Saturday could be the busiest winter weekend for Buffalo events. Fifteen fairly major events are slated throughout the downtown area and into the suburbs for that day alone, and you can read about all of them in this week's Gusto cover story.
But, if you're feeling extra adventurous and want further options, especially for Friday and Sunday, look no further than The 10.
1) Penguin Run, registration at 9 a.m. Jan. 29, race begins at 11 a.m. at Classic V's Banquet and Conference (2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst). Registration costs $30 for the 5K or $15 for the Penguin Waddle, and both levels include a festival t-shirt and entry into the post-race party.
Commentary: Setting aside the fact that penguins are cute-yet-horrible creatures, the Penguin Run is actually for a terrific cause, as proceeds benefit Cradle Beach, which serves disabled and disadvantaged children in the area. The race, which has already raised over $1,400 this year, includes both run and walk options.
[PHOTOS: Smiles at the 2016 Penguin Run]
Commentary: Over 20 boxing matches are slated for Sunday in Buffalo RiverWorks, as amateur fighters throughout the region will test their strength, stamina and strategy against a predetermined foe, with the eventual goal of reaching the Golden Gloves Finals scheduled for April 15. Read Miguel Rodriguez's full preview here.
Commentary: As Michael Farrell notes in his preview, Thompson isn't exactly rewriting the subject matter or lyrics for the country genre. The Wisconsin native, who's working on releasing his second disc in a two-part EP production of "Change: The Lost Record," will drop by the Seneca Niagara Casino for a Bear's Den gig. There will not be actual bears.
4) Be Like Frank, 3 to 10 p.m. Jan. 27 in Community Beer Works (15 Lafayette Ave.). $5 donation to Journey's End Refugee Services gets you a free pint of Frank.
Commentary: The West Side brewery is eager to help the surrounding refugee community in a time of uncertainty, holding a fundraiser on Friday to benefit Journey's End Refugee Services. In a similar way to how Lloyd has become a recognizable local character, Frank - the brewery's pale ale - is a household name, too.
Here's a description of their staple brew: "A mellow malt base showcases the hops against a lightly grainy sweetness. Zeus, Centennial and Zythos hops are used in the boil and again in dry hopping to maximize hop aroma and flavor. The result is a superbly drinkable pale ale loaded with zest, pine, and a touch of citrus."
5) '80s Night Skate Party, 8:30 to 11 p.m. Jan. 27 in Spinners (164 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca). Admission is $7 and includes skate rental.
Commentary: The BYOB skate party in West Seneca has exploded in popularity on Facebook - over 700 people are "interested" - and offers a relatively inexpensive night of fun with friends. The 1980s theme should result in sweatsuits, neon colors and animal print. Hopefully Starters jackets, too, even if they were more '90s.
6) "Paranormal Lockdown" viewing, 9 p.m. Jan. 27 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.).
Commentary: Is the Statler haunted? Answering that question was the quest of paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman, who spent 72 hours locked inside the mammoth building just off Niagara Square. I hope someone brought them food and beverage, because I'd see ghosts within 48 hours without sustenance. Additional details for Friday night's viewing party will be announced shortly.
7) Sunday Funday Onesie party, 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in Allen Burger Venture (175 Allen St.). Free to attend.
Commentary: People actually own onesies? I would be partial to a panda onesie, which is apparently available on Amazon. Anyhow, big burger-specialists ABV host an event with music from Michael DiSanto, a prize for best costume and drink specials from Deep Eddy Vodka.
8) Scotty Bye's "What Happens," 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 in Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St., Suite 500). Free to attend, although $3 is the suggested donation. Exhibit is also open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28.
Commentary: The description for Bye's exhibition, which opens in the Buffalo Arts Studio on Friday, goes deep real fast: "[The purpose is to] activate the viewer’s imagination and encourage them to question not only the exhibition, but also their own existence." Bye's work is predicated on elaborate sculptures made from ordinary materials.
9) Cash Mob at Talking Leaves, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at 951 Elmwood Ave. No cost for attendance, but purpose is to financially support a local business.
Commentary: Project-based organizers Stronger Together present their first event, a drive to raise money for Talking Leaves, the quirky Elmwood Avenue bookstore that's existed for over four decades (and runs a second location near UB South Campus).
The purpose of a cash mob is to directly support the efforts of a local business, and Strong Together intends to do this monthly, with February's location set as Sweet_Ness 7 on Grant Street.
Commentary: If snow yoga is called Snowga, why isn't glow yoga "Glowga"? Peculiar questions aside, Buffalo Wellness' fundraiser features yoga instruction from Steve Procknal, glow paint for the hour-long yoga session, the chance to try juice from The Healthy Scratch and an AcroYoga performance.
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