1) Messfest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25 in the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Tickets are included in admission to the museum, which runs $11 for adults and $8 for kids ages 2-17. Specific
Commentary: Making a mess usually invites scorn, a trip to "timeout" or, at the very least, a reminder that cleaning up is required.
The Buffalo Museum of Science flips those on their head with family-friendly Messfest, which includes four stage shows (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 and 4:30) of experiments like elephant toothpaste, Mentos fountains, a liquid nitrogen explosion and more.
Among the enticing smaller activities: build a tower out of dried spaghetti and marshmallows, enjoy your own mess with the help of a black light, get baffled by Dr. Seussian Oobleck and create splatter hats, which are abstract impressionist art for your head. Bonus: You don't have to stay and clean up!
2) Buffalo Motorama, 2 to 10 p.m. March 24; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 25; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets, available here, are $13 for one day, $25 for two days and $35 for three days.
Commentary: Car shows and cruise nights aren't reserved solely for summer. Motorama invades the downtown convention center all weekend, displaying classic cars, a Hot Rod and Open Wheel room, the chance to see pin-stripers in action and plenty of live music and vendors.
Celebrities include Twiggy from "Vegas Rat Rods" and Wayne Carini from "Chasing Classic Cars." Star Wars characters and the Easter Bunny will be there, too. Bonus points if you can get a Stormtrooper to put his arm around the Easter Bunny.
Commentary: Celebrate Buffalo Arts Studio's 25th anniversary season with a massive auction in the Tri-Main Center, inundated with the work of local artists like Scotty Bye, A.J. Fries, Chuck Tingley, Michael Degnan and dozens more. It's a collector's paradise and, according to the Facebook event, offers a wide range of prices, too.
If the excitement is too much to bear, head to BAS between 5 and 8 p.m. March 24 for a free sneak peek at the auction items during M&T Fourth Fridays.
4) Ron Hawkins, doors at 6 p.m. March 24 in Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Tickets are $22.50, can be purchased here, and include admission to the museum's "Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World" exhibit.
Commentary: A concert venue one night, a the setting for designed explosions and messes galore the next - just another weekend at the BMS. Lowest of the Low lead singer Hawkins drops by for an intimate acoustic show in the venue's downstairs auditorium.
Local favorite Sonny Baker opens the show at 7 p.m. with the headliner hitting the stage at 8:30. Arrive early to browse the "Guitar" exhibit, which has a local bent called "71Picks," to set the mood. Read the full preview of the show here.
5) SABAH 2017: Celebration on Ice, 2 p.m. March 26 at KeyBank Center. Tickets are $10, available at the SABAH office at 716-362-9600 or at the KeyBank Center box office.
Commentary: Watch the culmination of the hard work of SABAH members who've overcome disability to take part in the Celebration on Ice, which hits its 40th anniversary this year.
Pegula Sports' Lauren Hall and former Buffalo Sabres forward Andrew Peters will be the emcees of the event. More information about SABAH, which stands for Spirited Athletes Bold at Heart, can be found here.
[PHOTOS: Smiles at the SABAH Starlight Gala, from November 2016]
Commentary: The Buffalo Irish Center wins the award for this week's most inclusive party - and longest event name - by inviting their Polish and Italian friends to South Buffalo.
The Formula Band represents Italy, Penny Whiskey delivers Irish flavor and Special Delivery supplies the Polish polka. Food from all three countries will be available, too.
Commentary: Start preparing for the April 29 Buffalo Undy Run with the kickoff party on Friday in 500 Seneca. Open bar, live music, food and raffles are among the perks for an event that raises money for the Colon Cancer Alliance.
Prizes will be doled out to those who wear only their underwear to the party; if you need inspiration, peek back at the attire from last year's Undy Run.
Commentary: WBLK radio personality Adri.V The Go Getta hosts a party to recognize the Talented Ten Go Getta G.I.R.L.S, which stands for Gifted Intelligent Relentless Leaders, and it doubles as the host's birthday, too.
Appetizers, a cash bar, music spun by DJ Brei and a champagne toast to honor the 10 Go Getta GIRLS are included. The 10 salutes The Talented Ten, partly for our similar-sounding names.
Commentary: Casa Azul, the authentic Mexican restaurant opened by Victor Parra Gonzalez (Las Puertas, also formerly Jaguar at the Bistro) and Zina Lapi (Blue Balls Bus), throws an opening party, headlined by visiting chef Francisco Hidalgo from The Black Ant in New York City.
Although the food menu is still to be announced, take note of the cocktail pairing by former Bourbon & Butter mixologist Tony Rials.
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10) Local Restaurant Week, over 215 area restaurants participating, with specials priced at $20.17, $30.17 and $40.17.
Commentary: The biannual week celebrating local restaurants runs through Sunday, and there's a lot to keep in mind over the home stretch. We've got a list of suggestions - both suburban and in the city - plus five things to know about Local Restaurant Week, and a general primer of what to expect.
Roll back to 2014 to read Andrew Galarneau's "In defense of Local Restaurant Week" post, which still is useful today.
Sebastian Maniscalco and Brian Herberger's comedy show in Shea's on Saturday would have certainly made the list, but it's been sold out for over a month now. You can still read about Herberger's rise through the ranks and learn more about Maniscalco, though.