1) Unyts Bucket List Bash, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 22 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $40 at the door or $30 presale.
Commentary: If you have a hankering to try something new and adventurous, the local non-profit procurement (organ, tissue, eye) organization gives you a taste of Vegas, a chance to meet a psychic, enjoy a Star Wars-themed photo op (there'd better be a Wookie AND an ewok), get a henna tattoo, try a local beer and spirit and much more, all without leaving the grandeur of the Statler. The full list of stations can be found here.
[Browse a photo gallery from the 2015 Bucket List Bash]
2) Wild n' Weird, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 in Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). The event is included with regular museum admission, although Jeff Musial's live show is an additional cost.
Commentary: Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics founder Jeff Musial -- a recognizable name across the U.S. who happens to work out of Buffalo -- will bring his collection of crazy creatures, as well as perform two live animal shows at noon and 2 p.m. in the National Geographic 3D Cinema. These mini-events are $4 for museum members and $5 for everyone else.
One other note: WNY Herpetological Society will have its tortoise, Tinkerbell, on the premises. She seems like a real handful.
Live music from the Fredtown Stompers, as well as raffles, beer from 12 Gates Brewing Company and ample lawn games should create a lively atmosphere.
4) Elmwood Village Sip 'n' Shop, 6 to 9 p.m. April 22 on Elmwood Avenue. Free to take part.
Commentary: Participating boutiques in the Elmwood Village are Anna Grace, Urban Luxury and Leisure, Her Story, Fern + Arrow and ShoeFly, with potentially more to come.
It's a good chance to shop local for spring fashion or simply to browse, enjoy beer or wine and stroll around the commercial district.
5) Butter Block pop-up at Nickel City Cheese and Mercantile, 10 a.m. to noon April 23 at 423 Elmwood Ave. Admission is free, but you have to buy the desserts.
Commentary: Local e-commerce bakery Butter Block -- which often collaborates in nearby events -- holds a brief pop-up on Saturday on Elmwood. Head to Nickel City Cheese for one of Jill Gedra Forster's beloved breakfast sandwiches and grab a raspberry toaster strudel or another sweet from Butter Block.
Commentary: Want to tune out the world and welcome in the beats of local DJs? Silent Glow attendees will receive a pair of wireless headphones upon arrival, giving them the chance to toggle between three different channels of music throughout the evening. It's an ambitious concept and would be interesting to see in practice.
Lights and lasers lend visual stimuli, and the culturally rich Ukrainian Center is an intriguing setting.
7) Flying Bison 16th anniversary, noon to 4 p.m. April 23 in Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.). It's free to enter, but tickets (at the venue) are $20 for food, live music and two drink tickets, or $15 for food and live music.
Commentary: The Buffalo area now has a wealth of fledgling breweries, but none can trump the history of Flying Bison, dramatically saved from bankruptcy by F.X. Matt in 2010 and has persevered through today. Read Kevin Wise's most recent Beer Matters to hear from Flying Bison founder Tim Herzog about the brewery's history.
While staple beers like Aviator Red, Buffalo Lager and Rusty Chain are expected, Polonia Pils is a newer Flying Bison brew that will be available, and "bockwurst" from Spar's European Sausage Shop and warm "Aviator Red" soft pretzels from Mazurek's Bakery are worthy beer-infused sustenance.
Commentary: The upscale dinner-and-dancing party raises money to support Make-A-Wish, which helps realize dreams for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Cocktails, live music from Hit-n-Run and a silent auction get the event underway, while one of the previous Make-A-Wish recipients, Nathan, will speak about his experience later in the evening. 97 Rock's Larry Norton and WIVB's Jacquie Walker will emcee the festivities.
Commentary: You might want to tape your ankles, guys; Walk A Mile In Her Shoes features men walking a mile in high heels -- no easy feat, even for some ladies -- for this charitable event.
It's hosted by Crisis Services, which provides response and support for women who've survived rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, family violence and elder abuse, and Sunday's event lets you get outside for a good cause.
Commentary: Canadian rocker Ron Hawkins is a familiar name to Buffalo music fans, as much for his posterity (three decades!) as his unrelenting solo and group work. News contributor Michael Farrell had a chance to interview Hawkins to see what's new in the artist's career, and this weekend brings two chances to see him in action.
The Friday show benefits the Food Bank of Western New York.
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who wants to see a headphone-wearing tortoise in high heels eating a pastry, at firstname.lastname@example.org