Commentary: Buffalo Arts Studio presents a night of multimedia pleasure in the Tri-Main Center, with a wealth of live music, more than 50 art installations and a chance to meet many of the building's tenants planned.
It's tough to beat these two sentences from Colin Dabkowski in describing the quirkiness of the event: "Of course, there will be a roving group of artists challenging people to games of rock-paper-scissors in French. Of course, there will be a ukulele ensemble and a dozen dance troupes.
"And of course, there will be food trucks, one of which is an art exhibition in disguise, from which local performer Ron Ehmke will dispense 'experiences' instead of food."
Look back at Smiles from Trimania 2015, the last time the event was held.
2) Buffalo Comicon, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15 in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott (1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst). Cost is $4.75 for adults and $3.50 for kids ages 7-12.
Commentary: Queen City Bookstore presents the 19th running of Buffalo Comicon on Sunday in the Marriott, where comics, cosplay, local and regional businesses, giveaways and much more should stimulate a passionate niche of fans.
3) Beach Glass Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 in the Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg). Cost is $6 for adults, while military, seniors, and children 12 years and younger get in for $4.
Commentary: The first running of this event has taken the Facebook world by storm, as more than 16,000 people have expressed interest in the two-day Hamburg festival.
Glassing Magazine is among the presenters of the event, which features a Best Beach Find Contest, beach glass art, lectures about sea and beach glass, and a diverse group of 86 vendors boasting everything from ornate soap to jewelry. The event will move to Erie, Pa., next year before returning to Buffalo in 2020.
4) Nietzsche's JazzFest, 8 p.m. April 12, 9 p.m. doors, show at 10 on April 13, 9 p.m. April 14 and 2 p.m. April 15 at 248 Allen St. Cost is $5 for Thursday and Sunday, except two free Sunday night shows, while Friday and Saturday each has a $10 cover.
Commentary: Friday marks the middle of the five-day Nietzsche's JazzFest, and it brings the festival's headliner, Maz - the stage name for Mike Maher, former trumpet player for Brooklyn jam band Snarky Puppy - to the fore.
Find the lineup of performing artists here, where you'll find virtually every number of "-tet" out there.
5) Aircraft and the Tins, 10 p.m. April 14 in Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.). Free to attend.
Commentary: Thin Man has put a special emphasis on live music each weekend, and the double-booking of Aircraft and the Tins - two active local bands - might be the best bill yet, although they'll have a challenge following last week's performance by Uncle Ben's Remedy.
Binghamton University-born The Tins announced on Facebook that they'll release an eponymous record on June 1, then posted the behind-the-scenes video, below.
Commentary: There's probably not a more perfect band to handle an event like 97 Rock's bash in RiverWorks, as DJ "1980 Something" will roll back a few decades to spark an era-specific dance party, replete with a laser light show. Odds are high you'll hear Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, The Police, Bon Jovi, U2 and more.
Commentary: Now that Griselda Records has signed on with Eminem's label, aspiring Buffalo rappers can have a little more belief that their talents will take them somewhere. On Friday night in Milkie's, a hip-hop showcase featuring 15 different artists will give unheralded performers a stage to present their material and perhaps earn more bookings in the future.
8) UB Basketball Celebration, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 13 in Alumni Arena at UB North Campus. Free to attend.
Commentary: Both University at Buffalo basketball programs have made waves in college hoops, with the men reaching the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four seasons, and the women making the Big Dance in two of the last three, including a run to the Sweet 16 this spring.
UB Athletics will celebrate these achievements on Friday, with special team introductions, player and coach interviews, and photo opportunities with the players and coaches.
The two coaches who've orchestrated these postseason runs - Nate Oats for the men and Felisha Legette-Jack for the women - each have inspiring backstories, too. Click on their names to read, and then look back at Crystal Oats' fight against cancer.
Commentary: Shea's plays host to a gospel concert Friday night, with Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, James Fortune and Pastor Charles Jenkins among the touring performers. Expect a spirited evening of praise music in one of Buffalo's iconic venues.
Commentary: Barring inclement weather, the local Triple-A baseball team has a home game scheduled every day through April 18. For fans who adore mascots, the Bisons will announce the replacement for Celery - which won its first and only race at the conclusion of last season before retiring - at the home opener.
Read an Opening Day primer from The News' Amy Moritz, below, and then check out 10 things to know for this season.
BONUS: Local Restaurant Week begins Monday, at more than 200 locally owned restaurants. Costs, as usual, reflect the year - $20.18, $30.18 and $40.18. Read about the participating restaurants, below, and stay tuned for a "10 dishes to try ..." post.