The Weekender: A quick list of stuff to do until Monday - VIDEO
blog by Ben Kirst • June 08, 2012 @ 7:00am
You’ve heard the complaint: “There’s nothing to do around here.” What, exactly, is it that these people are looking for? Cristal parties with supermodels? International espionage intrigue? Speedboat racing across one of the seven wonders of the world (oh wait, we have that)? Unless your standards of entertainment are cinematic, you should be able to have a good time, all of the time in Western New York. Here are some solid bets for the coming weekend.
Cool and casual
Allentown Art Festival. Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This sprawling event in the heart of Buffalo will draw over 400 exhibitors, tens of thousands of local residents and, most likely, spontaneous performances by the Bubble Man. The adjacent Allen West Festival will add to the bohemian celebration of fine art, genuine kitsch and delicious kettle corn.
M&T Second Friday at the Burchfield Penney. Friday, June 8, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy free admission to the spectacular Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo) as well as a series of mind-expanding programs. This month’s Second Friday offerings include a happy hour with the Equinox Jazz Band, a drop-in workshop entitled “Hidden Wonders,” the “How Do Artists Create?” guided tour, a performace by the Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance that will incorporate over 3,000 feet of flowing plastic and music by the Genkin Philharmonic.
Summer Sundays at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery with LeRoy Townes and Ronnie Stinger. Sunday, June 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. LeRoy Townes offers what has been described as “northern-fried rock” (which we assume tastes like chicken wings) on the bucolic urban outpost that is the second-floor balcony at Pearl Street Bar and Grill (76 Pearl St., Buffalo). Watch the sun set over the lake, enjoy the music (and the free cover charge) and maybe even volunteer for Habitat for Humanity at this Good Neighborhood-organized event.
NPSL Soccer: FC Buffalo vs. Erie Admirals SC. Friday, June 8, 7 p.m., Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium. Did you know that there is a heated soccer rivalry between Buffalo and our lakeside neighbor in northwestern Pennsylvania? Help sew the seeds of good-natured soccer hooliganism and partake in the fan-friendly atmosphere at beautiful All-High Stadium (2885 Main St., Buffalo) while cheering the hometown Blitzers to victory. The first 250 fans get complimentary cowbells. What parent doesn’t want their kid to have a cowbell?
Grossology. Through Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Buffalo Museum of Science. If there is one thing that fascinates kids, it’s scatological humor. If it comes out of your ears, nose, mouth or one of the orifices south of the equator, childish hilarity is sure to follow. Grossology is an interesting exhibition at the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo) that offers clinical explanations for flatulence, boogers, puke and all of that other fun stuff. Here’s a tip: have lunch AFTER your visit. Perhaps well after.
Art Alive. Saturday, June 9, noon to 2 p.m., Albright-Knox Art Gallery grounds. Last weekend’s loss in this weekend’s gain. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo) will stage its enjoyable annual contest featuring local residents enacting their favorite works of art a week late this year—you don’t need to curate a nationally-renowned modern art museum to know that last Saturday’s soggy conditions were less than ideal for this oversized outdoor event. Admission is free. Let’s just hope no one decides to bring any of Reubens’ works to life.
Guys’ Night Out
Drake with Waka Flocka Flame and J. Cole. Friday, June 8, 7 p.m., Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. One of my rules for going out—especially if you’re a married man, a working man or just a little socially inept—is that if you’re going to make the effort, it has to be worth the time. So maybe you don’t particularly care for Drake’s music. So what? Go out to Darien Lake with some friends and a well-stocked cooler, enjoy the surroundings and hang out until the show is rolling. When you’re good and ready, head into the jam-packed venue and watch one of the top pop performers in the country. Boom—you have a nice story to tell when you go back to the office on Monday. Look at you, man! You’re relevant.
DJ Carl Cox. Friday, June 8, doors open at 9 p.m. Rendezvous, Statler City. Basically the same concept as above. When you’re young and untethered by the demands of adult life, take advantage of every chance you get to dance all night long, do things you regret and meet a wildly colorful cast of characters along the way. When you start growing out of your wild days, remember that opportunities to dance all night long, do things you regret and meet a wildly colorful cast of characters get increasingly fewer. Seize them while you can! Oh yeah, and Carl Cox is an internationally renowned house / trance DJ. The guy spins in freaking Ibiza. Go see him.
Star Wars Night / Jamie Moyer appearance: Buffalo Bisons. Saturday, June 9, 6:05 p.m., Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons play the visiting Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles affiliate) on Saturday night, which is all well and good. It’s also Star Wars Night, which becomes proportionally less amusing in a direct correlation with how many people you’ve slept with. However: 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer is scheduled to start for Norfolk on Saturday. Moyer has 25 years of Major League Baseball experience. Someday, someone will mention Jamie Moyer and you’ll be able to say, “Oh yeah, Moyer. Saw him pitch in Buffalo at the end of his career. Still had that changeup.” Others will nod knowingly. It will feel good.
Girls’ Night Out
Buffalo ComedySportz. Saturday, June 9, 7 p.m., ComedySportz Arena. If you’re heading out with your girls on Saturday night, you could just go straight to your favorite watering hole and tie one on. Doesn’t seem ladylike, though, does it? Class it up with a stop at the ComedySportz Arena (4476 Main St., Amherst) for a couple hours of improv comedy. ComedySportz promises to keep it clean, so there won’t be any cringe comedians forcing you to make moral decisions whether you should be guffawing so loudly. have a drink, have a laugh and when it’s done nice and early (9 p.m.), the night really begins.
Michael Bolton. Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino. Prepare for a night of sultry romance courtesy of this 1990s crooner! Not that kind of romance—well, who am I to say. Enjoy the time, love and tenderness of Michael Bolton’s celebrated songbook. I assume all women enjoy this. Someone was buying those records.
Lalah Hathaway. Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., The Tralf. She’s the offspring of R&B legend Donny Hathaway and sometimes known as “The First Daughter of Soul.” According to her website, Lalah Hathaway’s “...name is legendary. Her music is timeless. Her lyrics touch you at the core. Her voice possesses rich warmth that soothes your ears and holds you close.” My goodness! This may beat sitting through ComedySportz.