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The 10: Record Store Day, Runway 10, JoJo

1) Record Store Day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 22 at Record Theatre (1800 Main St.); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 22 in Black Dots (223 Lafayette Ave.).; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Revolver Records (1451 Hertel Ave.). All are free to attend.

Commentary: Celebrate vinyl with Buffalo's three remaining record stores, as massive discounts and a bevy of special releases accompany the annual nationally recognized event.

The local 2017 version comes with heavy hearts: Record Theatre founder Lenny Silver died in March, affecting hundreds of local music fans who either worked for him or shopped at his store.

Although not related directly to Silver's death, Record Theatre's University Plaza location closed - after 32 years in business - just days after the news in order to consolidate the business. If anything, use Record Store Day to appreciate the efforts of those who've kept the local record business alive.

[RELATED: Jeff Miers' column on Record Store Day]

The late Leonard Silver in the original Record Theatre store at Main and Lafayette streets. That store will remain open. (News file photo)


2) Buffalo State College's Runway 10, doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 8 on April 22 in Buffalo State Sports Arena (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day of show. VIP passes run for $100. All ticket info here.

Commentary: Buffalo has a scarcity of fashion events, so when a well-produced one comes along, it's worth writing about. The Buffalo State College Fashion and Textile department presents its annual show, Runway, on Saturday night at a special 10th anniversary location.

Over 25 designers, a red-carpet expert and live music are among the highlights of the show, and celebrity stylist - and Bengals alum - Ade Samuel will be in attendance. More details about the show - including a list of designers - can be found here.


3) JoJo, 7 p.m. April 23 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Once Buffalonians can overlook the fact that JoJo was raised in Foxborough, Mass., the pop singer-songwriter-actress's strongest traits can shine through.

JoJo has appeared on shows such as "Bernie Mac," "Hawaii Five-O" and "Punk'd," but her 2016 album "Mad Love" - released 10 years after her previous album - has given her pop career new life. She has collaborated on a track with rapper Wiz Khalifa, opened for Fifth Harmony and is now winding down her four-month tour through North America and Europe.


4) Make-A-Wish's Wishes are Forever gala, 5:30 p.m. April 22 in Hyatt Regency (2 Fountain Plaza). Individual tickets are $200 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Make-A-Wish's major fundraiser features the testimonial of Isaiah, who got to meet Halle Berry in 2006, as well as the stories of others battling serious diseases who've been granted wishes through the Western New York chapter of the foundation.

Sabres media members Brian Duff and Lauren Hall will emcee the event, which begins with a cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction at 5:30 before the dinner program starts at 7:30. Black-tie attire is optional, although it is a formal event.


5) Community Beer Works' Fifth Anniversary Extravaganza, noon to 8 p.m. April 22 at the brewery's future location, 520 7th St. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Community Beer Works' fifth anniversary will be a bit different than previous parties, as the West Side nanobrewery will debut its coming location - on 7th Street, roughly 1.5 miles south of the current digs. The heart of the party will be in the street, and outdoor games like corn hole and Kan Jam - plus an alpaca petting zoo - will entertain guests.

Attendees receive a commemorative fifth anniversary pint cup made of stainless steel as well as one complimentary beer, wine, cider or cocktail. CBW has brewed a beer specially for the anniversary party - it's called Any IPA, a New England style brewed with three varieties of hops.


6) Amplify 3.0, 8 p.m. April 22 until 4 a.m. April 23 in DNIPRO Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.). General admission is $15 single, $25 for two and $40 for four - all options can be found here. Prices rise to $20 at the door.

Commentary: Weave your way through the cavernous Ukrainian Center on Saturday night to relish three floors of electronic dance music, presented by Buffalo Rage Community and Se2 Silent Disco, with performances from deejays SwaggleRock, Notixx and Eyes Everywhere, as well as a whole gaggle of others.

A vendor market called "Shakedown Street," a body-buffing station that's essentially a deep-tissue massage, and a trendy body marbling station are other intriguing aspects.


7) Buffalo March for Science, 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 22 in Delaware Park. Free to attend, but participants are encouraged to register here so numbers can be calculated and shared. Fundraising page can be found here.

Commentary: Science supporters will gather en masse to march - from Soldiers Circle (where Bidwell, Lincoln and Chapin meet) along Lincoln Parkway to Delaware Park's rose garden area - where a rally and a science festival will take place.

The principles at the heart of the march are support for STEM - an interdisciplinary approach to learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics - as well as the freedom of scientific information.


8) Natasha Plays Beethoven, 8 p.m. April 22 in Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle). Tickets range from $29 to $82 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Elegant Russian pianist Natasha Paremski returns to Kleinhans Music Hall for a Saturday night performance of Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 3" with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. The News' Mary Kunz Goldman previews the concert here, teasing the relatively recent unveiling of Philip Rothman's "Starsplitter," which is also on the bill.

Natasha Paremski is playing Beethoven with the BPO.


9) Armor Inn Brewfest, 3 to 6 p.m. April 23 at 5381 Abbott Road, Hamburg. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

Commentary: Roam to Hamburg on Sunday for a craft-beer fest with breweries represented from coast to coast. Rochester's Three Heads Brewing is one of the main attractions, while Big Ditch, 12 Gates, Ellicottville, Four Mile, Hamburg, Resurgence and Thin Man represent Western New York.

Attendees receive a 12-ounce tasting glass, tickets for food, a chance to try more than 60 beers and a bid for one of the door prizes.


10) Taste of South Buffalo, noon to 3 p.m. April 22 at South Park High School (150 South Side Pkwy.). Entrance into the event is free, but food tickets are available to purchase.

Commentary: 2015 state title winners South Park High School football will hold a fundraiser for its Pittsburgh trip by bringing together South Buffalo eateries at the school on Saturday. Blackthorn, Potters Field, Imperial Pizza and Doc Sullivan's are among the participating restaurants, which is a lineup of South Buffalo power hitters.








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