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The 10: Cosmic Con, Auto Show, Scott Bye

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' visit to Buffalo on Friday is unquestionably the most buzzworthy event of the weekend, but tickets sold out minutes after they went on sale in September and only select seats remain available on StubHub and Vivid Seats.

Emerging country artist Granger Smith also sold out his show Friday in Town Ballroom, which takes away his eligibility for The 10 (sorry to you, especially, opener Earl Dibbles Jr. (Smith's alter ego), mostly because of your great name).

But that's OK! There are plenty of other events to choose from, as you can see from the list below.

1) Cosmic Con, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11 in Buffalo-Niagara Marriott (1340 Millersport Hwy., Amherst). General admission is $5 at the door.

Commentary: The event, presented by Stellar Comics, will boast a quirky array of people, including model-actress Penny Baker, guest artist Jeff Perdziak, spiritual medium Ivy Rivera and a smorgasbord of crafty vendors.

A cosplay contest will be staged at 3 p.m., and it's even possible that the guy who keeps pushing for a "nerf war" is appeased.


2) Buffalo Auto Show, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 when purchased in advance from Tops, Noco, Wegmans, Dash's or online here.

Commentary: Car aficionados will be on Cloud 9 as they browse the 2017 Buffalo Auto Show, as the newest models from Porsche, Lexus, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes and Cadillac will glisten on the second floor of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center all weekend long. Check out Bobby Kirkham's gallery for a tease.

Although I think the new BMW looks sleek, it's hard to overlook the travel trailer that looks suspiciously like R2-D2.

A small travel trailer on display at the 2017 Buffalo Auto Show. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)


3) Scott Bye's "What Happens?", 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 in Buffalo Arts Studio in Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.). Admission is free with a suggested donation of $3.

Commentary: Often an artist's work becomes more impressive when you consider the limitations of their craft, especially in terms of resources. In his interview with Scott Bye, Colin Dabkowski uncovers that the clever sculptor worked primarily out of his West Side bedroom.

After a stint at the Tri-Main Center, though, Bye has been afforded the space to tackle bigger and better projects, which you can see on display Friday and Saturday.

Artist Scott Bye poses in front of his sculpture "O," made from cedar pallet-toppers, in Buffalo Arts Studio on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)


4) Charlie Wilson, 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $46 to $99.50 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: You could argue that R&B legend Charlie Wilson is the Buffalo Bills of the Grammys - he's been nominated for 11 but hasn't come away with one. Sorry, you probably didn't need a reminder of the Bills' futility. Fantasia and Johnny Gill are the openers for Wilson, the former Gap Band singer with quite the backstory.


5) Dub Affair: Powerpuff Tour with Styn and Berrix, 8 p.m. Feb. 10 in VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Tickets are $15 in advance here or $20 at the door.

Commentary: Dubstep has proven it's not just a flash-in-the-pan music genre. The hard-thumping electronic dance music style may not be at its peak of popularity, but it still draws throngs of people who like to dance.

Styn, a Dutch producer who spans several genres, is joined by Berrix, a relative newcomer to the scene. The party, presented by Rinse 716, is loosely Valentine's Day-based.


6) Komen Pink the Rink, 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in HarborCenter (100 Washington St.). Tickets are $25 for an adult and $10 for youth 16 and under, while children under 2 get in for free. A family four-pack is available - either two adults and two kids or one adult and three kids - for $50. All ticket information here.

Commentary: To raise money for Susan G. Komen of Western New York - which aids the research on and treatment of breast cancer - the organization hosts a family skate in HarborCenter on Saturday.

Two hours of open skate, off-ice games, raffles, music from DJ QBall, appearances by Sabres alumni and the presence of the Sabres' tall, furry tiger mascot are all reasons to be psyched.


7) Skillet, 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $27.50 in advance or $32 day of show.

Commentary: Skillet, the four-piece group of persevering Christian rockers, hits Niagara Falls for a Saturday gig. News contributor Kris Kielich interviewed John Cooper (bass, vocals) in advance of the show to discuss string and electronic elements to the music, as well as the direction of rock in general.


8) "Fiddler on the Roof," 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in Marie Maday Theatre in Canisius College's Lyons Hall (2068 Main St.). Free to attend, but tickets are limited.

Commentary: The first performance by Our Lady of Hope's refugee choir was so well received that a second performance was added for Saturday night in Canisius College's Lyons Hall.

Dabkowski has covered the diverse backgrounds of the choir, shot video of the classic "If I were a Rich Man," as well as teased the coming show. Director Jenny Serniuk's quote of "If you want to see African and Asian kids be Jewish, you should come” is one of the best of the year so far.

Richard Manuel, 16, plays Tevye, center, at a rehearsal for an all-refugee student production of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)


9) August Burns Red, 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $23 in advance or $25 day of show.

Commentary: Kielich heralds August Burns Red and Protest the Hero, the show's opener, as two underrated metal bands worthy of your attention.

The writer has this to say about August Burns Red's 2015 album, "Found in Faraway Places": "[It's] a hard-hitting emotional dive, but it’s the way the guitar takes its own path in a lot of these songs that hook the listener. The technicality and the layering that goes on in all levels is pretty spectacular."


10) Twerk, Paint and Heels, 5 p.m. Feb. 11 in GoPole Fitness (3068 Main St.). Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: The multifaceted event in GoPole will offer instruction on a "Latin Heat" dance routine, then a directed painting session. How can you go wrong with sultry dancing and artistic expression back-to-back? That's a rhetorical question.


BONUS: Evening of Hope, 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 11 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at the door.

Commentary: The LAM Foundation's chief fundraiser runs in Asbury Hall and features hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer tasting, live music, raffles and free valet parking. It sounds swanky! The hosting organization fights lymphangioleiomiomatosis, a lung disease that typically plagues women in their 30s and 40s.


BONUS x2: Sugar City Soul Night, 10 p.m. Feb. 11 in Milkie's on Elmwood (522 Elmwood Ave.). Admission is $5 at the door.

Commentary: No frills, just late-night dancing to benefit Sugar City, which continues in its mission to endure in its Niagara Street location.

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