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The 10: Undy Run, Brandon Stanton, 'Cabaret'

1) Buffalo Undy Run, 7:30 a.m. registration, race at 9 a.m. April 29 at Amherst-Colvin green space in Delaware Park. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for kids in advance; prices rise $5 on the day of the race. See the course map here.

Commentary: If you see a big group of scantily-clad runners circling Delaware Park on Saturday morning, do not be alarmed. The Undy Run, a Colon Cancer Alliance fundraiser, consistently produces creative costumes and amusing team names, such as Barb's Booty Buccaneers and Strollin' for the Colon.

Check back on Sunday morning for a Smiles gallery from the Undy Run, but for now, peek back at last year's race. Here's further information in this week's Refresh.

Barb's Booty Buccaneers, from 2016. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)


2) Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton, 8 p.m. April 29 in University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena on North Campus. General admission tickets are $32, while Tier 1 seats run for $65.

Commentary: Much to my surprise, the social media response to the University at Buffalo Student Association's announcement that Stanton would replace actor-filmmaker James Franco was favorable - even suggesting that the late replacement would have been preferred to the initial booking.

Rising to stardom through Humans of New York - his compelling street portrait profile series of every-day New Yorkers that was soon compiled into a New York Times best-selling book - Stanton was named one of Time's 30 under 30 changing the world for his blogging, photography and social media skills.


3) "Cabaret," 8 p.m. April 28, 2 and 8 p.m. April 29; 2 and 7 p.m. April 30 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets range from $27 to $72 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: The touring production has the right mix of seriousness, sadness and humor, News Reviewer Ben Siegel wrote in his terrific review. While you might chuckle at a gorilla wearing a dress, the reality of the Holocaust - and some of the horror that can be tied to recent events in Chechnya - leads to a sobering night at the theater.

This weekend serves as an opportunity to remember why The News' 100 Things series homed in on Shea's, too.


4) KOPPS, Humble Braggers, M.A.G.S., 9 p.m. April 29 in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). Tickets are $6 and can be purchased here or at the door.

Commentary: At least when it comes to Buffalo's indie bands, few play as frequently as Humble Braggers (see photos from their March 11 show), and to a slightly lesser extent, M.A.G.S. But they're support for this show, as headliner, KOPPS, is an electronic rock-pop four-piece from Rochester that released a new single, "Baby I'm Dead Inside," on Friday morning.


5) Cabin Fever Beer and Wine Festival, 4 to 7 p.m. April 29 in Buffalo Ski Club's Tamarack Lodge (7414 State Road, Colden). Tickets are $30 pre-sale here and rise to $40 at the door.

Commentary: Although "cabin fever" isn't the most apt term for this time of year, the Ski Club freestyle team's fundraiser brings together 13 local and regional breweries, as well as three wineries.

Hang out in the lodge - not just to stay warm, for once - and sample beers, grab a commemorative tasting glass and munch on food from the Colden Country Kitchen.


6) Cloud Nothings, 7 p.m. doors, show at 8 April 28 in Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Commentary: The Cleveland indie rock band is back in the limelight after a successful fourth studio album, "Life Without Sound," in which News contributor Michael Farrell saw quite the musical maturation.

In his concert announcement from January, Mac McGuire recalled the "absolutely raucous" sold-out show in Buffalo Iron Works in 2014. Even though the band's sound has shifted away from emo a little, expect a similar stream of energy.


7) Oozefest, 9 a.m. April 29 at St. Rita's Lane on University at Buffalo North Campus. Free to attend as a spectator. Heaps of details here.

Commentary: For a northeast city that gets plenty of rain during the spring and fall, you'd think Buffalo would have more mud-centric events. One of the best is UB's mud volleyball tournament - Oozefest - held annually as a way for students to de-stress from a long semester.

Although registration has concluded and teams have formed, it's free to head over to North Campus to watch the splashing, as well as the joy mixed with discomfort. You'll see what I mean by scrolling through last year's Smiles gallery.

A lunge for a hit at the 2016 Oozefest at UB North. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)


8) Party Thieves, 10 p.m. April 29 in VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Although Rusko's cancellation of his Town Ballroom show due to a medical emergency was a bummer for area EDM fans, Party Thieves' Saturday night show in VENU should help ease the pain.

New York-born party starter Jared McFarlin, who performs under the Party Thieves moniker, is reaching the end of his Grand Theft Army World Tour, although it's essentially a United States tour with one Canada date.


9) "Godspell," 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 29, plus 2:30 p.m. April 30 in Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster). Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for seniors and $10 for students, and can be purchased here. The show runs through May 7.

Commentary: For someone who wasn't impressed with previous takes on "Godspell," Ben Siegel wrote a glowing, four-star review of the Lancaster Opera House play, lavishing praise on the director.

"Director Kevin Leary does a remarkable job. It is the tightest production of a musical I have seen on a local stage in many years. It moves with a fresh and youthful spirit, and doesn’t sacrifice maturity in the process. Not a single moment is wasted. He stages a tableau like it’s architecture. His choreography is efficient, expressive and intelligent. There is a single vision at work here, and it shows in every breath."


10) Julia Douglas and Van Tran Nguyen exhibitions debut, 5 to 8 p.m. April 28 at Buffalo Arts Studio in Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St., Suite 500). Also open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29.

Commentary: Two compelling exhibitions open Friday in BAS, with Julia Douglas' oil portraits inspired by a reaction to the Trayvon Martin case. Instead of the negative character traits given to some African-American men by the media, Douglas illustrates humble, humane examples from Western New York.

Nguyen's exhibition hinges on the prevailing "Western memory of Eastern spaces" surrounding the trauma and historical understanding of the Vietnam War. Her work grapples with the memories of the suffering of the Vietnamese.

Van Tran Nguyen is a University at Buffalo student whose exhibition on Vietnam War memories and suffering is on display tonight at Buffalo Arts Studio. (via BAS)

Note: The Kiss Cares for Kids Super Hero Walk, in tandem with the Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, is now filled and will not accept walk-up registration.



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