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The 10: Dino Daze, Pints and Pierogi, Buffalo Zine Fest

1) Dino Daze, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 in the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Entrance is free with cost of admission, which is $11 for adults, $8 for kids under 17 and $9 for seniors (62+). $1 discounts are available for anyone bringing a perishable food item.

Commentary: If I was 10 years old (which, admittedly, I act like I am sometimes), I'd be thrilled by the Dig Pit, one of the draws of Dino Daze. Kids can bumble about through foam rocks in search of foam fossils - it's like a prehistoric play area.

From walking around like a dinosaur to creating a "Dino Claw" to photo opportunities with Vinnie and Teddy, who costumed dinosaurs, the dinosaur-focused activities are abundant. (Walking around with T-Rex arms is also encouraged, by me, at least). See Smiles from last year's Dino Daze.

The Dig Pit at Dino Daze in the Buffalo Museum of Science. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

The Dig Pit at Dino Daze in the Buffalo Museum of Science. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)


2) Pints and Pierogi, 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 in Marcy Casino (199 Lincoln Pkwy.). Tickets are a $5 donation to benefit Friends of the Night People, and pierogi and drinks are available for an additional cost. RSVP here to avoid worrying about a sellout.

Commentary: The third iteration of Pints and Pierogi rages in Delaware Park on Saturday to the tunes of '70s and '80s rock spun by DJ Dr. Wisz. Ru's Pierogi, which opened its food truck and brick-and-mortar shop over the last few months, will again be the featured food vendor, while Thin Man Brewery - the most recent of its type to open in Buffalo - will offer its beers. Each food ticket costs $3, and it's one ticket for a pierogi.


3) Buffalo Zine Fair, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: A collaboration between Sugar City and recently reopened Gutter Pop Comics, the event celebrates DIY culture and print publications, which we can get behind.

The Facebook event defines zine as follows: “A zine (pronounced “zeen,” like “magazine”) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals in amounts ranging from a few dozen to a few hundred. A list of vendors can be found here.


4) Step Out Buffalo Cocktail Classic, 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in The Foundry Suites (1738 Elmwood Ave.). General admission tickets are $45, while VIP tickets, which include a special lounge, food buffet and a chance to win a prize.

Commentary: Predicated around Tommyrotter's gin and related Campari products, local restaurants and bars with influential cocktail programs will gather in the Foundry Suites to deliver their best takes on gin.

Aro Bar de Tapas, Lloyd Taco Factory, Ballyhoo, Billy Club, Winfield's Pub and others will offer tastes of their respective creations - with the goal of winning Buffalo's Best Cocktail.


5) Folkfest, 10 p.m. Nov. 11, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 13 in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). Tickets are $10 apiece for Nov. 11 and 12, $5 for Nov. 13, and can be purchased at the door.

Commentary: 22-year-old jazz musician and Nietzche's booking agent Ellen Pieroni presents Folkfest, which began on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

The News' Jeff Miers explained some of the festival's background and also interviewed Pieroni, as well as publishing the lineup of bands for the entirety of the festival.

Ellen Pieroni presents Folkfest all weekend in Nietzsche's on Allen.

Ellen Pieroni presents Folkfest all weekend in Nietzsche's on Allen.


6) Holiday Valley Wine and Beer Fest, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Holiday Valley Lodge (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here or at the door.

Commentary: With the ski and snowboarding season imminent, Holiday Valley is inviting people in three floors of the lodge for a wine and beer fest featuring over 100 beers. Many of the 30+ vendors come from New York State, although the overall reach is even more broad. Find the full list here and further details from News contributor Alex Placito.

Music by Hit-N-Run, Michael Nugent and the Tim Britt Band, among others, will grace the event, and each ticket includes a $5 food voucher to use toward a smorgasbord of food offerings.


7) New Order vs. Depeche Mode Transmission Dance Party, 11 p.m. Nov. 12 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Admission is $5 at the door.

Commentary: In the same vein as the Cure vs. the Smiths party in Iron Works, New Order vs. Depeche Mode will be the battle du jour in Mohawk Place late Saturday night.

The two 1980s English rock bands, who both fell under the New Wave (post-punk) genre, were more divisive in personal preference than anything that happened between the two bands, but expect fans with strong feelings to head downtown to enjoy the alternating tracks.


8) Citizens Over Oppression, noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 in Niagara Square (1 Niagara Square). Free to attend.

Commentary: According to the Facebook event, the Citizens Over Oppression event looks to draw thousands to Niagara Square in the name of peaceful action and a movement against hatred and bigotry. The gathering stems from the intense reaction to Donald Trump's presidential victory early Wednesday morning.

The event description is explicitly anti-Trump, to avoid any confusion. (I would include a pro-Trump event in Buffalo to give balance to this entry, but I simply cannot find one. Feel free to send me an email).


9) Deep South Taco's first birthday, noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at 291 Ellicott St. Free to attend, with all food - with the exception of nachos and drink pitchers - buy one, get one for $1.

Commentary: Happy first birthday to Deep South Taco, a trendy Mexican restaurant-bar in downtown Buffalo, that's also proven to be a strong host for events. The presence of the Luchadores, a ceremonial cake cutting, live music from DJs, a Scorpion taco eating contest and a Lucharito Nacho Combination Contest are some of the planned highlights.

See Smiles from three of Deep South's previous parties - Cinco de Mayo, LuchaBrew Launch and Adios El-Summer-o.


10) HyperGlow, 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). General admission tickets are $30, while a university four-pack costs $100 total.

Commentary: Geared toward students from Buffalo State College, the University at Buffalo and Niagara University, HyperGlowU is a fluorescent-dominated dance party featuring Arizona-born EDM standout Ghastly, plus body paint, live art and colorful chaos. Check out Smiles from the 2015 edition here for a taste.

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