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The Weekend in WNY: The cheese will please

Macaroni and cheese is a canvas for experimentation, a chance to adorn a classic comfort food with creative flavors from savory to spicy.

The Mac Attack in 500 Pearl is a wondrous chance to try some of the area's best interpretations; we previewed five that should whet your palate.

Southwestern steak? Pizza Log-inspired? Sesame chicken? Check all those boxes. See what other events caught our eye on this busy weekend.

Mac Attack, three sessions: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:30 to 3, 3:30 to 5 on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 500 Pearl. Cost is $20 in advance; kids ages 5 and under get in free.

Griffon Gastropub has claimed the Golden Noodle for best macaroni and cheese in both years of the Mac Attack. Is a three-peat likely?

Attendees can cast their vote after sampling from the 13 restaurants, and then stock their take-home container with their favorites.

[Photos: Smiles at Mac Attack 2018]

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Buffalo Women's March, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in front of Buffalo City Hall (65 Niagara Square). Free to attend, but attendees are asked to RSVP.

The bigger march to advocate for women's rights will take place in Washington, D.C. – several Buffalonians make that trek each year – but Buffalo has its own event slated for Niagara Square.

The speaker lineup is impressive, ranging from experts on racial justice, refugee/immigrant justice and support for indigenous women, a group that's faced considerable difficulty in the last several months.

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Grown-Up Night of Play: Prohibition, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Explore & More Children's Museum (130 Main St.). Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

Even without legal alcohol, the 1920s were abundant with flash and flair. There were flappers, speakeasies and seductive jazz to represent a risque era of rebellion.

Explore & More welcomes adults for a theme night, where attendees will paint highball glasses, craft a rustic coaster and nosh on complimentary food and drink samples.

FAMILY FRIENDLY BONANZA

Winterfest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Chestnut Ridge Park (6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park). Free.

This weekend's premier family-friendly event hasn't had much luck with weather in the past – it's been either too warm for snow activities or too stormy to proceed – but Mother Nature could provide a moderate day for sledding and skiing this year. (Regardless, the show will go on). Two magic shows, music from Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Glenn Colton, hayrides and a marshmallow roast are all on the slate.

MLK Day Celebration at the Buffalo History Museum, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at One Museum Court. Free.

A few days after the Central Library hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration featuring speakers and live performances, the History Museum presents a gifted speaker in Dr. Gretchen Sorin, author of "Driving While Black: African-American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights."

Superhero Skate at the Ice at Canalside, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at 130 Main St. Admission ranges from $4-$6, with additional fees for skate rentals. A superhero costume is good for a $1 discount.

MLK Day Celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Explore & More Children's Museum (130 Main St.). Admission is $11, with $3 discount for donating hats, mittens or socks.

Olmsted Parks Winter Blast, noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park (West Parade Circle). Free.

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A CELEBRATION AND A FAREWELL

Froth Brewing Co.'s first anniversary party, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at 700 Military Ave. Free.

Jesse McLaughlin's West Coast brewing education and exploration of styles – from pastry beers to rich stouts – has made Froth a compelling craft-beer destination at the border of three neighborhoods.

The party will feature food and drink specials, an Anniversary Triple IPA release and live music by the Rig.

Farewell party for Black Button Distilling's Buffalo taproom, 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at 149 Swan St. Free.

The Buffalo tasting room was short-lived for Rochester-based Black Button, but the staff will hold a send-off party with tastings, a chance to meet owner Jason Barrett, plus discounts on cocktails and merchandise.

Farewell to the bourbon cream, one of the most beloved local spirits.

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ARTS AND THEATER FOCUS

Albright-Knox Northland makes public debut, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at 612 Northland Ave. Pay as you wish.

Two News photo galleries – Mark Mulville's thorough look around and Chuck Alaimo's Smiles at the Members & Neighbors opening – give a strong sense of the Albright-Knox's presence during its extensive expansion. More logistical details about the Northland location are available.

Browse theater openings for this weekend – there are many – highlighted by "A Midsummer Night's Dream" collaboration with Irish Classical and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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GRAB BAG OF MORE EVENTS FOR THIS WEEKEND

Polka, Piwo and Pierogi at the Broadway Market

Rusty Nickel Sausage Fest in West Seneca

• Kissing Bridge's 60th Anniversary

Buffalo Pole Battle at the Bird's Nest

• Central Park Grill's third anniversary

Billy Joel Tribute in Iron Works

Winter Hootenanny in Penny Lane Cafe

Strictly Hip at Brickyard Brewing

SOLD OUT: The Glorious Sons, both nights; AJR in Shea's Buffalo; Science After Hours: Get a Clue.

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5 EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT WEEK

Gala 22:6 Catholic Education Dinner at Convention Center

BN360 Kickoff at Explore & More Children's Museum

Hidden in Plain Sight: Stained Glass at History Museum

Going Ro[gu]e for Planned Parenthood at Resurgence

G. Love and Special Sauce at Tralf Music Hall

SOLD OUTLouis C.K. at Rob's Comedy Playhouse

Email: btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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