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1) Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle, gates open at noon, music begins at 1:45 p.m. June 16 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $35 plus fees for general admission, $50 plus fees for premium view; more details here. Ticket prices rise to $55 on the day of the show. Commentary: Kerfuffle is beloved for several reasons: it unites indie music fans on Buffalo's waterfron…

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1) Allentown Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 9 and 10 in Allentown, on Delaware Avenue between West Tupper and North, a portion of Allen Street between Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street, plus a middle square that heads east of Delaware to include Franklin. Festival map can be found here; the event is free to attend. Commentary: Here's your answer to the "What are …

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Method Man and Redman 5 p.m. at Canalside (44 Prime St.). General admission tickets are $5. VIP tickets are $35, through eventbrite.com. The 2018 Canalside Live! concert season kicks off during a hip-hop heavy week, as Kendrick Lamar and his Top Dawg crew got things going with a knock-down, drag-out show at Darien Lake on Sunday. See the Smiles from Lamar's show. No…

Festivals

1) Kendrick Lamar, 7:30 p.m. June 3 at the Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets range from $35 for lawn seats to $189.50 and may be purchased here. Commentary: The timing is exceptional for Western New York hip-hop fans to welcome Kendrick Lamar to town. The "Damn." creator accepted the Pulitzer Prize Wednesday for his most recent album, marki…

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1) Buffalo Marathon, 6:30 a.m. May 27 at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Registration has closed, but it's free to enjoy as a spectator (and much easier on the body). For any Buffalo Marathon questions, refer to the handy guide. Commentary: As someone who's run only a few miles at once in his life, it's hard to fathom the marathon distance of 26.2 …

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Peace of the City Pedal For Peace 6 p.m. at West Side Community Services (161 Vermont St.). Free to take part, but attendees are encouraged to consider sponsoring a rider or stop at a West Side local business. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to join in Pedal For Peace, presented in collaboration with Slow Roll Buffalo. Together, the group will ride eight…

Festivals

1) SkyRide, day-of registration begins at 6 a.m., with bicyclists taking part in the City Loop departing at 8 a.m., then the Skyway Loop leaving at 8:25 on May 20 from LaSalle Park (intersection of Porter Avenue and AmVets Drive). Register from 4 to 8 p.m. May 18 and 19 for $40, then day-of for $50. Commentary: The Skyway's closures have been a thorny issue for drivers …

Art

1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 to 11 p.m. May 12 at roughly 20 locations throughout the Village of Hamburg. Wristband for entrance into participating venues, including Memorial Park, runs for $10 and may be purchased at any of five locations. Commentary: In Memorial Park and in venues throughout the village, live music will resonate in Hamburg all day Saturday. Restaurant…

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1) Kevin Hart, 7 p.m. May 6 in KeyBank Center. Tickets are $39 to $129 and may be purchased here. Commentary: How many comedians can jam-pack an arena? While one day that might have been Aziz Ansari or Chris Rock, it's now undoubtedly Hart, who sold out two then-First Niagara performances in 2015 and hasn't lost his stride. From the "Ride Along" movies to "Get Hard" …

Festivals

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…

Food and Drink

1) Runway 11.0, fashion shows at 3 and 8 p.m. April 21 in Buffalo State College's Campbell Student Union (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Admission is $10 for students, $15 for general public for the 3 p.m. slot, while general admission is $25 for the later time. Ticket information may be found here. Commentary: Organized fashion events are few and far between in Buffalo, but Runwa…

Art

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…

Art

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…

Art

1) Shamrock Run, 9 a.m. day-of registration, tentative noon start time March 3 at Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). Late registration fee is $40 and may be purchased online here and picked up at the OFW by EOB Friday. Commentary: The 40th anniversary of the pre-St. Patrick's Day race is a 5-mile jaunt through the Old First Ward, with runners donning a r…

Featured

1) Benefit for Buffalo Irish Center, 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at 245 Abbott Road. Cost is $5 for 21+ and $7 for anyone under 21. Commentary: Established in 1970 as an Irish cultural hub in South Buffalo, the Irish Center has been remarkably active in the community - hosting everything from Irish dance troupes to ample local music to participating in major events such as the Old N…