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This Week in Buffalo: New park, used books and Bizzy Bone

Social media is a little weird sometimes.

A tweet by Clarence High School alum Maddy Smith featured a still shot from the Instagram story of her friend, Marisa Miosi – confusing enough already, right? – that exulted the perks of being a member at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. It spread like wildfire, earning nearly 24,000 retweets and more than 200,000 likes, catching the attention of celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen.

The News' Caitlin Dewey explored that story in depth, and the Central Library has pounced on the momentum generated by that tweet's visibility, with two major events slotted for this week. (It's probably a coincidence, but we'll act like they planned it).

Central Library Used Book Sale, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library (1 Lafayette Square). Free to attend. There's also a $5 early bird option from 8:30 a.m. to 11. Sale continues Aug. 16 and 17.

One of Miosi's pseudo-deadpan epiphanies was the variety of mediums the Central Library offered; musical instruments are available for rental, and there's even a 3D printer on site. The downtown branch is way more than shelves and shelves of books and a few public computers.

But it's used books that will star on Thursday, with thousands of them available for 50 cents apiece. Expect a treasure trove, a readers' haven, an oasis of prose. (But, overwrought phrases aside, it should be fun to scour).

[Read more: The Central Library, jewel of the system, changes with the times]


Buffalo Reading Park Day, noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 outside the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library (1 Lafayette Square). Free to attend.

Expect the area immediately east of Lafayette Square to look considerably different two years from now, with Braymiller Market leading the charge for a grocery store adjacent to the Central Library and the Hotel @ the Lafayette.

But more imminently, an initiative to beautify the library's front lawn will be revealed Tuesday, as the Buffalo Reading Park – replete with a stage, poetry garden, outdoor seating and a flexible lawn area – will debut.

Among the activities slated for opening day are a bookmaking workshop with the WNY Book Arts Center, chess instruction, a writing challenge, food trucks, live music and – to cap it off – the one-hour celebration of public reading, the Buffalo Reading Invasion, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Beck and Cage the Elephant, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Lawn tickets begin at $29.50.

Beck has been a fixture each year in Buffalo since 2017, with an opening set for U2 at New Era Field followed by the headlining slot at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Rockin' at the Knox last year. Tuesday brings a compelling show, in tandem with indie rockers Cage the Elephant and veterans Spoon, in Darien.

Beck Hansen intends to release a new album, "Hyperspace," later this year, and his first single, "Saw Lightning," is already part of his live set. The Arizona Republic's review of the show dives into the set lists of both Beck and Cage the Elephant.

[Related: Cage the Elephant rules Alternative Buffalo's Spring Fling]


Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour: Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy," 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Cost is $7 at the door.

Plenty of buzz greets Monday's happy hour on "Houses of the Holy," Led Zeppelin's 1973 album that marked the hard rockers' first non-eponymous release and a stark evolution in the English group's style.

One cool fact about the special is Megan Brown, the former vocalist of Dirty Smile, will lead a five-piece local band through the entirety of the album after The News' Jeff Miers and WBFO's Anita West highlight a few tracks on vinyl and touch on a few talking points.


Kane Brown, 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at the Gusto Grandstand at the Erie County Fair (5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg). Tickets range from $55 to $75.

The biggest name performing at the Erie County Fair's Gusto Grandstand is a country star on the rise. Kane Brown, whose track "Heaven" was an Academy of Country Music nominee for Single of the Year, isn't far off from joining the elite country tier that includes Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band and others.

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native is still riding the wave of momentum from his 2018 release "Experiment," which not only topped the Billboard country chart, but also the site's Top 200. Only 25, it shouldn't be long until Brown is headlining KeyBank Center.

The Erie County Fair continues through Aug. 18. Get the particulars on the iconic summer event.


Bizzy Bone, 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Tickets are $25.

What would summer in Buffalo be without a visit by a Bone Thug? At 42, Bizzy Bone is the baby of the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony clan, and he's been touring solo for more than 20 years. He's not shy when it comes to beef with other hip-hop artists, dissing Migos (again!) in a single from his new album "Carbon Monoxide," for which he's touring.

A listening party of the new album follows each of the shows on Bizzy's tour, including at Iron Works Monday.


Iron Maiden, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $35 to $120.50.

Iron Maiden's heavy metal, heavily visual live show fits perfectly in the arena setting, which the Brit band's Buffalo fans will appreciate again on Tuesday. Bassist Steve Harris, a founder and major songwriter for the band, dug deeper with The News' Jeff Miers before his KeyBank Center visit, homing in on the meaning behind the band's theatrics and his pride for his son, George Harris, who will open the show with his band Raven Age.


Hotel Henry Jazz Series: So Brasil Bossa Nova with Saranaide and Friends, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Hotel Henry (444 Forest Ave.). Cost is $15 in advance.

Bossa nova, a Brazilian music style – with soothing elements of romance – that's spread globally, is the specialty of Saranaide's Sara Rodriguez, who's joined by notable local musicians (like omnipresent sax player Nelson Rivera) in the final summer edition of JazzBuffalo's concert series on the Richardson Olmsted Campus.

[Related: The Smithsonian's tribute to Joao Gilberto, who helped launch the style]


The Big Tip-Off, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at Soho Buffalo (64 W. Chippewa St.). Cost is $25 presale, $30 at the door, includes an open bar and hors d'oeuvres.

The American Advertising Federation of Buffalo features representatives from several local agencies, from Eric Mower to the Martin Group to Crowley Webb, in a pseudo bartending, pseudo popularity competition.

Each agency has anointed at least one employee to tend bar on Thursday at Soho with a trophy and bragging rights on the line; these participants will compete for customer tips to benefit the AAF's scholarship fund.


Hispanic Women's League summer fundraiser, 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at Community Beer Works (520 7th St.). No cost to get in, but there are plenty of ways to support the presenting organization.

The Hispanic Women's League is a positive resource for Hispanic women in Buffalo, providing personal and professional assistance, fostering community and doling out financial scholarships for aspiring students.

The HWL will collaborate with Community Beer Works for its summer event, where a wagon full of liquor will be raffled off – each ticket to participate is $10 – with the wagon's total value close to $500. A portion of proceeds from each purchase of Frank, CBW's pale ale, will also benefit the HWL.


Sold out: Cocktails on the Lawn at the Mansion on Delaware, which has been immensely popular this summer.


5 more events for this week

Taste of Evans in the town plaza
Jacob Peter at Duende at Silo City
The Great Corn Roast at Donald Spoth Farm
'90s patio party at Osteria 166
Jazz Sea at Olcott Beach Carousel Park


5 events to look forward to this weekend

• Oliver Street Art Festival
• Grown-Ups Night of Play at Explore & More
• Santana at Darien Lake
• Blackbird Summer Cider Festival near Lake Ontario
• Crafters in the Field at Sunflowers of Sanborn


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