Commentary: Rapids Theatre continues its stellar run of bookings with this six-piece reggae band from Huntington Beach, Calif.
Dirty Heads' sixth studio album, "Swim Team," was released less than a month ago, drawing praise for the band's willingness to experiment by including hints of other genres. News contributor Mac McGuire digs deeper in his show announcement from August.
2) Dino Daze, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 in the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Pre-purchase opportunities are available for both days, with adult passes running for $15, seniors (62+) getting in for $11 and children 2-17 entering for $10. Any attendee may receive a $1 discount by bringing a canned food item to benefit the Food Bank of WNY (available only on-site).
Commentary: Perhaps the biggest news surrounding Dino Daze is the arrival of Vinnie and Teddy, two lifelike dinosaurs from Ravage Productions, as well as a slew of smaller activities such as dig-pit scavenger hunt, the Fossil Creek Sifting Station and ample photo opportunities with toothy dinos. Most enticing, for me at least, would be the "create-your-own dino claw." Mine would be positively fearsome.
Both Vinnie (a Velociraptor) and Teddy (a Tyrannosaurus Rex) dropped by The Buffalo News this morning, roaring loudly and causing a bit of a commotion. They were ultimately harmless, although Teddy's tail control left much to be desired, and neither got lodged in the freight elevator.
Below, the dinosaurs pursue The News' Maki Becker, perhaps for invading the territory of Inside Sales Team on the first floor of The Buffalo News.
— Maki Becker (@makibecker) November 9, 2017
3) Lake Effect Ice Cream pint sale, noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 at 79 Canal St. in Lockport. It's free to attend, but the line forms early.
Commentary: What was once merely a chance to get rid of unused inventory has become a major annual event for Lake Effect Ice Cream's Lockport location (the Hertel spot is closed for the season), as the line for the pint sale begins to form roughly two hours before doors open.
All pints of flavors past and present run for $3.50, while cakes, ice cream sandwiches and pup cups will also be available. There's no limit to how many pints may be purchased - the record is a (mildly disturbing) 72 - but thousands remain in stock. Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs' food truck, which just announced it will open a restaurant, will be on-site beginning at 11 a.m..
Rather hysterically, the Facebook event description notes that anyone wearing a Jets jersey will pay $40 per pint.
4) Sugar City Soul Night, 10 p.m. Nov. 10 in Milkie's on Elmwood (522 Elmwood Ave.). The 21+ event costs $5 at the door.
Commentary: The chilly weather is fitting for the arrival of the next Sugar City Soul Night, the energetic, clean dance party that takes over Milkie's until early in the morning. Sugar City, Milkie's and its attendees take pride in this being non-creepy, so preconceived notions about dancing on Elmwood can be set aside.
We've got dozens of photos from past Sugar City Soul Nights that you can see here and to the right.
Commentary: Support Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Erie County with this glamorous fundraising gala that's broken down into three parts: a cocktail hour with a silent auction and auction preview, dinner, a live auction and recognition for four award winners, then dancing to conclude the evening.
6) A Tribute to the Tragically Hip, 8 p.m. Nov. 10 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). The show is free, although donations will be accepted for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It's 21+, too.
Commentary: The life and death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie will not be quickly forgotten, and Iron Works will honor the musician's memory with a tribute show Friday, featuring Road Apples and Machine Revving Tension.
Road Apples were formed in 1992 in the birthplace of the Hip, so there's a strong connection and enduring dedication to the musicianship of the Canadian rock band they emulate. Machine Revving Tension is a conglomerate of members from several local bands, including Dirty Smile and Half Animal.
7) Holiday Valley Wine and Beer Festival, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $60 and may be purchased here. Admission includes a $5 voucher to the Beer Festival's food court.
Commentary: All three floors of the Holiday Valley Resort will buzz with music and craft beer, wine and spirits, as Tim Britt Band, Hit-N-Run and Michael Nugent will serenade the festival's attendees.
Find the entire list of participating beverage vendors - a nice mix of local and regional businesses - here. German-inspired food from Holiday Valley, EVL Cheese, Dom's Butcher Block and the Bavarian Nut Company will handle the food.
A Brew Masters' Dinner precedes the festival on Friday night, with tickets available for $69 here.
8) Sarah Myers' opening reception for "Ground," 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at Eleven Twenty Projects (1120 Main St.). Free to attend.
Commentary: Buffalo native Sarah Myers, who cut her teeth in school at Rhode Island and in Florence, Italy, presents an exhibition entitled "Ground," which varies remarkably in appearance but is united by a desire to achieve purity through nature. Her works are predominantly in black and white, treating color as if it were evil or distracting.
The News' Colin Dabkowski looks a little deeper at Myers' mission, below.
9) Naughty Pilgrim Gay Bingo, doors open at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at Amvets Medallion Post No. 13 (25 Review Place). Boards range in cost from $5 to $20, available at the event.
Commentary: Buffalo Gay Bingo embraces the Thanksgiving season with its monthly 18+ extravaganza. Costumes are welcomed, and the bingo games themselves are alcohol and smoke-free.
The Amvets bar is open before and after the games, and the post's kitchen will have food available.
Commentary: Louisville retro-rockers White Reaper brings no shortage of attitude to the stage, but for local music fans, Saturday's show is the next chance to see Made Violent live - the band has been busy recording music set for launch in early 2018.
Perhaps you'll hear a tease of what's to come. Made Violent has also announced a coming tour with Ugly Suns, beginning in early December.
Commentary: Eight bands will perform hourlong slots in RiverWorks on Saturday to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Scott Celani Band, K-Gun and Invisible Touch are all on the bill; Concert for a Cure is presented by Corey McGowan Productions.
BONUS No. 2: Deep South Taco's second birthday party, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 in both Deep South Taco locations (291 Ellicott St.; 1707 Hertel Ave.).
Commentary: Mexican restaurant Deep South Taco, now with two locations in Buffalo, recognizes two years in business with a number of specials, including $2 tacos, chips and salsa, LuchaBrews and Corona bottles. Both the Hertel and Ellicott branches will boast the specials as well as televise the Bills-Saints game on their TVs.
BONUS No. 3: Hydraulic Hearth's third anniversary, 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at 716 Swan St. The event is free to attend.
Commentary: Swing over to the Hydraulic District to celebrate the third anniversary of Harry Zemsky's restaurant. Music will be provided by DJs Shane and Tone, while drink specials include $3 beers from Community Beer Works, $3 glasses of punch and $5 beer and shot combos.
While you might not be able to enjoy the restaurant-bar's redone beer garden, the inside is spacious enough to welcome a hearty crowd.