1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 to 11 p.m. May 12 at roughly 20 locations throughout the Village of Hamburg. Wristband for entrance into participating venues, including Memorial Park, runs for $10 and may be purchased at any of five locations.
Commentary: In Memorial Park and in venues throughout the village, live music will resonate in Hamburg all day Saturday. Restaurants and coffee shops have invited several different musicians to perform, but the main action is in the park, where the Alison Pipitone Band and Tom Stahl & the Dangerfields will end the festival with a bang.
A cornhole tournament (registration, $20, at 4 p.m., game-play begins at 5), food trucks and beer-wine-hard cider are complementary activities in Memorial Park. Peek back at the Smiles gallery from 2016, which had a solid turnout despite chilly temperatures.
Commentary: It's been barely more than a month since Underoath released its first work in eight years, and "Erase Me" peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200, topping the hard rock charts. In other words, despite a long absence, there's still a fondness for Underoath.
The metalcore band no longer identifies as Christian, a Metal Injection review notes, which has affected its lyrics and material significantly.
3) Mini Maker Faire, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 12 at Park School (4625 Harlem Road, Snyder). Free for mothers in recognition of Mothers Day, but $10 day-of admission for the general public. Further ticket details - including a few other ways to get in for free - are posted here.
Commentary: The international touring market, which accepts applications from each respective city it visits, is committed to inspiring creativity and innovation.
The local vendors lined up for the event are certainly quirky - from micro-drone racing to open-source hardware to Doggie Doodles to something called the Millenial Falcon - there will be much to explore.
4) Run for Kindness 5K, race begins at 9 a.m. May 12 on Ring Road in Delaware Park. Online registration has closed, but it can be done day-of between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. May 12 at the Lodge in Delaware Park, for $25.
Commentary: In memory of Maksym Sugorovskiy, the 3-year-old who died in the Delaware Park vehicle-pedestrian crash near the 198, the Run For Kindness 5K - which also includes a family run/walk - will raise money for Maksym's Giving Tree Foundation. The course circles the Ring Road in Delaware Park, with awards and refreshments to follow at The Lodge.
Commentary: The eyes of The News' Jeff Miers lit up when he heard BRMC had booked a Buffalo show, a sound indicator that the music will be quality. The San Francisco rockers released their eighth studio album, "Wrong Creatures," in January 2018.
Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been have been with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club from the beginning, with percussionist Leah Shapiro joining the fray a decade later.
6) Super Hero Walk, 9 a.m. to noon May 12 at Oishei Children's Hospital (818 Ellicott St.). Parking and registration are in the 589 Ellicott Lot on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Cost is $25 per individual walker, a family of walkers (up to five people) is $50. Details here.
Commentary: After day-of registration between 8 and 8:30 a.m., the 1.2-mile walk to benefit Oishei Children's Hospital takes off from the corner of Ellicott and Virginia streets at 9 a.m.
Participants are encouraged to don their favorite superhero costume - a timely event considering the recent release of "Avengers: Infinity War." An after-party featuring Wardynski hot dogs and Perry's Super Hero ice cream follows the walk.
Commentary: Local poetry stalwart Marquis "Ten Thousand" Burton has curated a competitor pool of 25 poetry slammers, arriving at Buffalo's Lakeward Spirits in the Barrel Factory from across the country, with a grand prize of $2,000 on the line.
Although registration for competitors has closed, attendees can witness five judges grade three separate rounds - from which the pool is cut from 25 to 14 to 8. Rules for the poetry slam may be found here.
[Related: Explore the Barrel Factory, the host of the slam, through A Closer Look]
Commentary: In 1953, "Niagara" brought together the power of Niagara Falls with the superstar allure of Marilyn Monroe, who was very much in the prime of her acting career at the time.
The Hitchcock-style film noir, with obvious local ties, will be shown five times in Amherst over the course of the next 10 days at the Screening Room.
Commentary: Utah-born rock band The Used, fronted by wild Bert McCracken, will play RiverWorks on Friday night. Last fall's release, "The Canyon," was the first to feature guitarist Justin Shekoski, who is no longer with the band due to "personal and artistic differences," according to a statement released by The Used.
On the present tour, Hell or Highwater guitarist Joey Bradford will fill the void, NME reports.
10) City of Buffalo Artists Market: Spring Edition, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12 in the Ellicott Square Building (295 Main St.). Free to attend the market, although an exclusive brunch by The Grove costs $15 and may be purchased here.
Commentary: On Mother's Day Weekend, jaunt over to the marvelous Ellicott Square Building to peruse roughly 50 vendors (art, crafts and food), enjoy a free yoga class by Raw Renewal Yoga at 1 p.m. (registration required) and a cash bar.
For The Grove's pop-up brunch, menu includes a Kalefornia Kobb salad, sweet potato hash browns, avocado toast, banana protein pancakes and a Greek yogurt and granola bar. Nearly all of the options are gluten-free.