1) GObike Buffalo's SkyRide, day-of registration from 6:30 to 8 a.m. in River Fest Park, ride of Skyway Loop or Skyway and City loops from 9 to around 10 and post-ride party until 3 p.m. on May 21. Day-of registration costs $60. Registration allows each participant to ride, enter the beer tent and receive one complimentary drink ticket. If a rider uses public transportation to get to River Fest Park, then an additional drink ticket is handed out.
Commentary: It's hard to believe this is only the third SkyRide, as the scenic bike ride over the Skyway and around the city has already become a key summer event for cyclists. Unless you're certifiably nuts, there's no other opportunity to gaze leisurely at the waterfront landscape -- unless you're a passenger in an alarmingly slow-moving car.
Two groups will depart from River Fest Park -- an experienced group taking the two loops (25 total miles) will depart first, while a second group of casual riders will take the 10-mile Skyway Loop before returning for post-ride festivities, also in River Fest Park. The Skyway will be closed to motorists from 8 a.m. to noon. (Full disclosure: The Buffalo News is a sponsor of this event, but even if we weren't, I'd still include this ride here.)
[Photos: See who took part in the 2015 SkyRide]
2) Full Circle Fest, 2 to 6 p.m. May 21 in 42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora). Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. Entry allows for eight 5-ounce samples from the local breweries present.
Commentary: News beer contributor Kevin Wise breaks down the participating local breweries in this week's Beer Matters, and attendees will also get to enjoy the roasting of a pig that was raised on 42 North's spent grain (#sustainable).
The East Aurora brewery will debut its most "sessionable" beer yet, the Creekside Session IPA, which holds low alcohol content because it's intended for enjoyment over an extended period of time (which is a wordy way of saying "you can drink a few at a relaxed pace without getting wasted.")
Commentary: It's crunch time for the Queen City Roller Girls house teams, as the no. 2 and no. 3 seeds square off in an elimination bout. Because the Alley Kats locked up the top seed, the Dollies and Saucies will go head-to-head to determine who will compete for the QCRG Cup on June 10.
While the Dollies have beaten the Saucies in all three previous tilts this season, the underdogs actually led after the first half in the April 10 meeting. In other words, it's not a foregone conclusion that the Dollies will advance.
Commentary: Thom Yorke and Radiohead have been buzzing in the news due to the release of critically acclaimed album "A Moon Shaped Pool," which The News' Jeff Miers called "dark, meditative, masterful stuff" in his breakdown. If there's one local group with experience in covering major artists, it's Lazlo Hollyfeld, which has played shows based off Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem albums.
5) Spring Fling, 5 to 10 p.m. May 20, noon to 10 p.m. May 21, noon to 5 p.m. May 22 in South Long Park, south of Main Street in Williamsville. Admission is free.
Commentary: A nice weekend of family activities has been planned for Williamsville, as the village's business association presents its first Spring Fling. Rides and games, a flea market, tours of the train depot in South Long Park and carnival food are some of the perks, and in terms of weather, Sunday appears to be slightly better than Saturday for hosting an outdoor event.
6) South Buffalo Walk of Hope, day-of registration and check-in from 9 to 10:30 a.m., 1.5-mile walk begins at 11 a.m. in Cazenovia Park. Free to participate, although a $5 to $10 donation is suggested for each adult walker, and a free t-shirt is given to anyone who donates $15 or more.
Commentary: The Buffalo area continues to try to cope and grapple with suicide, depression and overdose-related deaths, and a 1.5-mile walk through Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo is intended to remember the lives of loved ones while raising awareness surrounding this tragic trend.
Donations will be given to local mental health groups chosen by South Buffalo families directly affected by these deaths. A theme basket auction will help raise funds as well.
7) Community Beer Works beer buy-back, noon to 8 p.m. May 21 at 15 Lafayette Ave. Bring back any unopened Budweiser can or bottle and receive $1 discount on a pint of CBW beer.
Commentary: Community Beer Works hosts a special chance to upgrade your current beer inventory. If you're embarrassed by the unopened Anheuser-Busch product in your refrigerator, CBW will take it from you and, in turn, give a $1 discount on any of the Lafayette Avenue brewery's pints. You can return as much beer as you want, but the maximum discount you can receive is $2.
My favorite part of this event is actually CBW president Ethan Cox's quote on the event page, which reads, "I don’t really need to say anything more than what’s been said, they just like when I say things." If there's any question to what constitutes an Anheuser-Busch beer, here's the list from its website.
The plans to explode the Anheuser-Busch beer at a Fourth of July party are serious, the brewery confirmed, and you can read more details into what's planned.
8) The Buffalo News' Slow Roll, 5:30 p.m. May 23 at One News Plaza, corner of Washington and Scott streets. The ride, which takes off at 6:30, is free, although you must register once here or before each event.
Commentary: The premise is simple -- a group of riders gathers every Monday to explore a different part of the city at a slow pace, before gathering together after for drinks and food.
The Buffalo News hosts the Slow Roll for the first time on Monday, which will wind through the East Side of Buffalo. An outdoor party is planned outside The Buffalo News building following the ride.
9) Steelfest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 in parking lot of WNY Heritage Discovery Center (100 Lee St.). Free to attend.
Commentary: Steelfest is the Steel Plant Museum's major event of the year, as it rolls out "Women of Steel," one of its two annual exhibitions centered around Buffalo's proud steel-making history, as well as inviting a gaggle of talented local artisans, who will showcase anything from reclaimed wooden signs to custom nail polish. Lloyd Taco Truck will be on-site to sell food.
10) Harmonia Chamber Singers' 10th anniversary show, 7 p.m. May 21 in St. Joseph's Cathedral (50 Franklin St.). $10 donation.
Commentary: Back in 2014, The News' Mary Kunz Goldman handed 3.5 out of four stars to "Into Light," the release of the Harmonia Chamber Singers that seemed to add a modern touch to timeless songs, the author wrote.
To celebrate that group's 10th anniversary, the Harmonia Chambers will now perform the world premiere of "Echo," an evocative piece commissioned by Steven Sametz of Lehigh University. Read Goldman's detailed preview for more information on the landmark and the show.
Note: Both of Dave Chappelle's shows in Shea's Performing Arts Center on Sunday have been sold out, or else they'd likely lead off The 10.
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who likes the variety of this week's 10, at firstname.lastname@example.org