1) Pussy Willow Party Tent for Dyngus Day, 3 to 11 p.m. March 28 on Peckham Street at Memorial Drive in Historic Polonia (walking distance from Central Terminal). $10 to get in, or $2 with a Pussy Willow Pass ($10 itself from Wegmans locations).
Commentary: Polish revelry will be in full force in the wildly popular entertainment tent, where polka band Those Idiots fills the headlining slot at 8 p.m. You'll quickly get the sense that the traditional time of sacrifice has passed (although the people who gave up beer for Lent typically are struggling by 8.) Peek at the smiles gallery from last year.
Enjoy the "Polka Train" from last year's Dyngus Day, which should (weirdly) make you want the weekend to be over ASAP.
2) Bar-hop with the Pussy Willow Pass, various times, as early as 10 a.m. March 28. Prices vary by venue, but the Pussy Willow Pass ($10 for a redeemable voucher from any Wegmans location or participating Dyngus Day venues) allows for $2 entry into any participating venue.
Commentary: Not all participating venues require the Pussy Willow Pass (in bracelet form) -- nine of the official stops are free to get in -- but the pass does get you free access to the shuttle, which zooms (legally) between venues. Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar and Gypsy Parlor
When you don't have the Polish Uber Society (PUS might be the worst acronym ever), then this shuttle schedule will have to do.
3) Adam Mickiewicz Library for Dyngus Day, 3 p.m. March 28. $10, or $2 with proof of admission from another Dyngus Day event.
Commentary: While it's not officially associated with the rest of the Dyngus Day festivities (and thus not listed on the Dyngus Day website), the Adam Mickiewicz Library is a Polish institution that's not to be forgotten, especially when it bustles with energy and flows with Tyskie. There's both room indoors and an outdoor tent.
You'll see what I mean when you look through the 2015 photo gallery from Dyngus Day there.
4) Dyngus Day Parade, 5 p.m. March 28. Among the best places to catch a glimpse are The Broadway Market (999 Broadway), The Pussy Willow Party Tent (Peckham Street at Memorial Drive) and St. Stanislaus Church (123 Townsend St.).
Commentary: The official Dyngus Day website refers to the parade as "a demonstration in civic and ethnic pride." The line snakes through Historic Polonia, boasting floats, fire trucks, hundreds of people wearing red, celebrants tossing out beads and candy, dancers, dignitaries and the like. There's also a slew of parade awards, so participants take their preparation seriously.
Commentary: Buffalo's Entercom station that plays indie music has already run successful Kerfuffle and Kerfuffle Before Christmas shows, so Alternative Buffalo has added the Spring Fling to its arsenal. News critic Jeff Miers explains that the mixture of bands -- Cage the Elephant, Foals, Silversun Pickups and Bear Hands -- is a boon for the concertgoer.
"Multi-act bills like Kerfuffle can sometimes be a mixed blessing – not all indie rock is created equally – but the listener wins in the end, because the listener can make up his or her own mind about what works and what doesn’t," he writes.
Also, read Miers' interview with Nikki Monninger of the Silversun Pickups. There's a Spotify playlist for your route to the show, as well.
6) Pay a visit to The Broadway Market, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 25, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26. Closed Easter Sunday. Free to get in.
Commentary: Be prepared to weave through crowds, and fight the temptation to smack someone with your butter lamb; regardless, the Broadway Market is an Easter rite of passage for Buffalonians, as it's loaded with sweets, meats, vibrant holiday decor and much more. (And hopefully better poets than I am.)
7) "Superman V Batman: Dawn of Justice," at various theaters across the area. Showings, via Fandango, can be found here.
Commentary: Chatter around the office this week has been that movies you might think would be suitable for children -- "Zootopia," "Deadpool" (that's a stretch, I know) and "Superman V Batman" -- have become increasingly dark, so think twice before you bring the family.
The early reviews haven't been strong -- Jeff Simon of The News and A.O. Scott of the New York Times were less than enthusiastic -- but if you want to make that judgment yourself, here's your chance.
8) Bunny Hop 5K, 8 a.m. registration, 10:30 a.m. race on March 26 at the East Aurora American Legion Post (1 Legion Drive, East Aurora). The race costs $20 if you pre-register Friday, or $30 if you pay on race day. If you're 85 or older, then it's free.
Commentary: While peering through the event information for this race, the organizers claim that 3.1 miles is equivalent to 56,789 bunny hops, which sounds suspicious.
What kind of a bunny are we talking about? What if the bunny has shorter-than-average hind legs, or is an inconsistent hopper? Why do hares get the short end of the stick for Easter? I have so many questions. [See a gallery from last year's run]
Commentary: Baez, who lived in Clarence Center when she was 7 and 8, is a iconic folk singer-songwriter who's also adept at interpreting the works of other greats, like Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Woody Guthrie, among others.
Commentary: Sunday's event is a fundraiser for the Colon Cancer Alliance's Undy Run, which is usually held in late April. Tickets include an open bar, light appetizers and live music from Miller & the Other Sinners, while prizes may be awarded to those who show up in their underwear only. [See photos from the 2015 Undy Run/Walk]
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who could be part Polish but doesn't know a word that rhymes with Dyngus, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Story topics: Adam Mickiewicz Library/ Alternative Buffalo/ Broadway Market/ Buffalo Blue Bash/ Cage the Elephant/ Colon Cancer Alliance/ Dyngus Day/ Dyngus Day Parade/ Joan Baez/ Polish events/ Polonia/ Pussy Willow Pass/ Spring Fling/ Those Idiots