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The 10: Golden Gloves, Barley Wine Festival, QCRG

1) Buffalo Golden Gloves Finals, 3 to 8 p.m. April 15 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $25 in advance here or $30 at the door.

Commentary: The regional finals of Buffalo Golden Gloves, an amateur boxing competition, should entertain at RiverWorks Saturday. Sixteen men's bouts and four women's bouts make up the fight card, with Casal's Boxing in Niagara Falls, NY, among the best represented gyms.

The spacious downtown venue isn't a bad place to watch boxing, as the sightlines are solid on the floor, while a second level allows viewers to peer down from above.


2) Barley Wine Festival, 2 to 4 p.m. April 15 in Gene McCarthy's (73 Hamburg St.). Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Don't get thrown by the name - barley wines are strong beers, typically ranging between eight and 12 percent ABV. Gene McCarthy's and its related brewery, Old First Ward Brewing, have collected an array of barley wines from across the country.

Admission entitles each attendee to 10 3-ounce samples, plus cheese and crackers to absorb some of the alcohol.


3) QCRG: Alley Kats vs. Devil Dollies, 7 p.m. April 14 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $15 general admission or $20 for limited front-row seating; all can be purchased here.

Commentary: Can the Alley Kats, a Queen City Roller Girls house team, go undefeated through the whole 2017 season? Coach Shock-Her's purple-clad squad has knocked off both of the other house teams so far this campaign and look to extend their lead in the standings against the Devil Dollies on Friday night.

Although the Kats beat the Dollies in a high-scoring affair, 233-171, in January, the Dollies righted the ship in stomping the Suicidal Saucies last month.


4) Butter Block's pop up at Horsefeathers Winter Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15 at 346 Connecticut St. Free to attend, not free for the pastries.

Commentary: Small-batch patisserie Butter Block, which has developed a rabid, sweet-toothed cult following, will show off its Easter creations at the Horsefeathers Winter Market on Saturday. Cut-out cookies, Oreo jars, their legendary pop tarts and other holiday treats will be available for purchase.

Lait Cru Brasserie, Nickel City Mercantile, The Mane Room and Nature's Apothecary are the four permanent vendors in Horsefeathers, while others like Green Heron Growers are established regulars for the market.

Butter Block owner Colleen Stillwell presents the housemade blueberry lemon "pop tarts" at the North Buffalo Farmer's Market in 2015. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)


5) Bunny Hop 5K, registration at 8 a.m., race at 10:30 April 15 at American Legion Post #862 (1 Legion Dr., East Aurora). Cost is $20 in advance here or $30 on race day.

Commentary: East Aurora will be hopping (sorry) on Saturday for the annual 5K, as many runners don bunny ears (some erect, some remarkably floppy) and wear bright colors to celebrate the Easter season. (You can argue that the runners also feel less guilty about demolishing their Easter basket on Sunday, but I have no proof of that).

Peer through last year's Smiles gallery of the Bunny Hop 5K, which includes just two images of an Easter Bunny mascot - and they're at the very end (in case full-costumed bunnies stress you out).

The Easter Bunny makes his (or her) presence felt at the 2016 Bunny Hop 5K. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)


6) Folkfaces' album release, 9 p.m. April 15 in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). Tickets are $10 at the door.

Commentary: Local band Folkfaces will end its nine-day album release tour of "How Long?" with a stop in Allentown on Saturday night. Pine Fever, Fakaui and the Spring Street Family are listed as the show's openers.

The five-piece jazz/blues band takes its components seriously - weaving together a saxophone and a stand-up bass - while exuding an anti-establishment message (I don't entirely know what that means in relation to music, but it sounds good).


7) Subversive Theatre's "Trial of Trayvon Martin," 8 p.m. April 14 and 15 at Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.). Tickets are $30 general admission or $25 for students, seniors and Subversive members.

Commentary: Playwright Gary Earl Ross flips the script of the controversial Trayvon Martin case; instead of Martin being killed, it's George Zimmerman, determined to be not guilty in real life at a 2013 trial, who's shot.

Read the review of the show by The News' Colin Dabkowski for his take on Subversive Theatre's production.

Brian Brown, left, and Rick Lattimer star in the Subversive Theatre Collective's production of "The Trial of Trayvon Martin."


8) Visit the Broadway Market, until 7 p.m. April 13, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 14, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15 at 999 Broadway. Free to enter.

Commentary: What's busier: The Broadway Market during Easter Week or Larkin Square during the first Food Truck Tuesday of the year? That's a rhetorical question - but they're both insanely busy.

Whether you're scoping out meat for Easter Dinner, pursuing pastries for breakfast or taking kids to be terrified by see the Easter Bunny (who puts in a LONG shift there), the seasonal staple - which is in operation year-round - is a big enough deal to make our list of 100 Things Every WNYer Should Do at Least Once.

100 Things: Easter shopping at the Broadway Market


9) Ride the Metro Rail to see Buffalo's public art, times vary by station, although rough hours are 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sundays.

Commentary: Buffalo's Metro Rail might be the last place you'd connect with a public art tour, but sure enough, it's an "art hunt" from University Station to Canalside. From steel sculptures to brick reliefs to a mosaic of Venetian-cut glass, each metro stop offers a much different flavor from the last.

For those looking to the future: Shasti O'Leary Soudant's rendering for the Allen Street/Medical Campus station seems to reflect the rebuilt neighborhood's potential, but that's just my dubious art interpretation.

Artistic rendering, courtesy of artist Shasti O'Leary Soudant and HOK Architects, for public art inside the Allen Street/Medical Campus Metro Rail station.


10) Prepare for Dyngus Day - all day April 17 throughout Buffalo area; loads of details coming, including "10 things to do on Dyngus Day."

Three popular events - Pils, Pierogi and Polka at Flying Bison on Saturday, Psychedelic Furs in the Town Ballroom on Saturday and the Centennial Gala for the Colored Musicians Club - have all sold out in advance.





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