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The 100: Edible Book Festival, QCRG, The Naturalists

April Fools! There are still only 10 events on the list. Sorry.

One entrant in the 2015 Edible Book Festival in the WNY Book Arts Center. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

From the 2015 Edible Book Festival. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

1) Edible Book Festival, 3 to 6 p.m. April 2 in WNY Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.). Cost is $5 cash at the door, or $3 for WNYBAC members.

Commentary: I like including the WNY Book Arts Center in The 10 because it really must be an uphill marketing battle to go by the same initials as Buffalo Athletic Club.

The downtown business hosts a cool annual event Saturday, as artists and patrons prepare desserts or savory dishes that closely resemble familiar books (or themes from books, in some cases).

[See a photo gallery from the 2015 Edible Book Festival]

Winners are then selected from three categories: Best Book, Best Tasting and Most Creative. Then, around 4:45, the books can be gleefully eaten by anyone who attends.

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2) Queen City Roller Girls doubleheader: Alley Kats vs. Saucies and Lake Effect Furies vs. Orangeville, 7 p.m. April 1 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). General admission is $15, and more ticket options can be found here.

Commentary: There's a whole lot of roller derby to be played Friday night in RiverWorks: two bouts for the price of one, to be exact. First, two house teams clash, as the upstart Alley Kats, perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the consolidation and reorganization of the league, try to avenge their only blemish of the season against the Saucies.

[See a photo gallery from the roller girls' season opener in RiverWorks]

In the nightcap, the Lake Effect Furies -- QCRG's travel team -- faces the Orangeville Misfit Militia from northwest of Toronto. If you're trying to track the Furies' success, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WTFDA) releases monthly rankings, with another iteration due out very soon.

The Saucies take on the Alley Kats in the first bout of a doubleheader on Friday night. (Buffalo News file photo)

The Saucies take on the Alley Kats in the first bout of a doubleheader on Friday night. (Buffalo News file photo)

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3) The Naturalists, 8 p.m. April 1 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk Place). Cover is $5 cash at the door.

Commentary: Local grunge rockers The Naturalists will grace the stage of The 'Hawk on Friday, with openers The Soft Love (combination of Son of the Sun and Thermidors), Nicholas Brooks and Sixties Future.

Mac McGuire wrote briefly about The Naturalists in October, and you can listen to tracks from "Home Honey, I'm Hi" below. See a gallery from The Soft Love's debut show, last January, here.

Home Honey, I'm Hi by The Naturalists

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4) Syracuse Basketball watch party, 8:45 p.m. April 2 in (716) Food and Sport (7 Scott St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: Have a tie to the Orange, or just like pulling for the underdog? Jim Boeheim and Syracuse face mighty No. 1 seed North Carolina at 8:49 p.m. Saturday, in which our easterly neighbors can earn a spot in the National Championship game.

(716) Food and Sport will be decked out appropriately, with blue and orange lights on the bar, and will serve "The Orangemen Cocktail" (orange vodka, sweet-and-sour mix and orange soda. How can you not root for a guy named Malachi?

Syracuse's Malachi Richardson helped orchestrate the Elite Eight comeback against Virginia. (Getty Images)

Syracuse's Malachi Richardson helped orchestrate the Elite Eight comeback against Virginia. (Getty Images)

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5) Eat at a restaurant that displays local art, anytime at several locations. You have to pay for the food, but gazing at the art is free.

Commentary: News Arts Critic Colin Dabkowski highlighted 10 local restaurants that prominently display the creations of area artists, and photographer Sharon Cantillon showed the intermingling of art and food in her gallery.

I especially liked Alan Larson's art in combination with the tall ceiling of Elm Street Bakery, which gives the East Aurora restaurant a feeling of coziness and grandeur, if those two can somehow be rolled into one.

Elm Street Bakery at 72 Elm St. in East Aurora displays the works of painter Alan Larson. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Elm Street Bakery at 72 Elm St. in East Aurora displays the works of painter Alan Larson. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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6) Bagels & Brooze, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 2 in Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: The weekly Hydraulic Hearth and BreadHive collaborative brunch invites two more active local businesses -- public espresso + coffee and Lockhouse Distillery -- to showcase their wares.

[Read this week's restaurant review of Hydraulic Hearth]

The meal will have a coffee theme, which will allow Lockhouse to feature its new Revolution Coffee Liqueur. How will BreadHive embrace the coffee theme? I really have no idea, but they're clever folks.

Hydraulic Hearth is the host site for Bagels and Brooze every Saturday. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Hydraulic Hearth is the host site for Bagels and Brooze every Saturday. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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7) The Brewer's Invitational, 2 p.m. April 2 in Pettibones Grille (275 Washington St.). Tickets are $39 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Local and regional breweries will produce a rare or one-off beer for this invitational, and sour beers, double IPAs, barleywines and special porters will all be sampled. Here's the current list.

While the idea of a sour stout doesn't excite me, the presence of a bourbon barrel-aged Ommegang 3 Philosophers gets me pretty fired up. Read about other local beer events in Kevin Wise's weekly Beer Matters series.

Big Ditch Brewing Company will bring its Chocolate Gose to the Brewer's Invitational. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

Big Ditch Brewing Company will bring its Chocolate Gose to the Brewer's Invitational. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

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8) M&T First Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 1 in Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.). Free to attend; and Allentown First Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. April 1 in three different galleries.

Commentary: Both the Albright-Knox and Allentown Association celebrate the first Friday of the month, as the iconic Elmwood Avenue art space still has room for its family activity, gallery talks and jazz happy hour, while Allentown shines the spotlight on Studio Hart's "Soft Bodies," which sounds erotic but actually involves "fantastic insect anatomy," as well as new work from the Queen City Gallery and The Healing Touch.

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9) Cornhole Tournament, 1 p.m. April 3 in Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.). $10 to register a team of two.

Commentary: Who cares that we might get six inches of snow this weekend? Resurgence gives you and a trusty partner an opportunity to sharpen your cornhole toss before summer -- as well as a chance for immediate glory (in the form of a Resurgence prize pack) if you can out-throw the competition.

The game has its share of mildly derogatory names -- "Hillbilly Horseshoes" and "Hillbilly Lawntoss" -- and there are articles dedicated to special throwing strategies.

A patron throwing a beanbag during Cupcakes and Cocktails at Resurgence. (Dan Cappellazzo/Special to The News)

A patron throwing a beanbag during Cupcakes and Cocktails at Resurgence. (Dan Cappellazzo/Special to The News)

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10) Ice Dragon, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 2 in Connecticut Street Armory (184 Connecticut St.). Tickets are $17 at the door.

Commentary: This is not an April Fools joke! I spent a solid half hour trying to figure out this festival and came to interpret the symbolism as follows: The Ice Dragon = winter, and the combatants represent spring.

The daylong festival also involves heroic warriors, gentle arts, fencing, medieval tradition, children's activities and more fanfare inside the castle on Connecticut Street. Here's a handy venue map.

The Ice Dragon appears to be a rather fearsome beast.

The Ice Dragon appears to be a rather fearsome beast.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who would consider riding an Ice Dragon, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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