Local Restaurant Week, which runs from Oct. 15-21, steals the headlines for the top weekday event in Buffalo, as it's something that everyone with a stomach and taste buds ought to enjoy. Lunch and dinner specials for $20.18, $30.18 and up - and vary by restaurant - are serious, limited-time deals that are worth further investigation.
One midweek concert has already sold out, as tickets are no longer available for Social Distortion on Tuesday in Town Ballroom. Here's what else is on tap for Oct. 15-18. Stay tuned for The 10, which will highlight the top weekend events in the area, on Thursday morning.
Doors at 5 p.m., speakers begin at 6 on Oct. 18 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Cost is $20 general admission, $30 for admission with a parking pass and $100 for VIP; all tickets info here.
Be inspired by the bright, forward-thinking ideas of Buffalonians, from PATH Buffalo executive director Julie Palmer's talk on human trafficking to singer Annie Brady's stirring reflections on blindness to Judge Craig D. Hannah's message on Buffalo's opioid court.
TEDx's carefully curated speakers - see the list here - touch on relevant and serious subjects, and the 18-minute talks are easy to digest.
[Photos: Smiles at TEDxBuffalo from 2017]
Runs Oct. 15-21 at more than 200 locally owned restaurants in Buffalo. Costs range from $20.18 to $60.18; many deals include both lunch and dinner.
The widespread participation of the Buffalo restaurant industry in Local Restaurant Week is encouraging, as meal deals - primarily $20.18, in reference to the year, and occasionally $30.18 - give customers an incentive to try somewhere or something new for a bargain.
The News' Francesca Bond breaks down all of the details to know in her preview, while this "10 dishes to try for Local Restaurant Week" could spark ideas for how to participate. Given the popularity of the week dedicated to dining in Buffalo, prospective eaters are encouraged to book reservations well in advance.
[Photos: Look back at Smiles from first day of April 2018 Local Restaurant Week]
6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.). General admission is $18 and may be purchased here.
Catch four bands - headlined by New Jersey emo-alt rockers the Early November - in the new downtown music venue that celebrated its grand-opening this past weekend.
Expect an intimate show, as early returns point to tight quarters in the Rec Room, with a chance to hear some of the featured band's new music; "Lilac" - set to drop sometime this fall - will be the Early November's fifth studio album.
The Dangerous Summer, Jetty Bones and save face are the three other bands on the bill.
7 p.m. Oct. 18 in Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Cost is only $3 here.
Throw back to the 1974 comedy, featuring Gene Wilder as Young Frankenstein, with friends and movie buffs in North Tonawanda as October rolls forward toward Halloween.
In the shadow of his father Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein tries to separate himself from his famous ancestor by altering the pronunciation of his last name - to Franken-"shteen" - but winds up heading down the same path.
Enjoy a few seasonal laughs during a cheap night out at one of the area's most historic theaters.
O'Connell & Company presents at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at The Park School (4625 Harlem Road, Amherst). It's $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $15 for military and children; full details here. Performances run Thursday through Sunday, ending Oct. 28.
O'Connell & Company's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" came inches from receiving a top-notch four stars from genuinely surprised News reviewer Ben Siegel, who lauded the characters of Audrey (played by Jenny Marie McCabe) and Seymour (Matthew Mooney), in their ability to toe the line between "depressed and lonely" to "hopeful and romantic," but reserves special affection for the "soul-singing house plant" - a venus fly trap that eats flesh and morphs into an evil villain. Yeah, that's pretty weird.
6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at Community Beer Works' taproom at 520 7th St. A minimum donation of $10 to the Alzheimer's Association allows attendees to receive $1 off the brewery's core beers.
Take part in Happy Hour for a Cause to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of WNY, on Thursday at CBW's new spot in the lower West Side. Supporters who give $10 or more will receive a dollar discount on beers such as Frank, The Whale and more. To learn more about the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, see their website.
6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at Soho (64 W. Chippewa St.). Admission is $40 in advance and may be purchased here; cost rises to $50 at the door.
Delaware Soccer Club, the biggest youth soccer organization based in the city of Buffalo, holds a fundraiser for parents, friends and supporters at Soho on Thursday. Food and an open bar are included with admission, while a number of auctions and raffles are planned. James Eagan will be inducted into the club's Volunteer Hall of Fame, too.
With former FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy as the club's director of coaching, Delaware Soccer offers year-round training and leagues for kids under 6 years old to adults.
5 events to look forward to this weekend
*Hospice Harvest Festival in Hyatt Regency
*Johnny Marr at Town Ballroom
*BlackBird Cider Hall opening weekend
*Buffalo's Biggest Halloween Bash at RiverWorks
*Crawl-o-Ween Bar Crawl for Buffalo Autism Project
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