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The Weekend in WNY: Tackle the Easter-to-Dyngus Day transition

Back-to-back days of celebration can be a lot to handle.

Easter typically brings baskets of chocolate bunnies (with odd expressions) and jelly beans, family meals with heaps of ham, and the awkward cutting of a cute butter lamb.

Dyngus Day immediately follows with awkward squirt gun and pussywillow flirting, a longer parade route and a chance to revel with Polish beer and krupnik in historic Polonia.

Needless to say, you should pace yourself, or maybe sneak in a nap on Saturday. But if you cannot stand an idle day, here's a fleet of events for Friday through Sunday, with a Dyngus Day focus coming in Monday's This Week in Buffalo newsletter.

Easter Eggsperience, 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20 in the Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.). Cost is $15 for non-members, $10 for members and free for children under 23 months (interesting choice!). There are family packs available, too; see the full details.

The grounds of the Buffalo Zoo will be strewn with hidden Easter eggs for this family-friendly quest, which might have the additional obstacle of rain. A visit from the Easter Bunny, complimentary carousel rides (weather permitting) and bonus treats if you gather the eggs with a reusable bag are among the allures. (The idea of a kid shouting "I just found an egg by the Arctic fox" still makes me chuckle).

Special golden eggs will be hidden, too, which will garner a "special prize." We hope the prize is an afternoon with Luna or Scout, the red panda, but we doubt that's the case.

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Pils, Pierogi and Polka, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Flying Bison Brewing Co. (840 Seneca St.). Cost is $10 in advance, includes one drink ticket.

Get in the Dyngus Day mindset with this Flying Bison event two days prior, as Pils, Pierogi and Polka will feature beloved Those Idiots, food from Ru's Pierogi and Mazurek's Bakery, and a chance to try the AxeWagon, a mobile venture connected to Hatchets & Hops, which has thrived downtown since 2016.

Flying Bison's Polonia Pils will be on tap - a nice local alternative to Polish classics such as Tyskie and Zwiec - and there will be enough pussywillows to go around (intended for gentle slapping). Look back at Smiles from 2018, right, and 2017 for an idea of what to expect.


Bunny Hop 5K, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at East Aurora American Legion Post #362 (1 Legion Drive, East Aurora). Participation is $20 in advance, or $30 day of the race.

Hey, look at it this way: if you run 3 miles the day before Easter, you'll feel better about carving more of the butter lamb Sunday than you ordinarily would.

The event page claims the course is equivalent to 56,789 bunny hops - we're a little suspicious of that number - but the "chocolate rabbit awards" and post-race party should entice. Awards for three-person teams will be handed out, too.


Continental Reunion, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

In Jeff Miers' column on the annual reunion party for The Continental, a long closed Franklin Street bar, he passed along a quote from Continental DJ and driving force behind the reunions, Bud Redding.

“[The Continental] was always about acceptance,” Redding said. “It didn't matter how you were dressed, what genre of ‘new’ music you liked more, what part of town you were from. If you went to the Continental, you were accepted.” That kind of inclusivity may have been ahead of its time.

A lineup of bands, including Orations and Irving Klaws, will perform in the Leopard Lounge, while nine DJs will grace the main stage of Town Ballroom.


Papadosio, 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Cost is $20 in advance, or $24 at the door.

Ohio-based space-rock jam band Papadosio has generated a solid buzz before its Friday show in Town Ballroom, and the band's bio is part accurate and part hysterical in describing its live performances: "High energy, technologically perplexing and utterly engaging stage show." We're curious how the technology is confusing.

The quintet released "Content Coma," a full-length album that came out last September, which is cerebral in nature, exploring how the deluge of information - and misinformation - affects our emotions.


Community Beer Works' seventh anniversary, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at 520 7th St. Free to attend.

Local brewery CBW honors its seventh year of business with a party on 4/20, with CBD oil-infused, non-alcoholic cocktails available to match the date's theme. Buffalo electro band Gravy will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., while two beer releases are enticing: the Highly Suspicious IPA can release, CBW's second collaboration with award-winning Prison City, will be available in 16-ounce four packs for the first time.

The second unveiling is Seven Ate Nine, the 7th anniversary IPA, made with seven varieties of hops and seven different malts. They really take their anniversary seriously over on 7th Street.

[Photos: Throwback to CBW's fourth anniversary party on Lafayette | Look around 7th Street taproom]


Bagels & Brooze Pop-up, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.). Free to attend.

The winter-only Saturday brunch series comes back suddenly for a 4/20 special, with BreadHive and Hydraulic Hearth teaming up for the food and drinks, with music by Andrew J. Reimers and Kate Clark.

Back in 2017, News contributor Emeri Krawczyk wrote about the Bagels & Brooze experience in detail. Unlike with the set food menu with Burritos & Brooze, the previous partnership with Lomo! Lomo! Food Truck and Hydraulic Hearth, the BreadHive iteration offers significantly more customization.


Loderpalooza's '90s Festival, doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 on Saturday, April 20 in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). Cost is $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Kurt & the Loders' repertoire of covers is impressive, deep enough to roll through the exquisite '90s sets from famed festival Lollapalooza on Saturday in Allentown. With former frontman Zak Ward off amicably to a new project, the Buffalo band has a new lineup comprising Tim Lipps, Lisa Bobowicz, Michael Johnston, Ken Will, Jeremy Franklin and Steve Tripi.

In his "3 can't-miss shows" article, Mac McGuire runs through the bands - such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck and more - that will be covered.


3 more rapid-fire events
• Inaugural Cazenovia Park Easter egg hunt
Ambush #77 in Hotel Henry
Alive2019 in Kleinhans Music Hall


Continued: Visit the Broadway Market, a rite of passage for Easter.

Sold out: Soul Patch Live in Rec Room; Fabolous in VENU.


5 events to look forward to next week

Dyngus Day festivities
Food Truck Tuesday at Larkin Square
Nacho Palooza in Town Ballroom
Buckethead in Babeville
Miller & the Other Sinners at the Tralf

SPECIAL: Prepare for Dyngus Day by reading 5 tips for how to best embrace the Polish holiday, plus a dive into what's new this year.


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