1) Benefit for Buffalo Irish Center, 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at 245 Abbott Road. Cost is $5 for 21+ and $7 for anyone under 21.
Commentary: Established in 1970 as an Irish cultural hub in South Buffalo, the Irish Center has been remarkably active in the community - hosting everything from Irish dance troupes to ample local music to participating in major events such as the Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Guinness Toast.
When burglars stole more than $5,000 and several valuable keepsakes, BIC has called upon its supporters to help the heritage center remain in business.
Saturday night brings one such opportunity, as a punk-rock show featuring Wyatt Colin, Shambles, Evicted, Cardboard Homestead and something called Dick Biscuit. A Sabres jersey of Josh Gorges will be raffled off, while Imperial Pizza slices will be only $1.
[RELATED: Smiles at the 2018 Guinness Toast at BIC]
2) Kegs and Eggs, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 in Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.). Free to attend.
Commentary: Kegs and Eggs returns to the Niagara Street brewery, and the food and drink options are reason for excitement. The breakfast garbage plate ($10, potatoes, macaroni salad, scrambled eggs, sausage patty, meat sauce, bacon and a biscuit), a past favorite, is back on the menu, while experimental beers from the host include a pina colada milkshake IPA, chipotle bock and Southern breakfast ale, made with grits, sweet potatoes and maple sugar.
Commentary: Irish Classical Theatre's annual event commemorates the death of a fictional character; for 2018, it's Hugh R. Boxworthy, a noted party planner-partygoer, whose faux-bio you can read here. Our favorite part: "...before him, no one ever indulged in shots, even though this is so widely known to be a fib and he never bothered with an elaborate story to back it up."
Poor Ould Goat, fresh off its performance last weekend at the Guinness Toast, leads the music, with Emerald Isle and the McCarthy School of Irish Dance also in tow.
Complimentary wine and Guinness, plus a smorgasbord of food, should satiate attendees both pre- and post- (and perhaps during) dancing.
Commentary: Help battle breast cancer by taking part in the family-friendly Pink the Rink event, which includes free skate rental, a DJ, games, food, Sabretooth on patrol, raffles and more.
For those concerned about parking, The Buffalo News lot (corner of Scott and Washington, look for the eye-catching yellow gates) is free if you mention the event. Should you want to park closer, the Sabres ramp costs $3 before 2 p.m.
5) Black Tie for Black History Extravaganza, 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 23 in Metropolitan Entertainment Complex (1670 Main St.). Cost is a $30 donation, with net proceeds benefiting Stop the Violence Foundation and Buffalo Peacemakers.
Commentary: In the heart of Black History Month, Doc Thomas and friends will host a fundraiser for two local organizations that work to combat crime and gang activity in the city.
Seven "difference makers" will be recognized, while local music will be provided by DJ Papa Trini and DJ Big Poppa. A special tribute to Stonewall "DJ Stoney" Williams is also planned.
Commentary: Gainesville, Fla., ska band Less Than Jake - active since 1992 and fronted by Chris DeMakes - rolls into Town Ballroom on Sunday night with Four Year Strong, a pop-punk band from Worcester, Mass.
LTJ, known partly for their quirky affection for Pez candy, last released new music in February 2017 with EP "Sound the Alarm." The band did just have a beer named after them, which is becoming a trend. Jump back into the ska era with what ought to be a lively downtown show to round out the weekend.
Commentary: Singer-songwriter-violinist Andrew Bird, lauded for his stellar live performances (and whistling expertise in "The Muppets" movie), drops by Amherst on Saturday night for an intimate gig. The Illinois native has released two albums that have topped the U.S. Folk charts: "Break It Yourself" in 2012 and "Are You Serious" in 2016.
Last year's production, "Echolocations: River," employed field recording, which means the recording process is done outside of a typical studio.
8) Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Cost is $5 at the door.
Commentary: Dress in all black and honor the birthday of one of the greats on Friday night in Sportsmen's Tavern, the recent recipient of the Ameripolitan Awards' Best Venue.
Andrew Reimers-led The CPX, Ten Cent Howl and Uncle Ben's Remedy - who've frequently performed on the same bill - will embrace the challenge of celebrating Cash, who would have turned 86 years old on Feb. 26.
See the other two gigs - including the annual The Cure vs. The Smiths Dance Party in Iron Works - in Mac McGuire's "three can't-miss shows" post from this week.
9) Williamsville Soup Stroll, noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at Main Street businesses in Williamsville. Each soup costs $1 for a 3-ounce serving.
Commentary: Thanks to the owners of the Irishman and Glen Park Tavern, in tandem with the Williamsville Business Association, a soup stroll will benefit the Food Bank of WNY on Saturday afternoon on Main Street in Williamsville.
The Facebook event page lists the participating businesses and their featured soups; we'd recommend Creekview's Reuben soup as a St. Patrick's Day teaser.
10) Law Eh Soe's gallery opening, 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 in the WASH Project (593 Grant St.). Free to attend.
Commentary: The Buffalo News' long-read, "From Burma to Buffalo," was a tremendous multimedia project that delved deep into the wave of refugees that made homes in Buffalo.
Refugee Law Eh Soe, whose 2012 exhibition in CEPA was well-received, explores the same topic through a purely photo lens, capturing the lives - both in Buffalo and Burma - of the refugees. Read more in The News' Colin Dabkowski's preview, below.
BONUS: Sabor Latino Special Edition, 10 p.m. Feb. 23 in EXPO Market (617 Main St.). Admission is $8 before 11 p.m., $10 after 11.
Commentary: Salsa dancing will reign supreme on Friday night in EXPO, as Baila Salsa Dance hosts an evening of instruction, which begins promptly at 10 p.m., and then pure revelry to the tunes of DJ Sal Sero. Bachata, kizomba, merengue and cha cha cha are the salsa types that will be woven in.
BONUS 2: Fleuron Rouge Winter Hafla, 6 p.m. VIP doors, 7 p.m. general admission on Feb. 25 in Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $8 in advance, $15 at the door, or $25 advance VIP or $35 VIP at the door. All ticket info here.
Commentary: Local dance company Fleuron Rouge marks its 10th anniversary with a Sunday party in Babeville, replete with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and, of course, dancing by some of Fleuron Rouge's best and live music.
Carina and the Six-String Preacher and Jim Caughill are slated to perform.
Among this weekend's sold-out events are Winter Hop Fest at Gene McCarthy's and 42 North's Brewski. Limited tables are available for the Return of Thin Man's Hip-Hop Brunch.