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The Used 6 p.m. in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets range from $29.50 in advance here, then $33 day of show. Alt-emo mainstays the Used will be joined by Akron, Ohio, up-and-comers Red Sun Rising and the Fever 333 - a new project fronted by former LetLive leader Jason Aalon Butler. The headliner's latest record, fall 2017's "The Canyon," peaked at No. 50…

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Bucket List Bash 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $35 pre-sale or $45 at the door. VIP passes run for $60. Event is 21+, and there is no valet parking this year. Cross several items off your bucket list in one fell swoop, as Unyts' fundraiser allows guests to experience virtual reality, face their fears, walk the red carpet and get an …

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You know it's summer when the Red Cross paints the town red. It happens every year around the beginning of June, when the white tent goes up in front of the Red Cross' Delaware Avenue headquarters, heralding the annual BASH. This year's BASH, which marks the party's 20th anniversary, takes place June 1. There will be a special guest, "M*A*S*H" star Loretta Swit. The …

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1) "Phantom of the Opera," 8 p.m. April 27, 2 and 8 p.m. April 28, 2 and 7 p.m. April 29 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). Limited tickets remain for several of the scheduled slots, with prices ranging from $37 to well over $100. The play runs through May 6. Commentary: Reading through the various takes of Buffalo theater members in regard to "Phantom" is amusin…

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Glassing Magazine was one of the hosts of Buffalo's first Beach Glass Festival, held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Events Center. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, too.

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1) Trimania, 8 p.m. April 14 in the Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.). General admission is $25 here, while single VIP is $50 and couples VIP is $80. Commentary: Buffalo Arts Studio presents a night of multimedia pleasure in the Tri-Main Center, with a wealth of live music, more than 50 art installations and a chance to meet many of the building's tenants planned. It's…

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1) Thawfest, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $39 in advance here, $59 for VIP, which includes entry an hour before everyone else, plus rare beers and a selection of finger foods. Commentary: An impressive list of breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries will be represented in sprawling RiverWorks. Rochester's Iron Smok…

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When the ice boom is lifted, it's spring. Even if it doesn't feel like it, we have, at last, the cold, hard proof. So has it been since 1964, when the boom was installed. The boom, in case you're new here, is a series of 15- to 30-foot long steel pontoons stretching 8,800 feet across Lake Erie at the mouth of the Niagara River. Its job is to keep ice from floating from …

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The girls whack the guys with pussy willows and the guys fire squirt guns at the girls. Or is it the other way around? That's just the first quandary that confounds the uninitiated every year when Dyngus Day rolls around. Thousands partake in the celebration, which takes place on Easter Monday and centers in the neighborhood around Broadway and Fillmore where the Pol…

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Looking to celebrate Dyngus Day in true Buffalo style? You have choices. (Note: This list contains a few highlights. A comprehensive list is available here and on dyngusday.com.) The parade Starts at 5 p.m. in front of Corpus Christi Church and heads down Broadway to Fillmore and then down Memorial Drive. ••• Pussy Willow Pass Cost: $10. Good for $2 admission to …

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1) Dyngus Day at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 3 to 11 p.m. April 2 at 495 Paderewski Drive. Cost is $15 to attend - ticket details here - and it's a 21+ event. Commentary: Even as the Central Terminal continues slow progress toward restoration, the Art Deco venue attracts attention on Dyngus Day for a few reasons: its vast size is convenient for large crowds, it doesn'…

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1) Plantasia, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 22 through 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 in the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg). Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+) and free for children 12 years and younger. Commentary: The recent sunlight has been a tease for warmer weather, and the Plantasia exhibition at the Hamburg Fairgrounds will further w…

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Buffalo’s four seasons have a fairly subjective hierarchy. Fall has its fans, with its changing leaves and football Sundays. Winter is cherished by the ski and oversized sweater-clad community. Summer is the region’s reward for dealing with particular harsh iterations of the other seasons. But spring rarely makes its way to the top of the rankings. Whether because of…

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To Buffalo’s Sicilian population, St. Joseph’s Day looms large. For the rest of us, it is something of a mystery. It is sandwiched between two gigantic Western New York party days, St. Patrick’s Day and Dyngus Day, falling on March 19 in 2018. These noisier occasions tend to obscure it. You do not find store aisles devoted to St. Joseph’s Day, as you do for St. Patri…