Hot 5 in March

An opinionated to-do list

Canadian alt-Celt group The Glengarry Bhoys perform March 17 at the Riviera Theatre.


Who doesn’t love a good March? And this one is particularly inspiring as we celebrate beer, music, reality, and maples. Each event may be used as a balm for the irritation of a sometimes pernicious and often just plain cray cray world. Plus, take comfort in the fact that, even if the first day of spring is still weeks away, spring-like weather is sure to arrive sooner and sooner every year.



Learn about beer-related topics, home brewing, and the science of beer. Guests can sample beer and other brews from more than twenty local microbreweries, including 12 Gates Brewing, Bootleg Bucha, Pearl Street, and Woodcock Brothers, and snack on offerings from Barrel + Brine, D’Avolio, Ru’s Pierogi, R&R BBQ, Stuffed Chocolate, and others. Admission includes ten drink tickets, commemorative beer mug, food samples, live entertainment, and access to all of the museum’s permanent exhibits and galleries including GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World.  Buy tickets now; this event always sells out (21+ only).

March 4, 7–10 p.m. at Buffalo Science Museum (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; or 896-5200 ext. 345)


UB Scholars on the Road Alumni Event: Author Talk, David Castillo

As we enter the age of post-truth and alternative facts, tomes like this are necessary for dealing with the often-intentional mendacity of irresponsible “news” sites and spokespeople. Castillo, UB professor of Romance Languages and Literature and director of Humanities Institute, discusses his new book Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media, a study of current journalism that virtually predicts the current Trump media phenomenon. Be sure to pick up a copy of the book before the discussion; and if it’s too much effort to read, simply bang it against your head until you feel better.

March 9, 6 p.m. at Downtown Central Library; (1 Lafayette Sq.; or 858-8050)


Coral, Fire and Ice is March 14, 7 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall 


National Geographic Live: Coral, Fire and Ice

David Doubilet, a photographer at National Geographic magazine, and Jennifer Hayes, an aquatic biologist and a globally published photojournalist, create a stunning visual journey from their most recent National Geographic assignments, ranging from the tropics to the polar ice. They share never-before-seen images and stories of life behind the camera—from parasites to harp seal bites—via slide show, presentation, and Q&A.

March 14, 7 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; or 885-5000)


The Glengarry Bhoys: St. Patrick’s Day 2017

As anyone who’s ever met a toddler knows, sometimes you’ve just got to shake your sillies out. Expending pent-up energy is a breeze when you’re in the presence of the Bhoys. This Canadian alt-Celt group’s ability to marshal large enthusiastic
audiences is legion. From a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-Stompers have no problem pushing the musical envelope while infusing their performance with verve and humor. The hybrid of Canadian Highland Scots and French Canadian musical idioms has evolved into a sound that is weighty, authoritative, and extremely entertaining. 

March 17, 8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; or 692-2413)


Maple Weekend is at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village on March 25 & 26.


Maple Weekend

Explore all things maple at this family-friendly hands-on celebration featuring a lumberjack breakfast including pancakes, maple syrup, sausage, and eggs (seating promptly at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.), maple science demonstrations (tree science, leaf reading and pressing, soil testing, tree medallions, and art corner), and a new maple sugar tour led by maple sugar experts and BNHV’s oxen, Jack and Flynn. The museum and historic village will be open with demonstrations by costumed interpreters, the Woodwrights Guild, and the NYS Designer Blacksmiths.

March 25 & 26 at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; or 689-1440)    


Wendy Guild Swearingen is senior editor of Spree.


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