Memorial Day was absolutely gorgeous in Buffalo, which benefited everything from town parades to the beaches, each overflowing with attendance on the first summery day of the year. (Take that, other rainy weekends in May).
Even though it's a shorter-than-usual scope for This Week in Buffalo - just Tuesday through Thursday - plenty of events are packed into those three days, led by two quality concerts, a milestone for a local movie theater and some ways to get a jump on Pride Week.
The last time Brit-pop band The 1975 rolled into the area, the Matt Healy-fronted group sold out two shows in Rapids Theatre in a span of two hours. The Manchester-born four-piece just released "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships" last year, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
Former NEXT contributor Julie Lillis illuminated the 1975's irony and satirical message about society, explaining how Healy doesn't take himself too seriously. The 1975 has new music planned for August, and Healy recently spoke out in regard to his views about the Alabama abortion ruling.
"Rocketman" and Restoration Reveal Party, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). Price tiers are $25, $50 and VIP, for $100; full details.
The North Park's theater director, Michael Christiano, called the updates to the venue's lobby and outer facade as the "last aesthetic wow" that the historic theater would undergo in its renovation process.
Running as a not-for-profit since 2015, the North Park has spent the better part of five years restoring the nearly century-old building; Thursday's party will unveil a 32-foot vaulted ceiling in the lobby, decorated with ornamental plaster, The News' Mark Sommer reported.
To complement the reveal, the North Park will show an exclusive screening of "Rocketman," which tells the story of Elton John's musical rise. Hors d'oeuvres from Globe Market and access to the venue's wine bar are more perks for this celebration.
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English electronic dance music star Flux Pavilion - the stage name of Joshua Steele - heads to Buffalo for a show that recognizes the 10th anniversary of Circus Records, Steele's own label.
Flux Pavilion just dropped a new track, "Lion's Cage," a collaboration with vocalist Nevve, this month, with a full album anticipated in the near future. Known originally for a bass-heavy sound that's since broadened substantially, Flux has been invited to perform at the 10th annual North Coast Festival in Chicago.
Due to extreme scarcity, violent robots don't rank too high among people's fears. There's spiders, sharks and snakes, of course, but if life was like "Chopping Mall," the 1986 horror flick to be screened by Thursday Night Terrors, these menacing chunks of metal would be a contender.
The general plot is that eight teenagers are trapped in a mall after hours, and three bloodthirsty robots are on the loose. This is the last film of TNT's season, so take advantage.
The Pride Ride, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Community Beer Works (520 7th St.). Free to attend.
Fresh off Monday's Memorial Day jaunt, Slow Roll Buffalo cyclists will take part in Pride Week for the first time with a ride to reinforce their commitments to diversity and inclusivity, especially in tandem with the local LGBTQ community. The night will begin and end at Community Beer Works' West Side dwelling, and more Pride Week information is available.
[Related: Full Slow Roll details for 2019]
In other Pride-related news, Lockhouse Distillery will offer a limited release of its vodka with Pride labels designed by Mickey Thoren Harmon, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 41 Columbia St. Four dollars from each $35 bottle will be donated to the Pride Center.
Boston R&B group New Edition was a household name in the '80s, and offshoot projects such as Bell Biv Devoe drew plenty of critical acclaim. But Bobby Brown is perhaps the group's best-known name; he had a rocky marriage with the late Whitney Houston and dabbled in films such as "Ghostbusters II" and, much later, "The Untitled Action Bronson Show" last year.
Thanks in part to the efforts of BET, which created two miniseries, dedicated to New Edition's history as well as Brown's, chronicling the personalities, breakups, reunions and the hits, four band members are back on tour and stopping by Shea's on Tuesday. Appreciate the R&B with soulful touches that stole hearts back in the '80s.
Points for cleverness to Hallwalls, which has turned Annual Hallwalls Auction into a thought-provoking acronym. Forty artists - many of them local - will have their works auctioned off beginning at 8 p.m., following an hour of open bar, music by ABCDJ and hors d'oeuvres.
Auctioneer Chris Mahoney will handle the bids for the various mediums of artwork, which can be seen at Hallwalls' website.
[Related: Smiles at Hallwalls' A Mid-Winter's Draw from February]
Independent film company Troma, which has specialized in horror since the 1970s, is the theme for a fundraising night Wednesday. Three short Troma films - "Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD," "Toxic Tutu" and "Tromasterpiece Theatre" - will be screened at the Screening Room, and actors Bill Weeden and Addison Binek will be present.
Proceeds benefit the IndieGoGo campaign of Rochester's Adrian Esposito, who's raising money for a film - "Special Needs Revolt" - that stars a special needs cast. The filmmaker has currently raised more than $8,000 of his $20,000 goal.
Black Iron Bystro's fifth anniversary, 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 at 3648 South Park Ave. Free to attend.
This Blasdell restaurant celebrates five years in business with a post-Memorial Day party, featuring the opening of its patio, three special cocktails ($8-$12), an edgy menu that includes frog legs, beef-on-weck tacos and a crab-and-orzo salad to mark the occasion. Drink samples will be doled out by Community Beer Works, 42 North and the Whistle Pig, while Gravy will tackle the music.
Look back at Smiles from Festivus 2018, an alt-holiday party thrown each year by Black Iron Bystro.
[Related: Interview with chef-owner Bryan Mecozzi from 2018]
While the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York State is still up in the air, cannabidiol (CBD) oil is entirely legal, if still mostly unregulated. Anecdotally, at least, CBD oil has helped people with seizures, intense pain and anxiety.
The Lexington Coop on Hertel will host an informational session to explain the science behind how CBD oil functions, lay out the options available and lend advice to those looking to purchase CBD oil. Two local businesses - Hempstead Kitchen and Bootleg Bucha - will have their CBD-infused products available for sampling.
[Related: An in-depth local look at CBD oil and the businesses that are popping up here]
Continuing: Food Truck Tuesday in Larkin Square; Buffalo River Fest Park Concert Series with the Kensingtons.
5 events to look forward to this weekend
Twenty One Pilots at KeyBank Center
Greek Fest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Larkinville Block Party
BuffaLoveFest at the Buffalo Zoo
Rock the Gates at 12 Gates Brewing