Happy Spring! This month is full of cultural events around the city including, of course, Easter Season at the Broadway Market and the Annual Dyngus Day Parade. Check out all of our recs here!
1. Studio: Eric Gansworth & Layli Long Soldier
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Just Buffalo Literary Center, 468 Washington St. (second floor)
Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Studio Series spotlights regional writers doing amazing work, and this month we are so stoked for this reading spotlighting some stellar regional Native American writers. The evening features Eric Gansworth, an English Professor at Canisius College, and Layli Long Soldier, a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry in 2017. This event is free & open to the public – don’t miss out on this excellent reading! Learn more about the authors & event here.
2. ComdedySportz 11th Annual Improvathon 2019
6 pm Friday, April 5 through 7:30 pm Sunday, April 7
CSz Buffalo, 4476 Main St. Lower, Amherst
Get ready for 49 ½ hours of straight improv! ComedySportz is gearing up for their 11th Annual Improvathon, a full weekend of improvisational comedy played as a sport. Come laugh and root for your favorite teams as they brainstorm scenes, compete against each other, and even take your audience suggestions for their skits! Vote for your favorite teams and stay as long as you want or for just a few matches – note: we do not recommend staying up for almost 50 hours straight! Check out more details & snatch your tickets here.
3. In Between the Middle: A #notwhite collective Exhibition Opening
Friday, April 5, 6 – 9 pm
Buen Vivir Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Join #notwhite collective for the opening of their latest exhibition In Between the Middle. This exhibition is housed in Buen Vivir gallery, a beautiful, intimate space. The opening reception is free and open to the public – come enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, admire the art, and catch performances by local artists including Bianca L. McGraw, a fun and fierce artist and poet. #notwhite collective is a group of bi/multi cultural, immigrant or immigrant-descended women artists who examine what it means to exist when one doesn’t fit neatly into a checkmark box. Learn more about the collective and this thoughtful, inclusive exhibition here.
4. Exhibit X Fiction presents Kim Chinquee & Christina Milletti
Friday, April 5, 7 – 8:30 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo
Up for some experimental fiction to get your head out of that foggy winter feel? Then don’t miss this reading by Buffalo-based writers Kim Chinquee and Christina Milletti. Chinquee, an Associate Professor of English at Buffalo State, and Milletti, an Associate Professor of English at UB, will make you laugh and sigh with their genre-bending work. The Exhibit X Fiction series sponsored by UB features some of the most experimental and innovative writers in fiction today. Don’t miss this free, public event – learn more here.
5. Gallery Talk: Htein Lin
Sunday, April 7, 2:30 – 3 pm
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
The Albright-Knox continues to spotlight some of the world’s most active and innovative contemporary artists in their exhibitions and programming, and we are so excited for all the programming coming up this month with Burmese painter, performance artist, and pro-democracy activist Htein Lin. His exhibit, A Show of Hands, is on view at the Gallery through April 28, and includes plaster sculpture casts of the hands of hundreds of former political prisoners from Myanmar. Fam, this exhibit is moving. Make sure to stop by Lin’s Gallery Talk on April 7 – free with Gallery admission – as well as some of the other intimate programming the Gallery has lined up with him. Learn more here.
6. Kavinoky Theatre presents 1984
Thursdays – Sundays through Sunday, April 7 (times vary)
The Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo
Here is why you NEED to see this show – it was put together in under two weeks and is breathtaking. After the Kavinoky Theatre had spent months rehearsing and preparing for a production of To Kill a Mockingbird, legal threats resulted in them having to cancel the production. Undeterred, the director, cast, and crew rallied together to prepare another show at the last minute – because the show must go on! They chose 1984, based on George Orwell’s book of the same name, and despite its hasty inception, the production is moving, beautiful, and excellently-performed. The show only runs through April 7, so make to to get your tickets now.
7. JazzBrunch Sundays at The Terrace at Delaware Park
Sundays throughout April, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Terrace at Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo
The sun is coming out and spring weather is nearly here – so why not enjoy a lazy afternoon brunch at one of the best sunny-day spots in town? The Terrace at Delaware Park and JazzBuffalo have partnered to offer some of the best jazz acts in Buffalo to complement your delicious Sunday brunch. Join them any Sunday from 12 – 3 pm for an award-winning brunch, wonderful music, and – of course – mimosas! Learn more and make your reservations here.
8. Spring String Night feat. 20K Strongmen & the Haight Street Gamblers
Wednesday, April 24, 8 pm – 12 am
Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St., Buffalo
If you’ve never seen 20K Strongmen or lead strongman Mikee Pruitt, consider this your one not-to-be-missed event for this month. The band offers a high-energy take on folk that will keep you mesmerized throughout their set. Presented by Lavender Haze Collective, a Buffalo-based company specializing in booking and promoting WNY musicians, make sure to get out and enjoy the irresistible sounds of TTS along with Haight Street Gamblers, a string band with an old-timey feel. $5 cover at the door – learn more here.
9. Science After Hours: Block Party
Friday, April 12, 6 – 9 pm
Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
If you’re like us and still a big kid at heart, then make sure to visit the Buffalo Science Museum for this 21+ only event! Check out the jaw-dropping current exhibit, The Art of the Brick, then show off your own LEGO® skills in design challenges, demolition derbies, and even building duels with beer goggles! For a few extra bucks, grab a beer or glass of wine, some food from Dinosaur BBQ, and kick back for a night of fun with your other big-kid friends! $21 admission includes tons of activities. Check out more about this awesome night here.
10. Fresh Spring Floral Arrangement
Monday, April 15 & Tuesday, April 16, 6 – 8 pm
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 S Park Ave., Buffalo
Brighten up your home (after spring cleaning, of course) with your own hand-created floral arrangement! Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and expert floral designers to learn how to create an Instagram-worthy bouquet that will make your friends drool. The workshop costs $40 ($35 for members) but provides all the flowers and materials you’ll need as well as teach you a new skill you can use to make your friends jealous. Grace your Easter table with a unique bouquet – register for this workshop today!
11. Dyngus Day 2019
April 22, 2019
Multiple venues, events, and times
Everyone’s Polish on Dyngus Day! Gear up with your “You Bet Your Dupa I’m Polish” shirts, pussy willows, and krupnik – and make sure to call off work the next day! Kick off your celebration with the Annual Dyngus Day Parade in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia District starting at 5pm. Be forewarned – you will get squirted with water and may have kielbasa thrown at you! Afterwards, head to one of the many posts, restaurants, bars, or tents to polka the night away! This year, we recommend the Pussywillow Park Party Tent, which will keep the live music going til 11 pm! Get the full schedule of all the events in the “Dyngus Day Capital of the World” here.