first heard this show hyped, I didn't know there was a "Cleveland" in Tennessee and The Business made him sound both formal and a little mysterious. But, Walston earned the Michael Farrell stamp of approval -- no easy feat -- and, although I don't know what a mix of soul and Kings of Leon sounds like, you could do worse than a little musical exploration tonight.
4) Sugar City Soul Night, 10 p.m. Friday in Milkie's (522 Elmwood Ave.). $5 cover at the door.
Commentary: In what's probably the least pretentious reoccurring dance party on Elmwood, Sugar City Soul Night is a fine chance to let loose, have a drink or two and help raise money for Sugar City's Niagara Street location. I think the image below speaks for itself. (Also, Wegmans shopper, eh?) Here's Mac McGuire's preview.
5) Blue Collar Gala for FC Buffalo, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Big Ditch Brewing Co. (55 E. Huron St.). Tickets are $30 for food and open bar or $20 for food only. You can purchase them here or at the door.
Commentary: New downtown brewery Big Ditch has collaborated with FC Buffalo on a team beer -- it's called Fantastically Crushable, or FC for short -- and now it's hosting a casual gala (an oxymoron, no?) at the trendy East Huron space. With no home game for FC Buffalo this weekend -- the Wolves play Saturday night in Cleveland -- the Blue Collar Gala is a stomach-filling way to stay involved in the club's happenings.
Commentary: The comedian from "The State" and "Wet, Hot American Summer" (which, by the way, is one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen) packs four shows into two nights -- he got his feet wet with one show Thursday already. News contributor Mark Ciemcioch interviewed the comedian, and if you missed Black's banter with Lloyd Taco trucks, you can read about that here.
7) Albright-Knox app debut, 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday on Albright-Knox Art Gallery's back lawn (location may be weather permitting). Free to attend.
Commentary: After reading Hannah Gordon's report on the Albright-Knox's ArtGames 2.0 mobile app, it's evident that the Albright-Knox has taken a creative approach to reach a much younger audience. The app, which will be available on both Apple and Google devices, offers eight different games connected to well-known works of art. Think of it like Touch-Typing for Beginners, but more relevant.
Commentary: One of the nice things about seeing a show at Darien Lake is that, unless you're on the lawn, you have a covered viewing area. Western Ne w Yorkers continue to prove that tailgating is an all-weather event, so expect country fans to still arrive in throngs to see one of the genre's elite artists, plus a compelling opener in Justin Moore.
Commentary: How wholesome do you want to be this weekend? If your answer is "not at all," then "Ted 2" sounds like a nice, cozy (and quite profane) plan for an evening (if Ted, the character, had a nickname, it would be "The Furry Enabler." You try to beat that). If you have an extreme dino-crush on raptors and want to bring a younger sibling to the theater, then "Jurassic World" is the unquestioned answer.
10) Taste of Diversity, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday on Grant Street between Lafayette and Auburn. Free to attend, although the food costs money, as food often does.
Commentary: If you're going to get wet, you may as well broaden your culinary and cultural horizons in the process. Read Lauren Newkirk Maynard's preview for more detail, but this provides a great opportunity to both explore Grant Street (which is changing considerably by the day) and try Peruvian, Puerto Rican or Ethiopian food. I'll spare you the "old, old wooden ship" jokes.
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who is an avid fan of getting rained on, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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