Weekly Feature

2014-04-03 / Entertainment

Special Events

thurs. 3

Illuminate — Fifth annual fashion show, a showcase of original designs created by the Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Design and Merchandising Class of 2014, where families are invited to this event that will entertain and inform teens about early career training opportunities, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Walden Galleria Mall, 1 Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga; Free. 821-7462

fri. 4

Taste of Paradise — Soak in the vibrant colors and tastes at the Gardens, and sip crisp, fresh garden cocktails, enjoy the fresh smells of spring, tastes of herbs, fruits and savory delights from area restaurants and listen to the sounds of tropical fun, 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

fri. 4 & sat. 5

Curvature — Will feature an exhibition of artwork curated by Emily Tucker of Benjaman Gallery and an evening of dance curated by local choreographer April Biggs of Biggs and Co., 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, at Hi-Temp Fabrication Warehouse, 79 Perry St., Buffalo; $. 886-0898, www.benjamangallery.com

sat. 5

Regional Talent Competition — If you are a singer, dancer, live band, actor or comedian, magician, or have any type of talent that you’d like to display to the world, this is your opportunity. Prizes include trophies, press kits, studio time, video production, summer or fall tour, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Buffalo & Erie County Library, Central Branch, One Lafayette Square, Buffalo. Call 931-1714 to sign up.

Tropical Dreamin’ — Presented by Families Touched by MS, and features music, dancing, auctions, food, libations and music with Hit N Run, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at St. Mary’s Performing Arts Center, 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster; $25. 656-9489

Spring Breweriana Show — Show for collectors of newer and vintage beer and brewery-related items, such as beer bottles and cans, trays, coasters, openers, tap knobs, glasses and mugs, advertising of all sorts, signs (neon, lighted, cardboard), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad St., Tonawanda; Free admission and appraisals; tables are $10. 713-7236

Tea for ASD — The second annual event features an afternoon of shopping culminating in a tea luncheon, along with door prizes, 50/50 split club raffle, olive oil tasting, wine tasting, and chair massages, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst; $27. 631-5777, ext. 328

Spring Flower Show — Don’t miss WNY’s favorite Easter tradition, opens Saturday, April 5, and continues through April 27, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

sun. 6

Taste of Culinary — The Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Culinary Federation presents this tastings of more than 30 restaurants, culinary schools and purveyors, 12-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at ECC City Campus, 121 Ellicott St., Buffalo; $. www.tasteofculinary.com

Spring Fling for Alzheimer’s Fundraiser — Second annual event features emcee Rob Lederman, the Luke Ciminelli Quartet, Sweet Tumbleweed featuring Jack Civiletto and April Mazzone, Stu Weissman and DeAnn Tompkins, Turtle Creek Singers, basket raffles, live auction, and 50/50 drawings, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Iris, the Maple Entertainment Complex, 4224 Maple Road, at Sweet Home Road, Amherst. 831-3271

Pancake Breakfast — Presented by the Orchard Park Lions Club, 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 6, at the American Legion Post 567, 3740 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park; $.

Rural Outreach Center Fundraiser — Featuring food, wine, beer and music with Doug Yeomans, and benefits the fight against rural poverty in our community and beyond, 4-8 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at 72 Elm St., East Aurora; $50. 597-7525

Chefs, start your ovens! Season six of WNY’s first culinary competition, Nickel City Chef, concludes at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Artisan Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St., Buffalo; $. www.nickelcitychef.com

Great Batavia Train Show — All forms of model railroad and train-related merchandise will be available, and items offered will include all scales of model trains, clothing, historic railroad items, books, videos and toys. Modeling demonstrations, and door prizes featuring railroad items will be part of the fun, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Clarion Hotel, Park Road, Batavia; $. www.gsme.org

Western New York Health Expo — The seventh anniversary of this annual event will feature informative, fun-filled events. Meet local healthcare vendors, see live demonstrations, attend seminars, visit the children’s area, and receive free samples, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Event Center of the Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. 649-3900, www.the-fairgrounds.com

BGMC Spaghetti Dinner — The Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus presents an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, along with a 50/50 and basket raffles, and a performance by the BGMC, 3-9 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Boomerang’s Bar & Grill, 995 Niagara St., Buffalo; $.

tues. 8

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill — Fundraiser presented by the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps., Explorer Post 803, 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, Dairy Queen, 6711 Transit Road, Lancaster; $.

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