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The 10: Runway 11.0, [BN] Blitz Night, Travis Tritt

1) Runway 11.0, fashion shows at 3 and 8 p.m. April 21 in Buffalo State College's Campbell Student Union (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Admission is $10 for students, $15 for general public for the 3 p.m. slot, while general admission is $25 for the later time. Ticket information may be found here.

Commentary: Organized fashion events are few and far between in Buffalo, but Runway coordinator and Buffalo State College instructor Erin Habes has worked feverishly to keep the Runway show alive year after year.

A finale for the college's Fashion and Textile Technology Department, Runway tackles the theme "Interconnect," which the program's roughly two dozen designers interpret in a variety of ways.

Look back at Smiles and runway shots from the 2016 edition of the show.

An artsy runway shot from Runway 8.0 in 2016. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)


2) [BN] Blitz Night: "Icons," 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 20 in the Buffalo History Museum (1 Museum Court). Cost is $30 and tickets may be purchased here.

Commentary: I've probably offended someone at The News by listing this at No. 2, which permits me a friendly reminder that The 10 is less "rankings" and more of a way to make sure I can count. Few things would be more embarrassing than having eight events in this very specific post.

On Friday night in the History Museum, though, Buffalo News sports writers Vic Carucci, Jay Skurski and Tim Graham will host a panel discussion previewing the 2018 NFL Draft, which begins next Thursday.

For any attendee with a sports collectible, local appraiser Rob Schilling will be on hand to give his assessment of its value. (No, your Carwell Gardner rookie card is probably not worth $100). A cash bar will be available, too.


3) Travis Tritt, 3 p.m. April 22 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Advance tickets range from $39 to $59 and may be purchased here.

Commentary: A mention of Travis Tritt's name might transport you back to the purer days before "bro-country," and the earlier showtime - 3 p.m. - is a blessing for those dreading a yawn-filled Monday morning. The two-time Grammy-winning country icon, whose first album release was in 1987, will perform solo and acoustic in North Tonawanda.

Even though he hasn't released new music since 2013, Tritt has boasted one of the best mullets in the business.


4) Mountain Goats, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 on April 20 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Advance tickets are $25 and may be purchased here.

Commentary: The lo-fi indie four-piece is touring off a May 2017 concept album, "Goths," with an intriguing focus: the life of a West Coast goth musician from the 1980s. Now Toronto was effusive in its praise for John Darnielle's live performance of the album last week:

"Darnielle head-banged at the piano during furious Shelved, howling 'Not gonna tour with Trent Reznor,' as a delicious smoke machine smell lingered in the air, comforting like an old faux fur clubbing jacket you put on alone on a cold summer night before crawling into bed. Rain In Soho’s hilariously clever lyrics were shouted with near hysteria as eyes darted across the venue: 'There’s a club where you’d like to go / You could meet someone who’s lost like you / Revel in the darkness like a pair of open graves.'"

Chicago experimental rockers Dead Rider is the scheduled opener for the intimate show.


5) Record Store Day, several venues celebrating; one is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 21 at Revolver Records (1451 Hertel Ave.). Free to attend.

Commentary: The last year or so has been difficult for record lovers in several respects. Not only did the area's final Record Theatre shut its doors, but the industry lost pioneers Lenny Silver and Mack S. Luchey.

Although vinyl has gained traction as a Millennial trend - and The News' Jeff Miers, although not a Millennial, has always been a powerful advocate - Buffalo seems a little laggard; for instance, Boston has more than a dozen participating businesses.


6) Margaritaville Beach Party, 9 p.m. April 21 in New York Beer Project's second floor (6933 Transit Road, Lockport). The cover is $5, which goes directly to Oishei Children's Hospital.

Commentary: Given the cold, dreary days we've suffered through in April, a beach party is sorely needed. New York Beer Project will host Saturday night, filling the second floor with beach balls, a margarita machine, live music from Gimme Buffett and costume contests throughout the evening.

More than 800 people have expressed their interest on Facebook, so don't expect a quiet evening in Lockport. For a taste of NYBP's events, take a look at the Smiles from a visit by the Dueling Pianos in the gallery to the right.


7) Lake Effect Furies vs. Philly Roller Girls, 7 p.m. April 21 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). General admission is $15, with front-row passes for $20. Ticket information here.

Commentary: With a record of 6-1 since December, the Lake Effect Furies - the travel team of the Queen City Roller Girls - rose two spots to No. 17 in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rankings, as of March 31.

On Saturday night, the 27th-ranked Philly Roller Girls come to RiverWorks for a roller derby clash, technically the second bout of the spring season for the Furies. Read QCRG's season preview for the Furies here.


8) Taylor Made Jazz 30th Anniversary Gala, 7 p.m. April 21 in Buffalo Niagara Marriott (1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst). General admission tickets are $50 and may be purchased here.

Commentary: A black-tie gala to honor four core vocalists of Taylor Made, which has performed jazz and R&B songs for active and retired veterans over the last three decades, will run Saturday night in the Marriott.

Hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a live performance by four current members of Taylor Made are planned, while Joey Diggs, Sandra Toussaint Crippen, Henry Wright Jr. and Annette Batia will be recognized.


9) Tatts for Tails, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 22 at Alchemy Tattoo and Piercing (6910 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls). Flash tattoos are $50, while body piercings are just $25. Proceeds benefit the Niagara County SPCA.

Commentary: Five tattoo artists will be at Alchemy on Sunday for an SPCA fundraiser, embracing the concept of flash tattoos, which is quick, discounted art that's simple but creative. Here's a look at several of the tattoo options for Sunday; reservations will not be taken.


10) Hyperglow, 9 p.m. April 20 in VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Cost ranges from $25 to $35, and tickets may be purchased here.

Commentary: Billing itself as "America's largest touring glow party," Hyperglow stops by downtown Buffalo with its usual array of live art, body painting and electronic dance music from Cookie Monsta and other performers.

Look back at Smiles from Hyperglow in Rapids Theatre, back in November 2015, for an idea what to expect.

Two shows - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Ministry with Chelsea Wolfe - have both sold out their respective venues.


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