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The 10: Shamrock Run, Love Fest, Indoor Street Fair

1) Shamrock Run, 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race start March 12 in Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). $35 online registration can be purchased here. Packet pickup is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 at the race location.

Commentary: Here's one sign that we're sprinting toward spring: the 8k Shamrock Run, which is usually cursed for a rainy, cold Saturday, should be far more balmy than usual. You're encouraged to wear green and get creative in your costumes; if you're not a runner, it costs $10 to enter the post-race beer tent. For now, take a look at last year's gallery here.

The Shamrock Run should be much more mild this year than the recent spate of frigid races. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

The Shamrock Run should be much more mild this year than the recent spate of frigid races. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

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2) Love Fest, 7 to 11 p.m. March 11 in Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (76 Pearl St.). Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: This '60s-themed party downtown is in honor of the memory of Kali Korzelius, who was a powerful local advocate for (and example of) fighting brain cancer after suffering from the disease herself. She died Sept. 26, 2012, at the age of 27.

Proceeds from the event benefit the young adult program of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the admission cost covers two hours of open bar, plus food and dessert stations. The Sabres and Bills are sponsors, so expect quality merchandise on the docket for the raffles.

Peruse Don Nieman's photo gallery from last year's Love Fest.

Patrons get festive for the 2015 Love Fest in Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

Patrons get festive for the 2015 Love Fest in Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

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3) Indoor Street Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 in Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.). Free to get in, although there's a cost for food and game tickets.

Commentary: The schedule below may help you narrow your itinerary, but part of the fun of an indoor street fair (OK, I've never been to an indoor street fair) is the ability to explore a host of different activities in this 600,000-square-foot facility.

From juggling to locally created video games to an entire walkway devoted to chalk art, there's plenty to do to fill an afternoon.

The cavernous Tri-Main Center will use all five floors for the Indoor Street Fair.

The cavernous Tri-Main Center will use all five floors for the Indoor Street Fair.

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4) Something Sweet Cupcake's Cupcakes & Cocktails, 6 to 10 p.m. March 13 in Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.). Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here in advance.

Commentary: Williamsville-based cupcake caterer Something Sweet Cupcake -- which whips up flavors like bourbon apple pie, Greek yogurt chocolate and chocolate red wine -- is a major part of a fundraiser at Resurgence that will benefit Compass House of Buffalo.

The admission price includes appetizers, cupcakes and two cocktails crafted by Resurgence, which -- altogether -- should meet your sugar quota for the next several weeks.

This seems like an appropriate time to use both "moist" and "succulent" in a photo caption, for these chocolate red wine cupcakes. (via Something Sweet Cupcake)

This seems like an appropriate time to use both "moist" and "succulent" in a photo caption, for these chocolate red wine cupcakes. (via Something Sweet Cupcake)

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5) Fight For Air Climb, 7:30 a.m. check-in, 8:30 a.m. climb on March 12 in One Seneca Tower (1 HSBC Center). You can still register for the climb here, and the minimum fundraising commitment is $100.

Commentary: Climbing three floors of stairs at work can be exhausting, but what about climbing 37 floors' worth? If you muster enough physical energy and mental fortitude, this accomplishment is within your reach, and it's likely more fulfilling than spending your money on the stairclimber machine at the gym.

Don't be embarrassed that you're slower than the firefighters charging up the stairs in full gear -- they save lives; you're just there for a workout and to support the American Lung Association. Browse Don Nieman's gallery from the 2015 Fight for Air Climb.

From local firefighters in full uniform to local collegiate sports teams, the Fight for Air Climb draws all types of supporters. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

From local firefighters in full uniform to local collegiate sports teams, the Fight for Air Climb draws all types of supporters. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

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6) David Cook, 7 p.m. March 11 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets range from $24 general admission to $75 for a meet-and-greet.

Commentary: I'll readily admit it -- "Light On" was a catchy song (that I probably illegally downloaded off LimeWire in 2008. Sorry, David.).

I haven't kept up with Cook's material since his post-"American Idol" breakout, but News contributor Kris Kielich asked the musician thought-provoking questions about his indie release, how he deals with fame and how his bad decisions somehow worked out. Judging from excited comments from Cook fans below the interview, it's worth a read.

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7) Kyle Kinane, 7:30 and 10 p.m. March 11 and 12 in Helium Comedy Club (30 Mississippi St.). General admission runs for $17, while reserved seats are $25.

Commentary: For me, one of the insightful parts of Mark Ciemcioch's interview with Kinane was the section about how comedians approach Twitter.

Sure -- it's a free space to test out jokes, but it's also an easy way to deter possible fans with failed attempts. I guess it makes me think twice about trying to be funny on social media. The mascot anecdote was pretty amusing, too.

Chicago native Kyle Kinane began his standup comedy career in 1999. (Photo by Moses Robinson)

Kyle Kinane will be at Helium Comedy Club for five shows. (Photo by Moses Robinson)

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8) Holiday Valley Winter Carnival, Village Parade in Ellicottville; 10 a.m. until late March 12; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 13 in Ellicottville.

Commentary: It's a big weekend in ski country, as the Ellicottville Mardi Gras parade (6:30 p.m. March 12) is one of the major perks of a festival that also involves a hot-dog cookout, a wine and cheese party, as well as a Mardi Gras costume parade.

Yes, Mardi Gras is usually celebrated on Fat Tuesday, so Ellicottville is being a little rebellious here. You can find the weekend's full schedule here.

Skiers eye the slopes at Holiday Valley, which holds its winter carnival this weekend. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

Skiers eye the slopes at Holiday Valley, which holds its winter carnival this weekend. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

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9) The Slums, M.A.G.S. and more, 8 p.m. March 11 in Dreamland (387 Franklin St.). $5 cover charge.

Commentary: Here's your weekly dose of local music -- The Slums, a conglomerate of former members of The Malones, Scales, Strangers, and The Boy and His Machine, is the headliner, while fellow local artist M.A.G.S. also pops up on the bill as well.

To catch up, read this Buffalo Music Spotlight piece on M.A.G.S., then listen to The Slums on BandCamp. Check out Matt Weinberg's gallery from M.A.G.S. release show in February 2015, too.

M.A.G.S. performs in Mohawk Place during his February 2015 EP release show. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

M.A.G.S. performs in Mohawk Place during his February 2015 EP release show. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

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10) Amid/In WNY Part Seven, 8 to 11 p.m. March 11 in Hallwalls (341 Delaware Ave.). Free to attend.

Commentary: This is your last chance! The purpose of Amid/In WNY is to capture a sense of the region's contemporary art, selected carefully (202 studio visits!), if not particularly thematically, by curators Kyle Butler, John Massier and Rebecca Wing.

Read more via Colin Dabkowski's exhibition preview, and peek back at photos from a previous Amid/In opening from Nov. 14, 2015.

Smiling faces in Amid/In WNY exhibition opening in November 2015. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

Smiling faces in Amid/In WNY exhibition opening in November 2015. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who probably should cut down on his sugar intake, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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