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An opinionated to-do list for April

Buffalo’s annual Dyngus Day parade highlights and celebrates Polish culture.

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This month, we’re announcing the release of Spree editor in chief Elizabeth Licata’s new book 100 Things to Do in Buffalo Before You Die, but sometimes it seems that everything we include in the OTT section is one, long bucket list, especially the items on this page. Check them out and cross a few items off your own list, starting with the Dyngus Day Parade. You’ve gotta do it at least once!


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Dyngus Day Parade

Despite Anderson Cooper’s giggle fit, Buffalo’s Dyngus Day celebrations are the real deal. Get your Dyngus going with the parade that starts at Corpus Christi Church then heads down Broadway to Fillmore before winding its way down Memorial Drive. Floats, fire truck, polka bands, dancers, and folks tossing candy and beads are standard, as is stopping in at the several Polish pubs along the route.

April 2 at 5 p.m. at Memorial and Paderewski Drives (     



100 Things to Do in Buffalo Before You Die

Be at Buffalo’s bucket list book launch bash (try saying that five times fast). Spree’s own editor-in-chief, Elizabeth Licata, has penned the ultimate guide to enjoying the best that the Queen City has to offer, from dining to music, art, nature, and architecture. Use this comprehensive guide to create your own best of Buffalo checklist. The book is available for purchase at the event or at Talking Leaves Books or call Reedy Press to order at 314-644-3400. Buffalo-themed snacks provided and cash bar available.

April 8, 2–4 p.m. at Lipsey Gallery Space in 100 Acres, Hotel Henry (444 Forest Ave.; 882-1970 or


Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History is the local host to this remarkable festival, held annually in Banff, Canada. BMFF is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world, and immediately following the festival, a selection of the top films submitted go on a tour around the world. Host organizations in each tour location help to choose a program that reflects the interests of their community, creating a unique celebration of adventure and adventurers at each stop.

April 11, 7 p.m. at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts (116 East Third St., Jamestown; 1-800-758-6841 or



Buffalo Arts Studio welcomes 3,000 guests to an epic celebration of fun and games filled with arts, culture, music, and a lot of surprises. Every few years, for one night only, BAS transforms six floors of the Tri-Main Center, a former manufacturing facility, with live bands, DJs, dancers, performers, comedians, poets, and visual artists, and provides the community with an opportunity to discover the vast Tri-Main Center. Visitors can explore artist’s studios at BAS as well as other businesses that call Tri-Main home. All proceeds benefit Buffalo Arts Studio.

April 14, 8 p.m.–1 a.m. at Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.; 833-4450 or


Buffalo Chamber Players at the AK: Music of Weimar

Buffalo’s preeminent chamber music ensemble continues its acclaimed residency at the Albright-Knox with a program featuring some of the popular and eventually banned music and composers of the period between the World Wars. This program includes works by Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg, and Kurt Weill.

April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; or 882-8700)


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