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Five things to do in Buffalo: April 8

"Me and My Girl." 2 p.m. Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen's Parade, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. (800) 511-7429. Tickets start at $28.25. Comedy and music collide in this tale of a 1940s Cockney who discovers his royal heritage. This show has won a multitude of awards including Tonys, Drama Desk Awards, and Oliviers, so any theater fan should consider this nearby production.

97 Rock UFC Party. 5 p.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. Free. UFC is back in Buffalo after 20 years, so come celebrate and prepare at Iron Works with Buffalo's own 97 Rock.

Buffalo Thawfest. 6:30 p.m. Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. 342-2292. $39. Live music, over 50 different breweries, vineyards and distilleries to try, and the largest party in Buffalo to celebrate spring.

The Traditional. 6:30 p.m. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. 853-5483. $10-$13. Alt punk coming right out of Buffalo, this band hits hard with an emotional wallop and high energy. Come down and witness yet another rising punk band from our own backyard.

Beethoven's Pastoral. 8 p.m. Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. 885-5000. $29-$82. Master conductor John Axelrod and violin virtuoso Benjamin Beilman bring you the best pastoral offerings from Beethoven, Honneger, and Saint-Saens.

Young violin phenom Benjamin Beilman returns with BPO

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